Saturday, October 19, 2013

Government by Hostage Continues as Cruz Holds Back the Vote on FCC Chairman Nomination Until He Gets Answers He Wants

Something is seriously wrong in the entire political process and climate in Washington D.C. if a single extremist Senator can put a hold on a confirmation vote for a Presidential nomination involving an important office in the executive branch.

It is clear once again from this situation that political obstructionism alone is the prevailing philosophy of that particular Senator and that he should not be enabled in exercising that philosophy in American government.

The man is unteachable and has learned nothing from the shutdown disaster.

See Cruz Holds Vote on FCC Chairman Over Political Speech - Bloomberg.

There are too many "wannabe" tinpot tyrants in the land,
masquerading as Congressional legislators.

Cruz is one such imposter.

Political Obstructionism, Rulebreaking and Countering Parity and Equality in Texas, not just in Politics, but also in Sports

Gail Collins at the New York Times writes about the sadly ubiquitous obstructionist craziness of current Texas politicians at A Ted Cruz on Every Corner. We have friends in Texas and find the Lone Star State to be a great place, but the above-described behavior has precedence among elitists in Texas.

Demanding special rights and/or countering and/or rulebreaking directed against parity and equal rights in some circles in Texas is nothing new and led e.g. in the sport of football to severe NCAA sanctions against the Texas university SMU (near Dallas) in 1986 to "eliminate a program that was built on a legacy of wrongdoing, deceit and rule violations." This was the first time a Division I school was assessed such penalites.

More recently, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado left the Big 12 conference, going to the Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 respectively, because of what they saw as an attempt by the Texas Longhorns to not only unfairly monopolize college football TV revenues in the Big 12 conference but also because of many other "Texas-centric" decisions that had been made in the Big 12 that were hurting other schools.

Also that controversy was nothing new for Texas, as Texas teams came to the Big 12 when the Big 8 was college football's leading conference and the SWC -- to which Texas previously belonged -- was in a shambles.

The Texas teams were then allowed on the vote of the other teams in the Big 8 to enter the "new" Big 12 conference -- against the only negative vote, cast by football coaching legend Tom Osborne, who could read the negative writing on the wall.

See the (poorly titled) Why Tom Osborne Hates the Big 12. See also -- in the interest of a fair and balanced presentation here -- the contra take of a Texas fan on that who says all the problems with college football TV rights began with NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma.

We think Osborne was right in objectively seeing that Texas would ruin the Big 8 Conference, because of Texas expecting special privileges and working against parity and equality, and that is exactly what happened in the Big 12.

Consider here what Anthony Lee wrote in NCAA vs. Regents of the University of Oklahoma: History, aftermath, implications (and where we go from here):
"In 1974, [NCAA Executive Director] Byers spearheaded a successful effort to limit the number of scholarships a school could give for football to 105; further, each team would only be allowed to give a maximum of thirty new scholarships a year. The scholarships limits infuriated the coaches of the traditional powerhouses, who often stockpiled athletes by giving unlimited numbers of scholarships, for two reasons. First, these coaches, especially those in the SEC, were upset because they knew that college football could have more parity because they could no longer hoard the best talent, if for no other reason than to keep those players from playing at other schools. Second, these coaches, such as Texas’s Darrell Royal, were incensed because schools from the smaller conferences who were not traditional football powerhouses once again ganged up to pass legislation that directly influenced the big football programs. As Royal commented, “I don’t want Hofstra telling Texas how to play football.”

To Byers, though, limiting scholarships enhanced the competitive balance in college football, making the sport, in his eyes, healthier, and that was all the research he needed to go ahead with the program. Indeed, the scholarship limitations “forever altered college football, creating a measure of unparalleled parity. With the powerful teams no longer able to sign a virtually unlimited number of players, lesser programs suddenly found themselves able to compete more effectively in the recruiting wars—and on the field.”

According to Walter Duke, “the limitation on grants was the single most important piece of legislation I saw in my forty years of college athletics. You can’t legislate equality but you can legislate an opportunity for kids to line up across from each other knowing that they have a fighting chance.” [emphasis added by LawPundit]
The Texas-led Tea Party opposition to affordable health care and the Affordable Care Act -- a law in force passed by the U.S. Congress and thus something that has to be obeyed in a democratic country -- is thus in principle quite similar to what we saw in the attempt of big schools like Texas to monopolize football talent or TV rights and keep everything for themselves.

The Affordable Care Act ("ACA", "Obamacare") levels the health field and gives everyone a better chance to be healthy. Extremist Texas politicians and the Tea Party want to keep people from having "a fighting chance" for health, and thus they have no chance of winning their battle against the ACA.

Indeed, ACA opponents implicitly favor the previous overly expensive, unequal and unjust health system, which provided less quality health care for much more expense than national health care systems in Europe (all of which are mixed in terms of private enterprise and government participation).

This attitude of countering or "breaking rules to suit themselves" -- as one commenter put it -- thus has a long history in Texas among their elites, and seems to be a continuing extremist philosophy, not only in politics, but also in law, where East Texas courts have recently, for example, ignominiously turned law courts into nothing more than a preferred "market-driven" venue for patent cases, making a mockery of the law as an impartial institution.

Has Tea Party "Smart Man" Cruz Outsmarted Himself By "Inadvertendly Forgetting" to Disclose Investment Ties to the Company of a Close College Friend? reports the story in Ted Cruz Failed To Disclose Ties To Caribbean Holding Company, disclosure of which was required for his 2012 Senate campaign.

A man as smart as Cruz is reputed to be can hardly have "inadvertently forgotten" the details of a profitable investment in the Caribbean company of a close college friend.

Rather, the financial arrangement was so unusual -- arguably as a method to cloak income and/or reduce or escape taxation -- that its disclosure would not have been beneficial to Senate election chances.

The story of a smart man outsmarting himself is legion in politics.

Indeed, few things so clearly show a man's shady character as personal financial dealings.

Scientific American Reports Shutdown Damage to Science and Health Was Significant and Permanent - Thank the Tea Party for Losses

The Government Shutdown Was Temporary, Its Damage to Science Permanent

reports the Scientific American.

Tea Party Unteachable and Without Remorse for Billions of Dollars in Unnecessary Costs to the Nation as Extremists Press On Despite Shutdown Disaster

The Boston Globe has the story at Conservative lawmakers and groups vow to pursue fight over health law, despite decline in polls.

Showing no remorse for the billions of dollars in totally unnecessary costs they have already inflicted upon the country, the Tea Party shows no signs of learning from its mistakes in continuing to follow its regrettable fundamentalist path.

It has become quite clear that these extremists have little stomach for democracy. They seem not to care too much about their nation or the health of its people and are only interested in themselves and their own dogmas, which they are pushing upon others at any cost and by strong-arm methods.

America will have to figure out a way to keep these political thugs and their financers from destroying the fabric and traditional values of the nation.

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