Rep. Peter King is Boycotting Ted Cruz, But Really, They Have a Lot in Common

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U.S. Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, is not a subtle man. So when he announced that he would boycott a GOP fund-raising dinner because Senator Ted Cruz will be attending, it's not surprising he talked to BuzzFeed about it. "I don't think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need," he explained. The dinner in question is for NYGOP, and the invitations note that Cruz is a "featured guest" who "is not asking for funds or donations."

King's beef with Cruz goes back to last fall, when Cruz and other Republicans tried to defeat a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. In a press release, Cruz wrote, "Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending," which apparently means that the federal government shouldn't give suffering families emergency relief.

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You'd think that Cruz and King would be able to talk out their differences since they share common ground on so many issues. They're both fans of grand, over-the-top gestures. Back in 2011 King announced that he would be having a series of McCarthy-esque hearings to investigate the patriotism of American Muslims. Cruz also cried "Islam" during last July's Republican primary when he talked about his belief that Sharia law in the U.S. is an "enormous problem." And Cruz made his own homage to McCarthy when he claimed that Harvard's law school was secretly filled with Communists.

They've also both made a big fan of Chris Matthews. On his MSNBC show Matthews called King's hearings "appalling." He was a little more elaborate in his description of Cruz, calling him "the unsmiling contemptuous face of the wild, nasty hard right fringe" of the Republican Party.

They're even both unafraid to call out other Republicans. In King's case, it's towards politicians like Cruz who voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief. Since then King has been on the offensive when those same Republicans try to fund-raise in New York. He laid into Senator Marco Rubio in April for the same reason. "I made it clear any of those people who voted and postured against money coming to New York and New Jersey and comes up here and wants to take money out of our pockets -- forget it, stay home," King said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

He recently said Senator James Inhofe was guilty of "absolute hypocrisy" after the senator said there was a difference between tornado damage and hurricane damage (hats off to King, that one's pretty legit). While in Cruz's case he just straight up doesn't trust Republicans, as he recently told Senator John McCain.

If King and Cruz were ever to reconcile this might be the trick to it. Sit them down with cups of cocoa and just let them bond over how frustrated they are with fellow GOPers. The two of them could dish all night.


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davej.francis
davej.francis

THE OUTCOME OF AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY IS NOW UP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?  HEY! YOU DON'T MIND WORKING EVEN MORE, TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE SECOND ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION?

GOD HELP AMERICA if the Gang of Eight realizes it’s terrible dream, which will transform this country into a nightmare for taxpayers.Those in power are now determined to pass this rushed piece of trash known as Senate bill.477. Just repeating this over and over again, that doesn’t seem to get through to many Americans that the only beneficiaries of this piece of crappy legislation are the illegal aliens storming across the borders now, or flying into America impersonating tourists, the Democrats who recognize that if they give these uneducated dregs from the sewers of South American countries, will vote for them in the future in large numbers. Mainly because they know that we have to feed them, educate their offspring in gaining quasi citizenship. That pregnant mother’s slip border to get free baby delivery and then carry on their procreation of extra babies so they can supplement their families income with free food stamps, welfare and cash EBT cash cards for every child under their roof. ON CABLE TV THIS WOMEN ADMITTED SHE SWAM THE RIO GRANDE AND ENTERED THIS SOVEREIGN NATION ILLEGALLY AND HAS BEEN LIVING ON WELFARE FOR 20 YEARS, SURVIVING WITH HER SEVEN CHILDREN IN FLORIDA.

Why is every honest taxpaying American forced by a law that is outdated, meant for the slave descendants and not for the foreign national children? They are their parent’s child and they owe allegiance to a foreign nation, not the United States of America. Americans have become decidedly soft, with a careless attitude and they are going to pay dearly for it? THOSE who don’t already know or cannot comprehend, that Senate law, is not there for the benefit of taxpayers but thieves that come in the night across our borders, stay after their visa runs out. The Republicans want an abundance of cheap labor waiting for the word, to creep in here before the deadline and the only thing citizens get is footing the bill. For those already here, will join our own share of deadbeats who run off when the term “WORK” is spelled out. All--but a few commonsense suggestions went down the toilet, such as enforcing the border with a double layer fence complete with 700 miles a flesh tearing barbs. This should be the major concern for us all, because those arrogant SOB’s don’t care a monkeys AXXX for the citizens and legal immigrants, as they themselves are well fed by your dollars and receive plenty of lucrative favors from the special interests. THANK HEAVENS FOR PRO-AMERICAN SENATORS AS SEN. JEFF SENATORS OF ALABAMA, WHO BELIEVES IN THE “RULE OF LAW.” WHEREAS THE GANG OF EIGHT AND THEIR DISCIPLES SPRAWLED AND ALMOST OSTRACIZING SESSIONS AS HE FOUGHT FURIOUSLY IN HIS GENTLEMEN MANNER, TO INTERJECT THE ENFORCEMENT TRIGGERS BEFORE THIS SHAM IMMIGRATION BILL GOES TO THE VOTE.

 

davej.francis
davej.francis

VP says ‘immigrants’ forced to ‘constantly live in fear’ (THEN WHY COME HERE, AS THEY ALREADY KNOW IT’S A VIOLATION?)

(Washington ton Times) – Vice President Joseph R. Biden suggested to a crowd in Trinidad on Tuesday that it’s a shame the United States doesn’t give proper respect to nations of the world by allowing immigrants unfettered access to American citizenship. “I believe in international relations, as in any relationship, it comes down to respect. Do we respect one another? And do we show respect? For my country, that means reforming our immigration system so the 11 million — 11 million — undocumented men, women and many children, who came through no choice of their own, can come out of the shadows and be full participants in American life because they are already in many cases participating and contributing to the growth and prosperity of my country, but required to constantly live in fear and live in the shadows,” he said, as posted on the White House Office of the Vice President’s website. Mr. Biden was at the diplomatic center in the Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, to sign a trade agreement with Caribbean countries. He also said: “It’s about time, and the president and I have been calling for this for a long time, even back in the days when he was a senator and I was in the Senate. It’s about time they’re afforded the dignity they deserve..?

It certainly looks like the VP has joined the lunatic fringe, when he swore allegiance to the United States, but it certainly is not the American taxpayers. But then we have already seen it from Obama’s administration, selling guns to drug cartels, using the IRS to intimidate the TEA PARTY organizations and Conservatives who still believe in the right of the people and the U.S. Constitution. It’s questionable that the IRS would that pursue the Tea Party and Conservative entities, but are unconcerned by the 7.2 Billion dollars being literary passed on to illegal aliens with children as a tax credit, even if they don’t exist or make fraudulent applications for progeny in foreign countries and sending the a check? Then again this administration is also sneaking into the lives of investigative journalists at a national newspaper, to locate their whistle blowers?

Then again, killing any of the major triggers has been removed and now it’s a fight that taxpayer must win at all cost, because it’s just the proverbial Tip of the Iceberg? You break our laws and the Liberal Democrats are still going to pay you welfare, food stamps, voucher low income housing out of the state or federal coffers? WE MUST RECLAIM AMERICA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE FROM ILLEGAL ALIEN PROPONENTS, BECAUSE WITHOUT THE PARAMOUNT TRIGGERS SUCH AS BUILDING THE REAL FENCING AND PRESSING FOR A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. WHAT COULD CHANGE THE WHOLE UGLY SCENARIO IS TO ISSUE EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN WITH A BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION CARD. NOT ONLY WILL IT PROTECT ALL CITIZENS TO GAIN A DECENT JOB, BUT HALT—VOTER FRAUD AND SAVE MANY VICTIMS FROM CREDIT THEFT.NO MATTER THE COST IT WILL SAVE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVENTUALLY? THAT WILL COMPLETELY CUT OFF ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM VOTING, WHICH OF COURSE THE LEFT DOESN’T CARE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER?VOTER FRAUD WENT DOWN BIG TIME WITH NON-CITIZENS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

ACTION: We must Stop Amnesty Now. Congress is in a flat-out race with each other to eradicate border security. Behind closed doors right now the "Gang of 8” is creating a plan to give millions of illegal aliens free citizenship. We need you to help us conduct a full frontal assault on every member of Congress by contacting the main switchboard toll-free--1-888-978-3094--?As TAXPAYERS we must to send urgent and personalized free Fax bombardment messages to ALL 100 U.S. Senators AND ALL 435 U.S. Representatives at their DC offices by going on NumbersUSA website. You can even learn to a much greater extent, daily dangerous antics at the border in the selected rural and national press, that Washington prefers to keep away from your eyes. Then Judicial Watch the latest fillings relating to political corruption in state and federal government agencies, with emphasis on the illegal alien invasion. REMEMBER YOU CAN ALSO SUFFOCATE THE SOCIAL NETWORKS, LOCAL TV SHOWS AND ANYWHERE YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPINION, TO SAVE AMERICA FROM ANOTHER OBAMA DEFICIT THAT HASN’T STOP RISING WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND NOW FREEDOM FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE VICTIMIZED AMERICANS; STEALING THEIR JOBS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THAT IS NOT PUBLICIZED.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

There's one thing these two have in common, anyway.  They're both flaming assholes. 

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

Someone actually watches MSNBC? The May ratings indicate they are not doing so well, buddy.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It was a initially a $17 billion relief package that had to be borrowed because the provision it be revenue neutral (take it out of other monies) was defeated.

Real fine.  Call in the Chinese one more time.  Hell, give them the main bedroom.

Then our intrepid statesmen dumped an additional $33.7 BILLION atop that - much of it pork - and the feeding frenzy was afoot.  

$500 million for weather forecasting and to help create an ocean zoning plan, $10 million for FBI salaries, $2 billion for road construction across the country, funding for the Head Start program, roof repairs at the Smithsonian, $150 million for fisheries across the country.   Oh! And $16 billion for a Community Development Block Grant that can be applied to “other eligible events in calendar years 2011, 2012, and 2013.”

You know.  Important stuff.  Never let a crisis go to waste, right?  Politicians gone wild.

The third piece of the relief package involved a $9 billion bill for the National Flood Insurance Program.  Everyone's a victim, including the poor, underfunded flood insurance program.

Less than 20% of the aid they promised will be received in 2013.  Meanwhile, the vics acost Mayor Bloomberg in the streets.  Friggin' mouthbreathers.  They just don't get it, right?

Less than 20 percent of House Republicans supported this measure. Speaker Boehner and the liberal-leaning Republicans worked with Democrats to pass it anyway.

But Cruz is a commie, right?

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

"Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending," which apparently means that the federal government shouldn't give suffering families emergency relief.


Are you really that dense or being purposefully obtuse?

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Please refer to the entry below from @holmantx  As usual there is more to the story than provided by our intrepid reporter.

kduble
kduble

@holmantx  The notion of revenue neutrality in a time of both economic recovery and natural disaster is idiotic to begin with. The time to worry about the deficit is when inflation and employment are on the rise, not when the economy is struggling to gain traction and Staten Island is underwater.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@holmantx So this is why that Mike Dunlap guy has been commenting about the I-345 connector, New York paying us back for not underwriting their graft disguised as emergency aid. 

But really, they could have passed a bill without all the pork, they (Dems and Eastern GOP) just didn't think anyone would oppose since it was the SUPERSTORM OF THE CENTURY (not making light of the suffering just the media overexposure folks).

gregor
gregor

@holmantx C'mon. You don't really expect someone named Luke Darby to understand what's actually INSIDE legislation, do you? Be thankful he made it through frog dissection day in biology class.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@kduble  And this justifies random grab-bag spending with no relevance to the issue trying to be addressed?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@kduble @holmantx you've been repeating that for four year now.

while the debt has eclipsed the Moon.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @holmantx Yeah!  Super SUPER SUPERSTOM SAndy!  Able to sustain hurricane force winds for 5 minutes after landfall!  Super SUPER SUPPERSTORM SANDY the worst storm of the century!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@kdubleSandy emergency spending package includes $150 million for fishery disaster areas in Mississippi and Alaska; $20,000 for a new car for the Inspector General of the Justice Department; $10.8 billion for the Federal Transportation Administration; and cancellation of loans related to Hurricane Katrina. It also contains $4 million for repairs at the Kennedy Space Center and $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Read more at http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/12/19/Congress-Piles-the-Pork-into-Hurricane-Sandy-Relief.aspx#sUxhF846RulTdt7I.99 

kduble
kduble

@holmantx @kduble The debt has been increasing because:

1) Bush inherited the largest surplus in the nation's history and immediately squandered it on tax cuts based on faulty economic assumptions. But that wasn't enough. He then.

2) Set up an enormous homeland security apparatus. But that wasn't enough. He then,

3) Invaded two countries on uncle's credit card. But that wasn't enough. He then,

4) Made yet another round of tax cuts, all on borrowed money. But that wasn't enough. He then,

5) Signed into law the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit bereft of cost controls and prohibiting the government from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies on price. He then,

6 Proposed yet another round of tax cuts. But that wasn't enough. He then,

7 Acquired Fannie and Freddie, and he began bailing out the banks.

We further dodged a bullet with Bush's proposal to allow private accounts for Social Security. Because allowing the highest earners to opt out would have cost more than the reforms would have saved, the GAO had projected the SS trust fund would have gone broke 4 years sooner than merely doing nothing at all. Given this alternative, Congress acted prudently by doing nothing.

And while this was going on, Obama took office.

Now, I'll admit. Some of this stuff needed to be done. But most of it didn't. So, by the time Obama took office, the economy was in a freefall, and the U.S. auto and housing industries in a state of collapse.

Also, the first crest of Baby Boomers reached age 66 before the end of Obama's first term in office. To compound a bad situation, older unemployed workers were forced to take early retirement. This immediately moved them from the asset side of Social Security to the liability side, even as unemployment reduced income in both Social Security and general revenues, even as it increased transfer payments in the form of Social Security and unemployment insurance. Keep in mind, a lot of these older workers would have remained in the workforce if they'd had their druthers.

I hold Obama entirely to blame for any of our economic problems beginning in FY 2010, his first full FY as president. But of course, the economy has been in full recovery since then.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@holmantx

Not because of spending.  And the debt has been increasing for more than four years.

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