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Cruz Calls Out GOP Leaders as Dishonest on Debt Issue
rollcall.com ^ | 2/14/14 | Humberto Sanchez

Posted on 02/14/2014 5:35:04 PM PST by cotton1706

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped his fellow GOP senators on conservative talk radio, taking a bit of a victory lap for forcing a politically tough vote to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a default.

“Why is Congress at a 13 percent approval rating?” Cruz asked on the “Mark Levin Show” Thursday. “Because people don’t like to be lied to.”

His comments came after a dramatic vote in the Senate Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was forced to scramble to find at least five Republican votes to cut off debate on the debt ceiling bill cleared by the House Tuesday. (See our post on the six senators who appear to have changed their votes.)

Cruz mocked Republicans for allowing the bill to advance and suggested they are being dishonest.

“I recently had my staff print out a list of three pages of Republican senators — I might note all the people that are running around the press saying nasty things about me — saying ‘We will stand on the debt ceiling and fight for it.’ And then a few months later, it’s like they think the American people are just a bunch of rubes, that we don’t remember what they say.”

Cruz added, “Every one of those senators who’s angry when they go back home, they tell every one of their constituents to stop it, but they don’t actually want to do what they are saying.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; elections; tedcruz
From the article:

“If your ask of me is will I consent to allow [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.] to do this on 51 votes the answer is no. I will vote ‘no’ at every stage against it because it’s irresponsible, because it’s wrong, because we are bankrupting our children,” Cruz continued. “And Republicans’ heads exploded.”

He said that many Republicans were advocating for the 51-vote threshold on the bill, and were upset at the prospect of having to take the vote.

“An awful lot of the Republicans wanted exactly what Barack Obama wanted … which was to raise the debt ceiling [without reining in spending], but they wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish, gullible constituents back [home] they didn’t do it and they’re mad because by [my] refusing to consent to that they had to come out in the open and admit what they are doing and nothing upsets them more,” Cruz said.

The lambasting of his party comes as Cruz is eyeing a 2016 White House bid and traveling over the recess to early-voting states for the presidential primary.

Cruz went after McConnell over his voiced support for the Budget Control Act, which included a decade of automatic spending cuts to provide a dollar-for-dollar spending offset for the 2011 debt ceiling increase.

“If you look at the Budget Control Act, which I might note that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has gone on great lengths how the Budget Control Act was this great act of virtue and principle. Now they just threw it all overboard about a month ago, but right up until that point, it was a great act of virtue and principle.”

1 posted on 02/14/2014 5:35:04 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; mrsmel; infool7; SunshinesStormySummerSon; Ditter; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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2 posted on 02/14/2014 5:37:38 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.


3 posted on 02/14/2014 5:41:57 PM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

And you know this how?

You post this tripe regularly.

Care to back this accusation up with some type of logic or proof?
4 posted on 02/14/2014 5:44:53 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz doesn’t give a “hoot” about the Republicans winning the majority next November.

I see that that is what you care about. Member of the GOPe. Take off.

5 posted on 02/14/2014 5:48:49 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: cotton1706

I watched Ted Cruz during his valiant effort to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you watched it as well. If he used it once, he used the phrase “...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents...” over a hundred times. And he was right...they don’t. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO.

I’ve sent my little rant on this topic before but Ted’s honest comment compels me to do so again.
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WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US!
“When the servants of 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.”

That was Thomas Jefferson warning 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.

It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that unbacked fiat 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 another 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 growing 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.

We won’t have even a CHANCE at an honest government until we again have HONEST MONEY.

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.

We’re running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.

Dick Bachert

PS: I was a 3 year member of the national board of CATS (Citizens for an Alternative Tax System), the precursor to the current Fair Tax organization. I fully support the concept of a CONSUMPTION TAX over the current Marxist INCOME TAX. That said, UNTIL WE GET BACK TO HONEST “MONEY”, WERE REARRANGING DECK CHAIRS ON A SINKING SHIP.


6 posted on 02/14/2014 5:51:58 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: cotton1706
One has to wonder at Cruz' high wire act.

Its red meat for us conservatives but the long knives are out and the first misstep will be his undoing.

But I'm thankful at least one man is standing up for principle.

7 posted on 02/14/2014 5:59:11 PM PST by Pietro
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

To the contrary, the GOP-e’s ongoing support for the Democrat initiatives is putting the midterms in jeopardy. Cruz is helping to stem the potential R losses.

Primary the RINOs!


8 posted on 02/14/2014 6:03:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: cotton1706

Thanks for posting cotton. I never get tired reading these type of articles.
I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Cruz told the GOPe caucus
he was going to filibuster, which would require them to vote to end the filibuster.
I bet the fear inside that room was intense. Probably screams, cries, shear panic. It must have been a lot worse than we can even imagine, as McConnell, Cornyn and Corker spent almost an hour trying to con another GOP RINO
into being that 60th sucker vote, to no avail.

Thank you Ted Cruz for exposing these RINO’s.


9 posted on 02/14/2014 6:06:16 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: cotton1706

I think the thing that drives me insane about the GOP elite isn’t so much that they aren’t conservatives, but that they lie about being conservatives and aren’t man enough to stand up and say what they really are.


10 posted on 02/14/2014 6:10:40 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: tennmountainman

I’ve been saying for years all it would take is for one senator to begin to deny all these unanimous consents and all hell would break loose. And finally we have a senator who has the guts and the will to stand his ground. We saw John McCain go nearly apoplectic last year when Cruz kept denying unanimous consents on the budget.

Hey, it wasn’t unanimous. He didn’t consent. So just take a vote. But that is the last thing they want to do!! They don’t want to be held accountable. They want the gravy train to flow and have nobody (or everybody) be responsible for it. And everybody goes along.

Well, no more apparently. It’s an election year and we have to chance to take out at least six of these losers, and also replace some democrats with good people who will help Cruz.

Power is shifting and they know it. And they are very, very afraid.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 6:12:45 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

I don't think he is in it for himself. Why would he bother? I think Ted Cruz really believes in the country and is willing to fight for it, unlike Boehner who IS in it for himself and whatever the NSA has on him. ;-p

12 posted on 02/14/2014 6:13:11 PM PST by madison10
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

OK Bud, how exactly should one tell the truth except in a direct manner? God bless Sen. Cruz! If Cruz was only saying things to benefit himself, he could immediately become the most articulate liar for the establishment. And everyone would love him, except those few of us who can’t ignore the fact that they are robbing us blind. Bob


13 posted on 02/14/2014 6:27:38 PM PST by alstewartfan (The dawn is turning away The ghost of Charlotte Corday. Al Stewart)
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To: alstewartfan

I am not a Cruz fan in the least for any number of reasons I have stated but don’t care to revisit at this time. however, one thing I do respect about him is I DO believe that he tells me “the truth””. I mean everyone is in everything for themselves to some extent. But, generally speaking, I don’t think that’s why Cruz is doing it.


14 posted on 02/14/2014 6:33:51 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706

Afraid is an understatement. Shear panic has set in on the GOPe’s.


15 posted on 02/14/2014 6:40:26 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

If so, he's certainly going about it the wrong way.

That said, even with Cruz, I'm afraid to trust too far.

16 posted on 02/14/2014 6:42:17 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Thank God we have him in the senate. He's the only one saying what needs be said.
17 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:40 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.”

Mitch, is that you?


18 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:54 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Awwww shaddap ya snivling whiny poobutt.


19 posted on 02/14/2014 7:28:11 PM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

What is wrong with being a "headline grabber"? I want him to draw attention to the nation's problems. "Only in it for Cruz" can easily be proven false since it would be far easier for him to not be a lightening rod in the Senate and be vilified for speaking out against these leftists. Instead he courageously stands up for conservatism and endures the media scorn.

We need an army of Ted Cruz warriors in the Senate.

20 posted on 02/14/2014 7:46:13 PM PST by plain talk
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To: cotton1706
Power is shifting and they know it. And they are very, very afraid.

Yes! I want to believe that. I think if we could just get a few more Cruz-like Senators up there to speak out that would provide cover for others to come out of the closet so-to-speak. There is a critical mass element to this and if we could get a few more like Cruz, Sessions, etc then what you are saying could come to fruition.

21 posted on 02/14/2014 7:53:38 PM PST by plain talk
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To: cotton1706

God bless Sen. Ted Cruz!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 02/14/2014 8:09:39 PM PST by SUSSA
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To: tennmountainman

The jerk RINO from Nebraska was willing to be the 60th vote. Mike Johanns votes wrong EVERY TIME.

I’m disgusted to be from Nebraska.


23 posted on 02/14/2014 8:18:43 PM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.
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You lying sack of s**t. What do you base this on? He’s just about the only man in Washington to stand up against the politicians of both parties who don’t give a crap about this nation or their constituents. All they care about is their power and big bucks they are making off the backs of the taxpayers. And you come on here and disrespect a man like Ted Cruz??? Isn’t the DU missing you about now you old wrinkled butt troll you.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 8:04:49 PM PST by Din Maker
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.

I'd guess he knows more than you.

25 posted on 02/15/2014 8:42:46 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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