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Ted Cruz: Who Me?

Jan
26

Words that will live in infamy:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) argued forcefully Sunday that the government shutdown late last year was not the Republican Party's fault, but was in fact the Democrats' doing -- a contention that even members of Cruz's own party disagree with.

"I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall," Cruz said on CBS's "Face the Nation," according to a transcript. "The reason they did so is that President Obama dug in and said he wouldn't compromise and he wouldn't negotiate."

Cruz said it was actually President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) who threatened and caused the shutdown.

"I didn't threaten to shut down the government the last time," Cruz said. "I don't think we should ever shut down the government."

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Some Compromise

Jul
24

What digby said:

It is preposterous to say that making the elderly give up some of their already painfully meager stipends in exchange for the wealthy having to pay taxes at the rates they paid during the Clinton years is in any way a fair compromise.

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Cynicism Breeds Optimism

Jan
23

I'm still trying to figure out why one election in Massachusetts ought to be a game-changer for anything, let alone vitally important national issues. There's just no proportionality.

What makes me optimistic is the confidence that simply out of a sense of self-preservation, if nothing else, we're going to see something moving -- for real and not rhetorically -- on HCR, banks & the economy. It just can't end like this.

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New Deal 2.0?

Jun
02

Tim Fernholz over at TAPPED points to a WaPo story about how SEC efforts to regulate the finance industry were "undermined" during the Bush years by the agency's own Chairman, Christopher Cox.

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Bush Administration: A Legacy of Political Thuggery

Jun
24

"Democrats or Liberals" need not apply.

Only Republicans or rightwingers were hired by the Bush Administration for the "Honors" and Summer Intern programs at the Justice Department. The account by All Things Considered this evening is extraordinary.

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