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Jan 20 2014

Cruz Tries and Fails to Defund Obamacare. Again.

You gotta hand it to Ted Cruz, he’s persistent. As the Senate considered passage of the omnibus budget appropriations bill (it passed easily, 72-26), he tried once again to defund Obamacare through an amendment to the bill. Amusingly, he tried to do it through unanimous consent, which means a single objection kills the amendment. That’s exactly what happened, of course.

As the Senate prepared to vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, Cruz named the omnibus his latest victim, presenting two amendments to the budget bill to defund Obamacare shortly before the Senate voted to invoke cloture.

Without hesitation, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) objected to both of his amendments.

“The majority leader and Senate Democrats have chosen not to listen to the American people,” Cruz said, yielding the floor.

Now that’s just funny. Like all wingnuts, he’s convinced, or at least claims, that the American people are on their side. So let’s take a look at a few of issues where Cruz’ position is diametrically opposed to public opinion. Nearly 2/3 of voters think we should raise taxes on the wealthy, which Cruz opposes and thinks is “communist.” By about a 55-40 margin, Americans support same-sex marriage. By about a 60-40 margin, Americans support the deal negotiated with Iran. By about a 60-40 margin, Americans support legalizing marijuana.

Why has Cruz “chosen not to listen to the American people”? Because he doesn’t really give a damn about public opinion, he only gives a damn about his own agenda. And that’s fine with me, actually. I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is invoking public opinion as the only thing that matters while flagrantly ignoring it when you feel like it. That makes you a hypocrite.

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  1. 1
    John Pieret

    And Cruz doesn’t care if you think he’s a hypocrite because you, unlike his target audience, are intelligent enough to see through his hypocracy.

  2. 2
    Mr Ed

    Sounds like something my old senator Joe Lieberman would do, set up a vote he know would lose so he could crow about it to the rubes but not have to worry about passage. Repeal theater

  3. 3
    raven

    It is starting to look like the Tea Party christofascists picked the wrong dead horse to beat on.

    1. The ACA is a minor tweak to our kludged together health care system. It is supposed to serve maybe 17 million people. Out of a population of 317 million, this isn’t much.

    2. It is estimated by the CBO to save the Feds $20 billion a year. It has costs but also savings. Somehow it extends Medicare solvency by 8 years.

    3. It’s also proving popular, with enrollment on track despite the fiasco of the rollout.

    4. The rollout was a fiasco. No big deal, this always happens with these programs. And it is a transitory problem. We won’t know how well Obamacare works for a few years but so far, it is on track.

    5. Ironically one of the demographics it is supposed to benefit are Tea Partiers. Uneducated, low income, uninsured people in out of the way places.

  4. 4
    AsqJames

    Why has Cruz “chosen not to listen to the American people”?

    I think it’s more invidious than that. It’s not that he’s chosen not to listen to the American people, he’s chosen to redefine “American people” to mean “those who agree with me”. We had “Real America” and “Real Americans” for a decade or more, now they’re dropping the first part, but they still mean the same thing.

  5. 5
    magistramarla

    I’ve been amused the past couple of days to see the tp faithful in my local paper no longer supporting Cruz. They seem to feel that he’s “so last year”. I can’t tell which one of their clown party that they have now been told to support.

  6. 6
    shouldbeworking

    “The majority leader and Senate Democrats have chosen not to listen to the American people,” Cruz said,…”

    Dear Senator Cruz: Such rude behaviour is most unCanadian!

  7. 7
    dan4

    I really wish a reporter would ask Cruz something along the lines of “So if the American people supported ObamaCare, does that mean then that YOU would support it?”

  8. 8
    democommie

    I just had somebody (who’s in the insurance business) tell me the other day that they can’t buy anything except really shitty insurance because OBAMA!! That simply sounds wrong. I’m on the VA so I don’t pay any attention to the debate until next October when I’ll be on the VA AND Medicare. Then I’ll have to make decisions like, “Should I go t Monte Carlo to have my liposuction, chin tuck, spider veins and penile implant taken care of?” or, “I wonder if I can get the VA to send me to France, Provence, specifically, to recover from my sexual reassignment surgery (it’s being done so I can gaymarry my girl friend)”. So many questions and no easy answers.

    I’m sorry, I may have been remiss in not saying, “FUCK YOU, Teddyboy!” earlier in my screed.

    “5. Ironically one of the demographics it is supposed to benefit are Tea Partiers. Uneducated, low income, uninsured people in out of the way places”

    Brain transplants* are covered by the ACA?

    * IANAD, so “transplant” may be the wrong word, perhaps it should be “implant”.

  9. 9
    abusedbypenguins

    The Congress of the United States of America, the most expensive and shameful Kabuki Theatre on planet Earth.

  10. 10
    michaelhofer

    “he only gives a damn about his own agenda”

    Sorry, wrong. He only gives a damn about is Paymaster’s agenda.

  11. 11
    michaelhofer

    “his”

  12. 12
    Chiroptera

    Maybe Cruz failed because he was too distracted by making sure that ACORN was defunded?

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