Sunday, during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Ted Cruz lit into Donald Trump by listing five ways he is just like Hillary Clinton. Having already attacked Trump for his politically correct tendencies, Cruz was on the offensive.
Let’s look at his list in detail.
1. “Donald and Hillary both support taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.” said Cruz.
What does Trump say? Back in 2000 he said:
“There are some issues I don’t want to say much about. I support a woman’s right to choose, for example, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion if I were president, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no.”
But nowadays? The flip-flop as reported by Politico…
“Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to back off his demands to defund Planned Parenthood.
After saying last week it’s worth having Congress shut down the federal government unless Planned Parenthood is stripped of its $528 million in government funding, the Republican presidential candidate changed his tune
Speaking on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning, Trump said that before defunding Planned Parenthood entirely, he would look at the positive aspects of the organization.
“I would look at the good aspects of it, and I would also look because I’m sure they do some things properly and good for women. I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also, but we have to take care of women,” he said. “The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded.”
So he’s for it, with one caveat. Abortion doesn’t fly in his book, so he would fund PP for the work it does – work that other, more numerous clinics already do – but not the abortion aspect. When you’re a republican, you have a few hard stances, and one of them is the defunding of PP, who is an altogether redundant organization that sends and receives exclusively Democratic money. Rest assured, it is an arm of the Democrat party, and has a tradition steeped in murder. It has to go. Period.
As it stands, both frontrunners aren’t too keen on defunding the abortion giant.
2. “They both supported Bill Clinton banning guns nationwide. Many of the most popular guns in America.”
“But in 2000, you wrote in your book, ‘I generally oppose gun control but I support the ban on assault weapons,'” said Bret Baier during a Republican debate.
“I don’t support it anymore. I do not support the ban on assault [weapons],” Trump responded.
After hearing most of Trump’s positions, we oftentimes have one word going through our head: “Convenient.”
To his credit, he’s a fan of conceal carry, and believes shootings could have been stopped had there been guns around. He is all about 2A, but he was for banning certain guns before he was against it, and that his position changed in a very Hillary Clinton fashion…when it was prudent to do so.
Does 2A have a lot to fear from a Trump presidency? Probably not, but with his tendency to flip-flop based on what will get people to like him most, there’s no telling what he’ll do in the future. That’s scary enough for many.
3. “They both think we should be neutral between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Unboxed, Trump is saying that making a deal between Israel and Palestine is nigh impossible, but he’s going to give it a shot by staying as neutral as possible. From a business perspective, this is a pretty common sense approach, but what he’s not getting is that this isn’t some deal that can be solved by negotiation.
Palestine wants to see Israel wiped off the map. They lob rockets at civilians, infiltrate homes and kill children in their beds. Israel has a long tradition of keeping terrorists on their heels, and have an impressive kill count of their own, as they should in the situation they’re in. This a long history of hate, and defense from that hate, and a business-like deal isn’t going to solve this.
What we do know is that Israel is a free nation, while Palestinian countries tend not to be. Women are not second class citizens in Israel, and often serve in high places, but in Palestine they are somewhere close to cattle. Christians, gays, hindus, and anyone else different from them are often butchered in Palestine, but in Israel they walk freely. Israeli children learn reading, math, and science. Palestinian children learn to kill Israelis.
There is clearly a good guy, and a bad guy here. That Trump wants to stay neutral is an odd sentiment that I only expect out leftist like Clinton. In the grand scheme, Israel should have our full, and unwavering support.
4. “They both have said they will keep in place this Iranian nuclear deal, which is an absolute catastrophe.”
“You know, I’ve taken over some bad contracts. I buy contracts where people screwed up and they have bad contracts, but I’m really good at looking at a contract and finding things within a contract that, even if they’re bad, I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance. As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract.”
Okay, so he doesn’t want to rip up the deal, he wants to police it. The reason being is because he believes that if we pull out, Iran gets $150 billion in unfrozen assets. That’s not true, as the number is actually sitting around $40 billion. Still a high number, but we squash a deal that is no less of a disaster.
Iran is the go-to for terrorist arming and funding, and our deal with Iran allows it to keep its nuclear bomb making facilities up and running.
Says Charles Krauthammer in a Washington Post article:
‘Yet under the deal Obama is now trying to sell, not one of these is to be dismantled. Indeed, Iran’s entire nuclear infrastructure is kept intact, just frozen or repurposed for the length of the deal (about a decade). Thus Fordow’s centrifuges will keep spinning. They will now be fed xenon, zinc and germanium instead of uranium. But that means they remain ready at any time to revert from the world’s most heavily (indeed comically) fortified medical isotope facility to a bomb-making factory.
And upon the expiration of the deal, conceded Obama Monday on NPR, Iran’s breakout time to a nuclear bomb will be “almost down to zero,” i.e., it will be able to produce nuclear weapons at will and without delay.’
There is no art in this deal, it’s just plain stupid. That other Republicans have promised to rip it up immediately from day one isn’t grandstanding, it’s a common sense answer to the question of world safety, especially ours. Trump doesn’t seem to hold this position, and instead wants to make sure it stays on target, much like his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
And I use the term “target” more darkly than you read it.
5. “They both are promising to raise taxes. You know, Donald Trump is campaigning on an almost 40% tax increase through every consumer – every taxpayer – through a massive tariff. That would send us into a recession.”
Tariffs are bad, m’kay?
You’ve seen Trump rail against China for lowering their currency, and say that if elected he will impose a 45% tariff which will effectively hurt them for doing so. He is correct in that it will be a big burden for them, but it will be a burden for us as well.
Says economist Larry Kudlow:
‘Trump’s idea of a 35 percent tariff on imported goods would represent the biggest tax increase on U.S. consumers in modern times. This won’t help the poor. Consider that Walmart has been one of the greatest anti-poverty programs in world history, achieving the “everyday low prices” that greatly benefit the poor and middle class in part through low-cost imports.’
Economist Tim Worstall weighed in as well, and rather vehemently,
‘Just foolishness. The reason why it needs to be seen as foolishness is the simple one that imports are the very reason we conduct trade at all. There are some things that other people who live in other places can make better, cheaper or nicer than we can. When those people live in other countries we call buying those better, cheaper, nicer things imports. But the concept is no different from you importing food into your household by dropping into the Quick E Mart. You are getting the food cheaper, better or nicer than you can make it out of your own suburban lot. Buying some spanners from China is conceptually no different from this at all.
And you really would think people were very strange indeed if they proposed that you should tax yourself 45% on the food from the supermarket, wouldn’t you? So, why would or should the American government tax Americans on what they buy from China?’
Essentially, hitting China with a steep tariff is akin to shooting yourself through the head to hit the guy standing next to you. When push comes to shove, a tariff imposed on China or Mexico will be felt by us, just as much as them. The better idea is to lower our own taxes and make ourselves more attractive to manufacturers to come back here.
If Trump really wants to make us richer, he’ll think twice before making us poorer, like his opponent.