The Next President: Ted Cruz
It’s been a long six years in the White House with this “experimental” president: an undistinguished first term senator of no particular accomplishment; a community organizer; a part-time law school lecturer. His past was largely and intentionally concealed, papered over with fraudulent documents and questionable characters, though he was generally exempt from challenge, with fear of being branded racist. In reality, this half-black, half-white racial poser has been responsible for more racial division and tension in the country since the 1960s.
He has surrounded himself with unproven, and immature academics, run rough-shod over the Constitution, and practiced the politics of confrontation at every turn. His crowning achievement in domestic policy is a big government take-over, illegally revised again and again, of the health care sector of the economy. His performance in the international realm is characterized by a Middle East that is in chaos, with Iran progressing in its nuclear weapons ambitions, our ally, Israel, naked and vulnerable, and ISIS beheading its way to a new Caliphate. The country and the world is a mess – thanks largely to this president. A change can’t come soon enough, but who can take the reins of leadership at this critical juncture?
One thing is certain, a solution will not come from the Democrat, Leftist, Progressive. Their policies and ideology have failed miserably s they brought forth the next generation of Wilson (WW I, Income Tax), FDR (WW II, massive government intrusion into the economy), Johnson (Vietnam War, War on Poverty, Socialistic Great Society), and now Obama (Middle East War continued, ObamaCare, massive federal regulation expansion and $18 trillion debt). Carter, in this same illustrious line-up gave us 22% interest rates and the Iran Hostage Crisis). No, solutions won’t come from the Left, whether Hillary (Progressive Alinsky Leftist), Warren (Socialist), or Sanders (Communist). The Left leads by appeals to emotion with a goal based on desired outcomes, Liberty be damned. The corrective influence will not come from the middle – the “moderate” Republicans: Bush, Christie, Graham, Huckabee, King, Pataki. They will simply carry on as they have for the past 60 years, taking turns with the Democrats, increasing the role of government (albeit more slowly), padding their personal balance sheets, adding more revisions to worthless laws from which they exempt themselves, and generally enjoying the political aristocracy of which they have become the other half.
No, the real solutions can only come from the true Conservatives; those who put country ahead of Party and personal interest; those willing to implement big, bold ideas to address big, long-standing problems; those unafraid to rock a boat that has become inextricably moored to excess, dysfunction and corruption. Among the names best suited to this challenge are: Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Walker.
The Big Four
Paul continues to shoot himself in the foot by attacking fellow Republicans, instead of focusing on the real enemies: Obama and Clinton (or her various Leftist clones). Like his father, though more articulate, he is very right on some issues, but very wrong on others. His Libertarian world view doesn’t square with the realities that the world is linked economically, like it or not, or that the threats of Radical Islam, Russia, China, North Korea and Iran can simply be ignored. His views on loose immigration are also troubling. At times he has appeared too cozy to the Washington establishment he professes to want to defeat.
Rubio is fresh, articulate, and has a good grasp of the issues. His earlier missteps on immigration are still bothersome. He is anti-tax but favors a flat income tax rather than a sales tax which would abolish the IRS. He is a formidable option.
Walker has governing experience and has shown political resilience, being elected three times in three years, with significant union challenges. He has demonstrated fiscal toughness and is also a good contender.
Among these four, Ted Cruz is without question the most intellectually suited, articulate, and able to challenge the status quo with big, bold ideas. He is an ardent constitutionalist and his ideas and values appear to reflect true conservatism by every measure; he is my choice.
I believe Ted Cruz should be the next president because:
He has the education, experience, leadership abilities and dedication to American principles, values and culture to perform the duties of president.
He has the right position on virtually every major issue, fiscal, social, domestic and international
He will surround himself with experienced, qualified individuals from government, business and academia with solid credentials – not cronies, inexperienced ideologues, or partisan Party “hacks.”
He knows and supports the Constitution
He has the courage to take on both his adversaries and his own party
He projects a presidential image and will restore the status, prestige and respect for the office, both domestically and around the world
He will honor our alliances and restore both confidence in and respect for America
He will work to implement true conservative principles such as limited government, limited and simplified taxation, respect for individual rights and privacy, and fiscal responsibility
He has the ability to articulate the right message to the American people based facts, logic and reason, not “smoke and mirror,” and fabrication of “facts.”
While issues of his eligibility due to his Canadian birthplace are likely to be raised, they have been addressed by many and it is a virtual certainty that he will be declared eligible. After the Obama debacle on birthright citizenship, this qualification has to be interpreted liberally, to say the least.
The Vice President
Carly Fiorina continues to display her intellect and an understanding of the issues with every appearance. She is a sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton in her accomplishments, quickness and speaking ability, likeability, technical knowledge, and the least of all, character and honesty. She would be a formidable spokesperson on the campaign trail. She also brings an appeal to women, without the abrasiveness of Clinton that is a turn-off to many men and women alike. She brings a youthful, “tech” appeal as former CEO of a major Silicon Valley company (Hewlett-Packard).
Her lack of political experience appears to have no negative impact on her appeal, and in fact, is one of her most attractive features to many. Given her impressive and high level management experience, she might offer the vice presidency a real opportunity to actually DO something beyond presiding over the Senate and being the back up to the president; she could handle some real responsibilities, and elevate the stature of her position.
Ted Cruz Resume
Ted Cruz has one of the most impressive resumes of a presidential candidate that one can imagine. While he has been in the political arena for much of his career, he offers “real-world” experience as well. I predict he will be the most accomplished when the debates start and continue to rise in public awareness and appeal. Consider the following:
· Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 - May 2008, Cruz was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country, and had the longest tenure in Texas history.
· Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.
· Cruz has authored 80+ SCOTUS briefs and presented 40+ oral arguments before The Court
· Cruz served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States
· Described as a 'superb' constitutional lawyer, the man's considerable skills and laser-like focus were on display for all last week when he took oily reptile Eric Holder by the neck and made him answer the frickin question.
· In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of 31 states in defense of the principle that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.
· Cruz presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
· In addition to his victory in Heller, Cruz has successfully defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and the majority of the 2003 Texas redistricting plan. Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.
· Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission
· Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.
· Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation
· Ted Cruz is currently junior US Senator from Texas. In order to win the 2012 Republican nomination for the Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, Cruz had to defeat Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst -heavily favored/backed by the DC old-guard GOP- in the Republican primary runoff. In the event, TEA Party favorite Cruz crushed Dewhurst, 57-43%...he then beat Democrat Paul Sadler in the general election by a similar margin, 56-41. Cruz is also endorsed by the Tea Party Movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.
· AWARDS: "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Chambers USA (2009 & 2010) "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," National Law Journal (2008) "25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century," Texas Lawyer (2010) "20 Young Hispanic Americans on the Rise," Newsweek (1999) Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus, Harvard Law School
· On November 14, 2012, Cruz was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He is now spearheading efforts in the Senate to have Obamacare repealed root-and-branch...
2016 Executive Office Wish List
Proposed Executive and Cabinet Officers and Their Missions
· Chief of Staff: NOT Karl Rove; NOT Newt Gingrich
Restore respect for the office of the presidency
Fulfill constitutionally defined responsibilities
Rescind all Executive Orders of Obama administration
Re-establish relationship between Commander-in-Chief and military leadership
Renew and restore positive relationships between America’s allies
Reinvigorate the American economy by getting government out of it and slashing unnecessary regulations and impediments to free, competitive markets
Repeal and replace Obamacare with private-public partnership
Appoint “grown-ups,” with appropriate wisdom and experience to all leadership roles in the executive branch.
Fulfill constitutionally defined responsibilities
Repeal the 16th Amendment (the Income Tax and abolish the IRS immediately and establish a phase in over four years of a single national sales/consumption tax to replace all other federal taxes.
Coordinate between the states and the Department of the Interior, the abolition of indicated federal departments and related agencies, transferring functions to the states, as elected by them to continue.
Preside over Senate
Primary White House coordinator with Department of Interior
THE EXISTING CABINET (employees and budget 2010)
Department of Agriculture
100,000 employees, $142 billion
Mission: Shut down and transfer all functions to the states (including food stamps-SNAP, school meals; removing all agricultural subsidies)
Department of Commerce
38,000 employees; $16 billion
Mission: Shut down department and transfer to states
Department of Defense
General (Ret) Jack Keane
700,000 civilian employees; $692 billion
Mission: Immediate: destroy ISIS; neutralize all elements of radical Islam; Long-term: restore respect and allegiance for U.S. military among our allies and fear among our foes; restore our weakened moral and damaged military capacity
Department of Education
4,200 employees; $106 billion
Mission: Shut down department; abolish NCLB and Common Core; and transfer functions to states
Department of Energy
100,000 employees; $38 billion
Mission: Shut down department; and transfer functions to Interior Department to develop a comprehensive energy policy
Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Ben Carson
65,000 employees; $868 billion
Mission: Shut down department and transfer functions to states or Public Health
Department; repeal and replace Obamacare; return public health care systems (Medicare/Medicaid) to mesh with private health systems at state level
Department of Homeland Security
216,000 employees; $53 billion
Mission: Change name and consolidate – Department of Security; conduct all intelligence functions, foreign and domestic; Restore privacy to citizens while protecting the nation
Department of Housing and Urban Development
9,000 employees; $62 billion
Mission: Shut down department and transfer functions to states. Abolish federal housing subsidies, replace FHFA, FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, VA (transfer to Defense Department) and all other housing/home mortgage programs with single agency working with states for implementation
Department of the Interior
Mike Lee (Coordinate with VP)
70,000 employees; $12 billion
Mission: Coordinate all activities of the states, the environment, and immigration with federal government
Department of Justice
Judge Andrew Napolitano
113,000 employees; $30 billion
Mission: Enforce federal law and the Constitution; administer justice, not politics and racism
Department of Labor
15,000 employees; $209 billion
Mission: Shut down department and transfer functions to the states. Abolish federal public employee unions and collective bargaining by public employees. Restore balance between comparable employment compensation in public and private sectors
Department of State
30,000 employees; $25 billion
Mission: Review all treaties, trade and other relationships between the U.S. and other nations for recommendations for continuation, renewal, renegotiation, or cancellation. Rescind membership in the UN and coordinate move to another nation… perhaps Dubai? Belgium? Coordinate creation of new agency for military, economic and humanitarian progress, with membership limited to western, capitalist, democratic nation-states – WCDS - (replaces UN, NATO, WTO and all other international agencies). Provide all foreign aid (currently $37 billion) on a proportionate basis through WCDS with other member nations, primarily loans, not grants.
Department of Transportation
Norm Mineta (Former Sec of Trans)
55,000 employees; $90 billion
Mission: Shut down and transfer to states or Interior Department. Guide restoration nation’s transportation infrastructure through state programs
Department of the Treasury
100,000 employees; $502 billion
Mission: Implement abolishment of the IRS and repeal the 16th Amendment; Implement national sales/consumption tax replacing all other taxes; Cut the U.S. federal debt from $18 trillion to zero over the next 12 years, without increasing taxes
Department of Veterans Affairs
235,000 employees; $124 billion
Mission: Shut down and transfer to Defense Department
The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:
Environmental Protection Agency
Mission: Shut down and transfer functions to Dept of Interior; review and reduce regulatory burden
Office of Management & Budget
Mission: Balanced budget with block grants to states during cabinet transitions
United States Trade Representative
Mission: Review and negotiate all trade agreements with foreign nations
United States Mission to the United Nations
Mission: Coordinate cancellation of U.S. membership in the UN, move facility out of the U.S., serve as primary representative to newly formed organization of western, capitalist democratic states
Council of Economic Advisers
Mission: Realistic economic advice for long-term economic stability and growth
Small Business Administration
Mission: Abolish department and transfer functions, as they elect to implement, to the states
THE REVISED CABINET
Department of Defense
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Military Branches, Veterans Affairs
Department of Security
FBI, NSA, Secret Service
Department of the Interior
Energy, Transportation (TSA), Ambassador to the states, FEMA, Immigration and Customs, Public Lands, Environmental resources, Native American Affairs, Geologic Services, Census and Statistics, OSHA (ABOLISH)
Department of Justice
US Attorneys, DEA (Abolish), Prisons and rehabilitation
Department of State
US Embassies, Passport and Visa Administration, UN (replace)
Department of the Treasury
Management and Budget
Department of public health
Surgeon General, CDC, NIH, FDA
Note: There are hundreds of agencies that would be moved, consolidated or transferred to the states to implement at their option. This proposal would return the federal government to its constitutionally limited functions, and save perhaps a $trillion in federal spending, and another $2 trillion that would be properly transferred to the states.
“Cruz was an outstanding student in my class. Without a doubt he is among the smartest students I’ve ever had… I’ve had great students but he has to be at the top of anyone’s short list, in terms of raw brain power.”
- Alan Dershowitz, Famed Liberal Harvard Law School Professor