Somebody should send Ted Cruz (& Congressional Friends) a bill. Quite aside from the utterly needless disruption of hundreds of thousands of daily lives, interest rates have spiked and the yield on Treasury bonds is up--all at a tremendous aggregate cost--yet it's Cruz's victims who are left holding the bag.
Which is what makes his casual "reasonableness" today so especially repulsive:
Asked if he’d oppose a quick vote [on the Senate bill], Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) answered: "Of course not."
"Delaying this vote would not accomplish anything," Cruz said.... "[T]here is nothing to be benefited by delaying this vote a couple of days, versus having it today."
And today differs from the knowing, coming non-accomplishment of weeks ago, how? Was there ever even the faintest hope of a Cruzian success? In his words, "Of course not." Yet ahead he plowed, aware of the costs but proudly indifferent to the consequences.
This was no mere policy mistake. This was criminal reckless endangerment. And it seems to me that if a bill can't be sent or a multi-billion-dollar fine imposed, at a minimum a vote of senatorial censure is in order. Petition, anyone?