Posts Tagged ‘Ted Cruz’

Another Roundup of the ObamaCare Festival of Fail

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I keep trying to cover other things, and ObamaCare keeps being such a wondrous disaster for Democrats (and the nation) that I keep getting more than enough links of interest to keep throwingthem up here.

  • You need to read this Jonah Goldberg piece on the schadenfreude of watching ObamaCare fail all the way through. It’s one of those “I can’t start quoting or I’ll have to quote all of it” pieces.
  • The 17 Lies of Obama’s ObamaCare address.
  • “Obama’s Health Care Press Conference Gets Trashed In The Media.” (Via Ace of SpadesHQ.) When you’ve lost the media…
  • Also via Ace: “Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ even with government subsidies, officials admit for the first time.”
  • This is wondrous on a number of levels:

    When you’ve lost Howard Dean…

  • House Dems “about to go crazy” over how badly they’re getting beaten up on ObamaCare.
  • So why are the blocking Republican attempts to fix the problem? Don’t answer that: They don’t want to fix the problem. Forcing people with insurance to pay for those who don’t isn’t a bug to them, it’s a feature. They just don’t want to get blamed for it.
  • ObamaCare is splitting an American political party, but it’s not Republicans.
  • Remember how the shutdown was going to destroy Republican chances for all time? Yeah, not so much.
  • Ted Cruz on Fox News:

    Obama’s promise that if you liked your health care, you could keep it “was willfully, knowingly false.”

  • Ted Cruz’s Apperance on The Tonight Show

    Saturday, November 9th, 2013

    You can check out Ted Cruz’s performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno yourself:

    Ted Cruz Will Appear on The Tonight Show Tonight

    Friday, November 8th, 2013

    If you hadn’t heard, Ted Cruz will be chatting with Jay Leno tonight, November 8, 2013.

    Obama’s promises were going to appear, but they all had to cancel at the last minute.

    I wonder what the over/under is for Cruz guest-hosting Saturday Night Live.

    LinkSwarm for October 24, 2013

    Thursday, October 24th, 2013

    Monday’s was late, this one is early:

  • “A lot of conservatives are angry at the GOP too. They want a Republican Party willing to fight.”
  • “What Ted Cruz did – and what the go-along, get-along gang of Republican stegosauruses hate – is that he fought. He fought.


    This was really about the war between the growing conservative majority in the GOP and the dying GOP establishment minority.

    It’s a war that must be fought, and which we should welcome. And it’s a war we conservatives will win.

    The party has changed from the bottom up in the last decade. Those at the top of the pyramid are finally realizing that they and the base below are out of synch. The GOP establishment was very, very happy to support the pre-Obama consensus that government would grow and that the Republicans would campaign against it at home then let it expand unhindered in D.C. The problem – in the eyes of the establishment – is that the newly conservative GOP base, energized and activated by Obama’s radicalism, actually wants to shrink the government.

    We’re serious. That’s the problem. And with the unblinking eye of the social media upon them, they can’t fake it anymore.

  • An awful lot of ObamaCare pricing information exposed (via Ace of Spades and Jammie Wearing Fool).
  • All the lying shills of ObamaCare.
  • Thousands get insurance cancellation notices due to ObamaCare.
  • Death panels come to the Great White North.
  • The UK’s NHS already has death panels. And they pay doctors to let you die.. “I could keep you alive. Or I could pocket this splendid £50. Decisions, decisions.”
  • Who knew there were so many black farmers in Chicago?
  • In Virginia, Nurse Bloomberg is backing gun-grabber Terry McAuliffe to the tune of $1.1 million. Let’s hope his spending is every bit as effective as it was in Colorado…
  • China is killing our pets again.
  • “How dare Dan Snyder disagree with something that the left didn’t care about five minutes ago? How dare he?”
  • LinkSwarm for October 21, 2013

    Saturday, October 19th, 2013

    Busy weekend, with lots of non-political stuff, so here’s last week’s LinkSwarm this week:

  • The Tea Party helped launch the shutdown because the GOP establishment failed so utterly to limit bloated government.
  • Well, that’s a scary chart. (Via Instapundit.)
  • Is ObamaCare increasing premiums in all 50 states? Nonsense! Only in 45.
  • “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it suck it when it’s cancelled due to ObamaCare.”
  • They’re tracking a huge amount of ObamaCare enrollment data over at
  • Number of people who have bought private insurance through ObamaCare in Oregon: 0. You’d think there would be more than that, what with the widespread dysentery and all…
  • Add New York doctors to those experiencing the Obamacare fail.
  • And the ObamaCare situation is worse than you thought.
  • Who won the shutdown? Ted Cruz.
  • Cruz wins Values Summit Presidential straw poll.
  • Also receives a warm welcome coming home to Texas. “After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America.”
  • Young people in Japan just can’t be bothered to have relationships or children. I wonder if any Guardian readers noticed that the declining birth rates in such a society must inevitably doom their European-style cradle-to-grave welfare states…
  • Missed this earlier: Australian University bans entire run of student newspaper for cartoon critical of Islam. (Indirectly via Popehat.)
  • Tea Party members have a better than average grasp on science. And of course, we all know liberals don’t understand debt…
  • Jews start leaving France.
  • Dilbert creator Scott Adams on success: “Goals are for losers.”
  • Heard a grapevine report that “the Austin American-Statesman has offered early retirement to 34 reporters and editors.” No linkable source yet.
  • The man who stole Christmas sentenced to prison.
  • Remembering the dark years of the Jennifer Plague.
  • A look at the strange goings-on of the Grambling football team. Honestly, unless the university is completely and utterly broke, it sounds like someone in the administration was embezzling funds and is now trying to cover their tracks…
  • U.S. does Mexico a solid in that game where you kick that round ball.
  • LinkSwarm for September 27, 2013

    Friday, September 27th, 2013

    Another Friday, another LinkSwarm:

  • When it comes to ObamaCare, it turns out that Democrats lied about, well, pretty much everything. “Millions of low-income Americans won’t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won’t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won’t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won’t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won’t get to keep their employer-provided coverage.”
  • ObamaCare is bending the cost curve. Upwards.
  • Even moderate and conservative Democrats dislike ObamaCare.
  • Green Eggs and ObamaCare.
  • Just starting, the ObamaCare Wars are.
  • Oh how Republican Senators hate Ted Cruz for expecting them to behave like Republicans.
  • Another Dead Goblin.
  • Given the chance, more Wisconsin teachers break their union fetters.
  • Thanks to high costs, mismanagement and union rules, New York City can no longer support two opera companies.
  • The DEA thinks Big Brother should have access to all your prescription records.
  • Is Texas DPS refusing to hold illegal aliens?
  • The Onion profiles an Obama voter.
  • Cosmo, RIP.
  • New York Yankees guaranteed to win as many post-season games as the Astros this year.
  • Cruz Filibuster Fallout

    Thursday, September 26th, 2013

    A roundup of reactions and fallout from Ted Cruz’s mammoth 21-hour anti-OabamCare speech effort:

  • The battle is joined:
    • There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions

    • The popular reaction to Cruz will be immediate and noticeable; the more the old bulls carp, the more the public will rally to Cruz’s side.
    • conservatives understand that rather than form a third party, their only hope is to seize control of the corrupt, rotting hulk of the GOP.
    • The Cruz faction in the Senate, and its allies in the House (whose leadership is now up for grabs) must now press their advantage. The louder the Democrats squawk, the more they are wounded; the one thing they’ve long feared is a direct assault on their core beliefs as translated into actions, and the deleterious effects of Obamacare, just now being felt by the population, are the most vivid proof of the failure of Progressivism that conservatives could wish for.
    • There is no reason to think the Tea Party, if properly organized and harnessed, cannot be even more potent next year than it was in 2010, especially now that its members know the government really was out to get them.
  • “Ted Cruz spoke on the Senate floor for 21 hours for a simple purpose: to focus the eyes of Washington and the nation on the fact that Obamacare has failed.”
  • Cruz’s basic talking points.
  • The power of conviction.
  • Ted Cruz is making all the right enemies.
  • Four things Ted Cruz accomplished. “Cruz’s talkathon revealed that there was substance behind the sizzle that he represents to the Republican base.”
  • NY Rep. Peter King is furious that Ted Cruz has a spine.
  • “There is a real and genuine disconnect between grassroots conservatives and many in Washington.”
  • Chris Matthews compares Ted Cruz to Father Coughlin and Joe McCarthy.
  • The hypocritical difference between the media’s fawning coverage of Wendy Davis’ filibuster and Cruz’s.
  • The only reason young people would sign up for ObamaCare is if they suck at math.
  • Cracks in Democrat’s resolve are already appearing.
  • A complete transcript of Cruz’s filibuster.
  • Everyone know the real problem in Washington, D.C. is not that the debt limit is too low, it’s that government is too big and spends too much money that it doesn’t have, and meddles in things best left up to free citizens. Just as Ted Cruz did, we need to make those same points over and over again in the ongoing debt limit and ObamaCare battles, because we’re right.

    Ted Cruz vs. ObamaCare

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

    When I went to sleep, Ted Cruz was filibustering against ObamaCare.

    I just woke up, and he’s still at it.

    I’m in the awkward position of supporting Ted Cruz et. al.’s attempt to defund-via-narrow-procedural-filibuster-followed-by-Democrats-blinking strategy while also believing that the effort is almost certainly doomed to failure. The reason it’s doomed is that it requires complex (and somewhat counter-intuitive) Senate rule voting maneuvers, and for Harry Reid and the Democratic majority to give in on key points, which I think is very unlikely. Nor do I agree with the “repeal it now or we’re stuck with ObamaCare for all time” rhetoric. There are no lost causes in American politics, because there are no won causes. The Great Recession isn’t making Obama and the Democratic crony cohort any more popular, making a GOP takeover of the the Senate in 2014 (and of White House in 2016, very possibly by Cruz himself) increasingly likely.

    But I do think Cruz’s filibuster is necessary because he’s making the case for repeal and forcing the GOP establishment to either back him or show their true colors. All signs point to ObamaCare becoming more and more unpopular as time goes on, making repeal a winning issue. But the first step is actually fighting for repeal, and Ted Cruz is there.

    Here’s the opening of Cruz’s filibuster:

    Mickey & Ted & Amnesty & ObamaCare

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

    Harping on a theme he’s harped on before, Mickey Kaus dinged Ted Cruz (again) for not opposing illegal alien amnesty with the single-minded focus Kaus thinks he should. (“You didn’t clap loud enough! Tinkerbell is dead!Amnesty is Alive!”) This criticism is misguided:

    1. Mickey Kaus is a Democrat and an ObamaCare supporter, albeit an entirely more reasonable example of each than usually found, as well as an amnesty opponent. Thus dinging Ted Cruz for fighting ObamaCare rather than amnesty is basically saying “A Republican senator is fighting hard against a program I support but not fighting hard enough against a program I oppose.”

    2. Ted Cruz has long been a fervent opponent of both ObamaCare and illegal alien amnesty, but has always been more fervently against ObamaCare, proclaiming that we should “repeal every syllable of every word of Obamacare” as one of his stock talking points from the very beginning of his campaign.
    3. Those doubting Cruz’s opposition to amnesty should take another look at what he said about it back when I interviewed him in 2011:

    4. Cruz fought and voted against amnesty when it was before the Senate, but now it’s before the House. Given that whole “bicameral legislature” idea, the issue is beyond Cruz’s legislative purvey.
    5. While I won’t go so far as to declare amnesty dead (as some have), if only because the GOP establishment seems to have a limitless appetite for suicidal compromise, its chances this legislative session do look slim, and all that was accomplished without Cruz taking the leading role against it.

    Given all that, Kaus continuing to harp on Cruz’s appears to be of an idee fixe on Kaus’ part than real criticism.

    LinkSwarm for September 20, 2013

    Friday, September 20th, 2013

    Here’s a Friday LinkSwarm. I have a big piece brewing on the ObamCare battle I may or may not have out on Monday.

  • Poland seizes half of private retirement funds.
  • Republicans in the House actually manage to cut something.
  • On the other hand, if you’re a Republican congressman, and you make $172,000 a year, you don’t get to complain about it. That means you, Rep. Phil Gingrey.
  • Ted Cruz says the ObamaCare fight is just beginning.
  • Speaking of Cruz, nothing says class quite like the Communications Director of the Sacramento Democratic Party wishing for the children of a Ted Cruz staffer to die of a horrible disease. If a Republic staffer said that about Obama’s children he’d be gone faster than Domino’s could get there. (Bonus: An extra evidence to Allan Brauer’s extreme classiness, he also refers to a woman as “cumrag.”) Sacramento Democrats have taken down Brauer’s page, but you can still find it on the Wayback Machine.)
  • “Like your health care plan? Then you can keep itsuck it up and get shoved into an ObamaCare exchange by your employer.
  • The IRS scandal just keeps getting worse.
  • Congressional Budget offices says that the deficit is going to get much, much worse.
  • Biggest story you’re not hearing much about? German elections this weekend. If Angela Merkel’s party should lose, and be replaced with a party less enthused with endless PIIGS bailouts, well, things could get interesting.
  • Obama official refuses to release information pertaining to a a Freedom of Information Act request. Stonewalling the press and withholding evidence? Obviously he must be bucking for a promotion.
  • Obama Express busted for paying cash for food stamps.
  • FEMA grounds UAVs, preventing them from providing mapping of Colorado flood victims for free.
  • Mainly read this Ann Althouse piece on “lean-in” circles for the catty comments.

  • Amarillo restaurant closes, evidently pens insulting message to patrons?
  • Remember China’s “Ghost Cities”? They’re bigger, and emptier, than ever: