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« Reply #50 on: January 11, 2014, 11:45:58 AM »

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/10/senator-ted-cruz-attacks-obama-for-not-locking-up-marijuana-users-in-colorado/
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« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2014, 09:45:45 AM »

http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/127/january14/forum_1023.php

From the article:

With treaties potentially supplanting federal and state governmental authority, the President and Senate should carefully scrutinize all treaties, as a policy matter. We must jealously guard the separation of powers and state sovereignty if we are to preserve the constitutional structure our Framers gave us.

At the same time, our courts must scrutinize the federal government's powers to make and implement treaties. Our federal government is one of enumerated, limited powers, and the courts should not let the treaty power become a loophole that jettisons the very real limits on the federal government's authority.
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« Reply #52 on: January 24, 2014, 08:51:13 AM »

http://therightscoop.com/ted-cruz-obamas-consistent-pattern-of-lawlessness-is-the-most-dangerous-of-all-his-actions/ 
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« Reply #53 on: January 26, 2014, 08:30:18 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/369222/cruz-holder-appoint-independent-prosecutor-irs-scandal-andrew-c-mccarthy
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« Reply #54 on: February 12, 2014, 10:14:16 PM »

WSJ:
The Minority Maker
Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote.


Feb. 12, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET

The Senate passed the House debt-limit increase on Wednesday, but not before some needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.

Democrats had enough votes to pass the increase with a simple majority, which means they would have owned the debt increase. But then Senator Ted Cruz —the same fellow who planned the GOP's shutdown fiasco in October—objected on the floor and insisted on a 60-vote majority. This is exactly what Democratic leader Harry Reid wanted because if the bill failed he would have sent the Senate home on recess and returned later this month to join President Obama in flogging the GOP as the debt-ceiling deadline neared.

The 60-vote threshold was reached only after GOP leaders Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn and 10 others voted to let the final debt-ceiling vote proceed. All 12 then opposed the increase on final passage, but thanks to Mr. Cruz they had to walk the plank with Democrats on a procedural vote.

Not coincidentally, activist groups allied with Mr. Cruz announced they will use those votes in GOP primaries this year against Messrs. McConnell and Cornyn. Mr. Cruz claims to be neutral in Senate primaries, but he knew exactly what he was doing.

We're all for holding politicians accountable with votes on substantive issues, but Mr. Cruz knew he couldn't stop a debt increase the House had already passed. He also had no alternative strategy if the bill had failed, other than to shut down the government again, take public attention away from ObamaCare, and make Republicans even more unpopular.

Democrats beat the odds and retained their Senate majority in 2010 and 2012 in part because they stuck together. If Republicans fail again this November, a big reason will be their rump kamikaze caucus.
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« Reply #55 on: February 13, 2014, 10:05:14 AM »

"Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote."

The WSJ Editorialists rely on their own view that the debt ceiling is meaningless.  They advocate  no debt ceiling.  That is far more controversial!

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304104504579377303355489512?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304104504579377303355489512.html&fpid=2,7,121,122,201,401,641,1009
"Repeal the Debt Ceiling"

I disagree.  Raising the debt ceiling is one of the occasions where negotiations can and should take place to control the rate of increases in spending.  That isn't happening, but it should be.

Cruz was holding Republicans to a standard we should hold all politicians; make them cast difficult votes and make them explain their vote.  If they aren't going to control spending now, they can tell us when they will. 

Shouldn't there have been a promise made between the politicians and the electorate last time they upped the debt  limit to come up with a plan to reform entitlements and unfunded liabilities? Shouldn't we require that promise now?  Did we?  No.

Congress has a 12.1% approval rate:  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval-903.html  Ted Cruz is wrong to upset this apple cart?  Maybe not.
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« Reply #56 on: February 13, 2014, 12:12:31 PM »

I get all that, but , , , reality check please.    "Intelligence is the amount of time it takes to forget a lesson."   What happened a few months ago?  We shouldn't have lost that, but we did, and did so quite badly.
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« Reply #57 on: February 14, 2014, 10:52:07 AM »

I saw a snippet on FOX yesterday wherein Cruz was asked about the US accepting refugees from Syria.  He was in favor.  I readily grant that the humanitarian crisis there is huge (millions of refugees if I am not mistaken) but our taken people in seems a poor idea to me.  His expressed thought was that the refugees in question would be properly vetted.  This I seriously doubt.
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« Reply #58 on: February 14, 2014, 05:44:25 PM »

I get all that, but , , , reality check please.    "Intelligence is the amount of time it takes to forget a lesson."   What happened a few months ago?  We shouldn't have lost that, but we did, and did so quite badly.

I am not in full agreement as to what happened, didn't happen or should have happened a few months ago.

Republicans held the power of the purse, but failed to come together and exercise that responsibility.  Instead they funded and implemented Obamacare while knowing they were elected to stop it, knowing it would do irreparable harm to our country and knowing it will be nearly impossible to fully repeal once implemented.

We had a 16 day, 17% federal government employee paid vacation shutdown, that polled badly, where we clarified to the nation that Democrats would do anything to get this terrible program implemented, we clarified that Obama and the Democrats would not negotiate - for things they now have already conceded, and we clarified that Republicans all oppose it - just as the nation learned of its catastrophic, systemic defects and failure.  Now, a few months later, Republicans are poised to gain in the House and compete for about 9 additional Senate seats while Democrats are running scared, distancing, delaying and hiding from the President and his signature program.  The lesson from this is what?

Cruz has merely caused Republicans to put votes down to authorize the status quo - more government borrowing as we end the 'sequester' and enter our multi-trillion-dollar health insurance company bailout future.  Let Representatives and Senators on both sides cast votes and explain them to their constituents.  What's wrong about that?

We have seen the other side of the coin.  The sane, reasonable, sensible Republicans (who call Cruz a looney bird) say lay low, win the next election, and then one more two years later, all three chambers, let this massive dependency program get fully entrenched - and repeal it later. Much later.  Really?  In 11 months it will still be vetoed.  In three years, then we really mean it? 

Look back to the last time go-along, get-along Republicans controlled all chambers, 2003-2006.  We had a surge of economic growth based on tax rate cuts.  We had federal tax revenues and employment surging making it  possible to get more and more people off of the dependency of government.  Did we?  No.  Why not?  Because no one like Ted Cruz stepped forward to hold his own party accountable.
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« Reply #59 on: February 14, 2014, 08:13:34 PM »

Understood, but did we win or lose last time?  I submit that even though we were right, we lost.  Why repeat the experiment?  There is some riff about "Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results , , ,"
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« Reply #60 on: February 14, 2014, 09:49:56 PM »

That was not much of a political loss if Republicans are now contending or leading in most key races.  It was far less of a loss than not taking a stand, in my view.  And this* is different.  He didn't try to shut down the government; he called for a vote that exposed which Republicans will cave first when Democrats play tough. Some voters want to know that.  'Worst' case, which wasn't going to happen, was that if congress failed have to raise the debt ceiling we would have a balanced budget.  We would have to live within our means, with our tax rates all freshly raised and 5 years of wesbury-style, galloping growth behind us out of a recession.  Shouldn't we have a balanced budget by now?  And then the Democrats could run on Obamacare, new deficit spending, and the great economy.

We can move this to 'the way forward', but once in a while we should ask ourselves, what are we for, and when are we for it.  We are for greater liberties, which means smaller government and more spending restraint - everyday of the year, not just in ads and campaigns.  The ongoing debt ceiling problem is a reminder of the larger problems, runaway spending and unfunded liabilities.  You raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending concessions such as entitlement reform.  Or you dissent.  Maybe somebody finds out we are serious.  Instead we funded the largest entitlement ever, they said no concessions whatsoever and we said okay.  It is that strategy that divides the party and the movement, not one Senator calling for the Senate to use Senate rules on a multi-trillion dollar, multi-generational question.


"Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth"  [And 67 Senators agree?]  Lew said the administration is "eager to continue to partner with Congress on these efforts on behalf of the American people."  [Did George Orwell write this?]
* http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/02/12/Cruz-vows-to-force-60-votes-on-debt-ceiling/UPI-72011392183960/

"In threatening a filibuster, Cruz had argued Republicans should extract spending cuts from Democrats and the White House"  - 'Wacko bird' outrageous!
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« Reply #61 on: March 09, 2014, 02:35:57 PM »

What has Cruz said about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
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« Reply #62 on: March 09, 2014, 05:44:53 PM »

What has Cruz said about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Looks like he has speaking out on the crisis since at least last December as co-sponsor of Senate Resolution 319:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres319/text

January 23, 2014:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=824
The President and Congress should unite in a coherent and sustained program to support the opposition and encourage Yanukovych to both rescind his restrictions on the rights of the Ukrainian people and renounce violence against those engaged in protest... The Department of State should be commended for implementing visa bans against Ukrainian officials this week. We should follow-up swiftly with targeted economic sanctions as well, including freezing the assets of those responsible for the violence.

January 28, 2014, 12:39 pm
Cruz: Putin plays chess, Obama plays checkers on foreign policy
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/europe/196646-cruz-putin-plays-chess-obama-plays-checkers-on-foreign-policy
He also called on Obama to take a more active role in helping pro-democracy protesters in Ukraine who are trying to break the grip of Russian influence.
The Obama administration should consider short-term and long-term steps such as setting up a free-trade zone to help bolster the Ukrainian economy and protect it from Russian economic coercion, he said.
Cruz said the United States should share the expertise of American companies to assist in the development of Ukraine’s domestic shale gas reserves and assist with the construction of liquid natural gas import infrastructure so that the former satellite state does not have to depend on Russia as a source.

February 19, 2014
Ted Cruz: The World Cannot Afford to Be Distracted as Ukrainians Are Brutalized by Their Own Government
http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/19/ted-cruz-ukraine-free-world-stands/

Feb 28, 2014
Ted Cruz: "Stand Up To Putin's Power Grab... Stand With Ukraine"
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2014/02/28/ted-cruz-stand-up-to-putins-power-grab-stand-with-ukraine-n1802493
"look into suspending Russia from the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Security Council"
the U.S. needs to suspend "Russian membership in the Group of Eight (G8)," and we need to do so "immediately."
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/01/Senator-Cruz-Words-Are-Not-Enough-Suspend-Russian-G8-Membership-Immediately

 3/4/14
Cruz argued for immediately passing a new free trade treaty with Ukraine and “looking at existing treaties between the United States and Russia, and considering abrogating those treaties.”  He said Russia should be kicked out of the G-8.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/ted-cruz-ukraine-crimea-russia-104247.html
http://www.examiner.com/article/ted-cruz-suggests-free-trade-agreement-with-the-ukraine-to-deal-with-crisis
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« Reply #63 on: March 10, 2014, 12:05:50 PM »

Politico: Ted Cruz 'Crushed' Gridiron Speech, Even Impressed Democrats
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/03/09/Beltway-Media-Anti-Crist-Ted-Cruz-Crushed-Gridiron-Speech-Even-Impressed-Democrats

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wowed the beltway elite and even Democrats during Saturday's annual Gridiron event, showing why the Ivy Leaguer has confounded and been vilified by many with whom he shares the same intellectual pedigree.

The annual D.C. roast is hosted by the exclusive Gridiron Club, which is composed of D.C.'s mainstream and "elite" journalists.

Cruz has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, which those in the permanent political class covet, and he can do their social rituals better than they can. Yet Cruz refuses to be co-opted by them politically, instead choosing to be a staunch conservative who represents the grassroots that sent him to Washington to fight against both political and media establishments.

Politico's Mike Allen said that Cruz, "crushed his speech – even Dems said he knocked it out of the park." In an appearance with Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, the Florida gubernatorial candidate who wants to be loved by the permanent political class, Cruz called himself the "anti-Crist" in what could be the perfect description of Cruz's brand of politics.

He also made fun of his filibuster and tense relationship with the GOP leadership:

    And when Leader McConnell wants something, who am I to say no?… Twenty-one hours and 19 minutes [in the filibuster] – hearing nothing but my favorite sound. We’re talking Biden territory. And so typical of how this town works, they cut me off just as I was coming to my point.

    By the way, does anyone know the record for the longest speech ever at this dinner? I looked it up, and in the late 1800s, New York Senator Chauncey DePew enthralled his audience until well past midnight. So LOOSEN UP THOSE WHITE TIES, settle back, and what do you say we make Gridiron history? [Applause]

    ...n front of conservative and tea-party audiences, I am hailed as the anti-Obama. But tonight, I’m the anti-Crist.

He also said his relations with McCain have greatly improved because "This week… he’s only once demanded a public apology from me. As wackobirds go, that’s pretty good." He also poked fun at his having been born in Canada, mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and compared his Cuban dad to Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL), who was also from Cuba:

    Canadians are so polite, mild-mannered, modest, unassuming, open-minded. Thank God my family fled that oppressive influence before it could change me.

    I might add that Canadians are also extremely efficient. No red tape at all in handling my application to renounce citizenship. They had that thing approved before I even sent it in. The simple truth is that for a very brief time my family lived on the plains of Calgary. That does not make me a Canadian. Although Elizabeth Warren says that it does make me an Algonquin Indian. Of course, my family is Cuban… At first, when he got here, my dad washed dishes for 50 cents an hour. He was so low on the totem pole where he worked that even Marco Rubio's father bossed him around.

Cruz also blasted Obama's executive orders and his disregard for the law: "We are still a nation of laws. You just have to check with Barack Obama every day to see what they are."
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« Reply #64 on: March 11, 2014, 11:39:32 AM »

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/09/Ted-Cruz-I-Don-t-Agree-with-Rand-on-Foreign-Policy?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+March+9%2C+2014&utm_campaign=20140310_m119502188_Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+March+9%2C+2014&utm_term=More
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« Reply #65 on: March 30, 2014, 11:37:42 AM »

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/03/29/ready-this-ted-cruz-ad-is-so-epic-it-almost-looks-like-hes-announcing-hes-running-for-president/
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