Ted Cruz Demands Repeal Of Federal Law That Doesn’t Exist, Because Of Course

ted-cruz-sadI’ve always known that the closer we got toward presidential primary season, Senator Ted Cruz’s idiocy would dominate quite a few headlines. Even though we’re still a few months away from the first GOP presidential primary this August, it seems the Texas senator has been eager to prove just how absurd his presidential campaign is going to be.


Recently he’s scared a young girl, had to have basic science explained to him by NASA (even though he chairs a subcommittee focused on science and space) and he gave a speech bashing the Affordable Care Act to an organization of firefighters who supported the law.

This is what happens when someone tries to run for president who lives in his own delusional version of reality.

Well, to add to his rapidly growing list of public embarrassments, Cruz took to Twitter on Monday to publicly call for the full repeal of a federal law – that doesn’t exist:

Common Core was actually put together and voluntarily adopted by the states. The federal government had almost nothing to do with its implementation nor does it require states to abide by it. The only thing the government has done is offer money to states as an incentive to sign up for the program. The 43 states that did sign up for the program did so of their own free will without any legislation or requirement from the federal government forcing them to do so.


If anything, shouldn’t Cruz be a big fan of Common Core? After all, isn’t this the purest form of “states’ rights” considering these states worked together to form this program and each state that signed up for it did so of their own free will without the federal government requiring them to do so? Isn’t that exactly what Republicans are always whining about – letting states decide such things for themselves?

Then again, all of that would require Cruz to do more than just regurgitate pointless talking points that conservatives love hearing, yet make absolutely no sense once tested against facts and reality. The problem is, that’s all he ever does. Fact-checking sites have exposed Cruz as one of the most dishonest politicians in our government.

But it’s not just his dishonesty. In my opinion, it seems as if Cruz really just doesn’t understand how government works. Nearly every time he’s put to the litmus test to show that he understands what “governing” actually means, he fails miserably. We can’t forget that Cruz was the leading figure behind our nation’s first government shutdown in almost two decades. It was a shutdown that even many Republicans knew was absolutely pointless, yet Cruz pushed for it anyway.

All I can say is, get ready America. As primary season continues to move closer and closer, I can promise you that the absurdity from the likes of Ted Cruz, as well as many of the other likely GOP candidates, is only going to get a whole lot worse.




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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  • Jim Bean

    That’s as pathetic as the Dems playing women by promising to provide them with something that they’ve had for the past 50 years – The Equal Pay Act – of 1963.

    Fact checking sites still have Obama as THE most dishonest person in government – ever.

    (Provided for balance)

    • Eoin Maloney

      Alright, which fact-checking sites? Can you give me an example of an objective and unbiased site that states that?

      In short, [Citation Needed].

      • Avatar

        I have asked Jim Bean for the links for billions and billions of times. This commenter never once procedure single links. Just convey the bullshots from blaring sites like Fox News and Breitbart sites.

    • Signal Pupett

      Lie.

      • Avatar

        As always!!!!!

    • Cemetery Girl

      Aside from the fact that men generally do get paid more than women when they hold the same title and responsibility despite the equal pay act, what does that have to do with a statement made demanding the repeal of Common Core?

      • Jim Bean

        Both constitute fraudulent claims made by someone.

      • Charles Vincent
      • zappa24

        I see you are quoting two opinion pieces that put forth misleading information. The pay gap exists even when you compare across similar jobs between the two genders.

      • Charles Vincent

        So the bureau Of labor is an opinion poll? Are you High? Did you even read the reasons why the pay gap is a myth? Or are you just being Ignorant?

      • zappa24

        Wow, lots of lies and misinformation to fix here. First, I didn’t call either link “opinion polls”. I called them “opinion pieces”, which they are. Further, the one you are claiming is from the “bureau of labor” (you really mean the Department of Labor) is not from said organization. It is an opinion article that mentions a report that was not written by the Department of Labor, but was commissioned by it through a private research firm. The author of the opinion piece glosses over the fact that the report itself heavily depends on only one paper done in 1995, or that the research used a sample that compared apples to oranges (in this case, comparing all female workers to all male workers when women are more likely to work part-time). The problem with this method is that it then, of course, will put most of the gap on the smaller amount of hours worked, even though studies have shown that a large portion of the gap remains when you compare the wages of men and women who are working similar full-time jobs. In fact, one study found very specific gender discrimination by putting in applications for potential male and female workers to companies and found that the male workers were offered more for the exact same jobs. The report also mentions that there is still an unexplained gap using their methods, and that their methods may not accurately determine the true breakdown for the reasons for the gap. The opinion article doesn’t mention these warnings the researchers put on their own conclusions.

        The second opinion article is even worse in that it brings up a number of misconceptions about how research on the gap is done (assuming that researchers don’t take into account non-discriminatory reasons for the differences in wages).

      • Charles Vincent

        Although additional research in this area is clearly needed, this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.

        from
        http://www.consad.com/content/reports/Gender%20Wage%20Gap%20Final%20Report.pdf

        Furthermore both the BL:S and dept of labor share the data on this your claim is irrelevant and those pieces got there information from the dept of labor and or the BLS grow a brain mouthbreather.

        “The second opinion article is even worse in that it brings up a number of misconceptions”

        Yes those misconceptions;

        Why the Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth

        Men are far more likely to choose careers that are more dangerous, so they naturally pay more. Top 10 most dangerous jobs (from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics): Fishers, loggers, aircraft pilots, farmers and ranchers, roofers, iron and steel workers, refuse and recyclable material collectors, industrial machinery installation and repair, truck drivers, construction laborers. They’re all male-dominated jobs.

        Men are far more likely to work in higher-paying fields and occupations (by choice). According to the White House report, “In 2009, only 7 percent of female professionals were employed in the relatively high paying computer and engineering fields, compared with 38 percent of male professionals.” Professional women, on the other hand, are far more prevalent “in the relatively low-paying education and health care occupations.”

        Men are far more likely to take work in uncomfortable, isolated, and undesirable locations that pay more.Men work longer hours than women do. The average fulltime working man works 6 hours per week or 15 percent longer than the average fulltime working woman.

        Men are more likely to take jobs that require work on weekends and evenings and therefore pay more.

        Even within the same career category, men are more likely to pursue high-stress and higher-paid areas of specialization. For example, within the medical profession, men gravitate to relatively high-stress and high-paying areas of specialization, like surgery, while women are more likely to pursue relatively lower-paid areas of specialization like pediatrician or dentist.

        Despite all of the above, unmarried women who’ve never had a child actually earn more than unmarried men, according to Nemko and data compiled from the Census Bureau.

        Women business owners make less than half of what male business owners make, which, since they have no boss, means it’s independent of discrimination. The reason for the disparity, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study, is that money is the primary motivator for 76% of men versus only 29% of women. Women place a higher premium on shorter work weeks, proximity to home, fulfillment, autonomy, and safety, according to Nemko.

        It’s hard to argue with Nemko’s position which, simply put, is this: When women make the same career choices as men, they earn the same amount as men. As far as I’m concerned, this is one myth that has been officially and completely busted. Maybe you should celebrate International Women’s Day 2011 by empowering women with the truth instead of treating them like victims … which they’re not.

        Update 3/18/11: A reader was kind enought to send me a link to “An Analysis of Reasons for the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women” prepared, under contract, for the U.S. Department of Labor in 1/09:

        “This study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

      • Charles Vincent

        “Top 10 most dangerous jobs (from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)”

        the above quote is from the CBS article and lookie there it says “US bureau of labor and statistics”… what do you know I didn’t misquote it you just cant read.

      • zappa24

        You did misquote it because you called it the Bureau of Labor. Sorry that I can’t read your mind on whether you meant the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Department of Labor given that they were both mentioned in the links you posted.

      • Charles Vincent

        Wow you’re stupid or you’re trying to create strawman argument.

      • zappa24

        “So the bureau Of labor is an opinion poll?”

        That is a direct quote from your post that I originally replied to. It isn’t a strawman because

        1. It’s what you actually called the organization
        2. The first link of yours mentioned research from the Department of Labor; the second mentioned research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Referencing the “bureau of labor” would make it unclear to most anyone which of the two you were referring to.

        Since you can’t even be honest about a simple mistake that you made that is still there for everyone to see, what point is it to continue to argue more complex points with you.

      • Charles Vincent

        “lots of lies and misinformation to fix here. First, I didn’t call
        either link “opinion polls”. I called them “opinion pieces”, which they
        are. Further, the one you are claiming is from the “bureau of labor”
        (you really mean the Department of Labor)”

        Your words which prompted my question neither the BLS statistics or dept of labor statistics both articles used are Opinion or opinion pieces you attempted to create a strawman argument by stating and I quote “Sorry that I can’t read your mind on whether you meant the Bureau of
        Labor Statistics or the Department of Labor given that they were both
        mentioned in the links you posted.” You’re not very bright are you. Both articles link the BLS and dept of labor stats.

        Furthermore the article you used says the same thing that my articles did its right on page 3 of your article under the discrimination title you idiot.

      • zappa24

        More ad hominem.

        You are being intellectually dishonest. You said “Bureau of Labor”. There is NO Bureau of Labor, but there are two organizations with similar names: Department of Labor (mentioned in the first link you posted) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (mentioned in the second link you posted). When I went over why the Department of Labor’s report wasn’t as clear cut as the first linked article suggested, you attacked me personally for not being able to read your mind and conclude that you left off the word “Statistics” versus mixing up the words “Bureau” and “Department”. I showed you where you even made the mistake, yet you continue to attack me personally for not being able to figure out which of the two organizations you meant.

        Also, if we are going to talk about strawmen, you are the one that used that tactic when you changed my argument from being about posting two “opinion articles” to posting two “opinion polls”. You accused me of and attacked me for doing the latter, when I did the former. And I was correct in saying that they were opinion articles (just look at the description of the articles themselves and the sections of the websites that they are in).

      • Charles Vincent

        Look if you can’t make the connection that’s your issue not mine so stop fabricating red herrings chief. Bureau of labor is clear and equivalent to BLS or bureau of labor and statistics. Your argument is nothing but a shallow attempt at;
        Continuum fallacy(fallacy of the beard, line-drawing fallacy, sorites fallacy, fallacy of the heap, bald man fallacy) – improperly rejecting a claim for being imprecise.

        “You accused me of and attacked me for doing the latter, when I did the former.”

        Correction I asked a question that isn’t an accusation.

        ” I showed you where you even made the mistake, yet you continue to
        attack me personally for not being able to figure out which of the two
        organizations you meant.”
        Both are listed in either article and both use the same data not a hard concept, so it doesn’t matter which you look at since its the same data either from the BLS or the dept of labor. Even your own article comes to the same conclusion as both the BLS and dept of labor, and you refuse to see it.

      • Charles Vincent

        Here are the government agencies listed as sources in the CBS article

        “And, in case you’re wondering, Nemko’s source of information is primarily the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – rock solid.”

        “Despite all of the above, unmarried women who’ve never had a child actually earn more than unmarried men, according to Nemko and data compiled from the Census Bureau.”

        ” A reader was kind enought to send me a link to “An Analysis of Reasons for the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women” prepared, under contract, for the U.S. Department of Labor in 1/09:”

        Hmm that’s three agencies the BLS, DoL, and the Census Bureau. Your claim that you couldn’t have known is bullshit

      • Charles Vincent

        Here is the huffpo article;
        “One of the best studies
        on the wage gap was released in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Labor.
        It examined more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and concluded that the
        23-cent wage gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual
        choices being made by both male and female workers.” In the past,
        women’s groups have ignored or explained away such findings.”

        The DoL(Department of labor since you seen challenged by truncation) “examined more than 50 peer reviewed papers” and concluded the wage gap is based on individual choice not discrimination.

      • zappa24

        Lets make this simple:

        Did you or did you not say the following: “So the bureau Of labor is an opinion poll?”?

      • Charles Vincent

        Already answered this further up the thread. This is a red herring.

      • zappa24

        It isn’t a red herring when you posted two articles, one mentioning the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the other the Department of Labor. You have no room to attack someone for assuming you meant one when you meant the other when you weren’t clear on which one you meant in the first place.

        More serious is your actual strawman where you attacked me for calling the article “opinion polls” when I called them (correctly) “opinion articles”

      • Charles Vincent

        “Lets make this simple:

        Did you or did you not say the following: “So the bureau Of labor is an opinion poll?”?”

        This is a red herring you are trying to distract from the point I made by drawing attention to another matter one in this case that has already been answered by me here;

        “lots of lies and misinformation to fix here. First, I didn’t call
        either link “opinion polls”. I called them “opinion pieces”, which they
        are. Further, the one you are claiming is from the “bureau of labor”
        (you really mean the Department of Labor)”
        Yourwords which prompted my question neither the BLS statistics or dept of labor statistics both articles used are Opinion or opinion pieces.

        moreover those articles used BLS and dept of labor statistics and research which are not opinion as they were peer reviewed

      • zappa24

        No, you started distracting from the original point. I actually gave quite a few reasons why the articles were incorrect. You were the one that jumped on the fact that I misinterpreted which government organization you were talking about when you said “bureau Of labor” instead of dealing with any of the counter arguments I gave (the fact that the first link talks about a report commissioned by the Department of Labor that came to conclusions that were not as certain as the author of the opinion piece argued, the large amount of peer reviewed literature that says that there is a gap due to discrimination even if it isn’t the whole gap that is being seen). You completely ignored those arguments, instead attacking me on not being able to read your mind. You have used ad hominem over and over again. You used a strawman when you attacked me for claiming you were depending on “opinion polls” when I very clearly said “opinion pieces”. Those are two very different things, the latter of which I actually said. You obviously don’t want to have an intellectually honest discussion since you would rather scream about the logical fallacies that the person you are arguing against isn’t using while continuing to use several actual logical fallacies to support your own argument.

      • Charles Vincent

        Listen your argument is a logical fallacy already pointed this out. You can cry all you want but the fact is the research done for the department of labor and BLS and the census bureau is not only extensive its peer reviewed. The only real evidence you provided refutes the argument you tried to make. The rest of your “arguments” are irrelevant opinion because you had no supporting evidence. I don’t care if you like it or not the reason the wage gap exists is due to individual choices made by men and women all evidence both what I provided and the Stanford link you provided support that. You don’t want to recognize that fact that is your choice and a willfully ignorant one at that.

      • zappa24

        More ad hominem.

        I have no problem with truncation. I have trouble when you reference a government organization where because you didn’t give its whole name made it difficult to tell which one of two government organization you were talking about.

      • Charles Vincent

        You have a reading comprehension problem they are clearly listed in the articles.
        You made a really bad mistake when you posted your original reply because you didn’t read the links thoroughly and now your trying to wiggle out of it and I am not going to let that happen. Third graders could make the connection between what I stated and the articles. Again its your fault you didn’t read them not mine.

      • Charles Vincent

        Bureau of labor and department of labor aren’t that similar, like I said a third grader could figure it out.

      • Charles Vincent

        “I have no problem with truncation.”
        Really? Your comments suggest otherwise;
        “Sorry that I can’t read your mind on whether you meant the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Department of Labor given that they were both mentioned in the links you posted.”

      • Charles Vincent

        re “The problem with this method is that it then, of course, will put most
        of the gap on the smaller amount of hours worked, even though studies
        have shown that a large portion of the gap remains when you compare the
        wages of men and women who are working similar full-time jobs”

        Really what studies are those???? I see no links to them. are you blowing hot air now?

      • zappa24

        https://web.stanford.edu/group/scspi/_media/pdf/key_issues/gender_research.pdf

        After accounting for all the things your opinion articles mention as reasons for the wage gap, 41% of the gap still remained. A portion of that number is due to discrimination.

        Is the entire pay gap due to discrimination? No. Is there a pay gap between men and women that is due to gender discrimination? The overwhelming view of the research is yes.

      • Charles Vincent

        You didn’t read that article did you it says the same thing both my link did with minor differences in numbers, but that’s it accounted for since its older research and the research i used is newer and has more data to pull from

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Document those fact checking sites please! I would like to check them myself and see what they are based on. Thank you.

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        This commenter is notorious for avoiding provide the links to his promulgated comments. It’s like liberals are trying to argue with the cavemen who haven’t invented the round wheel yet.

      • Eoin Maloney

        …ROUND!? Man, I have been barking up the WRONG tree.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Tree? I`ve been beating round the bush, someone needs to tell me these things!

    • Avatar

      Yo!!!! Nothing new with your promulgated bullshots. The truth itself is like kryptonie to you and you would do everything to twist it.

      (Eyes rolling up big time)

      • Jim Bean

        Watch you don’t fall over backwards and break something with your head.

      • Avatar

        Oh where is the fucking rabbit tail? I would need the luck to avoid the obstacles like… You on the floor.

    • eclipse42

      Provided from a habitual liar. Go with that lil one.

  • Darlene McKee

    Jim Bean. Do you think women are paid the same as males doing the same Job. Maybe in fast foods, but not in jobs where these people have college educations, and Master degrees. We may have a law, but women are still making less money.

  • Darlene McKee

    I have noticed that a lawyer has an assistance who knows more and does more that the lawyer , but is not paid the money that with out their assistance the lawyer wouldn’t be able to go to court, plus the assistance does 99% of the paper work. This Law is as useless as Crus.

  • Paul Robinson

    The presence of many types of politicians in Washington these days proves that being elected to office doesn’t really mean that that one is qualified to legislate.

  • 20autismmom10

    This wasn’t “voluntarily adopted by the states.” It was shoved down their throats with veiled threats of education funds being cut off if they failed to “adopt” these flawed, unproven “standards”. As I mentioned in comments to a similar article: “States were “presented” the done-deal, parents/teachers/child-development specialists were not involved with the process and had no say at all. Many families are opting out and after the Pearson spying scandal, I say we should toss the whole thing and listen to those teachers and child development specialists – the people who were NOT allowed to help create Common Core in the first place. This is a business opportunity for corporation$. Wealthy reformer$ who push this stuff on the public schools have their children in privates where they don’t need to take CCSS tests. It’s a joke and a waste of precious education funds.”
    http://edsource.org/2015/how-to-fix-no-child-left-behind/76021#.VQtAHeGbhU1
    http://parentingthecore.com/2015/03/14/pearsons-yellow-brick-road/
    http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear
    https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/23636-parcc-is-invading-our-privacy?locale=en

  • Jeff Hendricks

    Ted Cruz has a much higher IQ then Barry! Also a minority (hispanic). Can talk for quite a while w/o a teleprompter, IS A CONSERVATIVE! so far he blows hilliary (the Crooked Clinton) Out of the water…. Questions? Comments? Jokes?