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It goes without saying how deeply disappointed, and disgusted, I am that once again our “leaders” in Washington D.C. failed at their jobs and allowed the United States Federal Government to shut down. Not only is a federal government shutdown a complete embarrassment, it is a testament to how completely inept our current elected officials truly are and how dysfunctional our federal government truly has become.
What makes this shutdown even more despicable is the fact it has occurred over differences regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program “allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US under the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation.” In this status, approximately 800,000 “undocumented immigrants” who came to the U.S. ILLEGALLY as minors, can be protected from immediate deportation for a period of two years, which is subject to renewal.
So…let’s cut through the “political speak” and political correctness. Basically…the United States Federal Government shut down over differences regarding ILLEGAL immigrants living in this country. The federal government shut down over differences regarding NON-US citizens living in this country.
It absolutely floors me that as of midnight this Saturday, mission essential LEGAL civilian federal employees (many of whom are military veterans) will report to work and basically work for free until this shutdown is over. LEGAL, US civilian federal employees (did I mention many of whom are military veterans…you know, that have sacrificed for and served their country), will keep this nation’s infrastructure operating, without getting paid until the shutdown is over. Just so that ILLEGAL, NON-US citizens can continue to live in this country?
Am I the only one that sees the irony in this?
The finger pointing has already started and more than likely the Democrats will take it on the chin for this shutdown. The reality is though everyone in Congress is to blame for this, regardless of party affiliation. The reality is they had a job to do, once again they failed miserably, and none of them deserve to be in the position that they are in. None of them deserve to earn the six figure salaries that they will continue to earn during the shutdown…even though they too are civilian federal employees.
Am I the only one that sees the irony in that as well?
Enough is enough. Our federal elected officials are inept and our federal government is broken. Drastic changes are needed, but that’s another rant for another day. This current federal government shutdown is an embarrassment all by itself. But the fact it occurred due to differences over ILLEGAL, NON-US immigrants, at the expense of LEGAL US citizens, makes it that much more despicable.
I’ve never cared for John Boehner. However, I’m saddened by his decision to retire. As Speaker of the House, I believe John Boehner did an admirable job of policing a Republican Tea Party that is dysfunctional at best. He was the voice of reason, the level head, of a party that is only interested in its own very narrow minded ideals and agenda.
I find it humorous that the front runner to replace him, Kevin McCarthy, took himself out of the running for the Speaker position at the last minute. I can’t blame the guy though. Why would anyone want to put themselves in that position? It’s a thankless, career destroying position. Which is why I understand why no one within the Republican Tea Party has shown any real willingness or intestinal fortitude to become the new Speaker of the House.
With control of Congress, this was supposed to be the time that the Grand Obstructionist Party proved to the people of the United States, and the world, that they could govern. Yet, they’ve done anything but. Once again, the Republican Tea Party led Congress failed to pass a long term budget. Once again, political infighting prevents vital laws from being passed. Once again, Republican Tea Party pundits are crying for a federal government shutdown to advance their own narrow minded ideals and agenda. Once again…the Republican Tea Party has failed this country.
This one isn’t “Obama’s fault”. The Republican Tea Party led Congress has had a chance to prove to the people of the United States and the world that they could govern. Yet, they’ve proved they can’t even govern their own ranks. As we look at electing a new President in 2016, is this really the party that we want to serve as this country’s figurehead?
Well, it’s official. Senator Ted Cruz has announced he is running for president in 2016. His “coming out” wasn’t necessarily a huge surprise. Speculation has swirled seemingly from day one regarding Ted Cruz’s presidential aspirations. Unlike many of his contemporaries that continue to play the “maybe I am, maybe I’m not” game, I commend Mr. Cruz for having the “intestinal fortitude” to make his presidential intentions known beyond a reasonable doubt. Considering the size of Mr. Cruz’s ego, I’m actually surprised he waited this long to make his announcement.
It is no secret that I am not a fan of the person or politician that is Ted Cruz. However, I couldn’t be happier that he is throwing his hat into the presidential ring. For one thing, by running for president, Mr. Cruz further fractures a very tumultuous Grand Obstructionist Party. We’ve already seen glimpses of dissent within the now Republican controlled House and Senate. These fissures within the Republican Tea Party will only grow larger with Sen. Cruz running for president.
Another reason why I’m happy Ted Cruz is running for president is he will now have to come out of the shadows and be held accountable for his beliefs and intentions. Up until now, Sen. Cruz has been able to get away with blaming President Obama for all perceived wrongs while sitting back in the relatively safety of the masses of his fellow representatives. As a presidential hopeful, Mr. Cruz will no longer be able to enjoy that “safety net” that comes with being one of the many.
In addition to losing his safety net, Ted Cruz will now be on the hook for identifying and explaining realistic and practical solutions for the problems facing this country. Based on what I have seen and heard so far from Sen. Cruz, his only current “solution” is blaming President Obama. Amongst many things, Ted Cruz wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and abolish the IRS. Yet when pressed for details, he is unable to offer any practical and attainable solutions that would replace these entities. As the presidential race heats up, time will prove that Ted Cruz is long on ideology and lacks practical solutions for solving this country’s challenges.
Realistically, Sen. Cruz’s chances of becoming President of the United States is a long shot. While he has appealed to the radical few, he’s also alienated the more moderate majority. Due to his past antics, Mr. Cruz will be hard pressed to garner the support he needs to win his own party primary, much less the presidency.
However, part of me is also concerned. As bombastic as Ted Cruz is, it is plausible he could win. In today’s day and age of smartphones and political correctness, anyone and everyone is just one misstep away from going from champ to chump. Sen. Cruz could win not because he is the best person for the job. He could win because he is the lesser of the eligible evils.
While I commend Mr. Cruz for leaving no doubt regarding his presidential aspirations, I believe his doing so will finally prove to the world just how incapable he will be of attaining such a lofty goal. While I believe Ted Cruz is a long shot to win the presidency, I also worry he could win based on the misfortunes of others rather than his own merit. While Sen. Cruz was not solely responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown, we must remember his actions went far towards ensuring the shutdown occurred. Let us not forget, Mr. Cruz chose to waste valuable taxpayer time, money, and resources reading Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to his daughters from the Senate floor rather than take action to avoid the shutdown. Ted Cruz has proven his willingness to advance his own personal agenda at the expense of the good of this country. Is this really the “leader” that we want to represent this country as President? Only the future will tell for sure.
It’s a good day to be a Republican in the United States today. As expected, the Republican Tea Party has become the majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, a large number of Republican state governors were unexpectedly elected, especially in states that have long been considered Democratic strongholds. It goes without saying that in light of past Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) transgressions, I’m both leery and concerned about the future of this country.
Despite the ominous possibilities, Republican Tea Party control of the U.S. Congress could actually be a good thing. While it’s easy to assume that even less will get accomplished (if that is even possible), it is possible that more will actually get accomplished. The reason for this is simple. All eyes are already looking forward to the 2016 presidential elections. Now that the Republicans have control of Congress, electing a Republican president will ensure their ability to advance their conservative agenda. On the other hand, it is just as imperative a Democratic president is elected to provide some sort of sanity check to that agenda.
This means neither party can afford to be looked upon as the “obstructionist” party leading up to the presidential elections. Therefore, there is a good chance each party is going to try and advance their agendas as a means to show that they are the party that can get things done. President Obama cannot afford to veto everything that comes to his desk. At the same time the Republican Tea Party cannot leverage another federal government shutdown. The only way either party can show that they are the party that can get things done is through <gasp> compromise.
What may be a short term boon for the Republican Tea Party could also very well be its undoing. With full control of Congress, the burden now falls more on Republicans to prove that their party is united and capable enough to lead this country. However, with veteran radicals still in place like Ted Cruz, and potential radicals like newly elected Joni Ernst, it is going to be difficult for the party to maintain and prove its unity. Radicals like Ted Cruz have already proven their propensity to go against party expectations to advance their own private agendas at all costs. If the Republican Tea Party as a whole cannot keep these radicals in check, it will be a cold day in Hell that they win the presidency.
Yesterday proved, at least to me, that many in this country forgot who was perceived as responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown. However, I believe some good can come from the Republican Tea Party gaining control in the U.S. Congress. Through compromise, each party can advance agendas that can put this country back on the right track. However, I feel that it is the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) that has the most to prove…and the most to lose come 2016 if they cannot control their radical few.
I’ve heard it said that everything is bigger in Texas. If so, then nothing can be bigger than the Texas-sized ego of Ted Cruz. This was especially apparent during a recent interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
It seems as if it wasn’t enough that Mr. Cruz’s efforts led to a federal government shutdown. Now, Mr. Cruz wants to ensure that shutdown remains in effect. Despite the fact that there have been 44 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, Mr. Cruz wants to use the debt ceiling as a means to advance his own personal agenda against “Obamacare”.
Mr. Cruz’s rationale for this is simple. According to him, “Obamacare” “would destroy the private health care system.” Really Mr. Cruz? Apparently you haven’t noticed, but the private health care system IS ALREADY BROKEN! Don’t believe me, just ask someone that has a pre-existing condition that can’t afford health care! “Privatize” is the Republican Tea Party answer to “fix” everything. The only thing health care privatization “fixes” is the bank accounts of doctors and politicians like Ted Cruz.
Mr. Cruz went on to state that “Obamacare isn’t working”. Once again, really Mr. Cruz? “Obamacare” was only implemented 5 days ago. Don’t you think it’s a bit premature to state that the system isn’t working? Or better yet Mr. Cruz, are you afraid that “Obamacare” just might actually be successful?
At this point, I feel there are a few things quite apparent here. First of all, the angst that Mr. Cruz feels towards “Obamacare” is nothing more than a manifestation of the jealousy he feels towards President Obama himself. The reality is Mr. Obama is President and Mr. Cruz is not. More importantly, Mr. Cruz will NEVER BE PRESIDENT. As a result, he will never be taken seriously. At least as seriously as he wants to be taken. Mr. Cruz has always been nothing, will always be nothing, and his current actions only serve to reinforce this.
Ted Cruz is nothing more than a modern day Napoleon. Texas’ed sized ego with an equally large inferiority complex. Completely out of touch with reality. A bane upon society. A loser in every sense of the word. “Obamacare” won’t destroy the private healthcare system. It’s fair to say at this point “Obamacare” will work. The only thing amiss here Mr. Ted Cruz is YOU and the rest of your Republican Tea Party puppets!!
Well it is official, after 43 attempts to undermine “Obamacare”, the Republican Tea Party has finally succeeded in shutting down the federal government. Truth be told it should come as no surprise. The Grand Obstructionist Party has been working diligently to achieve this lofty achievement. Ensuring the sequestration was but only an appetizer to the shutdown main course. I have no doubt Ted Cruz and the rest of his band of merry radicals are quite proud of their “accomplishment”.
I commend the more moderate House Republicans for having the courage to make a last minute attempt to break ranks and restore some semblance of sensibility. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania and Rep. Peter King, R-New York will certainly come under fire within their party for their efforts to stand up to the inept few. Their efforts show there are still some within the Republican ranks that have smartly chosen not to drink the Tea Party Kool-Aid.
Naturally the finger pointing has begun. The GOP led House blames an unyielding Democratic led Senate. Yet the House was told repeatedly any attempt to undermine “Obamacare” would be met with rejection. You would think after 43 attempts the Republican Tea Party would get the hint. Yet a small radical faction, driven by overblown egos, continues to advance its own personal agenda and re-election aspirations. At the expense of the entire country. If only the same effort and zeal would have been dedicated towards running the federal government effectively. Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this position.
Today marks the pinnacle of dysfunction that has come to define our federal government. It is also marks a defining day for the Republican Tea Party. The Republican Party used to be a bastion of the working man and woman. Today, it is nothing more than a puppet of the Corporate Masters that pull its Tea Party purse strings. It has become a party controlled by the radical few that only hold their own interests at heart. It has methodically alienated the majority of this country and is completely out of touch with the changes that are taking place in this country. Has the Republican Tea Party finally reached the tipping point of no return? I have a feeling this latest Grand Obstructionist Party “accomplishment” will go far towards determining that. It will certainly be on my mind when I report to work today to sign my furlough paperwork…again.