This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded, then stripped the bill of the “defund Obamacare” crap that had been tacked-on by the Republican-controlled House, and slapped a “return to sender” label on it.
By 79-19, they voted to invoke cloture — thereby ending debate and paving the way for an amendment that kept Obamacare funded, too. That’s good news for America, and bad news for Sen. Ted Cruz.
Hours before the landslide vote, however, Cruz called-in to the Glenn Beck Program, where he enjoyed a little ego-massage from the Tea Party’s bespectacled propagandist, and repeated the same old anti-Obamacare talking-points. He said:
“Look, this president’s ambitions, as you know — as he’s said — are vast. They are exactly as he said: to fundamentally transform this country, to give up our free market foundation, to give up the individual liberty that is the foundation of this country — and to move us, instead, to a collectivist, statist approach where the federal government is the prime driver in the economy and the prime driver in our lives.”
This is the quintessential Tea Party line about the dangers of regulation and the glorious perfection of a “free market” — but all I hear is this: “Let the insurance companies, corporations, and wealthy elite continue to prey on the American people. It’s what Tea Party founders David and Charles Koch would want.”