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Ted Cruz makes his stand to defund Obamacare

By Washington Times (DC)

Sen. Ted Cruz has become a marked man in Washington, where his insistence that Republicans hold fast to defunding Obamacare -- even if it means flirting with a government shutdown -- has been derided from across the GOP political spectrum.

But outside of the city's establishment, the Texas Republican and his allies in the defunding fight are heroes to tea party groups and conservative rank-and-file voters who say they have been waiting for leaders to pick a fight on an issue of principle.

Mr. Cruz appears to be headed for defeat in his call for Republicans to filibuster the spending bill, with more than enough GOP senators signaling they'll join Democrats to head off a filibuster -- particularly because they would be filibustering House Republicans' own bill, and because they don't want to be seen as responsible for a government shutdown, which would result if Congress doesn't pass a stopgap spending bill by early next week.

But Mr. Cruz said he won't go quietly.

"I intend to utilize every procedural means available to prevent Harry Reid from funding Obamacare," he told reporters outside the Senate on Monday afternoon, fresh off another sparring match with the Nevada Democrat and Senate majority leader.

The two men eyed each other warily from the chamber floor as they guarded against parliamentary tricks. At one point, Mr. Cruz objected to Mr. Reid's request to be allowed to transact some routine business confirming presidential nominees. Later in the day, Mr. Cruz relented and the nominees went through.

Late in the day, Mr. Reid set up a key Wednesday test vote in the showdown.

Michael McKenna, who runs GOP strategy firm MWR Strategies, said when judged by winning the health care fight, Mr. Cruz may lose. But Mr. McKenna said that's not the goal.

"The strategy here has been directed at making Ted Cruz the No. 1 guy in the conservative world," he said. "When you judge it on that metric, it's been highly successful."

The bill on the Senate floor, which passed the House on Friday, funds the government through mid-December, but prohibits any spending on the Affordable Care Act. However, thanks to parliamentary rules, it will take only a majority vote to strip out the Obamacare provisions.

That leaves Mr. Cruz in the confusing position of calling for a filibuster of the House Republicans' bill. He tried to get around that, asking that any Obamacare amendment votes have to achieve a 60-vote threshold, but Mr. Reid shot down that proposal, saying that would set a precedent.

"What he said, in effect, is that he believes a bare majority of the Senate consisting only of Democrats should be able to force Obamacare funding on a straight party-line vote," Mr. Cruz said. "I think that is a mistake."

Mr. Cruz's maneuverings, though, have baffled analysts who said he picked a doomed fight.

"I'm not sure he has a strategy. This seems to be sort of like Obama on Syria. It's kind of improvising as you go along here," said Michael D. Tanner, a Cato Institute senior fellow. He said Mr. Cruz will fall short in getting the votes to filibuster what amounts to his own bill.

His case was hurt early on by Republican leaders who said they wouldn't countenance a government shutdown, removing the key threat behind a showdown with President Obama.

Mr. Tanner said there was a chance to fight for something more specific such as a one-year delay in the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain coverage, but there was never much likelihood Mr. Obama or Democrats were going to accept an end of the Affordable Care Act.

"The Republicans essentially gave up their opening bid early on and then sort of scrambled to try to throw this together at the end," he said, adding that the outcome is "going to be very messy" for all sides.

But those fighting alongside Mr. Cruz said GOP leaders should listen to the voters who have rallied around the call to defund the health care law.

"What I think you're seeing from folks is the frustration that Washington isn't driving the agenda anymore. The folks outside Washington are driving the agenda," said Dan Holler, communications director at Heritage Action for America. "Back in July, nobody expected Obamacare to be the big thing this fall. And now it's the only thing. And that's because lawmakers' constituents rose up and demanded it."

Mr. Holler said the shape of the debate is already a kind of victory because it's focused on health care, not on dollars.

"The fight on the year-end spending bill has been on Obamacare. Harry Reid, Barack Obama, the appropriators, all wanted this fight to be on government spending levels -- how high can we go, can we turn off the sequesters," Mr. Holler said. "Because conservatives are playing offense on Obamacare, they weren't put in a position where they had to play defense on spending."

Still, Mr. McKenna said there is collateral damage from Mr. Cruz's approach.

"What's happened is he's sucked all the oxygen out of the room for the last six months when we could have been talking about legitimate ways to fix it, or legitimate ways to postpone the individual mandate," he said.

Mr. McKenna said major changes will have to wait until more of the law goes into effect and people begin to rebel against its consequences. The wait, he said, makes it "take a lot longer and be more difficult."

The defunding fight has been painful for Republican leaders. In the House, they had to scrap their preferred strategy and pass a real defunding bill, demanded by their rank and file.

In the Senate, however, the parliamentary mess has given GOP leaders the ability to vote for defunding Obamacare while knowing they are likely to lose the fight.

Mr. Cruz is expected to be one of several senators exploring a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, along with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Mr. Rubio made his own mark earlier this year, successfully helping push an immigration bill through the Senate, though wounding his own standing with Republican primary voters.

By contrast, Mr. Cruz, who appears poised to fail in his legislative effort, likely will be rewarded by GOP voters.

Mr. McKenna said the two senators share a link in their willingness to strike out on their own and defy party leaders.

"Neither one of these people believes they are in the United States Senate because they are in the Republican Party. And they are, in fact, right. The Republican Party opposed both of them. They are in the United States Senate despite the Republican Party," the strategist said.

In an email Monday night to millions of supporters on the White House mailing list, President Obama's senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, blamed congressional Republicans for being "reckless" in the budget showdown.

"Instead of doing their jobs, a few reckless Republicans in Congress are so obsessed with refighting old political battles over Obamacare that they're threatening to shut down the government and stop paying the country's bills," Mr. Pfeiffer said. He asked supporters to "spread the word so that Americans know what's going on."

Staff writer Dave Boyer contributed to this article.

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  1. fedupwithbadgovComment by fedupwithbadgov
    September 24, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    What is wrong with requiring 60 votes to pass a bill that the constituency doesn’t want? When the folks that are to administer registrations for this poor piece of legislation still don’t know the requirements just 6 days away from implementation, would that not cause one to pause and ask why?

    The answer is obvious. It’s so convoluted and poorly written that no one has any answers. After all, Nancy Peloseenothing said herself, “I don’t know what’s in it. We’ll just have to pass it to find out.”

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  2. memawComment by memaw
    September 24, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Ted is my hero. Go, Ted, go!

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      My group of supporters, those who collectively want ObamaCare “defunded” and dumped, a group currently with over 1500 members and small chapters in 30 states….

      …we go on record here to SUPPORT in future campaigns all Senators and Congress persons who vote to DEFUND AND DUMP OBAMACARE…!

      …included in this promise are REPUBLICAN and DEMOCRAT members of either party!

      Today we have arrived at the conslusion that there is no Republican Party nor Democrat Party looking after this nation’s needs, nor listening to the voters…that they are interested in themselves only..

      Well..Ted Cruz is getting our financial and moral support…i.e., our FULL SUPPORT hereafter…

      Those mealy mouthed Senators and Congress persons who as cowards FEAR a shutdown are totally misguided as to our PRIORITIES…

      OUR PRIORITY IS TO DUMP OBAMACARE!…and a shut down is small potatoes…perhaps it should include delaying salaries of both houses.

      We are also retaining counselors for considerations involving IMPEACHMMENTS…our next priority.

      AMERICA is simply angry at our political failures in both house…and it is time for a thorough CLEANSING!

      Frankly, our resources from our memberships in other regions confirm that ANGER is of such magnitude that they fear revolutionry and riotous behaviors to express it from a majority of their regions…

      I can’t blame these emotions…we have a President who lies, a Congress who allows it, and a Senate that does its damndest to support his lies

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  3. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    September 24, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Again, we must call every Senator, especially Republicans who will not support defunding Obamacare using Sen. Cruz’s request that the 60 vote threshold be met.I will remind those Republican Senators, regardless of which state you are from, if you don’t support Sen. Cruz, there are millions of us in this country who will give money and time to defeat you in the next election. You have a chance to do the right thing and kill this atrocious law. If you’re with us you will have our support, if you don’t, your toast. And you can take that to the bank!

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    • bulldogComment by bulldog
      September 24, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

      Amen

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      September 24, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

      Unfortunately, they can ‘demand’ anything they want and Reid has the – power – to just slap them down, period.

      More than anything else right now (2014) is to make every possible effort to get a STRONG Republican majority control of the Senate.

      I emphasize STONG Republican majority to offset/neutralize the turncoats/RINO’s (McCain, Flake, Rubio, Graham and whoever else).

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      Frankly, we need BOTH…Congress and the Senate majorities…and the Oval Office.

      WE NEED A CLEANSING, a complete cleansing.

      The French Revolution was such a complete, but cruel event…we need a complete political cleansing allowed by the Constitution…

      We also MUST CLEANSE THE WHITE HOUSE OF the Obamas, Clintons, Reids, Kerrys, Pelosi…all socialistic communist Muslim Brotherhood enfluences…

      AMERICA NEEDS A THOROUGH CLEANSING

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      September 24, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      Senator Ted Cruz is the Paul Revere of our time and he’s raising his voice warning us we must stop this intrusive liberal leftist big government, we must stop this usurping, this power grab, by the president and the democrat controlled senate over the other branches of our government. The citizens have spoken and they have said that they reject Obama Health care. Is this still a country of laws or a country ran by a relatively small elite leftist group dictating which liberties the American citizens can enjoy.This effort by Senator Ted Cruz and other like-minded representatives, represent the voice of the common man and woman, the stilled voice of the citizens who’s voice doesn’t register with liberal politicians in Washington of both parties. We have witnessed the neutering of the House by the democrats, the courts, and obviously are now nothing but willing pawns of the democrat president and his democrat controlled Senate.If the House republicans continue to refuse to hear and heed the voice of the citizens, We might ask ourselves why we continue to pay them to be our voice in our government when they only listen to and react to the voices of their fellow politicians and lobbyists.Paul Revere,an American patriot warned the citizens that America was being attacked by the British today Ted Cruz,like Paul Revere, is attempting to warn Americans, big government is attacking your freedoms, your liberties The Liberals in our government Are Attacking our republic.

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  4. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    September 24, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I agree, Cruz must lose this fight to win

    If he wins then it will be a loss

    This is based on one fact, what ever way Obamacare works will pick the winner

    If Obamacare fails and he said nothing then there would be no voice crying in the wilderness, to pick up the mantle

    However, if he was actually able to defund Obamacare then all sick and dying would be thrown on his doorstep as causing their suffering… Let Obamacare show it does nothing to stop the suffering but causes more

    He must lose to win

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  5. Colo43Comment by Colo43
    September 24, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    You Bet, Hes a Hero..
    one of the few to stand up to the Rino cowards.

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  6. terileeComment by terilee
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Obamacare is a travesty! I lost my job because of this garbage. Pelosi and Reid are nothing but hypocrites! The politicians need to get it back in their heads that they work for us. And we are the ones that are screaming to defund this mess.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      September 24, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

      Good reply and right on the money, We are living with the consequences of a public that were voting in large part to erase a liberal politically correct dogma pounded into their heads of White guilt and their vote was to cleanse the conscience of the liberal educated whites.

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  7. ssmcdonaldComment by ssmcdonald
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    And does Cruz get support from the RINO controlled RNC? To hell with the people is the very apparent attitude of the RINOS.

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  8. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Sen. Cruz is delivering what could be the “Gettysburg Address” of today. And the chamber is empty. No support from his own party members. Show me one democrat that has the ***** to do this and I’ll eat my hat.

    CSPAN is carrying Sen. Cruz and I must say it is BRILLIANT!

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  9. justinphilpotComment by justinphilpot
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    i feel shutting down the government would be nothing.
    those who depend on the government to exist would find jobs so they could eat and have a roof.
    hospitals would be less crowded if they knew they were not going to get paid.
    taxes would go down, nobody to collect them.
    of course our military might would be gone and maybe cuba would invade us and fix all our problems. i mean just look how they have prospered since they became communist.
    it’ll work just as good here as there.
    but on the other hand all the commie politicians would quit because of no pay, no perks.
    shut’er down, please, shut’er down.

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  10. soonerComment by sooner
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    All conservatives need to be watching as Ted Cruz now stands on the Senate floor and take note of how their individual Senators behave during the filibuster; whether they do anything to assist or participate, or if they instead do nothing.

    They then need to call their Senators and let them know that we are watching and listening for how each of them react. There are elections coming, you know! Surely, each state has two Ted Cruz’ in it!

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    • poppoComment by poppo
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

      We are watching him (C-SPAN2) and Praying for him!

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  11. conservativepatriotComment by conservativepatriot
    September 24, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Ted is an American hero. The pathetic RINO Republican “leadership” must go!

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  12. whodunitComment by whodunit
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Good job, Ted! You’re the one with a spine, when the others are caving to save their own hind ends. You’re only one actually listening to what the people want, instead of worrying about your own political future!

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  13. skopiiComment by skopii
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    CRUZ: Gather a coalition of fed up Democrats, Independents and Republicans. There are plenty of them, who want to get rid of the “Failing Old School.” You will have ALL the VOTES you NEED. Gather the coalition of Americans who are for America! You will win, but only for so long as you stay “American.” Our answer is and has always been…. “Vote Incumbents Out!” Thank You.

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  14. usmuslimComment by usmuslim
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    How can Cruz be serving in the Senate?!? Wasn’t he born in Canada?

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    • Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
      September 24, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

      He was born in the UNITED STATES. New York, I believe.

      Any other questions? You’re obviously not a Cruz fan.

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    • Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
      September 24, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

      Obviously you’re a noob at this whole civics thing, and taking into consideration that you may be a muslim, that is understandable.

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    • paoldguyComment by paoldguy
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

      He was born in Canada but is a US citizen and can be a Senator. It is only a President who has to be a Natural born citizen. Even if he was a naturalized citizen he could be a Senator

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 24, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

      He had dual citizenship because his mother was a US citizen. Birthplace made him a Canadian citizen and his mother’s US citizenship gave him US citizenship. He recently gave up his Canadian citizenship to clear up any confusion and to state his loyalty. The facts do not dissuade his detractors.

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      September 24, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

      gtimberlake,

      It’s just a tad bit more complicated than that. The US does not recognize dual citizenship. In the eyes of the American government, Ted is an American only. He did not have to become a naturalized US citizen. Yet Canada does recognize dual citizenship. In their eyes, you can be Canadian and a citizen of another country as well.

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 24, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

      I understand. Thank you.

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  15. constitutionalistComment by constitutionalist
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I left the Republican party after the supposed AZ senators decided to represent Mexican illegals rather than American citizens. Cruz may be the one person who could get me back to the not so grand old party.

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    • Haywood JablomieComment by Haywood Jablomie
      September 24, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

      Don’t let the RINOs like Juan McCain scare you off. Join a local Tea Party group and work to get an actual CONSERVATIVE Republican elected.

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  16. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    God bless you Senator Cruz.

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  17. poppoComment by poppo
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    God Bless Ted Cruz! He is one of the few of our elected officials that takes his job seriously. He realizes that he has been elected to further the goals of his constituents, not his own personal goals. If half of the idiots in DC would realize this, we would have a much better country.

    Does anyone understand that most of our elected representatives spend over $1,000,000.00 (of donated money) to get elected to a job that pays about $178,000 per year. By the time their first term is up, most of these same representatives have a personal worth of well over $1m. Nancy Pelosi’s personal net worth increased by over $17,000,000.00 in Obama’s first term. Of course, there is no corruption or inside information.

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  18. wwilberComment by wwilber
    September 24, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Obamacare never should have been passed. Idiots advocated it and voted it in. JUST PLAIN ****. I personally thing that there are too many congressmen and senators. There should be one of each from each state. By the way is it true that Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden is the executive vice president of Amtrak. No wonder the public is forced to give 4 or more billion dollars each yr. to keep it running. Did you know that all Amtrac workers are unionized and get 100% health care. They are also constantly reminded not to work more than two hours a day ( I know for sure that the electricians are ) and spend the rest of the time playing cards, running to the coffee shop and just plain wasting time. If you look around Old Saybrook, Ct. you will see 4 or more door pickup (white) with 4 to 6 individuals in it parked at Dunkin Donuts.IS JOE BIDEN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN THREE YRS?

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  19. Haywood JablomieComment by Haywood Jablomie
    September 24, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    WHY does the media, even the usually unbiased media, insist upon promulgating the LIE that it will be the Republicans shutting down the government if they don’t fund Obamacare??

    The Congressional budget FULLY FUNDS the government. But it is Obama who is saying “if I don’t get MY way, I will refuse to sign the budget!” which would result in a gov’t shutdown.

    Congress had the absolutely constitutional RIGHT to fund what they want. If there is any government shutdown, it will be solely the result of OBAMA throwing a tantrum over not getting his way.

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 24, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

      Absolutely correct.

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    • paoldguyComment by paoldguy
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      Like it or not Obamacare is part of the government, passed by Congress, signed by the President, and its constitutionality upheld by the Supreme Court. Congress has NOT repealed it. If the House does not fund it there will bea shut down

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    • terileeComment by terilee
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

      I totally agree also! And the “Comment by paoldguy ” IT’S NOT THE REPUBLICANS FAULT! IT LIES WITH THE PRESIDENT! Other parts of the government are not being shut down, just the Obamacare BS!

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  20. whodunitComment by whodunit
    September 24, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    If you are a person who prays, I’m sure Ted could use some prayers as he takes a stand right now!

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

      The rest of the Senators could use prayer, also. They all need to be led to good decisions. The will of the people is I portant, but knowing the will of God and doing that is superior. And Obama is not God. Did I say that out loud? It would be good if people would remember to pray, “thy will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.” then let their speech and actions be done in accordance with that same direction and motivation.

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    • poppoComment by poppo
      September 24, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

      @gtimberlake
      Thank you for making an excellent point! Too often we (I) pray for our own desires, and direct prayer toward those we favor. God’s will is that we pray for his help and guidance and for him to help and guide others. He also wants us to pray for those we do not agree with. As Jesus said, “Not my will, but thine be done”! God Bless You!

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  21. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    September 24, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    His cause may be doomed, but he will be remembered as the conservative that stood up to the Senate demowits at a critical time when the American economy was in trouble and he wanted to fix it.

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 24, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      In Texas we had this relatively small group of guys (that we are really fond of) who stood up to the entire Mexican army led by Santa Ana. It was a massacre, but it bought time for Sam Houston to get his army where it needed to be and then the tale was turned. The Alamo was not that big of a church or that great of a fortification.
      The House voted exactly the way they should and they had a good majority. They voted the will of the people -as their constituents had barraged them with their opinions. This vote said we will let you overextend our credit card some more, but you have to defund Obamacare and stop a bad law and a bad debt we can’t afford. This was within their right and was required by their constituents. If the Senate does not allow the vote as it was written and as the Representatives who represent more than half of the US population voted – - then they have ignored the will of the people. Collectively “we the people” are the bosses and kings and the branches of government work for us. “Can you hear me now?” is not heard by some who are tone deaf and have their fingers in their ears. It is time they listened. Call your Senators and tell them what you need. Write physical letters and send them in the mail. Be polite and be firm and get everyone you know to write. It is time Washington DC had ten million letters or more a day.
      The guys in the Alamo suffered greatly and lost their lives. Ted is talking in DC with a strategy he hopes will help. Who has his back? – Make your calls and leave your recordings – if the box isn’t full. Then write your letters. Maybe write one or two a day for the next ten days or so. You have to speak up in a measurable way that can be seen and weighed in pounds and tons. No kidding. You have to out work the liars and the confusers and the confused that also call and write. You can network on your computers and your phones and tell people they have to write letters on paper with stamps on letters as well as call. Otherwise you lose. You have to do what you can do. And remember no matter the outcome Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed will take credit or blame- whatever seems politically acceptable to them at the time. But they are not the boss of us.

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    • coachbrianComment by coachbrian
      September 26, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

      Reid refused to debate Cruz on the merits of defunding Obamacare; he only name called…typical liberal. McCain should have stood strong with Cruz on this most important issue. However, this time, when there is a big vote upcoming for limited government, he stood strong with Reid. He didn’t even engage Cruz and ask to yield for some questions! He should be ashamed of himself. I wonder what Reid promised him? McCain is a 30+ year Washington insider and is out of touch with conservative Republicans…he is a disgrace and needs a strong primary challenger. Sarah Palin endorsed McCain in his last reelection bid over former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. I wonder how she is feeling about that endorsement now?

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  22. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    September 24, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    There is very little chance that Cruz and friends will be able to defund Obamacare. They simply don’t have the votes. That being said, those who are determined to fund and implement Obamacare should consider this: Obamacare was rammed down our throats–despite 74 PERCENT of us being opposed to it, by DEMOCRATS, without a SINGLE Republican vote. Had it not been for the TURNCOAT TRAITOR John Roberts on the Supreme Court, it would not be law now.

    To their utter shock, a great many Democrats lost their JOBS in Congress in the 2010 elections because of it. If they INSIST on implementing this intrusive bureaucratic HORROR–even though they KNOW damned well it is UNWORKABLE–a lot MORE need to lose their jobs, too. As it is, they seem determined–in spite of the LOUD objections of a majority of “we, the people”–to inflict this disaster upon the American people. And if they do, then a lot MORE of them need to lose their jobs in 2014, and EVERY TIME there is a Congressional election, until they FINALLY get the point that they work for US, and will not be allowed to continue to do so if they do NOT represent our wishes in Washington.

    It is a DISGRACE that things have come to such a SORRY pass that they feel emboldened to simply IGNORE “we, the people” and do whatever they please. The ONLY language these “professional politicians” understand is a PINK SLIP. PLEASE remember that when you vote in ANY Congressional election.

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    • gtimberlakeComment by gtimberlake
      September 25, 2013 @ 11:58 am

      Well said.

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  23. acommontaterComment by acommontater
    September 24, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    Cruz represents me! The Repubs don’t. Take away their franchise, the dinosaurs.

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  24. coachbrianComment by coachbrian
    September 24, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    When including all the reference documents in the Obamacare Law, there are nearly 10,000 pages of restrictions, taxes, extra costs, and regulations imposed on the American people. This should keep Sen. Cruz busy for a month or more on the Senate floor. I love this man!

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  25. roint1228Comment by roint1228
    September 24, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Let’s make this short and sweet. Washington Times is playing the liberal card again. They are making the democrats appear to be in the catbird seat again. They are making appear that the do nothing republicans had a class a plan for defunding…that is pure BS. And they are making Cruz appear to be the boy who cried wolf. Everyone has been talking Defunding, but now all the chicken little’s are backing out and leaving Cruz become Peck’s Bad Boy.

    Politics ***** and we really don’t need most of these criminals.

    R

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