Ted Cruz's value-added tax proposal is horrific. He really needs to read Murry Rothbard on teh VAT.
But it doesn't mean he isn't familiar with the great economists Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek.
In a New York Times profile of Cruz, we are informed:
As a teenager, growing up in Houston, he earned money delivering speeches on Friedrich A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, expounding on free-market principles at Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.-RW