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Oct 23 2013

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Ted Cruz

Now that Ted Cruz has ingratiated himself with the far right and made enemies of pretty much everyone else, he’s bucking for a Bryan Fischer Award with his weapons-grade projection in claiming that it’s his opponents who are willing to “inflict a bunch of harm” on the country for political gain.

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…

McConnell agreed. “[F]ull-scale repeal is obviously something that’s not going to be achievable until I’m the majority leader of the Senate and we have a new president,” he told CBS’ Face The Nation. He conceded that Democrats may support undoing parts of the law “depending upon the amount of heat they get from their constituents because of rising premiums, because of job loss, because of the chaos of the exchanges, they may be open to changes.”

But during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Cruz dismissed the GOP leader’s wait-and-see approach. “I consider that very — the Bad Samaritan theory,” he said. “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach.” “I’m not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed,” he added.

This is the guy who just helped lead a government shutdown that took tens of billions of dollars out of the economy, actually cost taxpayers more money rather than less and caused a huge range of terrible outcomes for untold numbers of people in a fight he knew he could not win. All for his own personal political gain.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    He conceded that Democrats may support undoing parts of the law “depending upon the amount of heat they get from their constituents because of rising premiums, because of job loss, because of the chaos of the exchanges, they may be open to changes.”

    Wow that’s a pretty grim view of what will happen. I’ll take give him 10 to 1 odds that doesn’t happen or if it does it will not be related in any way to the ACA.

  2. 2
    scienceavenger

    Ted Cruz is a serial liar. There’s no point in paying attention to anything he says.

    As for O’Connell, he doesn’t fare much better here:

    …rising premiums, because of job loss, because of the chaos of the exchanges…

    Of those three, only the last is doutbtless true to some extent. The first has not been supported by data, and the second is objectively refuted by the data. The full-time to part-time conversion in the economy was caused by the great recession.

    You’ll never see any Republican making these claims show you the actual data, never.

  3. 3
    tubi

    Cruz keeps talking about the harm inflicted by Obamacare, the millions of Americans that are being hurt by the law, but he never gives any examples. McConnell sort of alludes to some possible ones, e.g., some premiums might go up (but they’ll eventually go down), some people might lose jobs or have their hours cut (but that’s on the shitty employers and not the ACA), and some people can’t get enrolled in the federal exchange (pointedly, in red states where the governors refused federal assistance to set up a state version).

    But all of those things can and will be fixed, or aren’t really attributable to the ACA in the first place. I’m still waiting for Cruz to explain the drastic harm the law is causing (not will-he says it like it’s happening now). Harm so drastic that we should cancel all the new policies written for people with pre-existing conditions who could never get a policy at all and for 25 year olds just out of grad school who can’t afford an individual policy because of their student loans and aren’t getting one as part of their intern’s benefits package.

    (I used a lot of parentheses. One more set to note that I realize Cruz will never be specific-the rhetoric of fear doesn’t work that way. But I had to bitch about it somewhere, and here’s probably better than Sunday dinner with my red in-laws)

  4. 4
    caseloweraz

    Cruz: “I consider that very — the Bad Samaritan theory,” he said. “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach.”

    It’s much more honorable to inflict a bunch of harm on the American people to get big campaign donations from the 1%, and to benefit politically from those donations.

    Third-hand benefit, as it were.

  5. 5
    raven

    We are still adding up the damage from the Tea Party attack on the USA.

    1. $24 billion in direct costs to the federal government.

    2. Economic growth down. Marketwatch Keller: As a consequence, you may expect fourth-quarter growth in gross domestic product to be shaved by a half-point or more – bringing the rate of growth down to 2% or less.

    3. The US Treasury bond market is in trouble. It’s getting hard to sell them especially to foreigners so interest rates on them are rising. This increases the interest payments on the debt, by a lot.

    4. From a MW article by Mirhaydr Kiss the dollar goodbye “But the casualty in all this has been the U.S. dollar, which has fallen out of its two-year trading range and now threatens to return to its 2011 lows. ” The dollar is down 6% since July.

    5. The USA has become politically unstable. Our allies and trading partners are getting nervous. Our enemies are cheering wildly. Even the Afghani Taliban put out a press release laughing at us. A failing country in chaos is not a safer country.

    Summary: $24 billion direct cost, economic growth down, debt service up by tens of billions, dollar falling, US in trouble with the world and less safe.

    And all that to keep a few poor, self employed, and preexisting condition people from getting health insurance policies? It would be absurd if it wasn’t so destructive.

  6. 6
    dogmeat

    The Republicans will continue to do what they’ve already been doing, blame any negative economic outcome on the Democrats and their policies. This has been their strategy for the last thirty years at least. Carter was responsible for the recession of the 70s, Clinton’s policies didn’t benefit the economy, they caused the Great Recession, and Obama as the “food stamps” president. Heck, some of them even go back and try to blame Roosevelt for the Great Depression. Why would they need any data or evidence to support their claims that the ACA is costing people jobs, etc., they’ve never needed any data previously, people just buy their BS and the media continues to portray the “debate” as if they are equally valid opinions as if that were somehow “unbiased.”

  7. 7
    raven

    Cruz:

    “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach.”

    That is the strategy of the Tea Party nihilists.

    Take the USA down and see what crawls out of the wreckage.

    We’ve seen this movie many times. Sometimes it is better like the American war of indendence. Quite often it is pretty ugly, the Bolsheviks, the Afghani Taliban, the Islamics in Egypt after Morsi, the Iranian theocracy and so on.

    Ironically under Obama things were going pretty well considering all he could do is clean up after the Bush Catastrophe. The economy is growing slowly, unemployment down, housing back from the dead, deficits falling, Iraq war over, the Dow hit a record!!! and so on. Not great but improving slowly and steadily.

  8. 8
    raven

    Ted Cruz is a serial liar. There’s no point in paying attention to anything he says.

    True.

    He is what the mavens call a Social Dominator type. They want power and don’t care how they get it.

    They are common and frequently end up in political leadership positions. You see them in the dictators of lots of third world countries here and there and occasionally in first world countries.

    He is also probably a sociopath. You can assume he is dangerous and watch our for him.

  9. 9
    raven

    The Tea Party GOP strategy now is to discourage people from signing up for the ACA. They are actively trying to sabotage the program and aren’t hiding it at all.

    The lies on Fox News, Forbes, WSJ etc. With the ACA, you get implanted microchips, anal probed by Reptilian UFO aliens, raped, your very own PD, personal surveillance drone, and on and on. No lie is too silly or implausible to tell.

    The Koch brothers are spending tens of millions to try to get states to not sign up for expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

    It’s obvious. They are afraid the ACA will work and be quite popular. It looks like they may well be right on that one, accidently for once.

  10. 10
    LightningRose

    Ed, I would encourage you to start every post regarding Ted Cruz with:

    “Ted Cruz, entitled to free, lifetime, quality medical care from a country where he pays no taxes…”

  11. 11
    colnago80

    apparently, Cruz’s asshole buddy Mike Lee is getting some flack from the folks back in Utah.

    http://goo.gl/TOq9VM

  12. 12
    colnago80

    Re raven @ #8

    Cruz is a highly intelligent, world class demagogue who is the most dangerous man in the Rethuglican Party. I would be a little hesitant to play amateur psychologist and declare him a sociopath, although there is, perhaps, a thin line between demagoguery and sociopathy.. By the way, he apparently hasn’t been hurt back in Texas.

    http://goo.gl/LZoFC5

  13. 13
    sharonb

    Ted Cruz (Social dominator) + TrEAson Party (Authoritarian followers) = Lethal Union.

  14. 14
    exdrone

    Cruz … says that Republicans should seize future budgetary fights to defund the [ACA].

    If at first you don’t succeed in ruining the US politically and financially, try try again. The ACA is now Cruz’s white whale.

    “…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”
    ― Herman Melville,Moby Dick

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