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Sep 05 2013

Rafael Cruz’ Disconnect With Reality

Has there ever been a major political figure whose father was as outspoken as Rafael Cruz? Even the first President Bush pretty much kept quiet when his son was involved in politics. But Ted Cruz may well want his dad to shut up before long as he continues to make statements that are completely disconnected to reality. From a recent townhall meeting:

We can be complacent no more, we can be silent no more! You know, we have seen our lives under attack. Our quality of life is being eroded more and more and more as our liberties are taken away. As regulations and more taxation, we are seeing our lives being destroyed.”

Our treasures, let me tell you, the Obama administration has both their hands in your pocket. They are trying to take every hard-earned dollar that you make and give it out in handouts to buy votes.

But I’ll tell you something, they can take our lives, they can take our fortunes, but they cannot take our honor!”They cannot take our honor! No one can take our honor!

That last paragraph is just standard-issue emotional rhetoric, completely substance-free and designed solely to fire up the rubes. And the second one is just plain false. The overwhelming majority of Americans have paid less in taxes since Obama took office, even with Democrats in charge of both houses of Congress for the first two years, than they did when Bush was in office. Half of the stimulus bill in 2009 was made up of a wide variety of tax cuts, for crying out loud. More were included in the Affordable Care Act, the Small Business Jobs Act and the HIRE Act.

The only significant tax increase has been on those earning more than $400,000 a year, and only back up to the levels we had throughout the 1990s. Did people have “every hard-earned dollar” taken from them in the 1990s? Of course not. As usual, right wing rhetoric has almost no relationship with reality. They just keep repeating the same talking points no matter how much the evidence contradicts them.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    It would appear that the old saw that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is demonstrated once again.

  2. 2
    Artor

    Of course nobody can take their honor. Teabaggers don’t have any. Their entire premise is a lie. “They can’t take our FREEDUMB!!1!!!”

  3. 3
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Reality?

    What’s that again?

  4. 4
    theschwa

    “But I’ll tell you something, they can take our lives, they can take our fortunes, but they cannot take our freedom honor!”
    What Mel Gibson movie was he watching while writing that speech?

  5. 5
    Larry

    It would appear father and son have the same relationship with reality. None.

  6. 6
    rabbitscribe

    He’s riffing on the closing sentence of the Declaration of Independence: ” And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

  7. 7
    sailor1031

    They cannot take our honour. Ah yes, our sacred honour. What does that put me in mind of? What is it supposed to put me in mind of?

  8. 8
    eric

    The only significant tax increase has been on those earning more than $400,000 a year, and only back up to the levels we had throughout the 1990s. Did people have “every hard-earned dollar” taken from them in the 1990s? Of course not.

    Indeed. The way I think of it is this: if you think raising the highest marginal income tax rate from 35% ot 39%, is a bad idea, that’s fine. That’s a conversation worth having. If you think raising the highest marginal income tax rate from 35% ot 39% transforms the country from a free one (under Bush) to a socialist one (under Obama), you’ve got yourself a tribalism/partisan bias.

  9. 9
    marcus

    theschwa @ 4 You beat me to it! If that is not almost a direct quote from ‘Braveheart’ I’ll eat my fucking kilt!

  10. 10
    democommie

    “Did people have “every hard-earned dollar” taken from them in the 1990s? Of course not.”

    Well, except for those who relied on WS and the International Banks to practice some level of fiduciary responsibility.

  11. 11
    John Pieret

    Ted Cruz may well want his dad to shut up before long as he continues to make statements that are completely disconnected to reality.

    But his father accurately reflects the core constituancy that Cruz is courting. But having his father say it gives him a bit of deniability … when pressed about what his father says (which the Teabaggers eat up), Cruz can put on a pained expression and respond that the only thing he’ll say about that is that he loves his father very much. Win-win.

  12. 12
    bbgunn

    theschwa @ #4:

    What Mel Gibson movie was he watching while writing that speech?

    My 81 year old, once republican dad (The Shrub and Cheney changed that) refers to neocon folks like Cruz as ‘Brave Farts.’

  13. 13
    oranje

    Honestly, taxation levels don’t bother me. Deteriorating infrastructure, lax environmental enforcement, and, yes, debt bother me.

  14. 14
    D. C. Sessions

    If that is not almost a direct quote from ‘Braveheart’ I’ll eat my fucking kilt!

    Marcus wins the “clothing for all occasions” award!

  15. 15
    DaveL

    I don’t suppose he was wearing woad when he said this?

  16. 16
    D. C. Sessions

    What do you call a dead Pict warrior?

  17. 17
    democommie

    “My 81 year old, once republican dad (The Shrub and Cheney changed that) refers to neocon folks like Cruz as ‘Brave Farts.’”

    Ooooh, can I play?

    Howzabout, “Fake Hearts” or, maybe, “Braying Farts”.

  18. 18
    freehand

    Huh. I could have sworn this was from The Patriot.

  19. 19
    Area Man

    “They can take our lives, they can take our fortunes, but they cannot take our honor!”

    Deal!

  20. 20
    naturalcynic

    Don’t eat it. We don’t want to know what’s underneath.

  21. 21
    birgerjohansson

    Going off on a tangent with reality disconnects:
    “Barry Smitherman, Texas Attorney General Candidate, Says State Could Be ‘Independent Nation’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/barry-smitherman-texas_n_3876282.html
    Hahahahahahahahaha!

  22. 22
    birgerjohansson

    Maybe we could buy up land and donate it to the future “Cruzistan”, a bantustan solution to the problem of stupidity.

    “We can be complacent no more” ..so move your ass and get outta here, Cruz.
    (leans back and listens to blissful silence once the wingnuts are gone).

  23. 23
    Skip White

    That last paragraph is an insult to Klingons everywhere.

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