Threat by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to ‘wake up’ CEOs was criticized Sunday as possibly the Senate’s ‘most overtly corrupt’ message, said Walter Shaub, former head of the Government’s Ethics Office .
In a Wall Street Journal column last week, Cruz warned that CEOs who oppose Republican threats to the franchise will be excluded from his party’s pay-to-play legislative operation – because they won’t. are no longer conservative enough for the GOP.
For example, Republicans will stop accepting donations in exchange for “looking away” when big business dodges taxes, Cruz wrote in a surprisingly honest admission of his party’s current modus operandi.
“This time,” he wrote, “we won’t look away from the $ 12 billion in arrears owed to Coca-Cola. This time, when Major League Baseball presses to preserve its multi-billion dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thanks. This time, when Boeing asks for billions of dollars for the welfare of companies, we will simply let the Export-Import Bank expire. “
Shaub, who served under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, called Cruz’s threat to blatantly admit that Republicans are selling donor companies “access to government.” In a clear look at Cruz’s distraught self-exposure, Shaub noted that most lawmakers have too much “sense” to put it so brazenly.
“This is the part everyone knows: these scammers are selling access,” Shaub tweeted. “Others have the sense not to admit it. This is why our republic is shattered: immoral politicians selling the power we entrusted to them as if it was theirs to sell.
Many others agreed, with a Twitter reviewer advising the Texas senator: “Announcing that you will no longer take bribes is not the defense you think it is.”
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