Ted Cruz: Adversary of the Washington Cartel
The American people should applaud Senator Ted Cruz for exposing Senator Mitch McConnell for the liar and corporate chattel he is and has been for his entire time in Washington, D.C.
Cruz relayed on the Senate floor that McConnell lied to his face when he asked him during a Senate Republican luncheon, “Did you cut a deal on the Export-Import Bank” to get trade promotion authority (TPA) through the Senate? McConnell emphatically stated, “There is no deal! There is no deal! There is no deal!” After the lunch, Senators Cruz and Lee approached McConnell to press him on the possibility that he cut a deal with the proponents of the Export-Import Bank. McConnell stood firm on his lie by stating, “There is no deal! I will do nothing! I oppose the Export-Import Bank. I told them, they can offer an amendment like any other senator can on any bill.”
The most telling aspect of the vote on TPA was the fact that proponents of the Export-Import Bank did not offer an amendment to TPA to renew the bank’s charter. Why didn’t they offer an amendment? Cruz provides the answer (3:56). There was a deal in the House to introduce an amendment to renew the bank’s charter, so when the bill returned to the Senate, it had said amendment attached.
Cruz is right that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. There is no difference between the Democrat-controlled House of Pelosi and the Republican-controlled House of Boehner, just as there is no difference between the Democrat-controlled Senate of Reid and the Republican-controlled Senate of McConnell. Pat Buchanan declared during a press conference in 1999 that “Our two parties have become nothing but two wings of the same bird of prey.” Truer words have never been spoken.
McConnell is corporate chattel. McConnell lied when he stated that there was no deal on the Export-Import Bank, and he lied when he told Cruz and Lee that he opposes the Export-Import Bank. McConnell does not oppose corporate welfare, period!
McConnell is owned and operated by his corporate donors and bundlers. McConnell’s campaign contributions from Wall Street and K Street far outpace any other member of the Senate. As you can see from the graph below, McConnell’s campaign chest is overflowing with contributions from corporations.
|Courtesy of opensecrets.org|
The largest percentage of McConnell’s money comes from five donors: The Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs, Humana, JPMorgan Chase, and Alliance Resource Partners.
McConnell and the rest of the corporate lap dogs holding national office along with the U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism will not allow Cruz to get away with his disparaging remarks about McConnell and the “Washington Cartel.” Cruz has always been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment, but calling McConnell a liar on the Senate floor I’m sure has earned him the title of most hated and put a giant target on his back.
Cruz’s courage in the face of the enemy should be admired. I hope he is serious when he talks about breaking up the Washington Cartel and returning power to the American people. Last month, he delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation in which he said the following:
What’s happening in Washington is no accident. It is a concerted effort by corporate lobbyists and establishment politicians. Lobbyists and career politicians make up the Washington Cartel. Let me explain to you how it works. A bill is set to come before Congress, and career politicians’ ears and wallets are open to the highest bidder. Corrupt backroom deals result in one interest group getting preferences over the other, although you give the other a chance to outbid them. Or even worse, a very small interest group getting special carve-outs at the expense of taxpayers.
Every American who follows politics knows that the permanent political class and their donors have rigged the system at the detriment of the American people. Cruz should be applauded for talking about the unethical culture of Congress, but what is his plan to solve the problems and return power to the American people?