Monday, October 21, 2013

Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz Set to Shutdown Government Again in January - Will House Members Follow Cruz Again?

“The Hastert Rule never really existed. It’s a non-entity as far as I’m concerned.” Former Speaker Denny Hastert
While less then 10% of Americans like Ted Cruz, he goes back to Texas and the hard right gives him an eight minute standing ovation.  The Republican Party can no longer claim it is only the Tea Party that is hard right -- it is most of the party that has shifted hard right.  Over 2/3rd's of Republicans in the House and Senate voted to keep the Government shut down and default.  That flies in the face of Speaker Boehner that it was only 30-40 Tea Party they had to answer to and why they allowed the shutdown to go on so long.  He finally had to accept the support of the Democrats to reopen Government and not default.  
Turns out Boehner was lying on another front as well -- the 'Hastert Rule.'  Boehner doesn't even talk to Hastert but maybe he should as the former Speaker always included the Democrats in discussions for the good of the Country while Boehner ignores Democrats unless he really needs them and then it is for the good of Boehner as Speaker first and the Country a distant second.  Republicans in the House keep touting the "Hastert Rule" but there is not such rule according to former Speaker Dennis Hastert:
The former Republican speaker’s ‘rule,’ that you can’t bring legislation to the House floor without a majority of GOP votes, is cited as the reason Boehner can’t end the shutdown. But Hastert tells Eleanor Clift it’s a ‘non-entity’—and ‘if we had to work with Democrats, we did.’ 
There’s been a lot said in recent days about the so-called Hastert Rule. It is cited as the main reason why House Speaker John Boehner won’t allow a vote to fund the government with no Obamacare strings attached—under the rule, no legislation can be brought to the floor without a majority of Republican votes. But the rule’s namesake, former House speaker Denny Hastert, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday, “The Hastert Rule never really existed. It’s a non-entity as far as I’m concerned.”
He explained that at the 2006 press conference where he is credited with instituting the rule, he was speaking generally and philosophically. A reporter asked if Hastert, who was having trouble getting an immigration reform bill out of committee and building support in the GOP conference, couldn’t get Democrats to work with him. The genial speaker replied that relying on the other party for the bulk of votes is “something I would not generally do,” a fairly benign statement, as he remembers it now, that appears to have morphed into an ironclad rule. “Generally speaking, I needed to have a majority of my majority, at least half of my conference. This wasn’t a rule. I was speaking philosophically at the time…The Hastert Rule is kind of a misnomer.” 
Now we can safely say that Boehner and his leadership team have been lying about the non-existent Hastert rule just like they are focus testing words to use so they keep using the same words over and over again.   Is this man, Senator Rafael Ted Cruz, the de facto Speaker of the House?

Below are examples of numerous stories around the Internet about Ted Cruz and his actions including after the Government re-opened and didn't default.  Looks like Cruz is ready to shut down the Government again in January.  Cruz has trouble with the truth and facts but people still follow the jerk. That is one reason why the GOP is losing more and more people.  Cruz IMHO is nothing more then a puppet of the Koch Bros and their puppet Jim DeMint of Heritage.  Just remember that Ted Cruz is now the face of the Republican Party and believes every Republican supports him even though he is the most despised man in the Senate by both parties.  His arrogance knows no bounds. 
Even a threat that he wanted police to investigate turned out to be from Twitter not from a phone call or mail.  How do we know one of his people didn't Tweet to get him publicity?  Thin skinned Rafael 'Ted' Cruz has a true arrogance problem that has been with the Cuban descendent for a long time.

Ted Cruz Is Just the Figurehead of The Koch/DeMint Destroy Government Conspiracy
It is completely normal for human beings to focus their rage and anger at one person whom they feel assaulted them; especially if they think the person jeopardized their country’s economic health and shut down their government. It is doubtful there are many decent Americans who are not outraged at Ted Cruz for his role in the government shutdown, and it is likely he relishes the increased attention as conservatives’ messiah. Cruz appeared to be the de facto Republican leader who shut down the government and threatened a credit default as leverage to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, but the teabag hero was little more than a figurehead of a much larger conspiracy whose real leaders are teabaggers Charles and David Koch and Jim DeMint. 
While Cruz-led Republicans are plotting their next fiscal crisis to avenge their failure to tank the economy unless the President and Democrats paid a ransom, the Koch brothers and DeMint have been waging a ferocious battle to take the health law down in the states as well as in Congress. Americans should make no mistake that Republicans and their masters the Kochs and Jim DeMint will go to any lengths to derail the health law, because when all is said and done, they intend to deprive Americans from having access to healthcare regardless the cost to the nation’s economy or the people they lust to dominate. 
Americans have a two-and-a-half month respite until Republicans in Washington enact their next fiscal crisis to eliminate the health law, but Virginia residents are feeling the full effect of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity crusade to stop a key feature of the health law, Medicaid expansion, to deny poor Virginians access to healthcare. The primary target of the Koch-funded AFP is a long-time Republican tasked with leading a commission to decide if Virginia will expand Medicaid and provide the poorest residents with basic health care services. The man, Republican state senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. reports he is coming under heavy fire from Americans for Prosperity and their army of operatives deployed to spread Koch propaganda that expanding Medicaid is tantamount to ceding America to Adolf Hitler.
Ted Cruz and the sedition caucus never intended to raise the debt ceiling.  The 144 Republican House members and 18 Republican Senators voted against reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling because default was their goal.  Sure, they wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, that was an added sugar coating to their objective of destroying our credit rating and ultimately, repudiating our debt. 
Debt repudiation originated with Confederates who resented taxation to repay the Union’s war debt, while the Confederate debt was repudiated. That resentment is why section 4 was added to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that the Tea Party always says it loves, but prefers to ignore. 
Bruce Barlett explains the connection between the post-war South and today’s debt repudiators.
Republicans like to say that America wanted divided government, and that’s why they are in charge of the House, but Republicans fixed that. Americans no longer want the GOP in charge of the House. 
As a new CNN/ORC poll shows Republicans losing their only base over their ObamaCare shutdown and indicates that more than half of the country is not happy with Republicans holding majority power in the House, perennially wrong Ted Cruz is claiming that Senate Republicans are the biggest problem heading into 2014. 
Cruz told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash in an interview, “The single-most damaging thing that has happened to Republicans for 2014 is all of the Senate Republicans coming out, attacking the House Republicans, attacking those pushing the effort to defund Obamacare and lining themselves up opposite of the American people.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn't want another government shutdown, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is already egging on the next one. A power battle brewing between the two senators is growing personal ahead of the next critical deadline.
Federal government funding expires again on Jan. 15 and the two influential senators are already on a collision course after Cruz's quixotic push to defund Obamacare fell flat in the recent budget debacle and badly damaged the GOP's standing before the party surrendered
"There will not be another government shutdown," McConnell said Sunday. "You can count on that." 
Cruz, by contrast, isn't the least bit chastened after systematically undermining GOP leaders and goading his party into a self-defeating predicament. In fact, he wants a do-over.
"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," said the freshman senator, when asked if he'd risk another shutdown. "What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop
Cruz Slams His Republican Critics: They Want To ‘Inflict A Bunch Of Harm’ On Americans For Political Purposes 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushed back against Republicans who have criticized his efforts to shutdown the government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, arguing that they are trying to harm the American people “and hope we benefit politically.” Cruz’s remarks signal a growing rift between conservative and more moderate establishment Republicans over how to combat President Obama’s health care law as uninsured Americans begin to enroll in coverage.
While some — including Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and John McCain (R-AZ) — are urging the party to refocus on other issues, pointing to Obamacare’s rocky implementation as proof that the law will unravel on its own, Cruz, joined by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and groups like FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation, says that Republicans should seize future budgetary fights to defund the measure. 
This man says what a lot of us have been saying for a long time and while we are helping Democrats in 2014 to Take Back the House and Keep the Senate.  A lot of us want no part of today's Koch Bros hard right Republican Party.

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