"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."
Among Republican Presidential candidates, several have respectable records when it comes to taking on Democrats and the radical left; when it comes to taking on legacy Republicans and the crony right, Ted Cruz stands alone.
This morning, United States Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell used a sleazy parliamentary trick to bind the U.S. Senate into supporting renewal of the Export-Import bank. In so doing, Senator McConnell reneged on an explicit promise he made to the Republican caucus earlier this spring. Senator Cruz was having none of it:
- "What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing."
- Ex-Im deal way originally cut on trade bill.
- Cruz asked McConnell at GOP lunch: "What was the deal that was just cut?!?"
- "The majority leader was visibly angry with me."
- McConnell: "There is no deal."
- Staff said McConnell was lying; Cruz gave McConnell the benefit of doubt.
- "I had no choice but to assume that when the majority leader spoke to 54 Republican Senators, and made an explicit promise, that he wasn't lying to us."
- "The same procedural abuse that Harry Reid did over an over again...now the Republican leader is behaving like the senior Senator from Nevada."
- Obamacare amendment cynical: "Of course it is."
- "Meaningless political theater."
- Ex-Im: "Classic example of cronyism and corporate welfare."
- Single largest recipient is Boeing, who admits they'll be fine.
- "It is wrong and it is corrupt."
- "This institution should not operate at the beck and call of lobbyists in Washington."
- "We now know that when the Majority leader looks us in the eyes, and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things he knows are false."
- "Sadly today, we have a government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists, and for the lobbyists."
On that note, we have made our first political donation of the 2016 cycle. In the spirit of full disclosure, we are informing readers. Ted Cruz's Presidential campaign is $25 richer:
As we said in the comments on the Facebook post, once we realized Cruz's campaign would have more than enough money, we'd held back from donating. Today was different. Senator Cruz's revelation this morning marks a level of honesty we've never seen in a quarter-century watching politics. That type of honesty deserves a reward, regardless of the campaign's financial position. We hope Senator Cruz raises an eye-popping sum off of this incident.
Cronyism on the right gravely threatens liberty. You cannot limit government when Republican "leadership" prefers to channel big government towards their donors. That's just as true in D.C. as it is in Austin.
Corporate welfare produces deadweight loss, which means less consumer choice at higher prices while protected industries reap a windfall. That Republican "leadership" would go to extreme lengths to preserve corporate welfare speaks volumes. And, finally, someone called B.S. on it.
And that's why we donated $25 to Ted Cruz's Presidential campaign; make your own donation here.
Rush Limbaugh has a lot more here.