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Fat and Happy

Now that Michele Bachmann has retired from Congress, it looks like Ted Cruz is stepping up to fill the void. Even though Cruz is much smarter (and thus far more dangerous) than Bachmann, he seems to be using her playbook.

Case in point. You know how Republicans have fought tooth and nail for tax cuts for the rich while cutting unemployment insurance, social security, and any other program that helps the poor and middle class?

So it takes some chutzpah for Cruz to respond to Obama’s State of the Union address by blaming Obama for the widening gap between our rich and poor. After Obama’s speech, Cruz went on Fox News and said he was disappointed that Obama was proposing to increase taxes on the rich in order to pay for education and to reduce the deficit. Cruz claimed that Obama’s proposals would hurt hardworking Americans.

The rhetoric of trickle-down economics still lives! But with a new twist.

According to Cruz, the country’s rich and powerful “have gotten fat and happy” on Obama’s watch, saying “Today the top one percent earn a higher share of our national income than any year since 1928.”

Seriously. Ted Cruz, is married to a managing director of Goldman Sachs, the company that played a large role in the economic meltdown that almost destroyed our economy. He’s a graduate of the elite schools Princeton and Harvard law school. He mounted a one-man filibuster to shut down our government if Obama wouldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act, doubly screwing almost every middle class person in the process. Indeed, the top political contributors to Cruz are fat cat bankers, making Cruz himself one of those “fat and happy” rich and powerful people.

But Cruz tries to style himself as the protector of the downtrodden middle class. How stupid are we?



  1. ralph wrote:

    There is perhaps no greater political irony than the Repos now trying to co-opt the issue of the widening income gap.

    After all these years, since Reagan, humping their trickle down economics, they not only have the gall to double down on this debunked theory, but to blame Obama & Co. of the very problems this “voodoo economics” (remember who coined that phrase about whom?) has spawned.

    No end to the hypocrisy. The only question is when the consevative public’s gullibility will end.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  2. John wrote:

    Yes its awful but no, not because of what he says.

    We already know he is lying because his lips are moving. For most, it does not matter what he says.

    It is awful because some large fraction of the gum chewing public will wander over to him during their entertainment time, focus on what he is saying, and take it to heart.

    His people know this better than anyone and they carefully craft and target his statements at those malleable foolish voters who are most likely to believe him.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  3. jonr wrote:

    Wait… So, Ted Cruz is COMPLAINING that American wealth is being redistributed upward? And has plans to do something to reverse that trend? This, I have got to see!

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
  4. Don in Waco wrote:

    Bachmann was in the HOR so technically Cruz, being a Senator, isn’t an appropriate replacement, although he does bring the crazy quite well and he is quite smart as you note. But not to worry, because Texas still has our HOR representative from District 1, Louie Gohmert. We seem to have an endless supply of these clowns.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Permalink