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With the government shutdown continuing and no real negotiations happening, it seems that Captain Ted Cruz is still at the helm of the Republican Party.  It's helpful to remember that the Tea Party crew's main demand is an end to Obamacare, a health care reform law that was passed years ago.

Putting it another way, the Republicans, currently led by the Tea Party, are willing to risk a US default in order to keep working class Americans from accessing affordable health care.  This is their best chance to finally drown government in the bathtub, so why would they ever negotiate?  They're having the time of their lives.

And even though the latest Tea Party/Republican talking point is that a default won't really be that bad and we have plenty of money to pay the interest on our debt, I don't think I want to stake the world's economy on Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.  I think the Republican space ship may be a recurring character, let's see how it holds up under the gravitational pull of economic calamity and increasing corporate pressure.  Be sure to like, comment and tell yer friends!  Oh, and you can find more links to the news behind the cartoon on my site.

With science funding halted, NASA shuttered, and no end in sight, the exploration of the heavens turns inward with . . . a Voyage to the Center of Delusion.

Come, to the Tea Party Galaxy, a place where facts are eight times lighter than on planet earth, and nothing is impossible.

Able Captain Cruz guides the USS Intransigence on an unwavering course of absolute certainty-- ready to sacrifice the universe unless affordable health care for the working class . . . is abolished.

He will do it, just ask Captain Cruz's favorite leadership keepsake.

Cruz and his crew will stop at nothing to force the Dembots to spend less-- even though they have already agreed to fund government at Republican levels.

Strong, self-assured Tea Partiers will blow up everything to slow runaway spending-- never mind per capita federal spending has been dropping sharply.

For the deficit is rising, except for the fact that it hasn't been rising since two-thousand and nine.

In this rarefied atmosphere, facts don't matter, it is winning that matters.

And Captain Cruz and his cohorts . . . are winners.

They are brave, decisive Tea Party life forms who have begun this journey-- and will figure out along the way, how to end it.

Furloughs, job losses, and economic black holes are but speed bumps on the journey to victory.

For, on the Voyage to the Center of Delusion, "compromise" is a long-forgotten word, from another "fact-based" galaxy.

Delusion, is not a state of mind . . . it is a negotiating tactic.

[space beeps, static, "Uh, Houston . . . we've had a problem."]

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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