'Ted Cruz: ‘I Don’t Trust The Republicans’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday defended his objection to initiating House-Senate budget negotiations unless Democrats take a debt limit increase off the table, saying he doesn't trust his party to hold the line.
"The senior senator from Arizona urged this body to trust the Republicans. Let me be clear, I don't trust the Republicans," Cruz said. "And I don't trust the Democrats."
On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) scolded Republicans for blocking negotiations. He was backed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
"Unfortunately," Cruz said, "one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree and that's why so many Americans are disgusted with both sides of this house. ... And every Republican who stands against holding the line here is really saying, let's give the Democrats a blank check to borrow any money they want with no reforms, no leadership to fix the problem."
Checking....no he didnt say what you said he did. So you actually pulled a strawman in the OP?
Hes saying be part of solving the spending problem or be considered part of the problem...and that is true. You arent trying to curb spending if you are complicit in it continuing.
The unfortunate thing about our political system is that guys like Cruz, who would probably be an independent, have to be in one party or the other. This is due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of voters feel they have to vote for one party or the other. They feel they have to donate to one party or the other. Etc, etc.
In addition, many of you (mostly libs) call Cruz a hypocrite for criticizing the very party he is a member of. Me thinks the Democrats need to start doing the same. You guys have presented a "united" front for going on 5 years now. Look where that got us. Just like the GOP presented a "united" front during the Bush years. Look where that got us. If we must have a 2 party system, the least we can do is not complain when someone within one of those two parties is actually self aware and understands that his/her party is screwing something up.
“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.” ― Ron Paul
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson