What Ted Cruz Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses as he listens to a reporters question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he participated in a small business roundtable meeting with area business representatives, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Across the nation, the GOP is in the midst of an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz who argue for ideological purity against more mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic, inclusive party approach to governing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pauses as he listens to a reporters question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By now it seems pretty clear that Senator Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn’t want people to know too much about it.

And he definitely doesn’t want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll his political ambitions.

That’s why the Texas senator’s latest crusade targets the Federal Communications Commission — and its efforts to better identify the funders of political ads.

Cruz has placed a hold on the Senate confirmation of Tom Wheeler to head the agency, despite bipartisan agreement to vote on Wheeler without delay. Cruz wants assurances from Wheeler that the FCC won’t follow the law and require disclosure of the real funders for dark-money political groups that clog the airwaves with negative and misleading ads.

These nominally independent 501(c)4 groups plowed millions of dollars into the 2012 elections, and there’s every indication they’ll be back in even greater numbers in 2014.

And while the Federal Elections Commission is limited in its ability to identify the funders of the groups that emerged in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the FCC has a clear legal path to mandate transparency.

Broadcasters are obliged by law to disclose who pays for political ads in exchange for using the airwaves. It’s a public interest bargain stretching back almost a century, and one that forms the foundation of US communications law.

Free Press and our allies won a major victory in 2012 when the FCC ordered all television stations to post this information to an online database the agency manages. In the past, you could find this information only by visiting each station, a time-consuming process that uncooperative receptionists, steep photocopying fees and incomplete and unwieldy paper files made even more complicated.

Now you can go to a single website and find important data on who is spending how much on political ads at major stations in the nation’s 50 largest television markets. (The FCC plans to include political file data from stations in all 210 U.S. broadcasts markets by 2014.)

While a vast improvement over its paper-file predecessor, the system has some glitches. The FCC should make it easier to aggregate, search and analyze the data by requiring television stations to upload their political files in a machine-readable format.

It should also require fuller disclosure. Communications law expert Andrew Schwartzman, who serves as a legal adviser to Free Press, has petitioned the FCC to enforce existing sponsor identification requirements and disclose the names of principal funders in the body of the ads themselves.

Taking this action would let viewers know that an ad from Concerned Taxpayers of America is actually the creation of two multimillionaires: the owner of a Maryland concrete company and a New York hedge-fund manager.

And that scares Sen. Cruz and his supporters in groups like the Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity, which raises millions of dollars from anonymous donors to run attack ads against their political foes.

Letting the FCC do its job means advancing the public interest at a time when politicians are running amok in Washington. And that means shedding light on the money that helped elect many of these individuals, no matter which party they’re from.

Sen. Cruz shouldn’t deny us our right to know. His reckless ambitions are hurting our democracy. Cruz needs to lift his hold and stop blocking the FCC’s vital work on political disclosure.

Tim Karr
As the campaign director for Free Press, the Free Press Action Fund and SavetheInternet.com, Timothy Karr oversees campaigns on public broadcasting and noncommercial media, fake news and propaganda, journalism in crisis, and the future of the Internet. Karr critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy in his popular blog, MediaCitizen. Follow him on Twitter @TimKarr.
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  • Anonymous

    This stuff of putting a “hold” on legislation by a single individual has to stop! Cruz is less than respectable, and the 60-vote “filibuster” is ridiculous! When is Harry Reid going to wake up and realize that these people will NOT play fair, although they whine like crazy when they don’t get their way. I think that America lost a lot when the Fairness Doctrine went by the wayside…

  • je_proteste

    Send him back to Canada, and tell them to dump him into some tar sands.

    (Just a bit of hyperbolic fun. That would be much better than he deserves, anyway.)

  • Wendell Wyland

    The fact that so much energy is being expended to conceal
    the identities of these contributors validates the fact that these individuals
    and organizations are enemies of democracy and fear retribution from the people
    they oppress and exploit with their obscene wealth. Tax them until they can no
    longer afford to contribute to political campaigns and fund ads to distort the
    truth and manipulate elections. The American people have the moral and ethical
    integrity, the selflessness and the maturity to use wealth to advance the
    American Dream for all Americans.

    The plutobrats have repeatedly demonstrated that they are
    nothing more than spoiled children, who grew old but never grew up. Their
    petty, selfish, haughty and childish temper tantrums are an affront to every
    American who has endured hardship and adversity to live the American Dream.
    America’s military members and their families have sacrificed and endured so
    much to defend their nation. These plutobrats have enjoyed all the blessings
    provided by selfless Americans service and sacrifices and they can only behave
    like spoiled children, who want everything for themselves.

    If only their parents had been poor enough to need a wood shed, their children may have grown to become real Americans and not something so pathetically inferior.

  • Anonymous

    Your comments mean that Dingy Harry might have to change the way he runs the Senate and start to bring up the things for a vote that are passed out of the House. Thanks God Cruz has the willingness to stop this stupid appointment to the FCC. Typical of democrats want to curtail free speech

  • Anonymous

    Thank God for someone like Ted Cruz. That would be a tremendous improvement to what we are now stuck with in BHO.

  • Anonymous

    If you can’t fund something on the sneak, that’s curtailing free speech?

  • Terri DiA

    Canada doesn’t want him back and Cuba is afraid he’ll try to take over.

  • Joe. Baker

    CRUZ IS FRIGHTENING.

  • Anonymous

    “By now it seems pretty clear that Senator Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House.” Huh! “Planning” and “Succeeding” don’t necessarily go hand in hand (as Cruz will one day find out)! Let me be among the first to alert Senior Cruz that a POTUS position for him WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!! (The mere knowledge that Cruz is actually serious about the idea of him running for presidential office, is good for more than a few hours of laughter for everyone, however.)

  • turtlegirl

    Typical of Teabaggers wanting to curtail transparency and honesty.

  • turtlegirl

    Just another sign of his delusions of grandeur.

  • Andrew C Livingston

    What the hell does this have to do with free speech? Not a damned thing, that’s what.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahahahaha! You’re being sarcastic, right?

  • Anonymous

    How is revealing who is paying for the speech curtailing it?

  • Anonymous

    “Your comments mean that Dingy Harry might have to change the way he runs
    the Senate and start to bring up the things for a vote that are passed
    out of the House.” Oh, you mean like the way Boner only allows votes to come up that have a repuglican majority? If he had allowed a vote on a clean CR, there never would have been a shutdown. Go away bagger. Your hypocrisy is disgusting.

  • Carol Wright

    I find it ironic that the very hard working middle class, who got “there” on the backs of the union labor movement…seem to be on this ledge of “got mine…for me and my tribe (white people who live near me who think like me)…now you lazy poor people GO AWAY AND DIE.”

    Do they not see they have created the cesspool that will eat them alive as well..like the frog sitting in slowly heating cooking pot is oblivious to what is happening. No excuse for that type of igornance. Cruz and the whole structure …they are already exposed fully in many places…and there is no protective response to stop them.

    This is like in the nursing home. where mom has the signature red spot that could turn into a bed sore. COUlLD… and “we will keep an eye on it.” It already IS a bed sore…and you stop it NOW, not wait until it is oozing blood and the bone is showing. Repeat with every single warning symtom, red eyelid, simple ahem of a cough… all have to grow to full blown disaster before they decide to call the doctor.

    We are already in disaster…we have been cooked.Time to wake up…speak up..Wish you Bill could get more mainstream channel air time. The republicans see NPR and PBS as liberal territory and will not listen out of spite and narrowmindedness…

  • Mark Robinette

    your postings are typical of a minority that actually believes that democracy is best run by the rich and powerful who “know what is best” for the under educated over entitled Public. America was not started in a vacuum of rich landlords but a plurality of citizen who were tired of being lorded over by the rich in Great Britian. The same types who want to control our Nation now. It is time to end private funding of our campaigns for public office and allow people with IDEAS not IDEALS to receive funding from the Government for all Public offices.

  • jack lehr

    Yeah, I’m scared. So did Cruz say any of this or is it just more left wing spin? I am always amused when the “hit ‘em below the belt” Democrats claim some conservative is “scary” or some nonsense. The left wing in the U.S. is eating this country like a cancer. So, did Cruz actually say any of these things?

  • Anonymous

    you should be frightened. your hit-them-in-the-throat republicans will prevail. that’s the point of limitless, anonymous donations, dope.

  • Anonymous

    Only to look at. The rest is BS.

  • Anonymous

    He’s running so that he can travel and play on donors dollars. It’s the way he rolls. He’d make a nice goal box on a hockey court.

  • Anonymous

    Free speech should allow them to identify these donors. Wake up!

  • Todd Ringling

    jc, you’d be humourous if you weren’t serious. The key to being Steven Wright is knowing what humour actually is..

  • Anonymous

    Somehow we just have to believe that jcfriday has heard so much repetition and bs from Mr Cruz that he’s just become programmed to believe in him, losing track of reality. Either that, or he doesn’t understand free speech to begin with. A lot of the money these donors give comes from dollars saved from not paying their share of corporate taxes. Instead of using it for employee incentives and growth they figure they will give to their favorite horse and hope he wins the race. That way they can have more leverage at the trough. There’s absolutely no curtailing free speech by identifying these companies. One of their fears is that people might stop buying their products or services.

  • Anonymous

    BEWARE Cruz is SATAN is a suit.

  • Anonymous

    When the “real” Americans find out that Ted Cruz is a graduate of Harvard Law (has anyone asked for his diploma) and Princeton. And his wife is an executive at Goldman Sachs while he receives her medical plan worth about $20,000 a year, they may see that he is not just one of us people.

  • jack lehr

    Name calling – now, now. Did Cruz actually say any of these things? Stick to the subject and leave the name calling to the elementary schoolyard.

  • Red Cabbage

    Jack, grow up and come back with a real perspective backed by substance not innuendo. The cancer eating this country is the apathy and complacency of the minority of entitled individuals like yourself. Here’s a name for you–Troll. Now blow.

  • Michael Siever

    Typically, in mobster movies, the guy with the biggest, fattest mouth ends up sleeping with the fishes. Ted Cruz has a pretty big mouth…

  • Anonymous

    i was paraphrasing you, and that is the subject. no name calling until now, dope.

  • Anonymous

    cruz is like the platte river, six inches deep and a mile wide at the mouth.

  • Anonymous

    he’s a puppet. beware the puppeteer(s)

  • Jose Alfonso Villalobos

    Ted Cruz is going to end up like Karl Rove when he was Fox News breaking down on screen and insisting Mitt Romney still had a chance to reelected. He’s going to fall so flat on his face he’ll be laughed out his political career.

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  • Anonymous

    Cruz is a scary guy, but this article attributes a motive to Cruz’s hold with just an assertion and no sourcing. That’s not the journalistic standards I have come to expect here.
    How does Mr. Karr know that Sen. Cruz is seeking those assurances? Did the Senator make public statements? Did Mr. Wheeler say that is what Crux told him? Was there any statement along with the hold?
    Bill Moyer’s name is worth something and this article falls short.

  • Anonymous

    “The Senator is holding the nominee until he gets
    answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler’s views on whether the
    FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the
    failed Congressional DISCLOSE Act,” said Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton,
    referring to a failed bill meant to step up political disclosures.

  • kajunteddy@Yahoo.com

    He cant become president simply because he is not a natural born citizen of the united states.

  • Anonymous

    That is simply not true. HIs parents were US citizens when he was born, therefore he was natural born. Natural born does not mean born within the United States. I would encourage you to 8 USC § 1401 for the United States Code definition of “natural born.” I would point you specifically to (e).

  • Anonymous

    Call Reid tell it is time to change the hold rule. Better yet eliminate it along with the filibuster.

  • Charles Miller

    It seems like politicians like this one have a receptive audience during times of fearfulness or ginned-up fear. As a country, we have been through such low points before. Let’s hope for more positive and forward-looking representatives!

  • Anonymous

    Hey! The WSJ has an explanation. Do you by it? this seems to clarify—Cruz just doesn’t want the FCC to go beyond what the law requires. O’s administration many times selectively interprets congress’s intent. Cruz just wants to know that the new commissioner will not do that. I cannot post links here but you can look this up:
    October 17, 2013, 4:22 PM
    Sen. Cruz Places Hold on Obama Nominee

  • Anonymous

    In all honesty I do believe Ralphael Cruz is a danger to America and the American people and he is not to be trusted. Then you have his father claiming he is the chosen one, just like what Romney said about himself, that he was the chosen one by the Mormons. No, I think America needs to be aware of this guy I really do.

  • jack lehr

    DID CRUZ SAY ANY OF THOSE THINGS and stop with the name calling. Simple question.

  • jack lehr

    If a radical Marxist like Obama can get elected than anyone can. Interesting that to leftists, anyone to the right of Mao is “extreme”. Weird.

  • NotARedneck

    It isn’t “news” that the RepubliCONs need to operate in the shadows to be successful. Big money political support is their lifeblood and this allows them to effectively pander to racism, bigotry, fundamentalist stupidity and society’s gun trash. If everyone was aware of the degree that this shapes public discourse, there would be a groundswell of reaction against their self serving policies that only cater to the wealthy 0.5%.

  • Terence Francis

    More predictably tiresome drivel from a GOP mental midget.

  • Terence Francis

    Yup! Right, right on!

  • Terence Francis

    You nailed it!

  • Sam Gompers

    FEAR FEAR FEAR GLOBAL WARMING GLOBAL WARMING FEAR FEAR WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE IF WE DON’T VOTE DEMOCRAT! FEAR FEAR!

  • Anonymous

    Name one action as president that justifies the label, “radical Marxist”.

  • Anonymous

    McCain was not born in the United States, yet he ran for president. Cruz has one parent who is a citizen – therefore he is a citizen.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – a liberal says something, and a conservative comes along and proves it to be true. It’s like magic.

  • Anonymous

    so much awesome.

  • Georgia Woolett-Roy

    Wow! Just like Obama. Actually McCain was born in the US Panama Canal

  • Georgia Woolett-Roy

    I have to LOL at that one myself…left? You better do some readin’

  • Georgia Woolett-Roy

    Yes please share your facts Jack

  • Anonymous

    So that means we will all get to know who the union thugs are that pour money into the Democrats as well right. you wake up Rip Van Winkle

  • Anonymous

    The only racism and bigotry is right there in the Democrat party as it runs rampant starting with their Muslim leader in the White House

  • Anonymous

    and neither do people like Obama and his band of merry thieves in the Senate

  • Anonymous

    Yes saince they are run by progressive democrats like Dingy Harry Reid

  • Anonymous

    to get that the people like Reid, Schumer, Durbin and the rest of the progressives including the like of McCain, Graham and McConnell need to be voted out and replaced with REAL Americans like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee

  • Anonymous

    Yes the lies spoken by liberals need to be corrected.

  • Anonymous

    you not only need to learn the left from the right but also how to spell.

  • Guest

    jcfriday works at faux news.

  • Cathy Nolan Vincevic

    faux news employee?

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely not. This country needs to be led by Americans and not the members of the Muslim Brotherhood like it is now.

  • Anonymous

    you are so brainwashed that you cannot think for yourself

  • Charles Miller

    This is the first time that I’ve heard the notion that Mitch McConnell is a progressive AND not a REAL American! I imagine that, with this perspective, Ronald Reagan, with his deficit spending, would be labeled a socialist!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well, except that Obama was actually born on US soil, while Cruz wasn’t.

    But one has to ask: if Obama having a Kenyan father makes him a secret Muslim terrorist sympathizer, does Cruz having a Cuban father make him a secret communist?

  • Anonymous

    Then why don’t you find one and correct it? I’ve sen you post all over this thread, and you’ve obviously done neither.

  • MeLinda Gilliland Webb

    If Ted Cruz were in any other Country, he is a dictator in the making, but he is in the USA ! Listen, people, he is focused in one agenda, & it’s not freedom of your choice, but his & his goons:(

  • James McCarthy

    It is no wonder that evangelicals align themselves with the Tea Party. They have a childish and backward view of how the universe works just as politicians like Ted Cruz and the pundits at Fox have a childish and backward view of how government works. They naively believe they represent mainstream America but in fact, they are a small yet vocal minority made up of people who would rather live in a pre-1960′s America. Some confederate flag waving Tea Partiers would even prefer living in a pre-Civil War America.

  • Stodini

    Both parties have taken part in the process. On balance, I’d say the Republicans more so. Doesn’t take being in power to cheapen things, and they have done so BECAUSE they weren’t in power. Ex-Republican, now independent.

  • Stodini

    The way I read it, the FCC has not required full compliance with the current law. A new law has been proposed, allowing Cruz to claim that better enforcing the current law would in fact be an “executive fiat” attempting to implement the new law. As usual with politicians, it appears that Cruz wants full disclosure by his political opponents but not so much when it comes to his supporters. A good politician can always explain away his/her hypocrisy.

  • Stodini

    Who will correct the lies spoken by conservatives?

  • John W

    But he has Canadian citizenship. You can’t have dual citizenship and be president.

  • TiredVet

    “We need collaboration and compromise”

    That’s what some of the French said about the Germans once……

  • Georgia Woolett-Roy

    Nikkiro, sorry, I was being sarcastic about Obama being born other wise from the US. I know he as born in Hawaii, just a humorous answer to a dumb statement

  • Robert Ivey

    Why would any Senator want to prevent greater transparency in Election contributions?
    Does he have something to hide?
    Are American’s for prosperity laundering Russian or Cuban Campaign contributions?

    Is he getting his money from Al Queda?
    I’d like to know who is paying for American Elections?
    Don’t you want to know?

  • Robert Ivey

    Since when is a Canadian Wingnut like Ted Cruz a Real American?
    Real Americans are Swiss Citizens like Michelle Bachmann…

  • Robert Ivey

    Explain why the Republicans in the House had a secret late night session where they deliberately altered the House Rules to prevent anyone, but the Speaker to bring forth a bill to open the Government…
    That sounds like fascist tryrannical dictatorship and not American Democracy.
    Please explain this violation of the constitution to me.

  • Anonymous

    McCain’s father was overseas in ‘service deemed to be beneficial to American interests’, which means (in this case) his father was a serving officer. The exception is usually reserved for government workers, military personnel and religious missionaries.

    Have a great day!

  • Donna Anderson

    This creepy little piss ant couldn’t win an election to the student council if it was paid for. The jig is up on this piece of shit and he should be buried in it, in the fracking fields of Canada. Can we take away his citizenship and deport him as a terrorist?

  • Kalar Walters

    How is he able to even do this? Doesn’t he realize that Congress would have to pass legislation to make this happen? He is a virtual bottomless pit of ways to corrupt governmental process. This is yet another aberration.

  • Anonymous

    If that’s the case, so be it. It applies to both parties. Thanks for the Rip Van Winkle comment though. Sweet of you. Do you ever enter a comment without calling someone something other than who they are or what they are. Respect is something you learn when you become an adult so you do have that to look forward to in a few years. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you (and it’s clear the majority don’t; many from your own party) doesn’t require name calling. Again, my Rip Van winkle wasn’t as bad as Sen. Harry Reid’s “Dingy” so thanks for being sweet. (you can tell all your friends)

  • SkaneDy8

    Well, I don’t know if or how his father’s service affects McCain’s eligibility, but, to be precise, McCain was born at the hospital in Panama City, Panama, not within the Canal Zone.

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  • Nite_Owl

    We don’t want him back.

  • Donna Anderson

    Pretty please?

  • Donna Anderson

    The whole Tea Party needs to undergo a barrage of psychological tests to determine competency. The MMPI would be a good start until we test the rest of Congress.

  • Anonymous

    It is unfortunate that the Tea Party knows how to use propaganda to it’s advantage.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty funny ! Spread the NEWS use it for propaganda just as the Teas do.

  • Anonymous

    They have found the Holy Grail !
    1 destroyed educational system
    2 distract citizens with “mass media crap” and commerce
    3 keep citizens busy as “workers”

  • Anonymous

    He renounced his Canadian citizenship weeks ago, after claiming he didn’t know he had dual citizenship.
    http://wapo.st/1dpD1Fn

  • Anonymous

    Cruz shows some classic signs of narcissism, which is dangerous when coupled with his background in debate. (I’m not namecalling here, but guessing at a mental health issue.) It seems that he believes everything he says, he believes he can never be wrong, and he will do anything to capture the attention he deserves.

    He will probably never see the irony or hypocrisy of his actions; he’ll just reframe reality to his own liking. This man shows no respect for law, order or economic stability, and we can only expect him to take bigger risks in order to fuel his self importance. I thought Karl Rove was bad until I saw this guy.

  • Anonymous

    And drunk with power to shut down something else.

  • Steve

    Find out who is on federal assistance programs working for McDonalds and send them the bill.

  • Anonymous

    Joe McCarthy came from the same state as another demagogue named William Proxmire. Proxmire was notorious for the infamous “Golden Fleece” awards, mostly aimed at research projects, as if it’s ever taken courage in America to ridicule research. Then, when one of his recipients sued, the “courageous” Proxmire hid behind Congressional immunity. Proxmire was a Democrat, by the way.

  • Anonymous

    Kissinger was not a native born citizen. Being in the Army can smooth the path but doesn’t grant citizenship. If one of your parents is a U.S. citizen, and was physically present in the U.S. for at least five years, you are a citizen even if you’re born on foreign soil. If both of your parents are citizens, you’re a citizen if at least one parent had a residence in the U.S. Title 8, U.S.C. 1401. So Cruz is a citizen, so is John McCain. And so is Obama, even if he was born in Kenya or Kyrgyzstan or wherever the nut job conspiracy of the day has it. Even if his father was a teenage Muslim ninja turtle. As long as his mother was a citizen with five years’ residence in the U.S.

  • Bk

    The hospital in downtown Panama City was a military facility and therefore US soil. Try to get your facts straight.

    Former soldier of the Canal Zone

  • Anonymous

    his communist Cuban father raised him to believe– he is meant for greatness.

  • Anonymous

    he’s Cuban really— he’s only Canadian by technicality.

  • Anonymous

    we are all seeing how his communist Cuban raised him– but his sinister father forgot ..it may have worked for Fidel but this is America.. texas is not USA..
    his father w as with the castro guerillas.

  • Anonymous

    he hasn’t.. he applied to enounce it but it’ll take 8 mos or so.. until next year.

  • Anonymous

    funny..you should ask..
    from his father’s own mouth– he alluded he left a Cuban wife & kids back in cuba when he left for US as an illegal alien as Cuba being a communist state is an enemy of US.. I doubt he had political asylum.
    then he met Rafael’s mother.. when..how.. where.. he doesn’t say.. married her? so did he divorce hisCuban wife?? if it was a Catholic wedding– he would need an annulment from the Vatican
    so when did he marry Junior’s mother?? & where? one thing is clear– they moved t oCalgary.. & lived there long enough for Sr to apply for Canadian citizenship.. then re-entered the US with that much desired GREEN CARD.. legally.. Junior was 4.. when they returned to texas.
    Sr didn’t apply for his US citizenship until 2005..
    meanwhile there’s hardly any mention of this American woman whose Junior’s mother.. nada. where is she?

  • Anonymous

    with huge flies flying in

  • Anonymous

    he’s always self-serving.

  • Anonymous

    SPOT ON..he’s a dictator.. given the chance.

  • Anonymous

    he’s nothing but a poseur..

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    Or better yet, send the bill to McDonald’s for paying their employees so low that they have to go on federal assistance to be able to put food in their children’s stomachs.

  • FREE SPEECH Patriṓtēs Freedman

    ya mean the SPY IN CHIEF who spies on Americans & Allies & uses the TAX BASE as his personal bank account to print money to stuff the pockets of the BIG BANKS (Quanitive Easing) or use our tax dollars to fund infrastructure phantoms .. or use our tax dollars to fund BIG SOLAR & BIG WIND… or best yet use our tax dollars to fund corporate BIG PHARMA thru OBAMACARE isn’t showing classic signs of narcissism

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    Keep in mind this mud puppy is a member of the Tea Party, the group who wants to go back to relying on the Constitution, yet they conveniently interpret it the way most of them, as hard core Christians interpret the Bible; whatever fits their needs.

  • RealWorldCycle

    or better yet, send the bill to the politicians who keep raising taxes on those workers/companies and plan on having a $8 menu instead of a $1 menu to pay for the workers higher wages. It’s a cycle that repeats itself ppl stop pointing fingers and change expectations!!

  • JonThomas

    I’m curious, exactly which taxes ‘keep getting raised?’

    It will be interesting to have you actually point to a tax which was raised. Often we here these things said as a tool of rhetoric, but there are rarely any facts presented.

  • JonThomas

    You make interesting points (well actually they are unqualified and false charges,) but would you please explain how Ted Cruz is a “spy in chief?” This article is about Mr. Cruz.

    If you insist on trying to deflect from the subject, then it might be good if you would also show specific evidence.

    Education is important in life, how else might a person come to learn that it is Congress which has control of how tax dollars are spent. Recent events, in which Mr. Cruz was front and center, have made this fact abundantly clear.

    Free speech is fine, but not all speech is profitable. I’m sorry, but your words, at best, amount to misinformation.

  • Anonymous

    He is still a Canadian citizen until he actually completes the process – which takes a while. And there is some doubt that his mother’s U.S. citizenship conferred “natural born citizen” status on Cruz.

  • Anonymous

    Or a bad one.

  • Anonymous

    And as I recall, Ms Bachmann had to unexpectedly renounce her Swiss citizenship when she started her presidential campaign. Cruz and Bachmann seem eerily linked.

  • ajb1953

    Jobs at McDonald’s are typically part time for teenagers so they can develop a work ethic and gain some practical experience. They shouldn’t need federal assistance to put food on the table. In the case of adults . . . well, that’s another story altogether. Adults should be capable of finding and holding a better paying job than McDonald’s offers anyone other than management. In other words, Elphaba, if you’re an adult slinging burgers at McDonald’s, you’d better start taking some responsibility for your own choices and mistakes, get yourself educated/prepared to take on a job that will pay you what you need to survive, and quit complaining about the corporations that provide jobs and paychecks. There is nobody walking the earth that deserves or could “earn” $15 an hour to put hamburgers in a bag and punch buttons on the cash register.

  • ajb1953

    So, why don’t you educate us? What “classic” signs of narcissism do you identify?

    I believe your narrative describes Obama to a “T.”

  • ajb1953

    Are you against the Constitution? Don’t want to live under the Constitution?

  • ajb1953

    …The fact that Ted Cruz raises such ire among the liberals is a sure sign they are frightened of him, and well they should be. Intellectually, he runs circles around Obama. Add to that the fact he’s actually held “real jobs” before entering politics also gives him a strong advantage. Obama has accomplished nothing other than getting himself elected to office. He’s achieved nothing while in office except diminishing the standing of this country abroad, and virtually destroying us economically. Of course, those were his ultimate goals. Fundamental change and all that.

  • ajb1953

    Really? How is he Cuban? Because his father was born in Cuba? What about his mother? What’s she, chopped liver? She’s American.

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    As much as the Tea Party says other wise, we do live under the Constitution. That’s how our system works. I just think it’s a little disingenuous for the Tea Party to keep harping about how the present Administration is doing everything in an unconstitutional way when the simple truth is they cry fowl only because things aren’t being done the way THEY want them done. Just because the government isn’t towing the Tea Party line doesn’t mean they are ignoring the Constitution. BUT, insisting that Creationism be taught in schools; fighting for having the ten commandments on our courthouse walls and even trying to overturn Roe v. Wade based on Biblical scripture and Christian values violates the 1st Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state. The Tea Party seems to forget that. The Affordable Care Act was constitutionally upheld by the Supreme Court and the Tea Party shut down the government trying to defund it. The Tea Party is made up of hypocrites who want things their way or they cry unconstitutional when no violation of the Constitution has occurred, yet they’re so ready to violate the Constitution themselves when so many of the things they want to accomplish would be blatantly unconstitutional. Yes. I want to live under the Constitution, but if the Tea Party gains a majority of the House and Senate, or gets a member elected president, living under the Constitution will come to a screeching halt. We’ll end up with a theocratic government, being governed based on a religious dogma, much like the theocratic government of Iran. Is that what YOU want?

  • ajb1953

    You clearly have no understanding of who or what the Tea Party is, but of course you’re a liberal so the Tea Party is your nemesis.

    Regarding the Affordable Care Act . . . the Obama administration swore it was “not a tax,” and yet when John Roberts demonstrated that unless it was a tax it would indeed be unconstitutional, suddenly they claim it is a tax. How convenient. Additionally, parts of the act were declared unconstitutional. Now, let’s talk about the truth of the Affordable Care Act. It is many things, but “affordable” isn’t one of them. Obama made several promises about this legislation repeatedly and as it turns out, virtually every single thing he promised was a lie. Not only did he lie, he knew he was lying as he did it. So far, since the roll-out, more people have been kicked off their insurance plans (that the president swore they could keep if they liked them) than have been enrolled in Obamacare. Are you seriously attempting to defend anything at all to do with the worst piece of legislation passed in decades?

  • Anonymous

    what are you babbling about????

  • Anonymous

    new Yorker just came out with a great analysis on him..called.. Mask Of Sincerity.

  • Guest

    Or STFU

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    You forgot to complete your thought.
    “If you want to knock the present idea, find a better way. Or ….
    or STFU.”

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    I’m certainly not defending Obama, but with outrageous statements from you tea party types, a lot of people ARE starting to defend him. Frightened of Ted Cruz? My friend, Ted Cruz is the Democrats best friend. He is single handedly responsible for 77% of the American public’s opinion that the government shutdown was the Republicans Party’s fault. How will that translate into votes for Democrats next year? As far as holding real jobs; you tea party types only point out that he was a community organizer; another outrageous statement! Yes he was a community organizer; during his college years, studying for his law degree, he gave back to his community by volunteering. After he gained his law degree, Obama was a Constitutional Law Professor at Columbia University before running for the Senate. That, my friend, is a real job. Unfortunately, you tea party types failed to take his Constitutional Law classes, because you show time and again that you have absolutely no grasp of what the Constitution is all about. As a moderate Republican, I’m worried that Ted Cruz and his ilk will hand the House back to the Democrats and a 61 seat majority in the Senate next year. THAT should frighten YOU. It certainly does me. You Tea Partiers are to the rest of us Republicans what the Progressives are to the majority of Democrats; a thorn in the side of government. If both extremes of both parties would just sit down and shut up, so much would get done for the good of this country. And it would all be CONSTITRUTIONAL, too!

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    Both my parents were born in America, as was I, but I’m very very proud of my ethnic heritage; Spanish-Italian. Ted Cruz’s mother is an American citizen, having been born here, but her ethnic heritage is Irish-Italian, not American. I swear, ajb1953, the more you argue, the more you show a dull, fairly low intelligence. Take your tin foil hat off and give it a rest. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    The Golden Fleece Awards were awarded for wasteful spending of government money, including but not specifically aimed at entities conducting research projects. When he was sued, Proxmire didn’t hide, but claimed the awards were protected by the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution. The Supreme Court disagreed, and the case was later settled out of court. Proxmire continued to present the award following the suit . The awards were not “infamous” as you claim them to be, but Proxmire’s pointing out those who were wasting our tax dollars. The majority of award recipients were government agencies, not research facilities, including NASA, the Department of Defense (remember the $900 hammers?), The Executive Office of the President for using over $611,000 to restore a room in the Old Executive Office Building with gold trim, the Office of Education for spending $219,592 in a “curriculum package” to teach college students how to watch television, and Ronald Reagan’s 1985 inaugural committee, for spending $15.5 million of taxpayer money on the Second Inauguration of Ronald Reagan. These and many more are all verifiable on Google. If you’re going to make a point, at least be truthful about it.

  • Anonymous

    People better wake up to the reality that most fast food work can be done through automated systems and if workers become too expensive to employ, it will be worth the investment by the franchise owners to purchase available computer systems… then they won’t have any job at all..

  • Anonymous

    How about we make that a requirement for everyone who wants to vote? seems like that’s what you’re proposing… from the same person who probably opposes voter id..

  • Anonymous

    It was a 2,700 page bill… only one part was being challenged and was upheld as constitutional only when Roberts rewrote it in 2 places to insert the word tax where it didn’t exist.. you have to know that several other challenges are on their way through the fed courts heading to SCOTUS.

  • Anonymous

    You misunderstand.. the entire point of the US Constitution was to restrain govt, not to help it get things done.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting how Cruz’s father is labeled a communist and it’s a major issue for some, but Obama’s mother, father, step-father, grandparents, and mentors all being radical communists and no one even blinks..

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    Very true. Unfortunately for the workforce in general, robotics is taking away many jobs, particularly high paying jobs in the auto industry. It’s alarming when you look at several auto makers airing commercials showing robots spot welding car bodies together. They’re so proud of the precision their bodies are turned out with. Does it dawn on them that they’re saying “We don’t need you anymore” to the very people they’re trying to sell those cars to; the American workforce?

  • Anonymous

    Yep, all the donors should be disclosed so they can be identified for their tax audits and DOJ, EPA, OSHA, etc etc investigations.. the tools of power come down hard on political opponents of this admin and can’t imagine why more wouldn’t want to sign up for exactly the same treatment.

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    The Affordable Care Act is law. If the Republicans want to get rid of it, they need to win enough seats in the House, Senate and the Presidency to overturn it. Shutting down the government, causing 77% of the public to blame the Republicans for the shutdown is not the way to do it. They did themselves more harm than good.

  • Elphaba Wackadoodle

    The Constitution created and defines the three branches of government. How do you interpret that fact to mean it was written to restrain the government? It CREATED the government.

  • Anonymous

    haven’t figured it out?? Cruz’ father lived communism.. he was a Castro guerilla.. & fought alongside him.. whilst with O it’s more a kind of idealism.. after all.. they were children of the 1960′s.. hippies.. peace.. love & the whole9 yards.

  • Anonymous

    old man Cruz has reinvented his bio to suit his audience when he moved to texas.. but he is one sinister character.. if he came here in 1957.. it’ll be on record.. & his marriage to Jr’s mother shoukd show if he admitted he was divorced whatever from his Cuban wife.

  • Anonymous

    you’re really thick– you mistake disgust for fear.. yeah disgust.. his hubris.. his pretentions.. his gibberish & his utter desperation for absolute power,,

  • Anonymous

    Your statement that adults should get decent paying jobs isn’t necessarily feasible for many people. This is especially true of the disabled or those without a college education. Not everyone is qualified for high paying jobs. That’s why there are low income people who are employed but still low income.

  • Anonymous

    The Tea Party = middle class people with lower intelligence who were duped into voting against the interests of the middle class.

  • Tim Kramer

    EVERY TRUE AMERICAN SHOULD DEFICATE IN TED CRUZ’S MOUTH.