Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that the next U.S. president should abolish the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency’s 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border.
‘That’s slightly tongue-in-cheek,’ he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit.
“The simplest road to tax reform is to abolish the IRS and move to simple flat tax (sic),” said Cruz.
As for what to do with 110,000 out of work IRS agents, Cruz said “we can always put them on our southern border. Seeing so many IRS agents would scare off anyone who wanted to come to America,” he told the crowd.
‘That’s slightly tongue-in-cheek,’ he said. ‘But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You’d turn around and go home!’
His speech before a partisan crowd of hooting and hollering Republicans was the main draw at a conference that brought an estimated 3,500 to hear pols including former VP candidate Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and rising right-winger Dr. Ben Carson.
But Cruz brought down the house with a speech with a laundry list of grievances with Barack Obama’s administration.
The normally indifferent and bloated GOP establishment, Cruz hinted Saturday, is discouraged with his rise to prominence among tea party sympathizers and other grass-roots conservatives, and he wore his outsider status like a badge of honor.
‘I spent most of the week back in Washington, D.C.,’ he began. ‘So it’s great to be back in America.’
When he asked his hosts why they thought the flood of immigrants were risking life and limb to make harrowing journeys northward, Cruz said, ‘every single border patrol agent sitting in the room said the same thing: “They’re coming because the believe they will get amnesty”.’
Cruz’s recommendation for what Obama has acknowledged is a ‘humanitarian crisis’ is to deport as many of the children back to their home countries as possible, and as soon as possible.