Republican Infighting: Ted Cruz Slams Rick Perry, Says He Isn’t Responsible for Texas Job Growth

ted-cruz-rick-perrySometimes I wonder if there’s anyone besides Mike Lee and Rand Paul who can actually stand Ted Cruz.  He seems to almost go out of his way to make even those within his own party despise him.

Then again it’s clear by his actions since becoming a senator that he’s only concerned about his own presidential aspirations in 2016.

And considering that Texas Governor Rick Perry is most likely going to be one of his opponents in 2016, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that Cruz went after one of Perry’s main talking points – jobs.

“There isn’t a politician in this country who’s responsible for the economic growth we have,” Cruz said. “The economic growth has come from the private sector, it’s come from entrepreneurs. Nothing drives me crazier than politicians who run around talking about the jobs they’ve created.  Politicians are very good at killing jobs, but they don’t create jobs.”

While Perry isn’t really responsible for jobs in Texas (you can thank our abundance of natural resources for that) the idea that politicians have nothing to do with job creation is absurd.

Do politicians have as much to do with jobs as they claim they do?  Of course not.

But to believe that a politician’s policies, many of which directly impact the private sector, don’t have any impact on job creation only shows how little Cruz actually understands about governing.

Though he did fit in the typical right-wing talking point that “politicians can only kill jobs.”  Which is partially true.  Think of all the jobs we’ve lost thanks to tax loopholes Republicans have protected for companies that outsource jobs.  How many jobs did we lose because we essentially rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas?

How many jobs were lost by the deregulation on Wall Street that sent this country into the worst economic crash in nearly a century?

Politicians can create jobs by supporting legislation that encourages people to start or grow a business.  By passing regulations that encourage companies to keep jobs in this country instead of sending them overseas.

But these comments were clearly nothing more than empty words from Cruz, meant to appeal to the simple minded voters who don’t like to think for themselves, in an attempt to take an early shot at one of his probable opponents in the 2016 GOP primary.


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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  • Vince Dennen

    Sorry….neither are Worthy of a comment.

  • Erick E.

    Raf needs to go suck some Keystone XL.

  • Beth

    Just wait. Cruz is going say he has ideas that will create jobs. And then fail to explain.

  • James

    And they are still wrong — mostly — Texas used Federal Grants for Economic Development to BRIBE Businesses to move to Texas ! The Employees took a pay cut and lost Retirement when the Businesses moved !

  • Alan Foxman

    Someone needs to ask Teddy…If you don’t think politicians create jobs, then you’re saying there’s nothing you, personally, believe you can do to create jobs…so what the hell are you doing running for office? Senator Cruz….by your own admission, couldn’t you do more good for America by going into the private sector and getting the HELL out of office?

  • Edward Krebbs

    By Cruz’s quote, wouldn’t it follow that what the govt does has no effect on jobs, so it might as well raise taxes ? And doesn’t it imply that Cruz has no plan for the economy ?

    Namely Cruz saying: There isn’t a politician in this country who’s responsible for the economic growth we have

  • rossbro

    Asshole calling out a Texas Turd.

  • DavidD

    Old Ted likes to make friends where ever he goes.He is so good at building coalitions,compromising and actual governing.We are so fortunate to have him as our senator.
    Actually he acts like a spoiled brat.He is collecting payback tickets due to his pathological hubris and any chance of passing benificial legislation of actual use to us is nil.
    Hopefully we can get rid of him in 2016 and get someone who understands our political structure to get something done rather than Ted who only knows how to sabotage it.
    Maybe Rush will have stroked out by then and he can replace him as a marginal ranter on AM radio.

  • Paul Anthony Lopez

    The Shrub VS The Canadian