Cruz’s failures

08/06/2014 5:53 PM

08/06/2014 5:53 PM

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

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