Why We Should Drug Test Ted Cruz
And I Realize...
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 13:10
Whose fault is the federal government shutdown? Not President Barack Obama’s. Not House Speaker John Boehner’s. Believe it or not, a freshman is to blame. A Senate freshman, that is. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) will be responsible. Cruz has advocated for a complete defunding of Obamacare, in line with House Republicans’ 42 repeals of the President’s health care plan. You read that right, they’ve done it 42 times, knowing full well that the Senate will never pass it and Obama will never sign it.
Anyway, let me return to talking about the reason for the upcoming government shutdown. Ted Cruz is a walking justification of why we need to drug test members of Congress. We already do it in our sports leagues, so why not Congress? The man says and proposes ridiculous things on a regular basis, including attempting to filibuster any gun control bill and, of course, threatening to force this nation into a government shutdown unless President Obama agrees to repeal the landmark health care bill with his name on it. A government shutdown, or the debt default that may happen later this month, will cause untold harm to the U.S. economy. Anyone who advocates for this must to be on drugs, right?
Cruz has continued to be the fiercest advocate for defunding Obamacare in spite of the desires of some in his own party. Even Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Republican leader, rejected Cruz’s proposal to filibuster the House’s spending bill last week. The bill was amended by Senate Democrats, who wisely nullified the defunding language. To block this, Cruz tried to give an extended speech, technically not a filibuster, but still a tactic meant to block Senate business. On the Senate floor, he invoked everything from White Castle burgers to Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.” This last reference is particularly odd as the protagonist is a character who does not like something until he tries it. Senator Cruz does not like Obamacare, but the law’s health exchanges are not yet even open for business. Sounds familiar? All I have to say is try them in a box, or with a fox, or on a boat, or with a goat. Of course this lasted only until he was forced off the podium and then later voted in favor of allowing the bill to the floor.
We all know Cruz’s real aim is to beef up his credentials for the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Cruz needs to try, because, although constitutional law professors debate over the definition of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural-born citizen,” Cruz may not qualify. Ted Cruz was born in Calgary to a Cuban father and an American mother. Only one of his parents was American and he was born in Canada. Now I may be a hypocrite here — if I liked the guy, I would call him an American — but I don’t see him as a natural-born citizen and I will consider any legitimate reason to question his ability to run justified. After all, he announced he was revoking his Canadian citizenship only in August.
While Cruz tries to singlehandedly destroy America with his “Repeal or Shutdown” plan, I should focus on the 233 other exhibits in my case for drug testing in Congress: the House Republican delegation. As I mentioned earlier, this most recent repeal bill was the GOP’s 42nd attempt to repeal the law and now they are threatening to shut down the government if the bill is not repealed.
Why play politics with people’s lives? A government shutdown puts millions out of work as long as the government is not re-opened and would seriously threaten the nation’s fragile economic recovery. There are other priorities. They could pass immigration reform. Or tax reform. Or gun control legislation. Or an infrastructure bill. Or an actual budget. None of these, though, are part of the plan. The plan is to block anything that Obama does. Republicans in Congress don’t want to do anything; they just want to oppose everything. They’ve lost touch with American values and refuse to help the people they serve. They only serve themselves.
You might try to tell me that it’s politics and everyone is out to serve him or herself. True, but there’s something wrong with anyone who thinks it’s alright to play with the livelihoods of millions of people for political gain. These guys want welfare recipients to do it because they receive government funds. Members of Congress receive government funds too. So, Senator Cruz and House Republicans, it’s time for your drug tests.