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?