U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz operates on one principle: WIIFM (”What’s In It For Me?”).
He is not a problem-solver.
Instead, his goal as a public servant seems to be to brand himself for a presidential run.
He and his friends held the budget process hostage last year in an attempt to stop the Affordable Care Act, and he shut down the government, a selfish act that took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy (Standard & Poor’s).
Then he bragged and said he’d do it again.
He needs the immigration crisis on the Mexican border — it’s a gold mine for him — so he encouraged far-right members of the House of Representatives to vote down a bill that offered at least a compromise.
Now he’s going to Iowa to pirouette in front of Iowa Republican caucus voters and complain about President Obama.
It is Cruz, substituting a shell game for real governance, who isn’t doing his.
— Nancy Swartz, Arlington