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CRUZ CONTROL – AT 10:11 A.M. ET:  Ted Cruz has come to town.  The new Republican senator from Texas, and by all accounts a man of some intellectual brilliance, is already making a splash, appearing on TV shows and articulating a powerful Republican position.  We need him.  We need someone who can explain to the public, and to the party itself, why conservative views are important.

Cruz has written an important piece for the Washington post.  It's required reading.  You may be reading a future president:     

Free-market policies expand opportunity, produce prosperity and improve lives, especially for those working to climb the economic ladder.

I know this is not a theory. My dad fled torture and oppression in Cuba to come, penniless, to Texas. He washed dishes for 50 cents an hour to pay his way through college and then started a small business.

Roughly one in every 10 Hispanic households, or 2.3 million Hispanics, own small businesses.

For centuries, entre­pre­neur­ship has been the path to the American dream.

You can just hear that speech delivered at the next Republican convention.

Dependency is corrosive. Ask any abuela if she wants her grandchildren dependent on government. Dependency saps spirit and diminishes self-respect.

Americans want to stand on their own feet, and Republicans need to champion policies that enable us to do so: ownership, choice and individual responsibility.

Opportunity conservatism is a powerful frame to explain conservative policies that work. It covers the gamut of issues. Republicans shouldn’t just assail excessive financial and environmental regulations; we should explain how those regulations kill jobs and restrict Americans’ ability to buy their first home.

This guy has got it.  He knows how to take the battle to the liberals.

Don’t talk generically about education; advocate school choice to empower parents and expand opportunity for children struggling to get ahead.

Don’t just dwell on the long-term solvency of Social Security; promote personal accounts to allow low-income Americans to accumulate wealth and pass it on to future generations.

Republicans ought to view, and explain, every policy through the lens of economic mobility. Conservative policies help those struggling to climb the economic ladder, and liberal policies hurt them. If Republicans want to win, we need to champion opportunity.

COMMENT:  He can't be summarized.  Read the whole thing.  The Republican bench is deep and superb.  Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Bobby Jindal.  The list goes on.  The Dems?  Oh my, oh my.  You can list their leaders on a postage stamp.

Don't be pessimistic.  Our team is just getting on the field.

January 4, 2013