Ted Cruz: Can't touch this


Walter
+1 / -2
#1
Don't mess with Texas.

Ted Cruz Mocks Harry Reid's "Demonstration Of Civility" And "Candor" On Senate Floor | RealClearPolitics (external - login to view)
 
Walter
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#2
High praise.

Dershowitz: Tex Cruz one of Harvard Law's smartest students | The Daily Caller (external - login to view)
 
Walter
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#3
Love the way tis guy makes the 'old guard", on both sides of the aisle, squirm because they know he's on the right track.

Cruz Sets Confrontational Tone as Senate Debate Begins - Washington Wire - WSJ (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
No Party Affiliation
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#4
Ted Cruz Rules!!! Let the government shut down. Republicans should send a budget to the Dems and if they say no, shut down the government.. The Dems own this and let them shut the Government down ...
 
Walter
-3
#5
Filibuster live.

Sen. Cruz Debates CR & Defunding Health Care Law | C-SPAN (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
No Party Affiliation
+1
#6
Just call Sen Cruz the HAMMER!!

Can't Touch This!!

MC Hammer - U Cant Touch This - YouTube

 
Locutus
#7

No teleprompter. Not a single "uh"/"um" from @SenTedCruz (external - login to view) after 14 hrs. Clarity of mind = clarity of tongue. #MakeDCListen (external - login to view) #KeepCruzing (external - login to view)


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Locutus
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Libs Petition Harvard To Rescind Ted Cruz’s Law Degree… (external - login to view)

He lives in their heads… rent free.


Via NRO (external - login to view):
A new MoveOn.org petition (external - login to view) to rescind Ted Cruz’s Harvard degree has emerged after the Texas senator’s 21-hour speech because he “has proven that he is not Harvard material.”


Addressed to Harvard president Drew Faust, the petition argues that Cruz’s efforts are a waste of taxpayer money and make a mockery of the university, as well as the Senate. The petition asks that, along with rescinding Cruz’s diploma, the university make a statement saying that his time at Harvard had no effect on him or his views.


The petition currently stands at 30 signatures with some appearing to be done in jest by Cruz supporters.


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They mad.
 
EagleSmack
#9
Oh they so mad
 
B00Mer
No Party Affiliation
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I'm surprised that even Cruz's Republican friends don't have the balls of a man to defund ObamaCare.

The USA is going to be turned into British Columbia... Unionized Part time works needing to hold down 2 jobs to make a living and pay for their own over priced health care..
 
Locutus
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Media Whoar Chuck Schumer “Appalled” Ted Cruz Read “Green Eggs And Ham”… (external - login to view)

He was so appalled that he had to run to the nearest news cameras and tell them all about it.
WASHINGTON (external - login to view) — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he couldn’t believe his ears when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham aloud during his 21-hour talk-a-thon that kicked off Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor.

Cruz said the children’s book is one of his favorites, and he read it in its entirety as part of his effort to delay action on a bill to defund Obamacare. Cruz supports defunding Obamacare, but was trying to drag out debate to prevent Democrats from killing the bill.

But Schumer said Cruz completely missed the point of the story.

“I was appalled,” the New York senator told reporters Wednesday.Green Eggs and Ham has a moral: Don’t criticize something, don’t reject something, until you actually try it. Sam said he didn’t like green eggs and ham for a long time. And then when he finally tried it, he liked it.”


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>appalled

 
B00Mer
No Party Affiliation
#12
Ted Cruz a true Calgarian in spirit. (His city of birth)

Alberta the best place in North America to live, second only to Texas of course.
 
tay
#13
This is an odd choice of a book for Senator Cruz to read in that its message actually supports the position of the Democrats that the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) should be allowed to go into effect as scheduled.

I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.



Then the narrator, after much urging by Sam-I-Am, eats the green eggs and ham to prove Sam-I-Am wrong. However, much to the narrator's surprise, he actually likes Green Eggs and Ham.



Say!
I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat...
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!


The narrator then goes on to actually thank Sam-I-Am for encouraging him to try the Green Eggs and Ham.


I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am
Senator Cruz-Obamacare is like Green Eggs and Ham. Like the narrator in the story, some people have come to the conclusion (after hearing a lot of right wing propaganda) that they won't like Obamacare even though they have never tried it. A lot of their opposition is based on their fear of trying something different from what they are used to. However, like the narrator in the story, once the American people try Obamacare, I think that they will like it. And like the narrator in the story who thanks Sam-I-Am for forcing him to try the green eggs and ham, I think that the American People will ultimately thank President Obama and the Democrats for Obamacare.



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Locutus
#14
Dr. Jack...

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B00Mer
No Party Affiliation
#15


ObamaCare Stinks!!!
 
Locutus
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#16
 
tay
+3
#17
Canadians don’t understand Ted Cruz’s health-care battle




When you’re being forced to endure another rabid Sen. Ted Cruz on Obamacare’s threat to human freedom, it’s easy to forget how absurd our health-care debate seems to the rest of the civilized world. That’s why it’s bracing to check in with red-blooded, high testosterone capitalists north of the border in Canada — business leaders who love Canada’s single-payer system (external - login to view) (a regime far to the “left” of Obamacare) and see it as perfectly consistent with free market capitalism.

Take David Beatty (external - login to view), a 70-year-old Toronto native who ran food processing giant Weston Foods and a holding company called the Gardiner Group during a career that has included service on more than 30 corporate boards and a recent appointment to the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest honors. By temperament and demeanor, Beatty is the kind of tough-minded, suffer-no-fools wealth creator who conservatives typically cheer.

Yet over breakfast in Toronto not long ago, Beatty told me how baffled he and Canadian business colleagues are when they listen to the U.S. health-care debate. He cherishes Canada’s single-payer system for its quality and cost-effectiveness (Canada boasts much lower costs per person (external - login to view) than the United States). And don’t get him started on the system’s administrative simplicity — you just show your card at the point of service, and that’s it. Though he’s a well-to-do man who can pay for whatever care he wants, Beatty told me he’s relied on the system just as ordinary Canadians do, including for a recent knee replacement operation.

The one time he went outside the system was to pay extra for a physical therapist closer to his home than the one to which he’d been assigned.

It’s just “common sense” in Beatty’s view that government takes the lead in assuring basic health security for its citizens. He’s amazed at the contortions of the debate in the United States, and wonders why big U.S. companies “want to be in the business of providing health care anyway” (“that’s a government function,” he says simply). Beatty also marvels at the way the U.S. regime’s dysfunction comes to dominate everyday conversation. He shakes his head recalling how much time and passion American friends devoted one evening to comparing notes on their various supplemental Medicare plans. Talk about your sparkling dinner conversation.

Roger Martin (external - login to view), another Toronto native and avowed capitalist, spent years as a senior partner at the consulting firm Monitor before becoming dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he recently completed a 15-year stint. He advises U.S. corporate icons like Proctor & Gamble and Steelcase. He lived in the United States for years and has experienced both systems first hand.

Martin told me that Canada’s lower spending, better outcomes and universal coverage make it superior by definition. Plus, it’s “incredibly hassle-free.” In the United States every time he took his kids in for an earache his wife spent hours fighting with the health plan or filling out reams of paperwork. In Canada, he says, “the entire administrative cost is pulling your card out of your pocket, giving it to them and putting it back.”

There’s more. Canadian divisions of multinational firms love Canada’s system because when they bid on projects they have no health costs to load in. Also, there’s no crazy “job lock” as with the employer-based system in the United States — where people with (say) a sick child cling to their job for fear of being pronounced uninsurable. His peers, he says, view the U.S. debate as “ideological and not based on economics.”

“The whole single payer thing just makes sense,” Martin adds. “You don’t spend time trying to shift costs.” It’s hardly perfect: a few folks go to the United States to jump the line on certain elective procedures, and Canada, like others, free rides on American’s investment in pharmaceutical innovation (funded by higher U.S. drug prices). But, he adds, “I literally have a hard time thinking of what would be better than a single-payer system.”

The moral of the story? Don’t let the rants of cynical demagogues like Cruz confuse you — it is entirely possible to be a freedom loving capitalist and also believe in a strong government role in health care. Remember, Obamacare features a much smaller such role than does Canada’s approach — or England’s, where Margaret Thatcher would have been chased from office for proposing anything as radically conservative as the Affordable Care Act.


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Matt Miller: Canadians don’t understand Ted Cruz’s health-care battle - The Washington Post (external - login to view)
 
Walter
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#18
Matt Miller never met a gubmint program he didn't like.

Cruz's work is paying off.

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tay
+1
#19
Ted Cruz might want to choose his anti-Obamacare anecdotes a little more carefully.............



Student Cited By Ted Cruz As Proof Of Obama's Failure Is Actually Grateful For Obamacare



Sen. Ted Cruz is outraged—outraged—about the negative impact Obamacare is having on the lives of people like John Connelly.
Connelly is a Rutgers University student burdened by too much debt and without a permanent job lined up when he graduates
this winter.

Which apparently somehow has something to do with the Affordable Care Act, Cruz was suggesting. O, the horror of what
Obamacare is doing to this young man. Except: (external - login to view)



And in an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Connelly explained just how ironic it was that the senator would use his story to
bludgeon the president and the Affordable Care Act.

"A friend of mine called me the next morning as I was on the way to an optometrist appointment .... [and said], 'While Ted Cruz was
talking about why the ACA's bad, he mentioned your name.' And I said, 'Well, that's funny. I'm heading to an appointment I can only
go to because of Obamacare.'"



Student Cited By Ted Cruz As Proof Of Obama's Failure Is Actually Grateful For Obamacare (external - login to view)



In addition to the ways Obamacare has actually improved John Connelly's life, student loans and high college tuition are a
mong the key problems he faces—and wouldn't you know that back in March, Cruz sponsored an amendment that would not
only have repealed the health care parts of the Affordable Care Act, but also the student loan and Pell Grant reforms that were
attached to it.

Cruz's amendment would have;

cut Pell Grants, raised federal student loan payments, and cut funding for community colleges and historically black colleges (external - login to view).

Clearly Cruz is just up to his eyeballs in concern for people like Connelly.


Senate Republicans Unanimously Support Repeal of Student Loan Reform Law | ThinkProgress (external - login to view)
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post




And in an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning,

Senate Republicans Unanimously Support Repeal of Student Loan Reform Law | ThinkProgress (external - login to view)

MSNBC and Think Progress are both impeccable sources.
 
tay
+1
#21
Muricans are such an odd bunch.............



Is Christian Dominionism behind the Government Shutdown?


On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown. I'm interested in understanding what account of Christianity creates the "no compromise" crusade that the Tea Party has become known for. It turns out that Ted's father, Rafael Cruz, is a pastor with Texas charismatic ministry Purifying Fire International (external - login to view) who has been campaigning against Obamacare the last several months. He has a distinct theological vision for what America is supposed to look like: Christian dominionism.

In the months building up to the present showdown, Cruz has been giving speeches at Tea Party rallies and other religious right gatherings as part of a campaign to defund Obamacare. In watching the speeches, I can see how his status as a Cuban American refugee fits the ethos of the far right culture warrior movement perfectly. He is able to shift seamlessly from stories about the oppression of the Castro regime to talking about the Obama administration.

A good example comes from a speech at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit on August 12th where Cruz said that the government's "attack on religion" is part of a longer-term plan to establish socialism:

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The Theology of Government Shutdown: Christian Dominionism | Morgan Guyton



U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz—whose father is Rafael Cruz, a rabid right-wing Christian preacher and the director of the Purifying Fire International (external - login to view) ministry—and legions of the senator’s wealthy supporters, some of whom orchestrated the shutdown, are rooted in a radical Christian ideology known as Dominionism (external - login to view) or Christian Reconstructionism.

This ideology calls on anointed “Christian” leaders to take over the state and make the goals and laws of the nation “biblical.” It seeks to reduce government to organizing little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights. It fuses with the Christian religion the iconography and language of American imperialism and nationalism, along with the cruelest aspects of corporate capitalism. The intellectual and moral hollowness of the ideology, its flagrant distortion and misuse of the Bible, the contradictions that abound within it—its leaders champion small government and a large military, as if the military is not part of government—and its laughable pseudoscience are impervious to reason and fact.

And that is why the movement is dangerous.

The cult of masculinity, as in all fascist movements, pervades the ideology of the Christian right. The movement uses religion to sanctify military and heroic “virtues,” glorify blind obedience and order over reason and conscience, and pander to the euphoria of collective emotions. Feminism and homosexuality, believers are told, have rendered the American male physically and spiritually impotent. Jesus, for the Christian right, is a man of action, casting out demons, battling the Antichrist, attacking hypocrites and ultimately slaying nonbelievers.

And leading the avenging armies is an angry, violent Messiah who dooms billions of apostates to death.

Dominionists believe they are engaged in an epic battle against the forces of Satan. They live in a binary world of black and white. They feel they are victims, surrounded by sinister groups bent on their destruction. They have anointed themselves as agents of God who alone know God’s will. They sanctify their rage. This rage lies at the center of the ideology. It leaves them sputtering inanities about Barack Obama, his corporate-sponsored health care reform bill, his alleged mandated suicide counseling or “death panels” for seniors under the bill, his supposed secret alliance with radical Muslims, and “creeping socialism.” They see the government bureaucracy as being controlled by “secular humanists” who want to destroy the family and make war against the purity of their belief system. They seek total cultural and political domination.


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Chris Hedges: The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government - Chris Hedges - Truthdig
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
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House Republicans Are Now Turning On Ted Cruz

“I could have written this story from day one. If you follow the Cruz plan, you end up exactly where we are,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger said.


House Republicans Are Now Turning On Ted Cruz (external - login to view)



While Sen. Ted Cruz tries to spin the 16-day government shutdown as a moral victory for him and his conservative followers, a seething, bitter anger has been building among the House Republicans who followed him into the fight. GOP lawmakers had hoped to avoid a shutdown and use the funding fight to squeeze some concessions from Democrats on the budget. But that was until Cruz launched his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare — rallying the conference’s tea party hardliners and forcing Speaker John Boehner and other leaders along for the ride. Not only did Cruz’s crusade badly damage public perceptions of Congressional Republicans, it left them with a worse deal than they likely would have gotten if they had never shut down the government.
“I don’t think there’s any question [it’s worse]. I could have written this story from day one. If you follow the Cruz plan, you end up exactly where we are,” Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told BuzzFeed. “I think it’s obvious that we had a really grown up plan on how to deal with this, we had some in our party who rejected that, and we had to go along with [the Cruz] plan.”
Asked if unhappiness with Cruz is widespread in the conference, Kizinger said, “Sure yeah, absolutely. I think we all feel the same.”
New York Rep. Peter King has long been one of Cruz’s loudest critics since the push to defund Obamacare began (and even before that), and he left the Republican conference Wednesday morning with an I-told-you-so attitude.
“I think it’s important for Republican leaders around the country to speak out against him and neutralize him,” King said of Cruz. “Otherwise he’s going to start the same nonsense again in December or January. He’s the guy that caused this, he’s the guy who is a fraud because he never had a strategy to begin with. And if we let him do it again, it’s our fault.”
Others said House Republicans should shoulder some of the blame for following Cruz in the first place.
“Well, this has been a productive exercise hasn’t it?” snarked another Republican congressman. “We can blame Ted Cruz, and yeah, he convinced a lot of people that they were somehow not really conservatives if we didn’t take this route, and that’s ridiculous. But at the end of day, we played along. So shame on us.”
Cruz still holds considerable sway among House conservatives, who rallied around his cause.
But even within the ranks of the conference’s most ideologically pure, there’s frustration with the path Cruz led them down.
“You can’t just pull the pin on the grenade, roll it in the tent, and walk away,” one conservative Republican said. “There’s real frustration” within the House Republican conference, the lawmaker added.
Asked if it was a mistake to make the shutdown and debt limit about defunding Obamacare rather than spending and debt, Rep. Thomas Massie tersely said, “I’ve got no comment on that.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis, however, acknowledged that making defunding Obamacare the primary rallying cry obscured more realistic goals, including eliminating an employee subsidy for lawmakers and their staff and delaying the individual mandate for one year.
“We didn’t articulate that well. It got kind of lost in the initial defund push,” DeSantis said Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, without calling out Cruz specifically, said that part of the issue leading up to the shutdown was the fact that House and Senate Republicans were not on the same page and divisions spilled out into the open.
“If we as conservatives want to create a bicameral strategy together — and not have one side pushing the other side, if you look at how the House Republicans have voted vs. how the Senate Republicans have voted, it’s dysfunctional. No one has sat down and said, ‘What does the conservative movement in the 21st century look like?’ And hopefully the lesson learned here, is that that will be answered soon.”
After the Senate deal was announced, Republicans had virtually nothing to show at the end of the two-week shutdown. Cruz was swarmed by reporters in the Capitol who asked if the GOP civil war that had broken out had been worth it when in the end very little had changed, except for Republican poll numbers which have tanked considerably.
“We have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up,” Cruz said. “We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people, that everyone in official Washington, just weeks earlier, said would never happen. That was a remarkable victory to see the House engage in a profile of courage.”
If there was any blame to go around, Cruz said, it belonged to Senate Republicans. Cruz had launched into a 21-hour filibuster a few weeks ago, urging his colleagues to vote against a procedural vote.
“Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among Senate Republicans,” he said. “That was unfortunate. I would point out that had Senate Republicans united, and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would’ve been very, very different. I wish that had happened, but it did not.”
Republicans were nervous that Cruz would employ a filibuster-esque tactic to delay passage of the deal in the Senate. But Cruz relented, saying he understood it would not effect the outcome in this case. Cruz said that he would continue to fight against Obamacare, but did not hint explicitly how he intends to do that.
A House GOP aide said that a lot of members have come away from the shutdown experience, cognizant that their strategy needs to improve moving forward.
“You certainly have to look at whether or not we should chase ideas or objectives that you just can’t win and if you do so what expense,” the aide said. “I don’t think many people are going to take [Cruz] very seriously if this is a tactic he wants to use moving forward.”
 
hunboldt
Free Thinker
+3
#23
I do not like work
in the House.
I do not like N people
When I'm soused

I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
Getting Health Care!

I do so like mean rage and spam.
I do so like them, TRuse -I-am.....



Then the narrator, after much urging by Sam-I-Am, eats the green eggs and ham to prove Sam-I-Am wrong. However, much to the narrator's surprise, he reverts to neo con jargon


Say!
I like shutting down the land
I do!! I like mayhem, CRUDZ-I-am!

 
Walter
-1
#24
Very popular in a very populous state.

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Kreskin
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#25  Top Rated Post
I've never seen the guy, but let me guess; a loudmouthed buffoon cut from the Rush Limbaugh school of hot air. Am I getting warm?
 
Walter
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#26
Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

I've never seen the guy, but let me guess; a loudmouthed buffoon cut from the Rush Limbaugh school of hot air. Am I getting warm?

No, but you are showing your prejudice or perhaps even your bigotry.
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
+5 / -1
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

I've never seen the guy, but let me guess; a loudmouthed buffoon cut from the Rush Limbaugh school of hot air. Am I getting warm?


Funny thing is he is getting more criticism from fellow Republicans than from Democrats.
 
damngrumpy
No Party Affiliation
+3
#28
Here we go with the emotion meter again. First of all Cruz who in my
view is somewhat unhinged, does a great hostage taking of the political
agenda. He puts his nation at risk on money markets and is considered
a hero.
In addition the Liberals as some call them and there is no Liberals in the
halls of American Politics they are all somewhat pandering conservatives
with a few liberal thoughts at times.
Then of course the hero, Cruz takes the legitimate Republican Party to the
wall and he is defeated by sanity in the end and still some call the loser a
hero. Some polls show the Tea Party wing at about 10% support down a
long way from when they came to life.
Now we have the crazy so called liberal sector of society wanting to revoke
a law degree what nonsense. Cruz needs to be ignored that way he gets
no lime
Before screaming about the current financial mess remember Bush fought a
war on a credit card a war that didn't need to happen..
 
Zipperfish
No Party Affiliation
+5
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post


The USA is going to be turned into British Columbia.

They should be so lucky.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
+1
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

Here we go with the emotion meter again. First of all Cruz who in my
view is somewhat unhinged, does a great hostage taking of the political
agenda. He puts his nation at risk on money markets and is considered
a hero.
In addition the Liberals as some call them and there is no Liberals in the
halls of American Politics they are all somewhat pandering conservatives
with a few liberal thoughts at times.
Then of course the hero, Cruz takes the legitimate Republican Party to the
wall and he is defeated by sanity in the end and still some call the loser a
hero. Some polls show the Tea Party wing at about 10% support down a
long way from when they came to life.
Now we have the crazy so called liberal sector of society wanting to revoke
a law degree what nonsense. Cruz needs to be ignored that way he gets
no lime
Before screaming about the current financial mess remember Bush fought a
war on a credit card a war that didn't need to happen..

Do you want to borrow more against your children's future ?
Neither does Cruz. But you are responsible while Cruz is unhinged , is that about right ?

Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Do you want to borrow more against your children's future ?
Neither does Cruz. But you are responsible while Cruz is unhinged , is that about right ?

P.S.
Why do you never answer, have you mortgaged your children's future ?
 

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