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Ted Cruz takes heat for telling
the truth about debt limit

Washington Examiner, by Star Parker

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Posted By:mikkins2, 2/16/2014 7:23:00 AM

Once again, bitter feelings are being cast in the direction of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. With the House passing the “clean” debt ceiling bill and sending it to the Democratic-controlled Senate, it was clear that this particular bill was going to be passed and sent to the president for his signature. But Cruz didn´t want to let Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., off the hook and give President Obama a blank check to once again increase the debt ceiling as we are drowning in red ink. He didn't want Republicans to simply vote against the bill, hiding behind the Democrat majority who were sure to pass it.

Star Parker gets it right. What is the point of a debt limit if it is raised time after time other than something meaningless to campaign on? Cruz is trying to do what he was elected to do. How dare he!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/16/2014 7:50:14 AM     (No. 9734441)

I am almost never WITH Boehner et al. but this time I understand: it is my mother´s old "don´t cut off your nose to spite your face" maxim. Don´t divert from criticism of Obamacare to win (or NOT most assuredly) a victory and that the Senate will block and Obama will veto in any case. Better to WIN in 2014 for once and THEN go on to lower debt and regs and follow the Constitution---of course that would mean Boehner et al (see what I mean) would have to agree with some of the Tea Party principles rather than demonizing the groups.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ivehadit, 2/16/2014 7:55:05 AM     (No. 9734445)

Fta:"In this sense, Ted Cruz is one of the few who is actually doing his job.

Every time the debt ceiling comes up, Cruz forces the nation to pay attention. This stuff matters, and we should be grateful to him for refusing to quietly roll over as the nation sinks."

BINGO! Are you listening, establishment?

Remember, Ronald Reagan, pre-presidency, was treated the same way as Ted is being treated.

Imho, the wheat is being separated from the chaff.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer, 2/16/2014 8:07:15 AM     (No. 9734452)

The debt ceiling is just another of Soebarkah´s "red lines", something to be crossed as needed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: grace1798, 2/16/2014 8:09:10 AM     (No. 9734455)

Pray God keeps Ted Cruz and Rand Paul Strong and protected. Thank God for him and those who are fighting the good fight against those who want you ...yea ...YOU.......the OXEN to grind their grain!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/16/2014 8:10:49 AM     (No. 9734458)

Well said, #1. Battles must be chosen carefully and this one was not. The only result was further division.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MERLIN251, 2/16/2014 8:11:07 AM     (No. 9734459)

"During a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"...George Orwell (aka Eric Arthur Blair, author of 1984 and Animal Farm). Truth, the new hate speech!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/16/2014 8:17:18 AM     (No. 9734465)

When Sen. Cruz took to the floor to fillibuster in order to bring attention to Obamacare, our own Republicans, especially McConnell were highly critical and insisted they should save the "fight" for the debt ceiling battle..was anyone impressed with the fight over the debt ceiling? Fight, what fight?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: catfur27, 2/16/2014 8:37:05 AM     (No. 9734495)

...Ted takes heat for being the only adult in a country becoming more and more full of spoiled juveniles ( thanks to the Juvie-in -chief and his dem thugs who have metastasized Govt dependency)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/16/2014 8:47:54 AM     (No. 9734509)

#5 has it exactly wrong. For nearly twenty years, the Establishment Republicans have been telling their conservative base, "NEXT time, we´ll vote for what YOU want, but right now we have to do this OUR way. You just sit quietly and we´ll get to your concerns very soon."

The time to accomplish those things has arrived. Conservatives will no longer be put off. Plus it´s also time to show the Establishment for the mendacious creatures they are.

I loved reading how angry Cornyn, McConnell, Graham, McCain, et al were over having to take a "risky vote" and not be able to hide the fact they want an increase in the debt ceiling all the while preaching fiscal conservatism. That is the definition of mendacious.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/16/2014 8:56:37 AM     (No. 9734517)

The plan was for the Dems to own the debt ceiling vote with their majority. Republicans didn´t have the numbers to prevail, so the idea was to hang it around the Democrats necks and campaign against them (and it) until we can take the Senate. But, Senator Cruz had a different plan in mind, with a sole goal of embarrassing John Cornyn as much as possible. Cruz fans love it. But, what was achieved?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/16/2014 9:08:54 AM     (No. 9734532)

IF republicans were the party of fiscal sanity they would counter the MSM with ads citing the LIE that a failure to raise the ceiling is default, they would point out in these ads that the government can pay its service on the debt with the existing revenue stream. The strategy of winning the next fight just means the dems know there is no fight in their opposition this time or next. What the "establishment" is touting as strategy is COWARDICE, or outright DECEPTION.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/16/2014 9:12:38 AM     (No. 9734538)

If not now, when?
If not here, where?
picking your fights is all very well. But this is not that. This is not even rolling over.
This is proof, as if we needed it, that at heart there is NO real difference between the self-styled "elites" of the Republicrat and the Democan crews. Tweedledum and Tweedledummer. At heart, they agree with each other on the basics, and hate us.
Ain´t playin´ that game no more.
3rd party time is here.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Steele81, 2/16/2014 9:43:34 AM     (No. 9734584)

The "plan" is always to hang it on the dems. It never happens. It has become a convenient catch phrase for the elitists to go along with whatever and never fight. The elitists would rather stick their fingers in the eyes of conservatives than fight obama and the dems.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stymie82, 2/16/2014 9:48:21 AM     (No. 9734593)

Cruz is a fighter and a patriot. Ditch Mitch! is the rallying cry for those sick to death of RINO capitulation and double-dealing. Send money to Matt Bevin in the pivotal race in Kentucky and Ditch Mitch! God Bless Ted Cruz.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 2/16/2014 9:48:59 AM     (No. 9734594)

Big Business OWNS the Ruling Elite in both parties. Are you telling me that a filibuster that demanded that WE will not bail out the Health Insurance companies wouldn´t have caught the attention of even the most sluggish of the ´lofo´ class. And if the push came to shove THEN you concede. The result is lots of publicity and the threatened Dem Senators on the record as bailing out the Healthcare Insurance companies. I wonder if that will happen? Get something!!!
Boehner,McConnell, and especially Kantor should be replaced. Kantor insisted that family members be exempted from insider trading on the the last Wall Street bailout. They´re all crooks!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: suziannr, 2/16/2014 9:57:01 AM     (No. 9734604)

Do you know the term ´testudo? We are working hard in Texas to send another warrior to DC to ´link shields´ with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. If you are in Texas please go to texansforstovall and see how can help up send Dwayne Stovall help. Check out Dwaynes ´Turtle Soup´ video that has Greta Susteran call him a ´jerk´..to which he replied via twitter..."I wonder what she calls those who are enslaving my children with debt" http://youtu.be/4EIMkxNhClQ

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Reply 17 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/16/2014 10:01:25 AM     (No. 9734613)

#10: Let me see if I have this straight.

Give the democrats what they want without a fight; then, ask us to vote for them next November. Why would we think they could/would do better . . . Especially those whom review what republicans have done when they were in the majority.

Well I´ll have to admit that, as it turned out, the republicans couldn´t do much when they were given control in (in 1995, wasn´t it?), Because Trent Lott ceded control to the democrats, anyway: Trent kind of set the benchmark for republicans philosophic theory, didn´t he?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 2/16/2014 10:08:13 AM     (No. 9734621)

I understand the advice to choose battles carefully. The problem I have is that the GOP Establishment is choosing no battles, even the obvious ones.

Clearly, what they are hoping for is to win by default, which is a worse strategy. Even if they see gains from that strategy, it will be a fleeting victory. At some point, you have to stand for something.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: beancounter, 2/16/2014 11:03:10 AM     (No. 9734677)

Vote on the debt ceiling should be linked to a vote on a balanced budget amendment. If you want a clean debt ceiling bill and you don´t want a balanced budget amendment then you´re just admitting that you plan to spend future generations into oblivion.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 2/16/2014 11:04:13 AM     (No. 9734679)

If they are going to votes like democrats anyway, we might as well have the real thing.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/16/2014 11:04:40 AM     (No. 9734680)

I have a different read #1. Boehner was frustrated by taking the heat for the divisions in the GOP and then being thwarted by the Senate. So he caved right away and gave the Dems exactly what they wanted - a blank check for any and all spending until March 2015. So if insurance companies take a loss because of the incompetent roll-out and no revenues have actually come in from the mandates, Obama can write them a two hundred billion dollar check.

The Senate was ready to let this slide. But Cruz used his perogative to demand 60 votes for cloture. This meant that 5 Republicans had to vote for what their constituents would consider a terrible law. And Murkowski, bless her weaselly heart, demanded leadership sign on before she did.

All these wimps shoveling the Peoples money into the fire are angry because they were exposed! If Cruz had kept his mouth shut, the gullible saps they represent would not have known.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rc1776, 2/16/2014 11:18:53 AM     (No. 9734695)

Star Parker once again nails it.
Thank you.
Habitual prevarication is contagious and the republican beltway basest have it bad.
The motive for lying is most often fear. These craven
beltway maggots must fear everything.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mws50, 2/16/2014 11:54:27 AM     (No. 9734739)

Senator Cruz did not embarrass Senator Cornyn in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Senator Cornyn clearly could have voted NO to cloture, but he insisted on voting YES, with Harry Reid and the other anti-American Utopian fools. He embarrassed himself.

But we should listen to our "betters". The fight should happen next time, so we do not jeopardize losing the coming election, like we lost the last election.

Wake up folks.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/16/2014 12:02:23 PM     (No. 9734747)

Why even have a debt ceiling vote? Congress already voted to spend money they don´t have and raising the debt ceiling is just voting to pay the bills already run up.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 2/16/2014 1:38:46 PM     (No. 9734860)

One of these days I hope I get the opportunity to vote for Cruz.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: absalom, 2/16/2014 2:49:53 PM     (No. 9734942)

The usual excuse mongers, who consider principle an inconvenient triviality, will always rationalize cowardice and ineptitude. It´s what they do. Their latest gambit is ´wait till we get an R Senate in ´14´. Anyone remember the last R Senate??? From 2000-06, along w/an R House; they produced a level of fiscal recklessness beyond breathtaking, till Obama. It´s real simple. The GOP is in the vise of a death spiral of its own choosing and the voter sense it in their bones. The likes of Boehner, McConnell and the rest of those charlatans and hustlers, are testament to that cold reality.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/16/2014 2:51:30 PM     (No. 9734945)

The reason for a debt limit is to prevent the President from finding a clause in an entitlement law and using it to justify spending a trillion dollars. By suspending the debt limit they have zero say in how much money gets spent until March 2015. Will the deficit be 19 trillion? Or 21 trillion?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: dman, 2/16/2014 2:59:14 PM     (No. 9734956)

"Taking the heat" is what real leaders do. Sometimes you have to fight the "hard" battles.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chefrandy, 2/16/2014 3:50:11 PM     (No. 9734992)

FTA-Cruz’s antics make Republicans look bad, they say.
FTA-So while many in his own party are calling Cruz a spoiler, giving his party a bad name, Democrats are framing what Republicans have done as surrender and a Democratic victory.

Herein lies my biggest problem with the entrenched members of the Republican party that think this way; no one makes you look bad but yourself. Accountability, not excuses or the horribly executed version of inside politics they wish us to believe they are playing, is what we elected them to do as opposition party. That Sen. Cruz decides to shine a light on this doesn´t make him the bad guy IMO.

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Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
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Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

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