I’ve heard it said that everything is bigger in Texas. If so, then nothing can be bigger than the Texas-sized ego of Ted Cruz. This was especially apparent during a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
It seems as if it wasn’t enough that Mr. Cruz’s efforts led to a federal government shutdown. Now, Mr. Cruz wants to ensure that shutdown remains in effect. Despite the fact that there have been 44 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, Mr. Cruz wants to use the debt ceiling as a means to advance his own personal agenda against “Obamacare”.
Mr. Cruz’s rationale for this is simple. According to him, “Obamacare” “would destroy the private health care system.” Really Mr. Cruz? Apparently you haven’t noticed, but the private health care system IS ALREADY BROKEN! Don’t believe me, just ask someone that has a pre-existing condition that can’t afford health care! “Privatize” is the Republican Tea Party answer to “fix” everything. The only thing health care privatization “fixes” is the bank accounts of doctors and politicians like Ted Cruz.
Mr. Cruz went on to state that “Obamacare isn’t working”. Once again, really Mr. Cruz? “Obamacare” was only implemented 5 days ago. Don’t you think it’s a bit premature to state that the system isn’t working? Or better yet Mr. Cruz, are you afraid that “Obamacare” just might actually be successful?
At this point, I feel there are a few things quite apparent here. First of all, the angst that Mr. Cruz feels towards “Obamacare” is nothing more than a manifestation of the jealousy he feels towards President Obama himself. The reality is Mr. Obama is President and Mr. Cruz is not. More importantly, Mr. Cruz will NEVER BE PRESIDENT. As a result, he will never be taken seriously. At least as seriously as he wants to be taken. Mr. Cruz has always been nothing, will always be nothing, and his current actions only serve to reinforce this.
Ted Cruz is nothing more than a modern day Napoleon. Texas’ed sized ego with an equally large inferiority complex. Completely out of touch with reality. A bane upon society. A loser in every sense of the word. “Obamacare” won’t destroy the private healthcare system. It’s fair to say at this point “Obamacare” will work. The only thing amiss here Mr. Ted Cruz is YOU and the rest of your Republican Tea Party puppets!!
This one’s for you Republican Tea Party!
Well it is official, after 43 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, the Republican Tea Party has finally succeeded in shutting down the federal government. Truth be told it should come as no surprise. The Grand Obstructionist Party has been working diligently to achieve this lofty achievement. Ensuring the sequestration was but only an appetizer to the shutdown main course. I have no doubt Ted Cruz and the rest of his band of merry radicals are quite proud of their “accomplishment”.
I commend the more moderate House Republicans for having the courage to make a last minute attempt to break ranks and restore some semblance of sensibility. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania and Rep. Peter King, R-New York will certainly come under fire within their party for their efforts to stand up to the inept few. Their efforts show there are still some within the Republican ranks that have smartly chosen not to drink the Tea Party Kool-Aid.
Naturally the finger pointing has begun. The GOP led House blames an unyielding Democratic led Senate. Yet the House was told repeatedly any attempt to undermine “Obamacare” would be met with rejection. You would think after 43 attempts the Republican Tea Party would get the hint. Yet a small radical faction, driven by overblown egos, continues to advance its own personal agenda and re-election aspirations. At the expense of the entire country. If only the same effort and zeal would have been dedicated towards running the federal government effectively. Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this position.
Today marks the pinnacle of dysfunction that has come to define our federal government. It is also marks a defining day for the Republican Tea Party. The Republican Party used to be a bastion of the working man and woman. Today, it is nothing more than a puppet of the Corporate Masters that pull its Tea Party purse strings. It has become a party controlled by the radical few that only hold their own interests at heart. It has methodically alienated the majority of this country and is completely out of touch with the changes that are taking place in this country. Has the Republican Tea Party finally reached the tipping point of no return? I have a feeling this latest Grand Obstructionist Party “accomplishment” will go far towards determining that. It will certainly be on my mind when I report to work today to sign my furlough paperwork…again.
The Republican Tea Party in a Nutshell
The House led Grand Obstructionist Party (aka the GOP), declared “victory” by passing a short-term government spending bill which attempts to cut funding for “Obamacare”. Senate Democrats, as well as President Obama, have already stated that any such provision will ensure that the bill will have no chance in hell of passing the Senate, much less the President’s desk. This sets up yet another party-ideology fueled battle between Republicans and Democrats. This sets up yet another potential for a federal government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner was quoted as saying, “The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare”. Fora change, Mr. Boehner is partially correct. Rational, responsible American people do not want the government to shut down. Individual opinion regarding whether or not the American people are for or against “Obamacare” varies greatly. What Mr. Boehner misses however is the ultimate point. The American people are sick and tired of dysfunctional federal “representatives” that are more concerned with their political ideologies (and re-election) than making the decisions that are in the best interest of this country.
This is the 41st attempt to undermine “Obamacare”. While I am normally a great admirer of tenacity, there comes the time when one must recognize that the brick wall they are ramming themselves into repeatedly is not going to fall. Priceless energy, time, and resources have been wasted by the Republican Tea Party’s efforts to thwart “Obamacare’s” implementation. Yet again, Congress has shirked one of its most important responsibilities. It is September 21, 2013. Fiscal year 2014 starts in 10 days. Our Congress, who is responsible for drafting the federal budget, has barely even begun to address this issue. Instead, the Republican led House spent its time drafting a half-assed continuation bill that they knew had no chance of passing the Senate. Once again the Grand Obstructionist Party has ensured the likelihood of a federal government shutdown. Once again, our elected “leaders” have failed us.
The Republican Tea Party says it’s changing its ways, yet its actions suggest otherwise. It is completely out of touch with the changes occurring in this county. Just when it seems like they can’t possibly alienate the American people any further, they find a way to do so. Such is the case with this recently proposed spending bill.
If the federal government shuts down, I will be furloughed yet again. Furloughed due to ineptness. For those that believe they won’t be adversely impacted by a federal government shutdown, think again. Who do you think will be paying our “leaders” their six-figure salaries during that shutdown (guaranteed by the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)? Your tax dollars. So much for not being impacted.
It’s only fitting and proper that on my first furlough day I take the time to thank those responsible for taking away from me. Thank you Congress for taking 20% of my paycheck. Your irresponsibility and indifference regarding sequestration will go far towards negating my efforts to maintain my quality of life. I appreciate you adversely impacting my current financial stability.
In addition, since the amount of money going towards my retirement is based on a percentage of my base pay, your ineptness will also adversely impact my future financial stability. Since I will no longer have any “disposable” income to speak off, I will also no longer be able to contribute to the additional Roth IRA I established. Unlike you, I planned responsibly for my future. Thank you for negating my efforts.
Despite your efficiency in adversely impacting both my current and future financial stability, I will sleep well at night knowing each and every one of you, my “leaders” in Washington, will continue to draw every penny of your six-figure salary.
I’d also like to thank you on behalf of the local businesses I will no longer be able to frequent due to my furlough status. Thank you for taking away from those small business owners who’s every dollar means the difference between success and failure.
Rest assured though, since I have to put gas in my vehicle for the days that I am not furloughed, feed and clothe myself, and pay my mortgage, I will continue to support the big business, “Capitalist Masters”, that fill your re-election coffers.
Thank you Congress! Thank you for taking from me…your constituent. Thank you for taking from my local small business owners…so much for that whole “job creation thing” you talk so much about. Come Election Day, you better believe I will remember. I will remember those that took from me!!!!
Civil Servant, Veteran, Your Constituent
Well, it’s official. That which was never supposed to happen is here. The Federal cuts required by the sequestration will be enacted today. Fittingly, Congress has begun their weekend early and won’t even be in session to officially herald in the fruits of their incompetence. Our “leaders” in Washington have been irresponsible for creating this situation all along. Why should they be responsible now and actually show face for their ineptness?
For those Americans that have looked forward to this day. For those that believe they will not be affected by this sequestration, I have a news flash for you. You will be. Because every facet of society is connected. What affects one will eventually affect another. Americans have become grossly complacent when it comes to just how much the Federal government affects and subsides our daily lives. Ironically, it will be these very same oblivious Americans that cry foul the loudest when they all of a sudden they realize that which they had is no longer available to them.