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Monday, October 28, 2013

A Time For Reflection: Cruz, Tea Party, GOP

Ted Cruz took his quest for the US Presidency to Iowa this past week. The GOP US Senate charlatan  garnered over $1,000,000 in political contributions during the 16 days of the GOP federal government shutdown.

Cruz spewing red meat in Iowa (a key general election primary state).

"Restore historic economic growth," he said.
"We need to come together." 
"And let me tell you, growth and principles are ideas that unify Republicans," he said. "They are principles and ideals that unify the evangelical community, the liberty movement and the business community. Growth and freedom are principles that bring together Main Street and the tea party."
It was the GOP's failure to stand together, he said, that killed the effort to defund Obamacare. 
"We didn't accomplish our ultimate policy goal in this battle, and we didn't because unfortunately a significant number of Senate Republicans chose not to unite and stand side by side with House Republicans," he said. "Had we stood together I'm convinced the outcome of this fight would be very, very different. But listen, none of us ever thought that taking on the Washington establishment was going to be easy." 
He added: "Right now I'm more encouraged than ever."
"It's not a question of purity," Cruz told the Register. "It's a question of standing for common-sense conservative principles that are shared throughout this country that have been part of the American fabric of every small town and every small business and in families all across this country." 
Cruz said every Republican presidential candidate who ran as a strong conservative won — Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Reagan in 1980 and 1984, George H.W. Bush in 1988, George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. And those that ran as an establishment moderate lost — Ford in 1976, George H.W. Bush in 1992, Dole in 1996, McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, Cruz said.
"After looking at that 40-year pattern," he said, "the D.C. strategists all say we need more establishment moderates because they haven't won in four decades, but next time, trust us, they're going to win. That's not a pattern to electoral success." 

Ted Cruz appeals to an element of the GOP that is void of direction, is diminished in common sense, and is an element that could deliver the United States to the cavernous arms of a growing US Plutocracy. Cruz speaks for and leads a segment of the GOP as vital to its current existence as the party's core constituents (e.g., the US South and big business). After a brief period in the US Senate, Cruz won over the (Koch) Tea Party and relegated the zany Rand Paul and the opportunistic Marco Rubio to back of the party status. It seems winning over the Tea Party and right-wing media (Limbaugh and Fox News) is all a future candidate has to accomplish on a GOP path to the White House.

The origins of the (Koch) Tea Party is well defined and is rooted the greedy shells of David and Charles Koch. Progressive media have archived Koch brothers Dr. Frankenstein like involvement in creating the Tea Party monster. The monstrous movement delivered the US House to the Kochs as incontrovertibly as lightning strikes sparked life into the Frankenstein Monster. As with the Frankenstein monster, the gift of political life for the party has led to political and social scourge for the nation.

Since, the 2010 mid-term elections the US government and the nation have devolved into a political quagmire unequaled in US History. Critical legislative progress ceased and publicly declared/surreptitiously plotted obstruction become modus operandi for the Tea Party laden 112th Congress. The legislative contrast between the 111th to the 112th Congress is stark and no other media illustrates the point better than Think Progress.

Think Progress on the pre-Tea Party 111th Congress (2008 - 2010)
....... There is no debate, however, that the 111th Congress passed a historic volume of substantial legislation, whatever one might think about the merits of these achievements. Historian Alan Brinkley told Bloomberg yesterday that “[t]his is probably the most productive session of Congress since at least the ’60s,” for an article outlining the historic achievements of this session:
For the first time since President Theodore Roosevelt began the quest for a national health-care system more than 100 years ago, the Democrat-led House and Senate took the biggest step toward achieving that goal by giving 32 million Americans access to insurance. Congress rewrote the rules for Wall Street in the most comprehensive way since the Great Depression. It spent more than $1.67 trillion to revive an economy on the verge of a depression, including tax cuts for most Americans, jobs for more than 3 million, construction of roads and bridges and investment in alternative energyended an almost two-decade ban against openly gay men and women serving in the military, and today ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
Read more 

The Tea Party Congress (House takeover, January 2011) and its obstructionist reality is depicted as follows via Gov Trak. During tough economic times, the nation was handed a congressional cancer that literally sapped economic progress from reality. 

Gov Trak Dot Org: Law Makers Who Aren't Making Law

The press’ quarterly report cards on Congress are out and the picture isn’t pretty. As The Huffington Post and The Atlantic Wire report, based on data from GovTrack, the current Congress has enacted fewer bills than any other Congress in modern history at this point in the legislative session. Just 21 bills have been passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law since the 113th Congress convened in January. What’s more, the number of bills introduced in this Congress – 4,753 – is also significantly less than past Congresses. 
The aggregate numbers, however, are only part of the picture. Individual members differ widely in the number of bills they have introduced; that is, bills they are primary sponsors of. On the one end of the scale are Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), with 60 bills introduced so far, and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), with 34, and on the other end, those who have introduced one or two bills. And then there are lawmakers who have yet to file a single bill this Congress – two senators and fourteen members of the House, to be exact. 
The members of Congress who haven’t filed a bill so far are an assorted bunch. The list includes House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), whose many administrative and procedural duties preclude him from being very active in proposing legislation.

While the Tea Party accomplished its mission, via stifling Bush Era Great Recession economic improvements and providing a solid basis for Obama obstruction, it's most significant travail was the election of Ted Cruz. The electoral horror was to the US Senate, not the Tea Party House of Oz.  His Frankenstein like meandering through the legislative branches in Washington DC has been both historic and comparable to Frankenstein monster village killings.
Cruz as Tea Party leader orchestrated a $24 billion larrup to our economy via the long anticipated GOP federal government shutdown. Yet, Cruz spoke typical GOP manta to his eager Iowa audience. 

"Restore historic economic growth," he said.
Let's take a deductive look at Cruz's mantra.

The political opportunist crafted a speech in which he declared the prospect of restoring economic growth after flushing $1.5 billion per day down the GOP toilet over a 16 day GOP shutdown period.  His GOP leadership provided a reported 25 percent hit to GDP growth for 2013.
Major premise: All Tea Partiers are Republican.

Minor premise: All Tea Partiers supported the GOP Federal Government Shutdown.

Conclusion: Republicans continue to seriously damage the US economy.

Ted Cruz's ascension to the most visible position in the Circa 2013 GOP, is both intriguing and politically disastrous for the political Right. While, right-wing media, the House tea party caucus and other publicly zany (Bachmann, Steve King, Mike Lee, etc.) GOP congressionals worship Cruz, the reality of his existence is a damaging to the nation as the fabled Frankenstein monster was to that little European village.

Ted Cruz’s Popularity Rises among Tea Party Reps, Falls among Others     
Tea Party Favorability Drops Across Party Lines 

Moderate Republicans Less Positive toward  Tea PartyGrowing Share of Tea Party Reps See Movement as Part of GOP    

Cruz and the tea party were primary sponsors of the GOP shutdown.  The Koch Tea Party seems to suffer under its own weight. This month's shutdown failed to stifle the developing Affordable Care Act and stop medical coverage for millions. Yet, many conservative politicians and 'whacked-out' right-wing media continue to laud the insurrection as a 'good thing.' 

Yet, there is hope for ridding the nation the GOP's latest Frankenstein monster, if the Pew Research survey is accurate.  Cruz is a crafty opportunist. The tea party faction of the GOP is not in aggregate as crafty and will fall to national angst.  After using his notoriety as '"the ObamaCare Fighter" to secure a solid hold on opportunity to share the 2016 primary stage with other 'zany' GOP politicians, Cruz will fall shy of solidifying a death hold around the throat of the US. 

Can you anticipate his demise?   Once, all bugs are fixed in the developing ACA, Cruz will suffer from its popularity. Cruz will also have to reckon with the fact his Tea Party platform will crumble into obscurity as the Kochs and other uber wealthy plutocrats are finding the tea party whack-birds in Congress unmanageable. Moreover, the public response to the GOP Government shutdown has the Tea party of 'front-street" as a deleterious entity within the party. Unless the party can shake its life sucking cancer (the Tea party), 2014 and 2016 could serve as historic elections.

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