To hear the Left Democratica go on and on about Heidi Cruz’s statement in The Atlantic’s piece, you’d think she said something egregiously elitist and thoughtless, along the lines of “let them eat cake.”
Check out some of the Tweets cited in this Yahoo coverage.
Observe the predictable reactive hysteria that the Left has groomed so despicably well since President Trump’s election. They scream, they rant, they’re shrill, and they turn down the IQ dial a few standard deviations when triggered by Republicans and conservatives.
Heidi Cruz was mocked on Twitter for appearing to suggest that she and husband Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) couldn’t afford a second home because his lawmaker salary is only $174,000 per year.
Cruz, a Goldman Sachs managing director, said in an interview with The Atlantic that she was working 70-hour weeks as the family’s “primary breadwinner.” She said she nevertheless was supportive and “mission-driven” on what her spouse is “accomplishing.”
“I really hope he wins his re-election,” she said of her husband, who is challenged in the November midterms by Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
But the couple would not be “buying a second home anytime soon,” Cruz added in the piece published Thursday.
Her comment was dubbed “tone-deaf” by some people on social media. Her husband’s Senate wage alone is almost four times the $46,000 U.S. average. And when Ted Cruz released his family’s tax filings during the 2016 presidential campaign, they showed he and Heidi had made $5 million between 2011 and 2014 (including $970,000 his first year in the Senate).
OK, first of all, this is pure bullshit.
Only the most Democratically myopic 21st Century weepyhead would infer that Heidi Cruz was alluding solely to a money shortage in her Atlantic interview.
This is the larger contextual passage from the Atlantic article (linked above):
Yet it’s not until Heidi brings up the race, well near the end of our conversation, that I realize we’ve forgotten it entirely. “You know, Ted is up for a tough reelection. I don’t know the future. I think he’s gonna win,” she mused, breezing through the sentences as if she were talking about anything other than her husband’s political survival. She’s rooting for the team, sure (“I really hope he wins his reelection”), but with her hectic work schedule, she doesn’t think much about it beyond that (“I help out on the weekends where I can”).
It may be Heidi’s way of avoiding one truth she’s learned as a political spouse: that this life only gets harder as it goes on. Another term in the Senate means six more years her husband won’t live at home. It means more family conversations about why Dad can’t make it to school on Wednesday for the meet and greet with Caroline’s new teachers. It means Heidi is working 70-hour weeks not only because she wants to, but also because she has to.
“I really feel mission-driven on what he’s accomplishing,” she clarified. But “it does take some supportiveness, you know. Six to seven years in it, with me being the primary breadwinner—it’s like, ‘Uh, yeah, this is when people say thank you. I’ll now take that appreciation.’” She laughed. “Yeah, we’re seven years into this, and we’re not buying a second home anytime soon.”
Heidi Cruz is referring, of course, to a standard of living that is greatly reduced (from its potential levels) due to her husband’s governmental service. I detect nothing condescending about her words; nothing “tone deaf” about them. It’s a fact. In addition, 6 more years of Senatorial service by her husband will continue to put all home life on hold, as well as all major financial decisions. It would be a difficult time for the Cruz family to buy another house, though in all fairness, they could easily afford so. Heidi was not implying they are broke.
Once Ted Cruz returns to the private sector, the household income will naturally skyrocket. Nothing surprising there. Heidi is being a pragmatist and being crucified for it. There are plenty of very wealthy people who think like this; their “problems” are of a lucrative, expensive nature us “commoners” cannot relate to. Do you hate all rich people for being rich, especially if their wealth is attained through hard work and industriousness? I sure hope not (assuming you’re of a reasonably intelligent, non-Commie nature).
Heidi Cruz alludes to the inappropriateness of buying a second home right now, short of the election (for a multitude of reasons, the least of which involves money), the same way you or I might allude to the inappropriateness of buying a new computer after our car’s transmission went out. It’s simply a statement of one’s station in life.
If you want Heidi’s problems, quit crying and start working.
Life is much simpler without Trump Derangement Syndrome.