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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  • Bruce L Arvidson II

    Let me start by stating, there is NO chance Cruz can be President. The man IS a foreign born national of and American mother. I say this because the man’s father is CUBAN. Last time I checked there was still an embargo against everything Cuban. So no matter how many times he says he can just drop his allegiance to Canada, what about his allegiance to Cuba?

    • Karen Christie

      Doesn’t matter what his father’s nationality is, or his mother’s for that matter, he was born in Canada, he cannot be president. The End.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        McCain was born in Panama. No one fussed about him. Natural born has had a number of interpretations.

        I believe that the Founding Fathers did indeed intend “natural born” to mean actually, physically born in the United States or a U.S. territory. Think about it. The US was a tiny, weak country, surrounded by potential invaders…England, from Canada, the French from the Louisiana territory, the Spanish from Mexico. Imagine someone coming to the US from Europe–England, Spain, France–becoming an American citizen, being elected president, then basically turning the country over to his nation of origin. I think the FFs wanted someone who was born here, grew up here and was likely to be loyal to the land he thought of as home.

      • Debra Diroll

        Military bases in other countries are considered American soil. Thus, McCain was born on American soil even though the country was Panama.

      • Mike

        I don’t wish to break your bubble there but you are not 100% correct. Prior to the wall in Berlin Germany came down every child born of military members in West Berlin, Germany were born as German citizens per the 4 powers act. I had to go to a US magistrate court immediately upon arrival to get my daughter’s paperwork started & completed so she would be an American citizen.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        My dad had to do paperwork on me to make me officially a citizen. It’s called being “naturalized.” But my point is this….I am not a Peruvian. Aside from the legalities, I’ve never lived there since a few months after I was born, I don’t speak Spanish, I know next to nothing about the culture, I have no allegiance to the country. I AM a full-fledged American citizen. NOT a Peruvian. Just like John McCain is not a Panamanian. Period.

      • Jennifer Read

        You mean she has the good fortune to have dual citizenship. She would still count as a natural born American citizen. You just did the paperwork that registered her as such.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Well, I wasn’t born on a military base. My father was in Peru as a liason to the Peruvian Air Force. But don’t tell me I’m not a US citizen!

      • Mike

        I 100 Percent agree. And on the same logic they (FF) believed they had created a form of term limits. The age to run for Senator is 35 and at that time the life span was only 45-48 years. So when you got elected to the Senate or House you would be dead, or gone from office before your 48th birthday.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Well, I think the 35 years old requirement was more a matter of wanting some maturity in a President. Remember, the FFs were originally British subjects and knew very well, the European tradition of monarchs who were often very young when they ascended to the throne, very subject to the influences of others, etc. 35 in those days was considered middle aged; a good age to be ready to assume the responsibilities of being president. (Would you rest easy with a 21 year old as president? I doubt I would. Remember, the POTUS is commander-in-chief of our military.)

      • shipaddict

        The law was changed in the 70s to make “natural born” mean anyone born to an American citizen, even if on foreign soil, so long as that American citizen parent lived in the US for a defined period of time past the age of 15. So by that technical definition, he would be considered a citizen.

        I think the whole thing is laughable, however, considering the uproar the Republicans created over Obama’s citizenship story — which is almost identical to Cruz’s, except that Obama WAS born in the US, just lived elsewhere much of the time he was growing up. Suddenly it’s just peachy that Cruz wasn’t born on American soil. Double standard. Just like a lot of the GOP crap. It’s great for me but F you.

      • Mike

        Lets cut through all BS the reason that the GOP don’t like President Obama is not where he was or wasn’t born but their problem is with the color of his SKIN. Yes I the tea party and many on the right are racist.

  • Diana Reichardt

    I hope this “gentleman” falls in a big, deep, dark hole and he is welcome to take his Republican friends with him!!

  • Pipercat

    If you really pay attention to what are, and how he articulates, his positions, or lack thereof, you can come to a conclusion that my junior Senator is a linear thinker. It’s how he can excel at debates. He can think ahead and respond to obvious questions. However, he whiffs at the curve ball. Durbin threw him one last night and he swung on and missed. Durbin fucked up and didn’t follow up with a slider. His follow up was direct and he hit a slow roller to third. More or less, he let him off the hook. Assuming I am correct in my assessment, this will doom any chance of a viable candidacy in 2016; due to a this being a personal flaw that can, and will, be exploited by the other hopefuls.

    • jdubhub68

      Interesting perspective. As we saw last year, the Republican primary process is an orgy of ignorance trying to see who can goosestep fastest to the right but not so far that they can’t put on a respectable suit and sprint back to the middle. Each year, it seems like the gap between respectable to all the voters and perceived to be qualified by the right-wing fringe grows.

      No wonder they’re trying to keep Dems from voting.

  • gemma liar

    why are we wasting time on the newest regressive party upcoming failure? shall I name the last winners? michelle Bachmann……herman 999 cain,,,, Donald chump,,,,,, tim pawlenty,,,,,sarah ( still sexy as all hell) palin,,,,, newt gingrich,,,,and the WINNER: mitt Romney!!! — and we liberals are upset with this sen McCarthy look-a-like??? lets all let him flounder and piss off the real repubs,,,and spend SPEMD taxpayer money ginning his base of white trash regressive TEA bag PARTY inbreds—-

    • Cathryn Sykes

      Gemma: Fools though they be, they can still do a lot of damage. Remember, a lot of these idiots end up as Congressmen or Senators or governors.

      • gemma liar

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,even a dying bull can gore a matador

  • Cathryn Sykes

    A man who lies about reading a book to his kids will lie about anything. It was obvious that he’d never read GE&H, since his whole spiel was about being forced to try something that is going to be awful, and in the actual book, when the narrator is finally persuaded to try Green Eggs and Ham (Obamacare) he LIKES it. I imagine the conversation went something like this: To an aide: “Find me a children’s book about not wanting to try something new.” “Well, Green Eggs and Ham is one of the most popular kid’s books in history and that’s just what it’s about.” “Great, get me a copy.”
    He probably didn’t even read it all the way through. Just had some “talking points” pulled out to quote and rework. I imagine Dr. Seuss is spinning in his grave…..

    • Jennifer Read

      He is clearly unable to see any subtlety. So it’s possible he has read the book many times and missed the point. Nagging someone until they give in is something he totally gets.