Presidential candidate Ted Cruz came out strongly against the bloated Obama-Boehner budget deal on Tuesday, saying that the deal is not some kind of great compromise, but instead is “complete and utter surrender” by Republican leadership, including outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Cruz blasted the budget deal, calling it “John Boehner’s golden parachute” and a “slap in the face to conservatives.”
“Majority Leader McConnell and a lame duck Speaker Boehner have once again linked arms with a lame duck President Obama and Congressional Democrats to extend Washington’s failed spending policies another two years. This is not a ‘grand bargain’ or negotiation — it is complete and utter surrender. John Boehner’s golden parachute will certainly cement his legacy, but it is a slap in the face to conservatives who rose up across the country in 2014 on a promise that we would stop the disastrous runaway spending and debt in Washington. We now have a GOP Congress, but no one watching this budget surrender would know it.”
The Senator from Texas said that the deal would increase the debt by $400 billion, calling it “ridiculous, deceitful and a disgrace,” while saying it was a victory for what Cruz refers to as the “Washington Cartel,” a term he coined which describes the crony relationship between big business, lobbyists, and corrupt politicians in both parties.
“For anyone wondering about the source of the American people’s volcanic frustration with Washington, one need look no further than so-called ‘Republican’ majorities in both houses of Congress increasing the budget and our debt by more than $400 billion. It’s ridiculous, deceitful, and a disgrace.
Make no mistake: the Speaker’s golden parachute is a victory for the Washington Cartel, for the politically connected elite, and for big business and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to grow government. Unfortunately, it is a loss for single moms, for Hispanics and African Americans, for small businesses, and for all of those hardworking Americans who can’t afford expensive lobbyists and are hurting the most under the Obama Administration’s failed policies.”
Furthermore, Ted Cruz urged any Republican who campaigned on stopping Obama’s out of control spending and debt to vote against the bill, which according to Cruz, “gives Obama and Boehner nearly everything they want,” a deal that he says “annihilates” the previously agreed to 2011 budget caps.
“No one in Congress who campaigned on stopping President Obama’s runaway spending and debt should vote to advance or pass this golden parachute that gives Obama and Boehner nearly everything they want. This budget completely annihilates the 2011 budget caps, the one successful attempt at spending restraint in the Obama era. We should never default on our debt, but this deal suspends the debt ceiling, saddling future generations with the bill for our reckless spending, while making no meaningful reforms to the programs driving our runaway spending.”
Finally, the constitutional conservative, who is hated by the political establishment in both parties, in much the same way that Ronald Reagan was, said that the instead of the retiring Obama and Boehner getting a “gold watch” like most retirees, they are getting billions in additional spending and debt.
“President Obama and Speaker Boehner are heading into retirement. Some people get a gold watch. Obama and Boehner are settling for at least $80 billion in additional spending and debt above the budget caps. Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren will be left to foot the bill long after they are gone.”
Earlier this month, talk show legend Rush Limbaugh was asked by a caller which candidate was the “most anti-liberal,” and his answer was clear and without hesitation.
“There’s one clear answer. Put your hand up if you know who it is,” the most powerful conservative voice in the country told his vast audience. “Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz is the answer to your question,” he stated.
Mark Levin made similar comments about Cruz around the same time, saying, “Ted Cruz is the most consistently conservative candidate running.”
The third GOP presidential debate will take place Wednesday evening, hosted by CNBC.