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'Ted Cruz effect': Texas roars to 'Repeal Obamacare,' drug tests for welfare

The Ted Cruz effect
The Ted Cruz effect
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As Texans were roaring, "Abolish Obamacare," Tuesday, with 93 percent of reported Texas voters, mostly Libertarians and Republicans, opting to repeal Obamacare, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, "Another day, another illegal Obamacare delay: This is nonsense."

Yesterday's pattern of Texas voting is being called, the "Ted Cruz effect," a term synonymous with the "Teaparty effect," in the Lone Star State. The members of the Teaparty, which celebrated its fifth birthday the end of February, have embraced Ted Cruz nationally.

Today, President Obama promised that the "Affordable care Act gives people greater control over their own health." With 50 percent of the votes counted, 955,022 Texans loudly spoke for Texas conservatives, saying they don't believe Obama's past Obamacare promises nor the one he promised today.

Texans approved five additional controversial propositions, ranging from random testing of welfare recipients for drugs, expanding concealed handgun use as well as protection of Texans' right to pray in public places. All Republican approved propositions are:

  • (Proposition 1) Religious freedom. Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places.
  • (Proposition 2: Second Amendment. Texas should support Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license-holders may legally carry.
  • ( Proposition 3:) Franchise tax. Texas should abolish the state franchise tax, also known as the margins tax, to encourage business growth.
  • (Proposition 4:) Welfare reform. Texas recipients of taxpayer-funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits.
  • (Proposition 5:) No lawmaker exceptions. All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations and ordinances as their constituents.
  • (Proposition 6:) Obamacare, The Affordable Care Act, also know as “Obamacare,” should be repealed.

About those Obama promises, over on Rasmussen in a commentary, John Stossel suggested that President Obama awakened to a new day, every day, in which the history of his past promises were wiped from American minds. That was, in Stossels's opinion, the only explanation for the way that Obama continues to revive old failed promises as if they were new promises.

Stossel asked:

What? I must have fallen asleep and woken up in 2008... Does he think we have no memory, or that we're just ignorant? Are these just poll-tested phrases that work because most voters are too busy to pay attention?

Over on his Facebook page, Ted Cruz congratulated all of the Texas GOP winners after elections were called. In particular, Cruz seemed pleased about the win of Greg Abbott, "a close friend and mentor," who "won a landslide victory in the primary for governor."

Cruz appeared to give a courtesy nod to the win of John Cornyn, acknowledging, however, that they have major differences. The statesman in Cruz prevailed and he wrote, "Together, we're a strong and effective team for Texas."

As for George P. Bush, Cruz observed that he " is smart, generous, and has a heart for service." Cruz added, "George embodies a new generation of leaders for the Republican Party and for Texas."

In Texas, Governor Rick Perry, also a strong adversary of Obamacare, will soon hang up his Texas Governor's hat amid speculation that he will again run for president in 2016. Should Perry polish his campaign image enough to win the Republican primary and emerge as the GOP presidential nominee, none would be surprised if he yearned to tap scary-smart Cruz for his vice-president. However, doing so would sorely limit Perry's national reach, an unthinkable risk no matter the strength of the "Ted Cruz effect."

As Republicans reach for a magic alternative to replace Obamacare, Cruz continues to express his confidence that Obamacare will be repealed. Ever the optimist, Cruz recently said," I'm filled with promise that we’re going to turn this country around." then asked, "How about you?"

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