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Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham: Defunding Obamacare and “Government Shutdown”

Posted: August 1, 2013 at 7:45 am   /   by

In this 16-minute excerpt, Sen. Ted Cruz and talk-show host Laura Ingraham debate the pros and cons of Cruz’ proposed rider to the Continuing Resolution that would fund the government in full except for Obamacare.  In that CR, all payment for Obamacare, both discretionary and mandatory, would be blocked.

In short, the federal government could go right on spending as it has been, except for Obamacare.

Now …

Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate have threatened in advance to block any CR that does not fund Obamacare.  With their servile, boot-licking media in tow, the Democrats believe they can blame the Republicans for any subsequent forced “shutdown,” missing Social Security checks, undelivered school breakfasts, cuts in food stamps, and so on.

In the video/audio excerpt below, one strong conservative voice, Charles Krauthammer, actually advises the GOP to reject the Cruz strategy.  Why?  Because the GOP doesn’t have the guts to follow through.  You can hear his explanation on the audio track.  Do you hear that, GOP?  Boehner?  McCain?  McConnell?  Is he right?


Wow …

The GOP could not possibly have a stronger hand.  Obamacare is a train wreck, it stinks, and everybody knows it. Good policy is to defund it.  Any “shutdowns” that occur would be 100% the fault of Obama and the Democrats since the Cruz approach offers them all the money they want for everything else.

And yet —

The GOP is so timid and tentative at delivering this simple logical message to the American people that they are terrified of using the leverage they’re holding — a leverage granted to them by the Founding Fathers for an occasion just like this one. Instead, they live in perpetual fear of ridicule by a media that will never treat them fairly.  So most of them are opting for what a Cruz staffer calls “preemptive surrender.”

I do hope Cruz and his cohorts, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio are successful in their quest to have the House offer a CR that funds everything but Obamacare.  If they don’t, once this program starts up, we’ll be stuck with it in some form for all of our lifetimes.  It will not “collapse on its own.”  It will become a giant white elephant that will be granted one “fix” after another, year after year.

Furthermore, if the GOP capitulates (again) on an issue this urgent with a hand this strong, when can we ever expect Republicans to show some leadership and courage?

The right path forward is to follow the Cruz plan and immediately hit the bricks with an accurate, forceful, preemptive message to the American people.  Hold a press conference every 48 hours repeating the same message. Take some of Reince Priebus’ RNC money, nominally allocated for still more high-priced beltway consultants, and hire a first-rate PR firm instead.  Get the message out, and don’t stop pushing it until the Senate and Obama accept the CR.

Tell America that Barack Obama, the great “man of the people”, is promising to hold children, the poor, and the aged hostage to his turkey of a health care plan.  Tell America that:

  • If your Social Security check isn’t delivered, it will be because Obama stopped it.  
  • If your EBT card can’t be recharged, it will be because Obama so ordered it.  
  • If a school breakfast isn’t delivered to your child, it will be because Obama wanted children to go hungry that morning.  

These disasters will be on him.  It will all be on him.  It will be Obama that refused to accept the funding that Republicans explicitly authorized.

This strategy also happens to be the right thing to do politically.  As Ted Cruz says, this is a case where good policy (actually essential policymakes good politics!

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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  1. sleepergirl says:

    I listened live to this radio interview yesterday and couldn’t believe that the “great” Laura Ingraham ended the time with a statement that showed she missed the whole argument that Cruz so beautifully and succiently proffered.  The message needs to be loud, clear, and persistent that “if Obama and the Dems reject the CR, blame them for the government shutdown”
    There are barnacle-encrusted Repubs like McCain, Corker, Coburn, Burr, Graham who are paralyzed by the memory of Gingrich’s shutdown decades ago.  The next election brought a loss of a mere 9 GOP House seats, but a win of 2 new Senate seats.  The GOP still held the House.  And the shutdown set up success in the aftermath for welfare reform and 4 consecutive balanced budgets.
    The Democrats in Disguise fear the firestorm of attacks from the state media and even conservative pundits like Krauthammer, Ingraham, and Hume, not to mention the RINO consultants like Rove and Morris.  These old bulls are so entrenched in the DC self-reflected glory and that’s why we need and demand TERM LIMITS.

  2. NeilFeuer says:

    Bring it on, Not One Penny for Obama Care.
    I love the idea of using our money for a PR program to defund Obama Care and maybe, finally, the American people will stand up to this dictator and King who over rides our Congress and Constitution.
    This is the only tool we have, use it, let the chips fall where they may, but if we let this horror of a law get funded, we will go broke and we will a society of part time workers working for the man. The permanent political class must go and in with the new!
    As a business man, your first loss is your best lost, write it off, start fresh with new ideas that the people want, and never throw good money after bad money. Enough is enough!
    One has to take risks, and I for one will take the risk of being blamed for shutting down the government, knowing it really wasn’t our fault, it was Obama and his gang, and I would gladly risk ANYTHING to get him and his team rendered useless, which they are, and if let be, we will be useless!!! WE HAVE NO CHOICE, DEFUND!!!

    1. NeilFeuer  
      You are absolutely right——risks are an essential part of success. Don’t cower in the back of the sea-cave as it fills with water. Take the plunge—-swim to freedom. Or die trying, but for the love of crumbcake, do it with your boots on!

Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham: Defunding Obamacare and "Government Shutdown"