OPINION: Ted Cruz Challenger ‘Beto’ O’Rourke Is A Hack.
If you look up ‘Beto’ O’Rourke on the internet today with an aim to find a relatively negative article on him, you’re going to have to dig deep. You will most likely find various write-ups on the ‘new revolutionary face to the Democratic party’ that is facing Senator Ted Cruz for Texas Senate, how he’s inching behind Senator Cruz in polls and fundraising, and even a video of him singing with Willie Nelson on stage, going on about legalizing Marijuana.
Rep. O’Rourke wants equality, vows to end corruption, and plans on infusing ethics into establishment politicians. He’s the perfect candidate! He wants to impeach President Trump, skateboards in a Whataburger parking lot, visits all 254 counties in Texas, and isn’t the ‘Zodiac Killer’. What more would you like?
He’s the whole package, but in the worst way Democrats can imagine and has had devout Republican conservatives rolling on the floor laughing ever since Congressman O’Rourke earned his right to be steamrolled by Cruz in November.
First off, his name is not ‘Beto’. It’s Robert Francis. He utilizes this clever, yet cheap political PR fallacy to engage and attract hispanic voters like a fraud. He’s also not hispanic, he’s a 4th generation Irish. Find me an Irish national named Beto. You might be saying, “Ted Cruz’s name is ‘Rafael’. Why is it justified for you to be going after ‘Beto’?” In his novel, A Time For Truth, Cruz explains how he was constantly teased for his name, hence his current nickname being Ted:
“The problem with that name was that it seemed to rhyme with every major corn chip on the market. Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos and Tostitos—a fact that other young children were quite happy to point out. I was tired of being teased. One day I had a conversation with my mother about it and she said, ‘You know, you could change your name. There are a number of other possibilities.’ And, she proceeded to list them: Rafael. Raph. Ralph. Edward. Ed. Eddie. ‘Or you could go by Ted.’ I found that a shocking concept.”
You can make the point that he has much higher fundraising numbers than Cruz. The highlight, however, is his ‘No PACs, just people’ stance. O Rourke’s Senate website has a home page graphic claiming he has taken $0 from political action committees. That is false.
OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy, has kept track of how much both candidates have taken from PACs. Little do we know, O’Rourke has taken almost $35,000 in PAC money since kicking off his campaign. FEC filings also show that he has taken more than $170,000 in PACs from anti-Israel group JStreet.
There are conflicting reports that rebuttal this claim as PolitiFact, a fact-checking site, showed evidence that his campaign has not taken PACs.
Secondly, he speaks about corruption as if he’s the least corrupt Congressman in the House. Now, the reason you’re about to hear how much of a corrupt and phony politician Robert Francis is because the media takes pleasure in reporting beneficial stories that will help his popularity.
Rep. O’Rourke has had multiple disreputable deals during his time in El Paso’s city council, some of which includes an unusual number of payments to city representative Suzie Byrd’s company Moxie Communications and Consulting, according to Deep Inside El Paso:
“Open Secrets lists the top expenditure to vendors / recipients, and of those top expenditures, there is an amount for $21,000 divided in to 12 payments, and a seperate amount for $10,500 divided into six payments, for a total of $31,500. The payments are made to Moxie Communications and Consulting, which is owned by Byrd.”
“This is odd, seeing as how O’Rourke already had a communications director for his primary campaign, and he didn’t really have any challengers for his seat: The curious thing is why the Congressman needs to pay Byrd so much money when he already had a “Communications Director.” According to The Sunlight Foundation, “John Meza” is listed in this position.”
RedState, who wrote the original report, summarize O’Rourke’s shady activity:
“It could be that Byrd is used in his re-election bid, however, O’Rourke had no serious opponent in the last election cycle. In a straight-ticket Democratic-voting district, why would Byrd need to be paid so much money? This gets stranger when you hear that O’Rourke’s past involves paying his own company money from political contributions to the tune of over $40,000 between 2014 and 2015.
According to Heavy, O’Rourke is a very wealthy man due to multiple investments: InsideGov.com estimates his net worth at $9.5 million as of 2014. O’Rourke’s net worth is about 8.9 times more than the average member of Congress, and 11 times more than the average Representative.
O’Rourke is a firm believer in the DREAM Act, a bill that has been considered since 2001. Although this would put now-DACA recipients in front of legal immigrants, he has not considered the RAISE Act or the SUCCEED Act, both of which state that Dreamers must contribute to the economy in order to earn a pathway to citizenship.
If elected, Beto plans on proposing a Senate Bill to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, the fraudulent and sham-like non binding agreement between 195 countries whose goal is to “hold global average temperature increase to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” (MORE: Why Exiting Out Of The Paris Climate Accord Was the Right Decision)
There are a number of roadblocks in the way for his wishes to become true. To name a few, he would need two-thirds of the Senate’s approval and would have the U.S in the Green Climate Fund, a vital arm to the agreement, that would cost taxpayers over $100B per year by 2020. This would put an economic barrier for energy competition with the market for energy at $6T and is projected to grow by a ⅓ by 2040. This would cost the U.S over 6.5M jobs.
O’Rourke has also suggested extremely regulating or possibly banning fracking, which proves his radical hard-left stances that stick out like a sore thumb. According to Obama’s EPA, fracking is NOT harmful to your health. While he emphasizes on regulating fracking even more, there are already over 600 regulations in place for the extraction of oil and gas. Another EPA report found no link between hydraulic fracturing and asthma, contrary to popular belief. In addition, scientists found no connection that led others to believe fracking causes earthquakes. Furthermore debunking his energy policy, there is still 800 trillion cubic feet of natural gas on Earth. This would result in the catastrophic decrease in gross domestic product by a whopping $548B.
Healthcare has become an unsolvable problem by D.C lawmakers that has created commotion towards midterm elections. Yet, Beto’s proposal seems the most bogus out of all. He suggests that we must expand Medicaid for all Texans, which has totaled federal and state spending by $400B since 2010. 23% of state spending is based on Medicaid, which would leave other departments with a very tight alley to spend. Medicaid fuels our deficit crisis, with over $1T per year since 2010.
A more soothing and positive solution? Take a look at the Healthy Michigan Plan. Only 2,000 out of 600,000 Michigan residents faced tax garnishment in 2015, with officials collecting just over $196,000. 86% say their ability to pay medical bills has gotten better since joining the program. Of this group, 86.9 million will be on Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), followed by 64.3 million on Medicare and 23.4 million enrolled in government exchanges. This will push U.S. health care closer to a government model. Like the Healthy Michigan Plan, it requires beneficiaries above 100% of the federal poverty level to make monthly premium contributions to health savings accounts equal to 2% of their income.
A massive topic for Texas is the 2nd Amendment. He is a cosponsor of H.R 5087, also known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. Being a partisan bill with 176 Democrats and 0 Republicans, he has no intention of backing away from this. A quick reminder for readers: AR does not stand for ‘Assault Weapon’, it is ‘ArmaLite Rifle’; ArmaLite being the company that manufactures these weapons.
It’s safe to say that his endangering policies are seeking self-destruction, intended or unintended. Maybe Beto will be ‘comfortable’ debating Senator Cruz on various issues, in which Cruz has offered five dates to engage in political discourse and allow voters to ask questions.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.