Oct 8, 2013 by

By Lynn Woolley

October 5, 2013


I rise in support of Ted Cruz.  The senator from Texas, just a freshman, has given conservatives a reason to hold out hope that this great country can survive.


Cruz is part of a new breed of Republican elected officials.  He fights back.


The last three losing Republican presidential candidates were wimps.  They took savage attacks from their Democratic opponents but did not have the fortitude to answer.  Sen. Bob Dole against Bill Clinton – a mismatch!  Sen. John McCain against the “historic” candidacy of Barack Obama – no contest!  Can we ever forget McCain’s throw-in-the-towel statement at a town-hall meeting?  “He is a decent person and a person you do not have to be scared as president of the United States.”


Essentially, Obama was running hard while McCain seemed to be providing him with an endorsement.  You have to scratch your head and wonder what McCain was thinking.  And then there was President Obama versus Mitt Romney.


As the 2012 election was in full throttle, the biggest scandal of President Obama’s first term – the incompetence and misleading statements surrounding the attack at Benghazi – was breaking.  But during the course of the debate in which Mr. Romney was given the perfect opportunity to make Benghazi an important – and potentially deciding – issue, he faltered.  Debate moderator Candy Crowley of CNN fact-checked on the spot and ruled for Obama.  Romney was unable to recover.  Obama was full of self-righteous bluster, but he was prepared.


Today’s liberals, led by President Obama, fight hard to win.  They leave no stone unturned.  They have a guidepost, a 1971 book entitled “Rules for Radicals,” written by a now-deceased, community organizer named Saul Alinsky that tells them that the end always justifies the means.  The book is a primer on how to destroy your political opponents and win at any cost.


Politics, to Republicans, is compromise.  To Democrats, it’s war.


That’s how they passed the misnamed “Affordable Care Act,” more aptly called Obamacare without a single Republican vote.  Every Republican in Congress seems to think it’s bad legislation.  But few are willing stand up and fight.  Ted Cruz knew he couldn’t win his pseudo-filibuster against the law – but he engaged his political opponents anyway – and brought a lot of news coverage to Obamacare’s shortcomings.  He was roundly criticized for doing it.


Rep. Peter King called Cruz “a fraud” on CNN.  Sen. Kelly Ayotte spoke out on the Senate floor against Cruz’s “ill-conceived strategy.”  Ayotte’s comments reportedly came after a private lunch during which she, Sen. Dan Coates and others confronted Cruz about a political action committee that has targeted the 25 Republican senators who voted with the Democrats last week to fund the government.


Ted Cruz, we are told in a multitude of news stories and on the op-ed pages of every major newspaper, is reviled — even within his own party.


But when State senator Wendy Davis fought a losing battle for her pet cause – abortion – she was hailed as a heroine and urged to run for governor of Texas.  She lost her battle just as Cruz lost his.  But she and her sneakers became the subject of gushing news stories about how hard she fought against all odds.  She is indeed running for governor and gets glowing front-page coverage.


This MUST be the bottom line:  Progressives should always fight for what they believe, no matter the odds.  After all, the end always justifies the means and so whatever the means may be — use them!  Conservatives should make their point meekly and then shut up – because they have no chance to win.


When Obama ran for president the first time, he played the race card against the Clintons and won.  When he ran again, his campaign made Mitt Romney into a virtual murderer.  Obama plays by the rules – Alinsky’s rules – and he plays to win.  Ted Cruz is the first high-profile member of Congress who seems to know the Democrats’ playbook and is willing to play by the same rules they do.  It’s about time.


Lynn Woolley is a Texas-based radio talk show host.  Contact him at






This is a list of the provisions that the U. S. House Republicans have tried to get passed but that the Democrat Senators and Obama have blocked: 

Keep government running but strengthen economy by defunding Obamacare.

Delay Obamacare for one year.

Permanently repeal tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids.

Keep government running but give no special treatment to Congress/staffers under Obamacare.

Delay individual mandate.

Request formal House-Senate conference to resolve differences.

Provide local funding for D. C. to keep nation’s capital running.

Open all national parks and museums.

Provide funding for life-saving funding for NIH.

Insure pay for National Guard and Reserves.

Provide immediate funding for veterans’ benefits and services.

Provide immediate funding for FEMA.

Provide funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Respect the Constitutional right to the free exercise of religion by allowing military chaplains to perform their duties during the shutdown.

Compensate federal employees furloughed because of the government shutdown (as of 10.5.13, no action taken yet by Senate Dems nor Obama)


Taken from 10.6.13 – “Obama and Reid’s Shutdown – List of Attempts by Republicans”  —






Where is Obama, our Commander in Chief, whose job it is to try to protect America from terrorists who want to do us harm?

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has chosen to lay off 70% of his civilian workforce; and this has put our country in danger.

“Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress Wednesday that roughly 70% of the civilian workforce — including staff from the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency — have been furloughed.”

“ ‘…This seriously damages our ability to protect the safety and security of this nation and its citizens…The risk is 75% more than it was yesterday…because he has fewer staffers to track targets…So each day that goes by, the jeopardy increases.’ ”

10.2.13 – National Post




Obama is trying to inflict as much pain as possible on the American people so that they will blame the Republicans for the shutdown, hoping that this will help Democrats’ chances in the 2014 elections.  Not so.  The public is figuring it out; they are realizing that Obama has given orders to his politicos in the various government agencies to choose the most painful shutdown measures they can generate.

List of a few of the painful shutdown measures implemented by Democrat politicos:

Amber Alert shut down

World War II veterans turned away from their own monument

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at site of D-Day invasion closed along with 24 other U.S. military cemeteries overseas

“Ocean closed” for fishermen who were forbidden to fish in the 1,100 sq. mile area around Florida

Federal officials kicking families out of their homes and closing down private businesses located on federal parkland

NIH trial cancer treatments for children stopped

One of Obama’s favorite golf courses (Andrews Air Force Base) left open; base grocery stores with discounted prices closed



“As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan, several insurance industry sources told CNBC on Friday. Some of the problems involve how the exchange’s software collects and verifies an applicant’s data.”

” ‘It is extraordinary that these systems weren’t ready,’ said Sumit Nijhawan, CEO of Infogix, which handles data integrity issues for major insurers including WellPoint and Cigna, as well as multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates.”

“Experts said that if‘s success rate doesn’t improve within the next month or so, federal officials could face a situation in January in which relatively large numbers of people believe they have coverage starting that month, but whose enrollment applications are have not been processed.”

“…just ‘1 in 100’ enrollment applicants being sent from the federal marketplace have provided sufficient, verified information.”

“…One hundred people submit their application, one of them goes all the way through the processing …a big chunk of them are being held…He blamed the exchange’s software, which is allowing too many people to finish the process online without making sure they provide answers needed by the insurers processing the applications.”

“…he said that right up until Tuesday’s launch of the exchanges, he heard about difficulties with test transmissions to insurers.”

10.4.13 – CNBC.com





“Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.”

“Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.”

“Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four…”

” ‘I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,’ Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.”

” ‘…When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.’ ”

“…And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn’t realize they would rise so much.”

” ‘Of course, I want people to have health care,’ Vinson said. ‘I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.’ ”

10.5.13 – Mercury News



Donna Garner

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