Ted Cruz Tries Quoting JFK to Defend Republican Ignorance on Tax Rates, Fails Miserably

ted-cruz-stinksIf there’s one politician who perfectly sums up everything that’s asinine and moronic about the tea party, it’s Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). At times he’s so incredibly ridiculous it’s hard to imagine that he’s legitimately trying to be serious.


Almost everything Ted Cruz regurgitates is just some talking point that’s directly meant to pander to tea party voters. And it’s not as if reality, facts or history even matter – because he seems to literally just make up whatever he wants. Which is why his rating on Politifact has him listed as one of the most dishonest politicians in our entire government (if not the most dishonest).

Sadly, for most tea party conservatives, truth, facts and history don’t really matter because all they really care about is finding the politicians who tell them what they want to hear.

Well, in what will go down as yet another example of his idiocy, Cruz tried to insist that if John F. Kennedy were alive today he would be a Republican. So, what was his justification for this, you ask? He took a George Bernard Shaw quote JFK once used completely out of context to imply that the former president was against raising taxes.

Cruz said:

I would point out that in the 1960s, one of the most powerful, eloquent defenders of tax cuts was John F. Kennedy. As JFK said, ‘Some men see things as they are and ask why; I see things that never were and ask why not.’ JFK would be a Republican today. There is no room for John F. Kennedy in the modern Democratic Party.

Just to let everyone know, the tax rate on the richest Americans during Kennedy’s presidency was 65 percent. Being that our current rate for the richest among us sits at 39.6 percent, all I can assume then is that Cruz thinks we need to raise taxes on the rich another 25.4 percent.


But this is the game Republicans often play. They like to go back into U.S. history and claim that some of our nation’s most influential people would be on “their side.” To this day Republicans will proudly profess that Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan, which is true – but they’ll completely ignore that today the KKK aligns with the Republican party and in 1989 a former Grand Wizard of the infamous hate group, David Duke, was elected to office in Louisiana as a member of the GOP. They also completely ignore the fact that practically all the states that supported slavery, opposed the right for women to vote, supported segregation, fought against the Civil Rights Act and thought interracial marriage should be illegal are now “strongly Republican.”

Though I think the most laughable argument I see happens every January when MLK Day rolls around and conservatives start professing how the civil rights icon would be a Republican if he were alive today. That just shows you how delusional these people are.

But even when Ted Cruz was trying to do something as simple as quote JFK, he still couldn’t keep from embarrassing himself by picking something that wasn’t even originally said by the former president. And not only that, but he tried using the quote to make a point about tax rates – even though when JFK said those lines he wasn’t even talking about tax rates.

It really is as if Cruz is incapable of being honest or accurate about anything.



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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  • Robert0

    If we don’t know by now that these TP turkeys make shit up for people too stupid to know better, we’ve learned nothing. In fact, the quote was made famous in our time by Bobby Kennedy, not JFK. THIS is the deepest symptom of what is wrong with our country, that sewage like this can become so prominent.

    • Ming_on_Mongo

      IMHO, it’s less a problem with opportunists like Cruz, who we’ll always have, than with their gullible, often uneducated”audience” in all these red state “possum hollers”, who’ve also been hit hardest by outsourcing, globalization, the “knowledge-based economy’ and automation… and all of ’em want someone to ‘blame’, which the GOP cynically provides. So to a large extent we also have to put some of the responsibility on Dem leadership for making that so easy for them to do. Let’s remember that up until the 60’s, these mostly blue collar folks were once the very backbone of Democratic support!

      • Robert0

        Exactly so. The Dems have been so good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory that, lately, it’s hard to tell what party their candidates belong to. In our Florida race for governor, they fielded former Repub governor (!) Charlie Crist. The man has more baggage than American Tourister, and Voldemort Scott was reelected. They had a good Dem candidate and ignored her. Same with the AG race. Should Rubio run, they’re bypassing a strong Democratic contender for a guy who votes with the GOP way too often to suit me. Incompetents, aided by disgusted progressive voters who, assuring a Pyrrhic “victory,” stay home and don’t vote against these morons. BTW – love the screen name. I grew up on the “Flash Gordon” serials.

      • Ming_on_Mongo

        Yeah, same situation here in the inland, and very conservative counties in “lib-rul Kalifornia”, where rather than fielding someone reasonably ‘mainstream”, instead time again the local “progressives” keep fielding these uber-lib “green” unknowns or some such, with no credible record, let alone a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected! Although fortunately at the electoral level, the liberal coastal areas here still way outnumber the rest of the population.

        Flash Gordon (1980)
        Emperor Ming: Klytus, I’m bored. What play thing can you offer me today?
        Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K System, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet Earth.
        Klytus: Will you destroy this Earth, Your Majesty?
        The Emperor Ming: Later. I like to play with thing a while before annihilation.
        ; D

      • Robert0

        I’m a Charles Middleton man meself, though fond of von Sydow in the 1980 role.

  • amersham46

    Ted is everything Texas thinks it is worth being proud of