Friday, January 22, 2016
THE OTHER ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE
Today’s blog was intended to focus on the other two leading Republican candidates. However for brevity’s sake I will focus on the other anti-establishment conservative candidate, Cruz, as the sole subject.
Cruz has tried to post himself as the most extreme right and righteous of all the Republicans.
By his claim of being anti-establishment he has appealed to the masses. His strength in to the evangelistic Bible belt is with his anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-immigrants rhetoric, His solution for terrorists especially ISIS is by carpet bombing, forget collateral damage.
WW II proved it doesn't work. Unfortunately only "boots on the ground" with its human costs is the only thing that can be effective.
As most Republican candidates (and I) he has been very critical of Obama’s and by inference Clinton’s foreign policies; reiterating that instead of courting the Palestinians and the Muslim Mid-East countries such as Iran, emphasis must be given to support Israel. He would move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. After recognizing it as the Capital of Israel.
Cruz would negate the Iran agreement, but has taken no overt position on North Korea.
Cruz proposes a simple income Flat Tax in which the current seven rates of personal income tax will collapse into a single low rate of 10 percent. For a family of four, the first $36,000 will be tax-free.
He would eliminate the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And eliminate 25 programs that compromise the alphabet soup of Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions, and other programs
Cruz claims to be anti-establishment and has earned the hatred of his fellow Senators Mr. Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, said the personal contempt for Mr. Cruz among some Republican insiders was blinding. “Cruz is so hated in Washington that there’s this distortion about him that he’s outside the bounds of what is plausible in American politics,” he said.
According to Indiana Sen. Dan Coats "An awful lot of us really didn't like to be targeted as corrupt, establishment bought by the lobby establishment," Coats added. "It sure looks like someone was using it as a way to gain notoriety as the only true conservative in Washington."
Trump and also Rubio have questioned Cruz’s legitimacy to be President to do the fact that he was born in Canada. There could be a potential merit to the question which I believe will ultimately be settled by SCOTUS.
This subject of a person born outside of the US being a citizen will follow in the next blog.