When I was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, I set a steadfast objective for myself while in office: to help bring the American Dream back into reach of those who feel it is slipping away. That’s the goal line I strive toward with my every effort, and it’s the measure I use to keep score.–Senator Marco Rubio
How would Marco Rubio meet his objective: Read more:
- Fighting poverty by empowering states to empower their people
- Bringing an affordable higher education within reach of every American
- Sparking economic growth by capitalizing on innovation and the global economy
- Saving Social Security and Medicare by reforming them for future generations
- Defending our people by revitalizing America’s military strength
In his official biography Rubio explains that his ideas “would give you your own set of keys to the most inclusive and dynamic economic engine ever conceived: the American free enterprise system. When that system is allowed to function as it was designed to, and when every American can access it, widespread prosperity is inevitable.” This view is laissez-faire orthodoxy–the view that an unregulated economy benefits all. It is a view well established in American culture:
- Anyone can get rich with hard work–associated with Horatio Alger
- Welfare for the rich trickles down to the poor–associated with R. Nixon
- A rising tide lifts all boats–associated with R. Reagan
This is an enchanting fairy tale; if only it were true.
Senator Rubio was one of 18 Republicans who voted against the 2015 CRomnibus budget. Here are more of Senator Rubio’s ideas:
- Reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy to free the economy from restraint.
- Reallocate bank bailout program funding to cut the national debt.
- End the stimulus program,
- Require new safeguards against raising taxes.
- Automatically sunset government programs.
- Pass a presidential line-item veto.
- Pass a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.
- Freeze discretionary spending at 2008 levels.
- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going broke and will bankrupt our country.
These views are prevalent among Republicans and are shared by Tom Reed. They can be summarized as: “government, taxes, regulations, and non-military spending are bad; a balanced federal budget is good.” Such views are simplistic at best.
© William Hungerford – December 2014