As Burnt Orange Report staff writer Joseph Vogas reported earlier this week, no Texas Republican voted to reopen the U.S. government or avoid defaulting on our debts. Included among the Texas Republicans was Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).
Farenthold sat down with Kristv news to discuss what exactly the shutdown did to the country and his motives for supporting it.
Kristv news quickly pointed out that many of Farenthold's constituents have said they will not vote for him again. Kristv asked Farenthold about the people who say he's lost their vote; people like retired veterans who were on the verge of losing their disability checks next month.
“I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn't free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you're after,” Congressman Farenthold said.
The stalemate in Washington was necessary to achieve party goals. Veterans could have afforded to make a small sacrifice.
Read more on the interview below the jump.Farenthold — with his head clearly stuck in the sand — argued that the dissatisfaction with the government likely comes more from recent scandals like Benghazi or the NSA scandal than the government shutdown. None of his constituents, nor the rest of the country for that matter, are upset at him for supporting the shutdown or are upset at the Republican Party's complete disregard for the American people. It's Benghazi. The NSA. Nothing to do with the government shutdown.
Gotcha. I am so glad we have Rep. Blake Farenthold to explain our own frustrations to us.
Many people — especially Republican members — attempted to point blame both ways. That it was Republicans as well as Democrats who were at fault for creating the shutdown. That both parties were equally to blame for the madness. Democrats were simply not willing to compromise with Republicans.
Newsflash to Republicans: People aren't buying your lies. Especially not veterans.
Watch former Governor Sarah Palin, with Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on the background, get scolded by veterans at a rally in DC before the shutdown was put to an end this week.
“The Republicans closed the government. The Republicans closed the government. You're an idiot.”