As the first day of the infamous, government shutdown finally went into effect, Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News with host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss the shutdown and the issue of Obamacare.
The first thing that Cruz did was blame the Democrats and the president for the shutdown saying that the politically rigid Democrats are so determined to get their way that they have no problem shutting down the government and turning their backs on the masses of people that depend on government services.
Cruz was merely enumerating his usual talking points, but O’Reilly pushed Cruz to vacate his talking points by challenging him to re-adjust his strategy.
O’Reilly asked Cruz if he would be open to a compromise, and Cruz said that he and the Republicans have been compromising while the Obama administration and the Democrats have thumbed their political noses at Republican offers.
"Harry Reid has said: 'No compromise, no negotiation, absolutely nothing!' In fact, it is being reported Harry Reid urged the president don't even talk to Congressional leaders. He can talk to Iran, but don't talk to Congressional leaders. Right now, it's one side that's refusing to compromise, and that is Harry Reid and the Democrats!"
Cruz then agreed to compromise on spending measures that would fund certain aspects of the government like veterans’ affairs and parks, but O’Reilly cornered Cruz and accused him of trying to apply a “backdoor” policy that would fund the government but not Obamacare.
So O’Reilly proposed that the Republicans draw up a plan asking President Obama to sign an executive order to allow anyone who wants to be on Obamacare to apply for it and receive it, while granting a one year waiver for anyone who does not want to be involved with it.
"You guys (Republicans) should hold a press conference—you, Boehner and get four or five other Republicans, and just say what I've said. You've got to break it down, and make it easier so that the press....can't interpret your position."
"You've got to sell it Senator. You've got to sell it to the folks who are watching football, dancing, singing, joggling, texting. You've got to sell it, or the polls will go against you."
Now even though Cruz had just talked openly about being open to a compromise, he seemed less than enthusiastic about O’Reilly’s proposal, as he told O’Reilly that the lame stream, liberal media would plant a vilifying spin on any Republican proposal, because the Obama administration has the media in its Obamacare pocket, which is the basic, conservative, Fox News, talking point.
But if the media was as effective at parroting the Obama administration’s schemes as Cruz has suggested, then why hasn’t the media been able to sell the public on Obamacare enough to persuade a majority of the people to overlook their confusion and disdain for the Obama part of Obamacare to embrace the law, according to polls?
But like O’Reilly pointed out to Cruz, you can’t blame the media because the Republicans are either unable or unwilling to go out and sell their proposal to the people even if the Senate kills the proposal or even if President Obama vetoes it.
Either way according to O’Reilly, the political messaging behind it will be effective enough to ease some of the bad guy aura that is clearly surrounding the Republicans and the Tea Party regarding this shutdown, which many blame squarely on the Republicans, but Cruz seemed more than reluctant to engage in such a manner.
The real question should be if Cruz was unable to sell his doomsday health scare to the people during his 21-hour talkathon/filibuster, what makes O'Reilly believe that Cruz can somehow sell it now? Because based on the 2.8 million people who visited Healthcare.gov on Tuesday, maybe Cruz's intentions were more about selling his brand instead of the Republican brand?
Nevertheless, Cruz reverted back to his political ad claims about how “Obamacare is killing jobs” and destroying the ability of Americans to earn a living.
So as a response to this injustice, Cruz, Boehner, the Republicans, and the Tea Party have chosen to sit back and at least become a legitimate part, if not more, of this government shutdown, which oddly enough “kills jobs” and diminishes the ability of many people to earn a living!
And according to azcentral.com, more than 400 civilian employees at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. received furlough notices on Tuesday, so if Obamacare is the job killer that Cruz has warned about, it might not be alone.
And as polls indicate that a majority of the public blame the Republican led, Tea Party endorsed brinksmanship for these impractical problem solving tactics, it becomes apparent that sometimes the destructive methodology used to shake a meaningless stick at a politically perceived problem can actually become more disparaging than the perceived problem itself—leaving the public with two lousy, Washington choices of nothing getting done juxtaposed to nothing good getting done!