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Posted on 06/24/2015 8:40:24 PM PDT by Isara
Discusses Obamacare, ISIS on Special Report with Bret Baier
HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today participated in the Center Seat panel on Special Report with Bret Baier, taking questions from Baier and panelists George Will, Mara Liasson, and Jonah Goldberg. They covered several issues including Trade Promotion Authority, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, what must be done to defeat ISIS, and why Americans should vote for Ted Cruz for President.
Select excerpts are below and full video may be viewed below:
Regarding Trade Promotion Authority:
“Two things have changed since that first vote. Number one, WikiLeaks released the text of a portion of the Trade in Services Agreement that explicitly contemplates changing immigration laws of member countries. Over and over again, wed been assured there were no changes in immigration laws. That leak was one material change. And then a second material change was the backroom Washington deals that were cut on the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank is a classic example of corporate welfare, and it appears now that leadership cut a deal to reauthorize this cronyism. Hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars on the lien to help giant corporations as the price for TPA. And the two together were too much, so I voted no.”
Regarding the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare:
“Under no circumstances should Republicans in Congress extend Obamacare. If the Supreme Court rules, as many observers expect, it will conclude that the Obama IRS violated federal law and illegally imposed billions of dollars of taxes on millions of Americans millions of young people who are working. Right now, the Obama IRS is extracting taxes from them. And if the Supreme Court includes that Obama violated the law, the last thing Republicans in Congress should step up and do is codify his lawlessness and extend the subsidies.
“What I say is we should use this opportunity to address the real problem, which is that Obamacare has driven health insurance premiums through the roof. In fact, President Obama promised that the average familys health insurance premium would drop $2,500 under Obamacare. In actuality, the average familys premiums have risen $3,000.
What we should do instead is allow states to opt out. Opt out of the individual mandate, opt out of the taxes, opt out of the employer mandate, opt out of all the mandatory coverage, which is driving up premiums for a lot more than six million people. Youre talking about hundreds of millions of people who are seeing their premiums go up for Obamacare.”
“What you replace it with is something that expands competition and empowers consumers and disempowers government from getting between patients and their doctors in three specific reforms. One, you let people purchase health insurance across state lines. That creates a 50 state marketplace that lowers cost and gives you more choices, which expands access. Number two, you expand health savings accounts, so that people can save in a tax advantage way for routine healthcare. And number three, you work to delink health insurance from employment, so health insurance is portable.
If you or I lose our jobs we dont lose our life insurance, our car insurance, or our house insurance, theres no reason we should lose our health insurance, and thats what causes much of the problem of preexisting conditions. We should be empowering patients, not putting government bureaucrats between us and our doctors.”
Regarding defeating ISIS:
What is plausible is number one, air power, when used aggressively can have a dramatic impact. Right now we got such restrictive rules of engagement that it is more a pinprick strike it is a bomb here its a missile there. Ive characterized it as photo op foreign policy rather than using concerted overwhelming airpower to take out ISIS.
Secondly, youre right, the Kurds cant solve everything, but theyre right now fighting and winning on the ground, and it is a miracle they are because ISIS is using U.S. military equipment theyve seized in Iraq. The Kurds equipment is hopelessly outclassed and yet theyre fighting.
This administration is obsessed with seeking conciliation with the Sunnis and Shias and uniting Iraq. It sends weapons to Baghdad that doesnt get passed along to the Kurds. That doesnt make any sense at all, we ought to use the Kurds as boots on the ground along with overwhelming air power.
Now that could likely involve embedding in more special forces to target that airpower but I think our principle boots on the ground can be the Kurds and we should be giving them the tools they need to defeat ISIS.
Regarding why Americans should vote for Ted Cruz for President:
You know Albert Einstein famously said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Over and over again the Washington world of consultants says weve got to run a moderate, an establishment moderate and every time we do it, we lose.
If you compare 2004 the last race Republicans won to 08 and 12 by far the biggest difference is the millions of conservatives who showed up in 04, who stayed home in 08, who stayed home in bigger numbers in 12. They fall into two groups. Number one evangelical Christians, number two so-called Reagan Democrats, largely blue collar Catholics up and down the Midwest and into New England.
Heidi and I we spent months thinking about and praying about whether to run for President our daughters our four and seven you dont lightly throw a young family into the maelstrom of a Presidential race. The reason we decided to go forward is because I look at the rest of field there are a lot of people who are talented, who I like who I respect. But, I dont see a lot of candidates who I think are likely to energize and mobilize and bring back to the polls those Conservatives.
I think based on the record Ive built of standing and fighting for Conservative principles over and over again that I am in the best position to energize and bring back those Conservatives and at the same time to bring back together that old Reagan coalition of Conservatives, and libertarians and evangelicals and young people and Hispanics and women and Reagan Democrats. Thats what weve got to do to win.”
Not gonna happen! Pubbies and Dems are on the same team.
Good article Pingy.
That’s it, Ted Cruz is finished, toast, done, I am not going to support him or vote for him, he just used Albert Einstein’s quote , sarcastic.
Hope that works out for he and his wife.
Regarding Trade Promotion Authority:Well, uh, it's been done for every president for 40 yrs with an R or a D so there s no reason to not follow Rubio's lead and vote for it without reading it.
When Cruz helps defeat a law that Obama wants, then I’ll pay attention. Until then, he’s a politician with a hat and no cattle. When we needed him, he sided with the enemy.
Did Conservatives vote for John Kerry after - I voted for the 87 billion dollars after after I voted against it” So really did Ted read this secret trade deal with all the goodies, or is it that many conservatives have stated ‘enough’ and Ted hopes he can win back the conservatives who have had it with him. Ain’t going to happen - always a turncoat. Ted is the new Benedict Arnold of the conservatives. Do you think conservatives will be supportive of a guy whom is trying to sell himself as the best there is when he has sold himself to others for what a few pieces of silver and trainload of manure. come now it is not time to keep selling the same load of crappola!
It seems if anyone criticizes Ted Cruz that there is something wrong with the person. You ever think there is something wrong with your thinking?
there are others who are on FR do not care for Ted Cruz either because he claims he is a conservative but goes along with the DC elites. there are many whom claim that Ted must be forgiven for his mistakes. So now anyone criticizes Ted Cruz there is something wrong with the person. I have been a conservative my entire adult life. When I was 18 ( I am now 51) I went and fought for this country and suffered through the Lebanon Barracks bombing. I saw first hand how the Muslims treated America and Americans. i have seen how the City of Menomonee MI and Iron River, MI have been affected by NAFTA. DONT Tell Me that TPA was all about Free Trade there was more to it all along. If any Bill is done in secret there is something to hide. So when the final negotiations are done the Congress can only give an Up or Down Vote. Really this is good for America. No it is not! what are the Congress Critters selling to others around the world. The Free Trade agreement supposedly excludes China, yet China wants to negotiate with the trade agreement. Come now get real with the Chinese, Japanese and so many others holding America by the financial testicles what will be surrendered.
I can sense that you have so much pain and disappointment. Don't let that cloud your thought. We are all children of God. God is the only source of our lives and forever takes care of us. So, keep looking up to God.
It is no longer the Supreme Court. It is the EXTREME Court!
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