You deftly avoided any comment on the opinions of Greenspan and Bernanke, Not to mention most other economists, except of course the Tea Party stooges. The general consensus is that your Libertarian , supply side economics is a recipe for disaster. And how about a comment on the largest disparity of wealth our country has known. Do you support a raise in minimum wage? How about the recent cut in food stamps? I'm all ears.<quoted text>
Cruz spent nearly 22 hours trying to get his colleagues to defund the Affordable Care Act not to block all appropriations. That's Ted Cruz who graduated cum laude from Princeton and magna cum laude from Harvard Law(since you seem to think that higher education has so much to do with the validity of one's point of view). In any case, what he did was to fight for a cause that he believed in, one that he campaigned on and one that I think he believes to his core is the right way for the American people. In the end he voted in favor of the whole appropriations package. If the House versions, which divided appropriations into component parts(separate spending bills), were allowed to come up for a vote by majority leader Harry Reid(they weren't) then Cruz would have voted against the Affordable Care Act component, as would have many other Republicans and probably some of the more conservative Democrats, and for the rest. There is more to the story than he spoke for 22 hours against it and then voted for the bill.
If roles were reversed and Republicans had the presidency and the senate, would you call it obstructionism if Democrats used every legislative tool at their disposal to try to foil Republican attempts at much stricter immigration laws? How about if they had a pro-life majority and tried to turn back abortion laws? How about a strengthening of the Defense of Marriage Act? It's been my experience that people's definition of obstructionism more often than not has to do with what side of the fence they are on.
I don't blame the poor. I'm not sure where you get that idea.
History will be the judge. Given the less than successful launch of the Affordable Care Act coupled with predictions that it will collapse under its' own weight in time, I guess we'll just have to wait and see who is on the wrong side of history. If by election day next year things don't change drastically then Tea Party Republicans like Cruz are going to look like prophets and Democrats as well as old guard Republicans will be thrown out of office.
BTW, your comparison of health care reform to gay marriage is absurd. we had just had an election where the A.C.A. was the key issue. Not to mention, that the law had been through the legislative process, and found constitutional by the Supreme court. BTW, there's nothing wrong with googling, unless of course you only click right wing sites. Like you do.