Until yesterday, practically nobody knew exactly what the budget deal John Boehner negotiated with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi (and, one assumes, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid) actually contained.
Today, we know. We know it’s horrible, just like most of what Boehner has done. And just like what most of Boehner has done on his way back to Ohio, it was passed with a majority of votes from Democrats rather than Republicans.
But to wrap all of the parade of horribles up in one speech – the selling of 58 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, ostensibly at $86 per barrel when it’s not selling for anything near that, the $85 billion in increased spending over the next three years with a promise to cut spending in the “out” years, the abandoning the budget “caps” put down during the 2013 sequester, and the abandonment of the debt ceiling as a tool of fiscal restraint for the rest of the Obama administration – we give you Ted Cruz on the Senate floor yesterday.
It’s a long speech, but it’s a devastating indictment of Washington – Republican and Democrat.
Cruz might be running for president and he might be running over the broken bodies of useful foils like Boehner and McConnell, but everything he says is true.
America, you say you want a political leader who tells the truth and you want someone with the courage to fix what’s broken – here’s a man who’s doing and showing what you want.