Sunday, May 3, 2015

GOP Presidential Wannabes Sneer at Facts

As the Republican presidential clown car continues to pick up passengers, several candidates are deserving of special attention, none more so than Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Havana Ted announced his presidential candidacy at Liberty University saying, “… imagine in 2017, a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” Just weeks later, Cruz signed up for it.

Despite his soaring promises to do away with Obamacare, Cruz now needs it because his wife lost her employee insurance at Goldman Sachs, when she resigned to campaign for her husband.

Confronted with his flip-flopping, Cruz stammered the law required him to get Obamacare coverage, although it does not. He could have bought insurance directly through any private company, but then he wouldn't have received a taxpayer-funded subsidy to pay part of his costs. Hypocrisy is cool.

The senator’s anti-Obamacare remarks evoked wild applause from Liberty’s student body, many of whom doubtless are under age 26 and, thus remain covered by their parents’ insurance, thanks to that bothersome Obamacare.

Cruz frequently attacks the IRS, telling listeners its building should be padlocked and its “110,000 agents should be put on our southern border.”

The IRS actually has only 14,000 agents. Perhaps instead of his campaign kick-off theme of “A Time for Truth,” Cruz should have considered an alternative such as “A Time for Fact Checking.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who should also be known as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers, is another ultra-conservative wonder boy. Union buster Walker wears his dislike for those who go to work every day like a badge of honor. He infamously compared his own state’s workers to ISIS saying, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

When asked about the daunting task of being commander in chief, Walker replied he is qualified for the job because he was an Eagle Scout. “I earned the rank of Eagle … much like my thought process of being an Eagle Scout … we have a higher responsibility … to lead in the world …”

Asked whether President Obama is a Christian, Walker revived a tired old chestnut, “I've never asked him that,” adding, “You've asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that.”

I wonder whether Gov. Walker believes Lincoln supported an end to slavery, given that he never had a chat with Lincoln about that.

Walker has said that Ronald Reagan’s firing of air-traffic controllers in 1981 was “the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime.”

Let's hope that Walker will identify the other country whose air traffic controllers were fired by Reagan.

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