Ted Cruz filibuster style speech shakes up a U.S. Senate that needs a shakeup
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:24PM
Kay B. Day, Editor in Democrats, GOP, Jeff Sessions, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Obamacare, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate, US Business and Economy, US Healthcare

Photo of Sen. Cruz on Senate floor (Frame grab/C-SPAN)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to make a long speech—technically not a filibuster—about the perils of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Cruz is the guy the Old Guard loves to hate and Main Street applauds.

You don’t have to read much of the Obamacare bill to see the perils.

I have routinely cast that bill as a stealth attack on the middle class, on those who work, on the very American dream Democrats claim to nurture.

The U.S. Senate is led by two longtime members, and the highest ranking member is a partisan polly who turned the Senate floor into a stump for the reelection of President Barack Obama and gave Americans the idea that Gov. Mitt Romney was a tax dodger. No one knows what information Harry Reid (D-Nev.) relied on to make his claims; reporters gave the Democrat the customary pass.

Now Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) is the target of people like Reid and other old timers who former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called the “Senate appropriators.”

At one point during his speech, Cruz said, “I think the stakes here have never been higher”  and he said the upcoming vote will be the “most important vote I’ve taken here.”

Noting the subsidies Obama will give to members of Congress and staffers on Capitol Hill—subsidies the American people will not get—Cruz said Obama should “stop treating members of Congress like a privileged ruling class.”

Obama knows the bill is flawed. Reid knows Obamacare is not what Americans were promised, one reason there is not a single poll out of the last 15 or so that shows a majority want this bill.

Democrats point out the carrots—being able to keep your child on your policy, no cancellation of a policy because of a preexisting condition.

What they don’t point out is they could have passed those two benefits in a single, short bill and regulated the cost process to cover them. Instead what we got was a massive 20,000 plus page pile of regulations via a bill Democrats admitted they did not read.

Dems know this will come back to haunt them in future elections. They know the impact of a president refusing to negotiate with the U.S. House but speaking about negotiating with tyrants and dictators will not make for good video ops.

Senators like John McCain (R-Ariz.) stand in sharp negative contrast to Cruz and a few others—Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and others. These newcomers are giving the Senate a much needed shakeup.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has come aboard the defund Obamacare team—that was unexpected. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been against Obamacare and he joined his colleagues on the floor to make remarks (technically to ask questions) about the bill Rubio called a “bad idea for the country.”

Rubio rightfully pointed out that federal programs like Obamacare undermine the U.S. economy.

Cruz said 1.6 million Americans signed a petition to defund Obamacare.

The body of the U.S. Senate as it now functions is so similar to the decadence in histories of ancient Rome you can’t write about it without pointing out a comparison that has admittedly become a cliché.

Cruz is doing us a service by pointing out the future fallout from a bill that was hastily passed and manipulated by lobbyists and cronies to the detriment of everyday Americans.

Media has done America no favors, carrying water for a president most big brand media advocated for. Remember that next time you watch the evening news on a legacy network.

If a shutdown comes, it will be because a president refused to negotiate something as painless as a delay. He already gave a delay to employers. Next time someone tells you Dems are the party of the people, just walk away, because you really aren’t that stupid.

C-SPAN is at the moment televising Cruz’ speech. He says he will speak until he is “no longer able to stand.”

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 24, 2013)

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