Skip to comments.Cruz Calls Out GOP Leaders as Dishonest on Debt Issue
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 dont 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, its like they think the American people are just a bunch of rubes, that we dont remember what they say.
Cruz added, Every one of those senators whos angry when they go back home, they tell every one of their constituents to stop it, but they dont actually want to do what they are saying.
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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 its irresponsible, because its 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 didnt do it and theyre 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.
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Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.
I see that that is what you care about. Member of the GOPe. Take off.
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.
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 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 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.
Were running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Afraid is an understatement. Shear panic has set in on the GOPe’s.
If so, he's certainly going about it the wrong way.
That said, even with Cruz, I'm afraid to trust too far.
“Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.”
Mitch, is that you?
Awwww shaddap ya snivling whiny poobutt.
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.
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.
God bless Sen. Ted Cruz!!!!!!!!
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.
Cruz is a headline grabber and is in it only for Cruz.
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.
I'd guess he knows more than you.