Senator Ted Cruz spoke at right-wing Heritage Action’s 2015 Conservative Policy Summit, outlining what he thinks Republicans ought to embrace in order to keep their promises to Americans. He wants Congress to focus on jobs, national security, and liberty, according to an article in “The Minority Report.” That sounds all well and good, however, this is Ted Cruz we’re talking about here.
His goals are:
- Embrace a big pro-jobs, growth agenda
- Pursue all means possible to repeal Obamacare
- Secure the border and stop illegal amnesty
- Hold government accountable and rein in judicial activism
- Stop the culture of corruption
- Pass fundamental tax reform, making taxes flatter, simpler, and fairer
- Audit the Federal Reserve
- Pass a strong balanced budget amendment
- Champion school of choice and repeal Common Core
- Deal seriously with the twin threats of ISIL and a nuclear Iran
One particular point here is rather hilarious: repealing Common Core. The federal government can’t repeal Common Core without interfering in states’ rights. Common Core is not Obama’s doing, and it’s not a federal education policy. It’s an opt-in set of educational standards that, according to Common Core’s website, 43 states have voluntarily adopted. So… repeal Common Core? You’d have to either force a federal policy down the states’ throats that trumps it, or you’d have to outlaw it. Yeah. Good luck with that, Sen. Cruz.
Another point, reining in judicial activism, is just silly, because it’s only “judicial activism” when they don’t like the way judges are ruling. But there is no judge that is actually legislating from the bench here. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do, which is interpret the law. If they’re interpreting the law in a way that conservatives don’t like, then conservatives can bloody well find ways to change the law so it’s more to their liking. This “judicial activism” delusion has got to stop.
His pro-growth, pro-jobs plan includes building Keystone XL, which, of course, will not create massive numbers of jobs. Nor will it reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But that’s not a big deal, since Cruz also wants to repeal our ban on oil exports. The U.S. does not currently export oil. Cruz believes that if we do, we’ll create even more jobs, and he probably thinks this will usher in a new golden era of economic growth and productivity, the likes of which we’ve never seen. It will propel us back to the top of the world. In his delusions, anyway.
Cruz’ Keystone XL bill, according to “The Minority Report,” would also take away the need for presidential authorization before cross-border energy infrastructure can happen (such as… oh… Keystone XL!). What could possibly go wrong here? Not that it matters, since Obama will veto Keystone XL as soon as it hits his desk.
His other items, repealing Obamacare, securing the border and stopping amnesty, passing “fairer” tax reform, auditing the Federal Reserve, and balancing the budget, are all standard (and tired) conservative talking points. Dealing with IS and Iran? It’s really not clear how he would have Congress do that.
In other words, for all his big words, Ted Cruz is still just a conservative parrot. He talks big, but can he actually get conservatives behind him? And would he actually be willing to work out compromises with Democrats and Obama (har de har har)? Not bloody likely. Sadly, we’re stuck with him until 2018.
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