You Want a Perfect Example of Government Waste? You’re Looking At Him

cruz-wasteFollowing Ted Cruz’s 21 hour sideshow on the Senate floor the other day, I couldn’t help but view him as the ultimate example of government waste.

After all, what is his purpose in the Senate?

He obviously doesn’t understand the rules of the Senate, as his fellow Republican senator from Tennessee tried to politely point out.  In their more than 10 minute back and forth, Ted Cruz simply didn’t understand what Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was trying to explain to him.

During the back and forth they discussed a few mundane details of Senate procedure, with the basic reality being this: The majority of Republicans weren’t ever going to support a measure to defund “Obamacare” that called for a government shutdown.  This was never going to happen, so why even risk the backlash?  They voted for the House bill knowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could add an amendment that continued to fund “Obamacare,” and they didn’t wish to support a filibuster because, as I just said, most of them weren’t going to threaten a government shutdown over what would end up being a losing battle.

Repeatedly the Tennessee senator tried to explain this, in very simple terms, and repeatedly Ted Cruz simply appeared unable to understand.  Senator Corker even went on to basically say he fully understood Senate procedure — the same procedure that had been around for decades — but Senator Cruz seemed confused.

It’s obvious Cruz has absolutely no idea how our government works.  Somehow in his mind he feels that shutting down the government will force President Obama to agree to defund his landmark piece of legislation.  Something that will never happen.

These simple, and indisputable, facts didn’t deter Cruz from wasting 21 hours on the Senate floor in a fake filibuster that ultimately—did nothing.

Okay, well it did one thing.  It proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s an idiot.

The glaring irony from this entire spectacle was his reading of the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham.  A book with a moral to the story that someone shouldn’t judge something before they’ve tried it.  And being that “Obamacare” hasn’t gone into full effect yet, that’s exactly what most Republicans have done.  It’s basically a story about how ignorance prevents someone from experiencing something they might enjoy.

And while Republicans like Ted Cruz like to talk in length about government spending — particularly wasteful government spending — Cruz seemed to have absolutely no problem letting taxpayers fund his 21 hour spectacle which he knew (or should have known) wouldn’t accomplish anything productive.

Then again, this is the man who’s basically letting taxpayers fund his entire 2016 presidential campaign.

Because it’s widely apparent that Ted Cruz has absolutely no intention to govern while he’s a senator.  Sure, he might claim that’s what he’s doing, but taking political stances that completely contradict reality isn’t governing.  Unless you have the intention of compromising and working with your opposition, it’s not making an effort to govern.  And since he’s been elected to the Senate, Ted Cruz has shown absolutely zero effort to try to work with Democrats to pass any kind of meaningful legislation.

I mean, most Republicans for the last few years have viewed the word “compromise” as the enemy, but Ted Cruz takes it to a whole new level.  He’s been a senator who defines what a tea party-led Republican party looks like.  It’s something that’s devoid of reality, unapologetic in its ignorance and absolutely unwilling to work with anyone who supports anything they oppose.  It’s a party which basically tells over half the country, “Screw you, it’s our way or the highway!  And if you don’t like that, we’ll make you suffer, long and hard.”

Because that’s basically what Ted Cruz’s goal was.  Shutting down the government in the face of a law which was passed by Congress, signed by the president and supported by our Supreme Court.  He and his fellow Republicans hadn’t gotten their way, so they decided to try to blackmail the president.  Who cares if millions of Americans would suffer—he was determined to try to get his way.

But of course, he failed.  Like everyone with any common sense knew he would.  It’s why even his fellow Republicans called him out for his antics, essentially calling them dangerous and stupid.

So while Ted Cruz might speak often about government spending and government waste, the first thing he needs to do is look in the mirror.

Because he absolutely epitomizes true government waste.

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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