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Is Ted Cruz good for the Republican Party?
As a Republican, I say no. Whether you agree with him or not, the modern media filter makes him look extreme. There's nothing good to come out of his intransigence. Just as hard core left wingers make the Dems look bad, hard core right wingers turn the GOP into extremists in the eyes of the general public. It's cliché, but moderation in everything is good.
Senator Cruz is a very articulate Republican who stands with the people. His renderings of the Affordable Care Act are much more accurate than those of the Democrats. The Act initiated a free-fall objective destined to increase insurance costs and provide expensive copays to most US citizens. This will create a detrimental reduction in economic capability for the nation as more is spent on healthcare and less on rebuilding the workforce of the nation.
Senator Cruz recognizes this catastrophe and is attempting to eliminate the Act's burden of high cost from further degrading the middle-class that is already struggling under the enormous weight of unnecessary government involvement.
Senator Cruz understands that the federal governments default age curve for health insurance premiums is designed to impact baby-boomers more drastically than any other age group. This is due to a 1:1 rate for 21 years of age versus 3:1 for 64 and above. With the baby-boomer generation as the largest in the nations history, the federal government must require them to pay more due to their wealth holdings. As Senator Cruz stated, the President and those who voted to retain the Act are "wanting to see the American people suffer."
In addition, if the Act were so good for the country, the President would not need to distribute exemptions to his favorites discriminately. With this discrimination, the President has dictated a "class society" that will detrimentally affect the hard working middle-class. This action by the President is recognized as treason when the outcome is a detrimental burden on the hard working American.
Those in agreement with Senator Cruz, like myself, recognize that the Act does not make healthcare more affordable, provide better care, nor improve the already over-burdened healthcare professionals. Therefore, it does not actually result in any advancement of professional healthcare. What the Act does is create a higher burden on the current healthcare system by impeding the ability of the hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to attend to the patient that requires their support. This is quite evident as one reads the law and finds that it only applies to the insurance companies and their actuary tables.
This monopoly generated by the law then represents a burden upon the individual because each must endure a single national "one-size fits all" program. So why is it not the same for the President & Congress? Why so many exemptions?
If the Republican Party is to survive the answer is yes. The RINOs need to go.
Thx FP for commenting. I could not disagree more with your sentiment. The GOP has been successful in the past as an inclusive party. Absolutism just minimizes the party in an era of sound bites. We can convince people of our ideas in other ways.
As an unaffiliated voter, I'd say no, he isn't good for the Republicans. Regardless of whatever his personal philosophies may be, he's come across as someone who is not going to compromise or work with others towards an end goal unless there is no other option. His recent actions, in my opinion, have not only damaged the credibility of the GOP, they've adversely affected the general population's ability to believe in politicians in general, which was already in sorry shape. Someone needs to remind him, as well as many of our other policy makers, that this is not a game.
That depends on what you mean by the Republican party. If you are a political insider like the Lindsey Grahams of the world...than no. They are people, not unlike the Democrat establishment on the other side who are interested only in keeping the status quo. Many people that claim to be advocates of the Conservative message forget that Reagan was a political outsider as well. He was not just despised by the mainstream media and Democrats. But the country club Republican establishment hated Reagan. He challenged a sitting President in the primary. He was extremely successful to a certain extent in that he changed the direction of the discussion away from Gov't being the solution to all of our problems. But he did this in spite of the toughest opposition coming from the Republican establishment. He was also characterized as a hardcore radical. Yet, he was so liked by the people, he was re-elected in one of the biggest landslide elections in modern politics, winning 49 out of 50 states. I am not saying that Cruz is the next Reagan. But like Reagan,he is demonized lately more from his own party, than from the opposition. That's because he is actually trying to do what he said he was planning to do. And most of the establishment is only interested in votes.
When you look at the Tea party movement, there are many people from different walks of life with varying views on different topics. But the one unifying belief among them is that gov't is too big and out of control. Unfortunately, this is not really the belief of the Republican establishment. They are simply using Conservatives as a means to achieve political power. I don't know if Ted Cruz is a true Conservative yet. Time will tell. But to date he has shown that he is not so quick to just follow along with the party establishment. And that is a good thing as far as I am concerned if you're a Conservative. I am interested only in what is good for the Conservative movement. I couldn't care less about what the political elite think is good for them.
Another passionate response. As much as I agree, conservative Repubs need to take a page from the Obama playbook. Wrap yourself up in "moderate" cloaks, and then get in power. That's the only way to create change. Public purity tests look bad.
I have thought that myself. Do the opposite of what you say. Run as a moderate and then do what makes sense.
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