In Case You Missed It: NBA in Baltimore
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

No comparing Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz

National GovernmentTed CruzRepublican PartyFinanceElizabeth Warren

Juan Williams' commentary ("Principled or polarizing?" June 14) epitomizes the way the media does a disservice to intelligent discussion of our politics. Evidently, Mr. Williams feels the need to give equal weight to both sides. Comparing Republican Senator Ted Cruz to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren reflects poorly on the quality of commentary that Mr. Williams is capable of.

Senator Warren has been and continues to be a tireless advocate for citizens of this country, trying to protect them against the rapacious appetites of Wall Street and corporate America. As a gauge of her impact, the push back by Republicans against her creation, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has been relentless. Republicans continue to resist every effort to protect consumers against the types of financial misconduct that nearly destroyed our economy. Ms. Warren represents a throwback to the time after the Great Depression when we instituted rules and regulations that successfully prevented such calamities until the loosening of these rules and regulations allowed the Great Recession.

Senator Cruz, on the other hand, has proven to be a throwback to the days of Joe McCarthy, not hesitating to accuse then-nominee for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel of accepting money from North Korea. Mr. Cruz's penchant for throwing verbal grenades is no substitute for actual policy proposals of the sort that might help the citizens of his own state. Indeed Mr. Cruz and his fellows in the GOP are fighting to keep Texas health care among the nation's worst, rejecting any expansion of Medicaid that might put a dent in the six million uninsured of Texas.

The contrast could not be clearer. Ms. Warren is representing her constituents and citizens of the U.S., advancing common sense policy proposals that will make our country a better place to live and protect us from rampant greed. Mr. Cruz is typical of the modern GOP, denouncing all things government and doing all in their power to neuter the protection that government gives us, while offering no ideas to deal with such national embarrassments as our abysmal health care statistics, unless, of course slogans with catchwords of "freedom" and "liberty" can magically solve our pressing national problems.

When the GOP can offer actual policies that reflect the reality of our times and meet the needs of most Americans it may be proper to debate worthwhile proposals, but comparing Ted Cruz to Elizabeth Warren is absurd.

Tim Eastman, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
National GovernmentTed CruzRepublican PartyFinanceElizabeth Warren
  • Cassilly criticized unfairly for 2005 vote on impact fee
    Cassilly criticized unfairly for 2005 vote on impact fee

    Political ads in the District 34 Senate race have unfairly criticized Republican Bob Cassilly for his 2005 County Council vote in favor of an impact fee on new home construction ("Familiar names vie for open Senate seat in Harford," Oct. 11).

  • Moderate drinking is healthy
    Moderate drinking is healthy

    A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that four out of five heart attacks in men may be prevented by following key healthy lifestyle behaviors including having a healthy diet, not smoking, being physically active, having no abdominal fat and moderate alcohol...

  • Rodricks finds the wrong villain in Ebola research debate
    Rodricks finds the wrong villain in Ebola research debate

    Dan Rodricks is, as the saying goes, entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. In "Vigilance for viruses comes at a cost" (Oct. 19), Mr. Rodricks recites one scientist's complaint (in a Huffington Post interview) that research support from the NIH was on a...

  • Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?
    Why don't Dems question Md.'s flawed health exchange rollout?

    Who are Gov. Martin O'Malley and Attorney General Doug Gansler trying to kid? The reason potential litigation over the flawed rollout of Maryland's health exchange is being postponed is the upcoming election. They are deeply afraid of what Noridian is going to claim about Lt. Gov....

  • Ulman-Rutherford (or vice versa) the best ticket
    Ulman-Rutherford (or vice versa) the best ticket

    Count me among the people who are dispirited by the governor's race. Thus, The Sun's suggestion that a ticket featuring the candidates for lieutenant governor, Democrat Ken Ulman and Republican Boyd Rutherford (or vice-versa), would present a far better ticket than pairing Mr. Ulman...

  • Brown ads are appalling
    Brown ads are appalling

    The latest attack ads from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign and the Democratic Party hit a new low in sleaze, lies and hypocrisy ("Heading into final weeks, Brown shifts tone," Oct. 15). With oozing self-righteousness, they show youngsters and speak of how their opponent is...

Comments
Loading