For the last few weeks, House Speaker John Boehner has been trying to find a way to convince his caucus to vote for a bill that keeps the government open after Sept. 30 without picking a fight over Obamacare. But a minority of his caucus has been insisting on defunding Obamacare, egged on by outside conservative groups and a handful of far-right Republican Senators, most importantly Ted Cruz (Texas). This has been pretty annoying for a lot of House Republican members and staff. Jonathan Strong and Andrew Stiles of National Review got an anecdote out of a closed Republican Study Committee
#5, Senator Cornyn was making his own decisions before Ted Cruz got into long pants. If I thought Cruz really believed in his mission, I might be more supportive of it, but Cruz is too smart to believe this effort will succeed. Cynic that I am (and yes, I voted for Cruz), I tend to think he is simply building his own reputation as a RINO challenger and he knows his fans will love him whether or not the government gets shut down and whether or not the shutdown is blamed on the GOP. It´s a win/win for Cruz.
#7 You believing the propaganda that obamanation care cannot be defunded? Anything can be undone, even something done by a messianic black president. Where in the Constitution does it say it is forbidden?
Of course it can be defunded, but it will not be successfully accomplished in this way and Ted Cruz is plenty smart enough to realize that. Did you read the article? If Ted Cruz is truly going into districts (John Culberson is a cousin) and claiming defunding Obamacare will be "easy", he is not being honest and sincere. He´s posturing.
Remember during the Carter Administration that they said the Government was too big for one man and they tried to have Reagan take Ford as his Vice(Co)President? Well, Cruz has been a game changer when added to Lee, Paul and to a lesser extent Rubio. DeMint´s addition to Heritage has given him more heft as an ally. These guys that don´t want to fight have a big pblem. Expect a fight over the Hastert Rule.
Culbertson is a Gas Bag from DeLay´s old seat. In the Establishment inside the Beltway but acts like he´s Ted Cruz Jr. on local radio.
They are hitting Ted and the rest with all they have to no result. This reminds me of a quote from Tarawa. "Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." Colonel David M. Shoup.
#17, just a few corrections to your post. Tom DeLay´s district was the 22nd. John Culberson (there is no t) represents the 7th district, which was George H.W. Bush´s district. It´s a solid, long-time Republican district.
Ted Cruz is MY HERO!!!! He is fearless and WE DON´T CARE IF HE HAS THE VOTES because we want someone standing up for us, and a vote forces the rest of them to show their true colors!!!! If we can get the ball rolling for a Constitutional amendment for a 12 year term limit in congress, the RINOs can be annoyed and miserable at their own house.
Okay, let me see if I get this straight. What Cruz is doing is pointless, and possibly destructive to conservatism, and won´t result in the repeal of Obamacare, and will just alienate more of the general public from the Tea Party, but that´s fine, because he´s standing up for your rights. Your right to what? Ensure Democratic rule?
Cruz and co. at least have a strategy which is more than we can say for the R leadership of House or Senate. It is very telling when Cruz is criticized for being ambitious. Senator Cornyn will continue to support Cruz if he is wise.
I guess #25 is right. Let´s do what Republicans always do and just surrender now and get it over with. We´ll play nice, while the Demon-RATS get exactly what they want and the public realizes, once again, that we have no spines.
Not just no, but HELL NO!!! If Ted Cruz had that defeatest attitude, he never would have even dreamed of running against Republican extablishment big dog David Dewhurst in the primary. Øvomitcare is about to get it´s tenticles into every aspect of our lives and destroy our healthcare system. We have one chance to slow it down, and that is exactly what Cruz and company are doing. If we don´t do something now, it´s over.
There already is little hope for the future of our nation. We need mavericks and pit bulls taking the lead. The establishment Republican lap dogs sure aren´t going to!!!
There is no strategy, #27, except to elevate Senator Cruz´s image as a fighter. Beyond that, there´s nothing. He won´t mind if destruction lies in the wake of those who fall in line with him. Not very many on this thread actually read the article, it appears.
You can´t keep your doctor, he´s retiring. The cost curve has been bent up not down. If you are young and healthy you need to help pay for the older and sicker. Surely you won´t mind if a couple of hundred thousand folk who are on Medicaid use the honor system to get a premium payment tax credit for a premium they don´t pay. Oh and by the way, our preexisting condition pool is running 4X the cost of past state run programs. Brought to you by Dems and Establishment GOP.
Reading stuff like this thread can make one despair for the republic.
Trying to rally (‘scuse me: ANNOY) people into actually voting to defund 0-care is just about bolstering Ted Cruz’s image. Got it.
Those 41 symbolic repeal votes? GOP is all over it. Ask them to do something substantive, forget it – they might lose the next election, but I guess we’ll never know, will we? The ones putting up a spirited fight? Annoying. Why don’t you tea partiers just shut up and join with Sauron…
Obviously the only way to “win” so that we can reduce the size of gov’t is to not pass a budget, to borrow money, print money, raise the debt limit without conditions, fund the healthcare bill that Americans want repealed, agree to business-stifling regulation, etc ad infinitum.
President Obama keeps claiming that he had no knowledge of the Internal Revenue Service´s abusive muzzling of conservative groups. That line is hard to swallow given that his Treasury and IRS are back at it—this time in broad daylight. In the media blackout of Thanksgiving week, the Treasury Department dumped a new proposal to govern the political activity of 501(c)(4) groups. The administration claims this rule is needed to clarify confusing tax laws. Hardly. The rule is the IRS´s new targeting program—only this time systematic, more effective, and with the force of law. That this rule was meant to crack down on
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RUSH: Well, we may as well stick with this silly budget stuff, ´cause there are a couple of points to be made about it. But it, too, is just part of the daily script of the daily media narrative that´s coming out of Washington. This government´s gonna run whether they get a budget done or not; everybody knows it. Government isn´t gonna shut down. There isn´t any mood to shut down the government. If it does shut down, there´s not any mood to reform it, not right now, for a whole host of reasons. I was watching CNN during the break.
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RUSH: Tab in Salt Lake City, great to have you on the program. Hello. CALLER: Yes. Exponential dittos from Salt Lake City, Rush. So glad I got in. RUSH: Thank you very much. CALLER: I wanted to tell you something that has not been advertised in any of the national news in regards to Obamacare, and that is the price increase on my medications. I´m 52 and disabled. I fell 20 feet from a tree. I have no disks between my L3-4, a shattered foot into 62 pieces, a torn meniscus. Anyway, my medications went up from -- this is two months ago
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