Senator Burr takes another shot at Tea Party colleagues

Now that it looks like saner heads are finally prevailing over the radical reactionaries in Washington, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr is taking another shot at fellow Republican Ted Cruz in the New York Times.

Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, took a swipe at Senators Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, and Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, as well as House members who linked further funding of the government to gutting the health care law, which is financed by its own designated revenues and spending cuts.

“Let’s just say sometimes learning what can’t be accomplished is an important long-term thing,” Mr. Burr said, “and hopefully for some of the members they’ve learned it’s impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government.”

Burr came under fire from the fringe of his party for his comments in July that trying to shutdown the government to defund the Affordable Care Act was the dumbest idea he’d ever heard of.

Maybe not THE dumbest, but pretty close. Now the question is will Burr stand up to other dumb ideas of the fringe elements of the GOP and finally be part of getting something done in Washington or will he retreat meekly back into the radical obstructionist fold?



  1. William Murphy

    October 17, 2013 at 7:25 am

    The biggest problem that the nation has is it”s debt. The debt takes an ever greater share of resources, sends them to China and Japan and produces nothing. Why are we increasing the aceptable level of that debt? Why are we adding a greater very expensive, intrusive intitlement when the ones we have are not sustainable? Right now we are aproaching a one party system. I think that oportunities abound for the Republican party to be an apealing party with ideas for improving things. I see mostly bitterness, negativity, division. The republican party is being defeated by oratory, populism and plain oldfashion but effectively aplied dirty politics. The tea partiers have enthusiasm. Challenge them with how they would improve things for the future they could become an asset.Your’s truly, Bill

  2. marvin E. Rouse

    October 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Ranting about the debt is an acceptable way of saying do nothing to help low income people and the middle class who pay a very sizable portion of the taxes that are used to pay the debt to China.
    If we want to reduce debt, consider asking the super wealthy to pay a fair share of the taxes and use the collected taxes to rebuild our crumbling cities and towns which would increase jobs and more revenue to use to pay the debt.
    As we rant about debt and refuse common sense solutions,we continue to empower Americans who are getting super rich servicing our debt obligations. These Americans,who try to remain behind the scene, are very comfortable with the status quo. The last Republican presidential candidate was proven to be very astute in using overseas accounts to prevent paying taxes on his income and yet he supposedly was concerned about debt. Please.

  3. Carl Labonge

    October 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Republicans Cave ….Reid and Obama Win again!

    Well well well, it continues! The Senate Republicans cave on the budget, BOcare, and the debt limit! The leftist media (as always) is there to provide cover and absolutely un-wavering support for Obama and liberal Democrats. Therefore, allowing Obama (the Victim in Chief), everyone in his administration and all the Democrats to lie about anything and everything they want to, no matter how wrong and absurd it is! The result is that the establishment Republicans cave, because they are afraid of being criticized by the media and being called racist, homophobes, evil, mean spirited and on an on. Why they should be afraid, I don’t know, because they are called that all the time anyway!

    So, it appears the only way to save the United States is to vote out all Democrats, and as many many of establishment / moderate Republicans as we can. Then begin replacing them with new true conservatives and the Tea Party seems as good as any place as any to begin. Therefore, we need to support and build off the passionate, messages of people likeTed Cruz and Mike Lee and other true conservative voices!

  4. david esmay

    October 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    The “leftist media”, now that’s rich, since five corporations own 95% of media outlets, Carl gets a star for originality. Fox on Carl.
    The debt my simple minded conservative friend is owned to the tune of 92% by the AMERICAN public. And by the by, health care costs will be the number one driver of debt in the near future.

  5. Alan

    October 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    It would appear to me that the Teabaggers are foaming at the mouth of their ‘loss’ on the ACA. I’m not sure what planet Bill is living on, but to state “we are approaching a one party system” is simply ridiculous. And… “oportunities abound for the Republican party to be an apealing party with ideas for improving things, have you not been paying attention to ANY of the polls? The GOP has the lowest approval ratings ever, same is true of the TeaBaggers. Granted, they have enthusiasm, but that enthusiasm is limited to a very small portion of society (mostly civil-war re-enactors and confederate flag waving buffoons). The only people destroying the Republican party are Republicans themselves, if you can call the TeaBaggers Republican at all.

    Now, for Carls comments. “The Senate Republicans cave on the budget”, but I thought it was all about ending Obamacare, but somehow it miraculously morphed into any topic the TeaBaggers thought they could get traction on. “Leftist media”, that’s one of the oldest paranoid lies of the GOP, what leftist media? Every outlet in the country that perhaps runs a story or article that is critical of GOP actions is labeled “Leftism Media”? If you had stated ‘corporate media’, then I would be more inclined to agree. Also “they are afraid of being criticized by the media and being called racist, homophobes, evil, mean spirited and on an “, take a look at the statements & actions of a number of Republicans over the last few years, and you will see why many people criticize them for being racist, homophobic, evil, mean spirited and on and on. It’s there for all to see.

    Ted Cruz, Mike Lee et al, have done not only huge damage to this country’s reputation, but also what remains of the Republican Party. The GOP were more than happy to embrace the TeaBaggers early on, but this cuckoo got way too big for the nest. I can certainly understand the panic that’s evident within the Republican establishment, but I have little sympathy as this is a problem of its own doing.

  6. NitWitCharmer

    October 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The real takeaway?

    That a large part of the dissatisfaction with the Republican Party, as measured by polling, is internal to the Republican Party and is driven by Republican turncoats like McCain, Burr and the paid off Mitch McConnell.

    I truly look forward to Burr’s primary in 2016. Out with the unAmerican who stand with unAmerican Democrats.

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