Jobs and Opportunity

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Very little of what's listed on the official Ted Cruz campaign website under "jobs and opportunity" would actually create jobs or opportunities, but one example of Ted Cruz-style leadership listed on the page stands out among the rest.


If Congress failed to increase the debt ceiling, leading to a default on the national debt, million of jobs could be lost.

As you probably recall, Cruz's "high standard" led to a federal government shutdown that saw nearly a million federal employees furloughed and cost the federal government billions of dollars. The shutdown also slowed GDP growth by 0.5 percent, costing 120,000 jobs in the process according to the Council of Economic Advisers.

Using debt ceiling brinksmanship as an example of job creation may be maniacal, but I can easily envision a scenario in which debt ceiling brinksmanship becomes a litmus test during the Republican primary at a time when the Repulican-controlled Congress will be deciding the fate of us all.

Sleep tight.

(h/t ThinkProgress)

  • RamOrgan

    History indicates that the debt ceiling will be safe with Republican president and a Republican congress. Hell, even a white, Dem president. The debt, however, would skyrocket.

  • i_a_c

    Cruz will make a little noise in the primaries just because he’s so good at regurgitating Fox/GOP talking points. The baggers will go for anybody who can do that properly, even if it is complete and utter nonsense in reality, and even if it’s toxic to the general electorate.

  • muselet

    Ted Cruz is proud of trying to torpedo the US—and probably the world—economy. He’s bragging about it.

    In a sane universe, that alone would disqualify a person from being elected to any public office. Clearly, we do not live in a sane universe.


    • It’s going to take the R’s losing the next few pres. elections + losing seats in the House and Senate over the next few terms in order to stop their roll rightward.

      Gaahh……..I hate these fucking assholes!

      • muselet

        I’m not sure even that would be enough. After all, as Digby periodically reminds us,

        Conservatism can never fail. It can only be failed by weak-minded souls who refuse to properly follow its tenets. It’s a lot like communism that way.

        Merely losing a few elections won’t convince the True Believers.


        • Maybe not. I tend to think that losing a number of elections will have some effect on their insanity, but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see if that’s really true.

          • ninjaf

            Liberals have to show up and vote at EVERY election for that to happen, though. If we had, we wouldn’t have lost the last couple of non-Presidential year elections.

  • ninjaf

    Pffft! We don’t need no stinkin’ facts!