As Twitchy reported, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasted no time putting his new @SenTedCruz Twitter account to work, coming out of the gate to accuse President Obama of scaring people with talk of a default on the nation’s debt. Don’t think that Cruz is reserving the tough talk for the president only; tonight’s tweets take on his Senate colleagues.

I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.

Just last weekend, Cruz had reporters clutching their pearls after he appeared on “Meet the Press” and accused Obama of exploiting the Sandy Hook massacre within minutes to push for stronger gun control. Will the blowback from that comment have a chilling effect on the freshman senator? Don’t count on it — Cruz defended his vote tonight against the pork-laden Sandy relief package by accusing senators of “exploiting victims of natural disasters.”

Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy.

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, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.

Two thirds of this spending is not remotely “emergency”; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30% of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months, and over a billion dollars will be spent as late as 2021.

This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington – an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.

There’s no way Cruz is going to get a big bear hug from Gov. Chris Christie if he keeps talking like that.

Hey, is Sen. McCain still using that “Maverick” nickname? If not, it might be time to pass it on.

  • Christian Heiens

    I don’t know what my opinions on “amnesty” and “immigration reform” are yet, but I think the GOP as a whole should have an inner party debate on these kind of issues, as well as several social issues to see how to move forward. For example, the party of small government can hardly claim that the “War on Drugs” is a shining example of “small government in action”. While we don’t need to necessarily embrace all of these “liberal” social issues or immigration platforms we should at least debate the merits of them and find out which combination of issues truly makes a political party the party of small government.

    • nc

      Honest debate. What a concept!

      • Christian Heiens

        And I used the term “liberal” incorrectly. I’m referring to classical liberalism, the idea that Government should be subservient to the people and not interfere in their daily or personal lives.

        Modern day liberalism interferes in just about every aspect of people’s lives, economically and socially.

  • peteee363

    go teddy go, kick some ass in d.c.! the tea party lives, don’t tread on me!

  • Krazy Kent

    I’ve watched Ted Cruz be called all kinds of names, be smeared, be trashed.
    He’s doing exactly what we the people asked him to. The last time I checked, he represents a geographic area of people(which I proudly am a resident of, and yes, I voted for him)…he’s there doing the people’s bidding, which is why we elected him. And his statements regarding the new immigration proposal are exactly my sentiments. I have no complaints. He’s not in that office to kiss ass, go along to get along,or tow a line.
    The fact that he’s such a subject of disdain in the MSM and on the left, is exactly what’s wrong with our government today.

    • peteee363

      i am glad you voted for him, my sister is a squish, and she resented him on the republican ticket. she said he would never win statewide office. except he already won a statewide office once before. oh, my sister is finishing up her political science masters degree, she is a moderate, and wants to be a political strategist. good luck with that sis!

      • jhva99

        I live in McKinney TX and hadn’t heard much about Ted, but after Sarah Palin endorsed him he made a last minute winning surge. Kinda gives me some hope for the future. I know that got him my vote and I believe it is what turned the tide for him. Despite the fact, per MSM, that Palin is irrelevant, irreverant and totally irritating.

      • Morneau_for_4

        He never won a statewide office before. He was appointed Solicitor General by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

      • Morneau_for_4

        He never won a statewide office before. He was appointed Solicitor General by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

  • Okie_pastor

    Good job Ted!!

  • GaylePutt

    Way to go Ted….This Texan is squarely behind you. We need brave, honest Congressmen to help drain the swamp.

    • mickeyco

      Do you know where we can get a Ted clone here in IL? Heaven knows we need one.

      • nc

        We’re starving for a Ted (or two) in California.

    • Lady 12

      This future Texan is behind you too, Ted!

  • Peyton

    I’m so proud to have this guy as our senator.

    • mwill

      i couldn’t help notice that every positive response to ted cruz had 1
      thumbs down….most likely a democrat that thinks republicans are racist….i would
      like to point out that the democrats rejected a highly qualified afarcian
      american in the senate primary and voted for the old rich white guy while we
      republicans rejected the old rich white guy and elected the first hispanic
      senator to represent the people of texas

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      I wish I could say he was my Senator, too.

      • Garth Haycock

        As do I. We had a chance to send another true conservative to DC, but too many fools bought the crap that Hatch was selling. Again.

      • Garth Haycock

        As do I. We had a chance to send another true conservative to DC, but too many fools bought the crap that Hatch was selling. Again.

      • Lady 12

        Me as well. If I were to go by my home state, my senator would be Patty Murray, but if I went by my college state, where I voted, I’m stuck with Tammy Baldwin. I’m moving to Texas after I graduate.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos are fundamentally unfair. They seek to hurt people.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      And are out for their own selfish pleasure.

  • LadyMacKeltar

    From the start, Senator Cruz has been outspoken, strong-willed and principled. Exactly what Conservatives need. Keep up the good fight!

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Michelle Malkin is right: “Hold the Line”

  • NeoKong

    Can we clone this guy…?

  • CatHerder

    I’m in the Cornyn half of the state and I sure wish he’d grow a pair like Cruz.

    • Bill R

      ???? WTF ??? Senate seats are statewide elections. I am with you that I wish Cornyn was more like Cruz but there are no districts.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Texas, still waiting for some replies to some resumes sent down. Only sending them to deep red states. Come on already!!!!! Go Cruz!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Stay strong Ted there are more of us than the msm will have you believe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Stay strong Ted there are more of us than the msm will have you believe.

  • v1cious

    Excuse me if I’m a little baffled by the “Party of Reagan” ‘s sudden objection to amnesty.

  • v1cious

    Excuse me if I’m a little baffled by the “Party of Reagan” ‘s sudden objection to amnesty.

  • $27789750

    I don’t know this guy well, but am beginning to like him. Straight forward and practical.

  • $27789750

    I don’t know this guy well, but am beginning to like him. Straight forward and practical.

  • Ookook Eekeek

    gotta get these “immigrants” up-n-running to prop up the Ponzi scheme just a little bit

  • SuperRoadrunner

    What a deal! Those eight Senate guys are nuts! We’ll get 11 million illegals legalized. Then they will bring in 20-30 million relatives, and we will be overrun by cucarachas! Just imagine the cost of some new entitlements. This is just another case of the Establishment RINOs folding like old umbrellas. What we need is strict enforcement of the existing laws already on the books! Those so-called Republicans must be wearing lace on their shorts!

  • bluewaternavy

    Good for Senator Cruz!