Ted Cruz is a hardworking Senator, but he mostly works at wasting the Senate's time. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore
I'll say this for Ted Cruz: he actually reads bills before he signs them, or at least he's got a crack team of non-existent controversy finders. He's diligent is what I'm saying.
If only that diligence was used for good, instead of finding really stupid things to object to. The latest issue to offend the junior Republican Senator from Texas was a sentence in a resolution commemorating International Women's Day. The Senate churns through these resolutions, often passing them in bulk: anyone object to giving a non-binding thumbs up to women, biochemists or the anniversary of trade relations between the U.S. and Mauritania? Okay then, moving on...wait, what's that you say Senator Cruz?
This week, the Cruzader discovered this bombshell hidden within the resolution commemorating International Women's Day:
Women "are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood."
Scandal! If you're Ted Cruz! The resolution refers to CHANGES in CLIMATE! It doesn't say that these climate changes are anthropogenic, but, um, well here's how a Cruz spokesperson explained it:
"A provision expressing the Senate's views on such a controversial topic as 'climate change' has no place in a supposedly noncontroversial resolution requiring consent of all 100 U.S. senators," a Cruz spokesman told the New York Times.
Never mind that the fact that the climate is changing is a verifiable fact that no one disagrees with. Also don't worry about how 97% of climate scientists believe that the increase in global temperatures is mostly or entirely anthropogenic. But really, there's not much point in trying to reason with Cruz, because the whole point of what he's doing is to be unreasonable. If you can't get a harmless sentence in a punchless resolution by him, think about the hissy fit he's going to throw when the Obama Administration tries to pass actual climate change legislation. It's a tried and true negotiating technique: be unreasonable to the point that it's easier just to acquiesce to your demands instead of actually talking things through. And the senate did acquiesce: that sentence is now out of the resolution.