‘Let’s make a deal’: Unlikely alliance formed when Ted Cruz agrees with AOC on how to ‘drain the swamp’

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Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez both agree on lifetime lobbying bans for former members of Congress. (screenshot)

They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Exhibit A: Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez formed an unholy alliance to drain the swamp by calling for a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.

Cruz tweeted: “Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with AOC. Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

Ted Cruz to Ocasio Cortez: ‘You’re on!’

Cruz was reacting to AOC’s previous tweet saying members of Congress who leave should be banned from getting paid to lobby.

AOC tweeted: “If you are a member of Congress and leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around and leverage your service for a lobbyist check. I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress. At minimum there should be a long wait period.”

Shortly afterward, Cruz and Ocasio Cortez solidified their alliance by agreeing to pass a bill that would ban former members from becoming lobbyists after they leave Capitol Hill.

“If you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down. Let’s make a deal,” AOC suggested.

“You’re on,” Cruz replied.

Both Cruz and AOC have repeatedly slammed lobbyists in the past, citing their undue influence to promulgate self-serving laws that pad their wallets while undermining the interests of the American public.

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In 2015, Cruz said there should be “No more government of the lobbyists, by the lobbyists, and for the lobbyists.”

Twitter reacted by giving props to Cruz and Ocasio Cortez for putting aside their differences for a common good.

Their unlikely alliance seemed to catch on as others joined:

In 2017, Trump set lifetime ban on foreign lobbying

Meanwhile, it’s nice to see that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has finally come around to embracing some of President Trump’s ideas.

Trump ran on “draining the swamp” of corrupt politicians like Hillary Clinton, who use their political offices to become multi-millionaires by selling out the United States.

 

To this end, in January 2017 — one week after he took office — President Trump signed an executive order that imposed a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments, and a five-year ban for other lobbying.

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Reminder: AOC is a tax deadbeat

Meanwhile, if Ocasio Cortez really wants to drain the swamp of hypocritical, self-dealing politicians, she should start by paying her taxes.

As BizPac Review reported, AOC ignored a July 2017 tax warrant from New York State demanding payment of her delinquent taxes.

A book company AOC founded in 2012 to publish children’s books in the Bronx still owes New York State over $1,870 in corporate taxes, according to public records.

The state dissolved her company, Brook Avenue Press, in October 2016, presumably due to its failure to pay corporate taxes or file a tax return. In typical socialist fashion, Ocasio-Cortez’s little “book-publishing company” got cheap office space as part of a city-subsidized program.

However, there are no records of Brook Avenue Press ever having published a single book.

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