Cruz off to quick start in 2018 after “tremendous victories” in ‘17

Challenges Sanders to keep his word on permanent tax cuts

Texas Senator Ted Cruz started 2018 by fulfilling a promise
he touted frequently during the closing weeks of 2017. Cruz introduced a bill on Monday that would make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts passed in the sweeping tax reform package passed in December.

“These historic tax cuts are already benefiting our schoolteachers, firefighters, and truck drivers – people from all walks of life – by cutting rates for individual taxpayers in all brackets,” Cruz said in an official press release from his Senate office. The release goes on to point out that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stated recently on CNN’s State of the Union that “we should’ve made the tax breaks for the middle class permanent.”

“Well,” Cruz continued, “I invite Senator Sanders and all of my Democratic colleagues to join me today and make tax rate cuts for hardworking middle class families permanent.”

The early dive back in to the Senate’s work comes off what Cruz saw as a very successful 2017. Speaking on the Joe Pags Show at NewsmaxTV, Cruz highlighted four areas in particular.

“I’m very encouraged. I think we saw major accomplishments
in 2017. I’ve said before, the four big priorities are tax reform, regulatory reform, Obamacare, and judges. And if you look at that, we delivered in a big, big way on all four of those.”

Cruz referred to the tax reform as a “major victory”, and said the Trump administration “has delivered in a very real way” on regulatory reform. He also pointed out that a significant conservative shift is taking way in the nation’s judicial system with “tremendous victories” including the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and that on Obamacare Congress had “started to get the job done by repealing the individual mandate”.

Cruz’ term in the Senate is up at the end of the year, but the latest poll puts him 18 points ahead of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

Wow. So it was all a bunch of smoke. Not only does Ted Cruz not give a Damn about the deficit but is now willing to make it worse.

This shows why even "fiscal conservatives" really aren't. Instead of making hard choices about how we should tax and spend, they instead give everyone cake and act like it's "reform".

I hope they extend the tax cuts for the middle class. But this bill stinks of Cruz's desperation and lack of commitment to fiscal responsibility.


The less people pay taxes, the better. Maybe it'll force them to cut spending in near future. And for the Republicans who buy into the Democrat mantra of "Taxing is Patriotic", please, I implore you, pick up National Suicide by Martin Gross.

No mention of how we are going to pay for these cuts? What happened to fiscal conservativism?

Cuts are paid for by decreased spending - at least in the real world. In DC cuts are “paid for” by reducing the amount of increase proposed initially so it LOOKS like a “cut.”

@BenjaminD The problem is not that we are taxed too little, but that we spend too much.

If you look at actual numbers, and not budget proposals, tax cuts have almost always resulted in increased money going into the government coffers. Look at the record, it is public.


BenjaminD, a little civility, respect, and winsomeness might be in order.