It’s Clear: Ted Cruz is Using Taxpayers to Fund His 2016 Presidential Bid

cruz-senatorThe more rhetoric that goes back and forth between members of the Republican party about whether or not they should or shouldn’t threaten to shutdown the government in their feeble attempt to “defund Obamacare,” the more it’s become clear to me—Ted Cruz isn’t serious about any of this.

Hell, he’s not serious about any of his duties as United States Senator.  His first few months in the Senate, he’s basically made one ridiculous claim after another, pandering to only the far right reaches of the Republican party.

Because the fact is, Cruz knows he’ll never get Obamacare defunded and he knows shutting down the government won’t do any good.  But that’s not really what he cares about.  All the man cares about is himself and his aspirations to run for president in 2016.

It’s abundantly clear since he’s arrived in the Senate that Ted Cruz wants to be President of the United States.  I don’t think for a moment he ever cared to be a senator; he’s just using his position in Congress to fund his campaign for the next 4 years.

Which is really where the root of this “defund Obamacare” propaganda comes from.  There’s not a single Republican with even the slightest bit of common sense (rare, I know) who believes this has any chance at working.  They’ll agree that they have the power to shutdown the government or not raise the debt ceiling—just that, in the end, neither of those events will do anything to halt the implementation of Obamacare.

And while I firmly believe Ted Cruz is a sociopath, he’s not stupid.  Sure he might be completely ignorant—but he’s not stupid enough to think that shutting down the government will somehow stop Obamacare.

What he is well aware of, though, is that he can never have any chance at becoming president if he never wins his party’s primary election.  Which is exactly what all this radical right-wing pandering is aimed at.  He doesn’t need to make sense, help Americans or try to actually create jobs—that’s not what tea party voters are about.

They’re about being told what they want to hear — reality and facts be damned.  They don’t care if what’s being said doesn’t make any sense, it’s what they want to hear and they’ll vote for whoever tells them exactly that.

He’s going to sit in the Senate for the next 3 years, being paid by taxpayers not to act in the best interest of the American people as a United States Senator—but to put himself in the position to be the GOP candidate for president in 2016.

That’s it.

Just look at his pointless political grandstanding yesterday for more proof.  He got paid by the American taxpayer to stand and babble on the Senate floor for a total of 21 hours going into today, pausing to read Green Eggs and Ham to his children while missing the entire point of the story.  (The Green Eggs and Ham turned out to be DELICIOUS, Ted!  Just like “Obamacare” would turn out to be good for the people you represent, you moron.)

He knew that coming in as a freshman senator and not making a name for himself would ensure that he never had a chance at becoming president.  So he pandered to tea party voters during his Senate run, told them exactly what they wanted to hear even though he knew it was all bullcrap, and eventually won his seat in the United States Senate.  And it’s that pandering to the tea party which is the same exact tactic he’s using to try to propel himself to the White House.

So by running for senator, with apparently no intentions of ever actually trying to accomplish anything besides setting up future campaign ads and talking points for speeches, Ted Cruz has essentially decided to allow the taxpayers to pay him to run for president.

Because going by his antics during his first few months as a United States Senator—he sure as hell has no interest in actually governing or working in the interest of the American people.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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