Skip to comments.Ted Cruz: The Path to Victory
Posted on 09/24/2013 10:58:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Real Clear Politics | Sept. 23, 2013
By Sen. Ted Cruz
Just a few weeks ago the Washington establishment said the Republican-led House of Representatives could never pass a funding bill that would keep the government open while defunding Obamacare. They were wrong.
All across the country Americans spoke up, asking Congress to stop this terrible law. Over 1.5 million signed the dontfundit.com petition, and thousands more sign every day. Tens of thousands of calls poured into the offices of senators and congressmen. They changed the dynamic.
As a result, on Friday, House Republicans passed a bill that fully funds government without funding Obamacare, even picking up a couple of Democrat votes.
Now, it's the Senate's turn.
If Senate Republicans stay strong and hold true to their previous commitments to defund Obamacare, we will force Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a choice: keep the government open, or shut it down in the name of funding a glitch-riddled health care takeover that is killing jobs, wages, and health care benefits all across the nation.
The next step is critical. Senate Republicans should demand a 60-vote threshold for any effort that would add Obamacare funding back into the House bill. This is the battle line: Senate Republicans must stop Reid from rejecting the House bill and adding Obamacare funding with merely 51 votes.
The House bill must be protected.
If implemented, Obamacare will change our entire health care system, impacting the lives of every single American. Securing 60 votes is not too much to ask. Our nation is bitterly divided because there is far too little consensus on major political matters. We need more unity to help heal our country. Sixty votes would help move toward that.
The Democrats may have jammed Obamacare through Congress on a strict, bare-knuckled party-line vote, but it shouldnt be funded that way.
We know the Democratic leadership wants to fund Obamacare, and it's certain Leader Reid will use every gimmick, obscure parliamentary trick, and sweetheart deal to do it. After all, that's how he passed Obamacare in the first place.
Until Reid guarantees a 60-vote threshold on all amendments, a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare. It would amount to giving the Democrats a green light to fund Obamacare with 51 votes.
We owe it to our constituents to keep our promise to stop Obamacare. Many in Washington like to talk about "elections having consequences" but seem more intent on focusing on who has power.
It's time to quit worrying about power and blame and simply do what's right.
The evidence is pouring in that Obamacare isn't working. Obamacare is hurting almost every sector of the economy. Universities, restaurants, retailers, museums, and more are all being forced to make brutal adjustments to comply with it.
Even labor unions that once championed this law are decrying how it could destroy the 40-hour workweek for millions of middle-class Americans.
More Americans are losing their insurance each day despite the president's promise that if we liked it, we could keep it. Last month, UPS and the University of Virginia said they would drop health insurance for many spouses of their employees because of Obamacare, leaving thousands of husbands and wives scrambling.
Just last week the Cleveland Clinic announced massive layoffs and a $330 million budget cut because of Obamacare. Sea World is slashing hours for part-time workers. Investor's Business Daily has tallied more than 300 companies that are cutting jobs and benefits because of the law.
Not one more American should lose their job, wages, or health care plans because of this disastrous, train wreck of a law.
If President Obama, his big corporate friends, and members of Congress and their staffs don't have to live under Obamacare, then no other Americans should, either.
Some argue the law should be delayed. Defunding delays it for everyone, not just the ruling class in DC. In essence, defund exempts everyone from the law. Defund gives a waiver to everyone.
Whether or not Senate Republicans defeat cloture, the question will be whether Harry Reid will demand a government shutdown to force Obamacare on every American. We should not shut down the government, and I hope Reid and President Obama do not do so.
Regardless, the House should stand its ground, and if Reid kills this Continuing Resolution then the House should pass smaller CRs one at a time, starting with the military. Dare Reid to keep voting to shut down the government.
Once Senate Republicans unite, red-state Senate Democrats will be next. And that is how we win by continuing to mobilize the American people to hold every elected official accountable.
Americans are speaking loud and clear. They don't want to lose their health plans and be forced into Obamacare exchanges, keep their businesses small to avoid the law's penalties, and let bureaucrats and politicians in Washington make their health care decisions. Let's listen.
They deserve a win. I intend to use every tool available to me to defund Obamacare, and am encouraged by the thousands of phone calls, tweets, and emails that come to my office each day.
Republicans have the momentum. Conservatives defeated the presidents gun control measures to deprive Second Amendment rights from law-abiding Americans. We pushed back on his reckless drone policy. We convinced him to seek congressional approval on military action in Syria.
Now, we're poised to win our biggest victory for the American people yet: defunding Obamacare. All we have to do is have the will to fight.
Ted Cruz is a United States Senator for the state of Texas.
“...send CRs funding a portion of the government at a time...”
List of United States federal agencies:
Cruz is DA MAN!
He is getting to that point just by jumping in with and ahead. The pundits are getting whiplash trying to keep up. They don’t want to say nice things about him not realizing he is not going to fail, but they’re in a bubble
Watching ‘the Five’ is fun. They are so confused and snapping at each other all afraid to join. Bad bet.
amen!..........exactly what I have been saying to anyone that will listen! By forcing this vote it will shine a white hot/bright light on the bastard Rino’s we need to get rid of starting with McConnell and Cornyn! I really and truly thought Cornyn had a brain! Cruz has put him in the squeeze chute in Texas! That sob will not have a chance in hell of getting re-elected if he bucks Cruz on this!
Alexander and Linda need to also be at the center of the targeting.
This man is the greatest American politician I have seen since Ronald Reagan.
Every word he says is priceless.
Thanks for posting this, Jim.
Cruz in filibuster mode live right now:
gave me chills reading this speech! GO TED!!!!!!!
(Where is Hatch? Cornyn?)
There’s a book in this deposition.
(Where is Hatch? Cornyn?) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Who knows who might show up? All he needs is 16.
As I compose this, Im watching Ted Cruz as he filibusters to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you will watch it as well.
If he has used it once, hes used the phrase ...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents... over a hundred times. And hes right...they dont. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO.
Ive sent my little rant on this topic before but Teds honest comment compels me to do so again.
WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US!
Among others, Thomas Jefferson warned that the financial disaster we now face would be but one of many problems paper money would visit upon us if we allowed our leaders to remove the backing from the currency, to wit:
When the servants if the people are paid with something other than that which the people themselves have produced (i.e. the real, tangible products of their labors or some fixed and real medium of that exchange), the roles of master and servant will be reversed.
It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that un-backed currency would so damage the fabric of the nation that they ATTEMPTED to prohibit it with these few words at Article 1, Section 10, requiring the states to enforce the prohibition: No State shall make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;
If the people and their states grew inattentive to this matter (and they have!), Jefferson also saw this problem ahead:
In a letter to John Taylor in 1816, he wrote, And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
We have been swindling futurity for a long time and this is now where we find ourselves. If the government, through its banker masters at the Federal Reserve, can create money from thin air, they certainly dont need ours every April 15th. That annual sheep shearing is simply an attempt to vacuum enough of the excess paper from the system to keep the rest of us from catching on to the biggest theft ring in the history of man. They have now created so much that their attempt is failing and failing badly to a point where all but the dullest among us (Obama voters and his growing cadres of personal and corporate welfare beneficiaries) are starting to get it.
If you understood that last paragraph, you can now make the small leap to an understanding as to why the progressive utopian welfare state hacks in Washington dont give a damn WHAT you think. Their power to create all the money they need to fuel their infernal machine and fill the gaping maws of enough of those hoards of welfare constituents to assure their perpetual re-election means that ready THEY NO LONGER NEED YOU! They have become, as Mr. Jefferson predicted, our MASTERS.
That they are taking down a nation and a system that has provided more wealth, safety and abundance to more people than any other in history matters not to them. Failing to grasp the lesson of the French Revolution, they believe themselves to be above the impending disaster.
Were running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.
Yep, that’s quite a list ain’t it? I guess the “anarchists” better start sending the CR’s sooner rather than later...
Keeping score here will be interesting.
Well we have Sessions, Vitter, Lee and Cruz, but they need all 41 Republicans procedurally to turn this into a filibuster to overide the scheduled vote at noon tomorrow.
Its good to see that Cruz is not alone.
The targets are now easily recognized apart from their usual camouflage.