Marco Rubio

rubioWhen 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

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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


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5 Responses to Marco Rubio

  1. josephurban says:

    I suggest another law. Deport all people of any generation whose ancestors were illegal aliens…Good bye , Mark.


  2. whungerford says:

    Rubio was one of the gang of eight who managed to get an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate.


  3. Deb Meeker says:

    They always start out so well… you start reading, and think to yourself: “yes, yes, uh huh..” then you get two thirds through and realize, the ‘American Dream’ is synonymous with corporate empire, and the ‘livable wage’ mentioned in the beginning is simply trickle down slave wages.

    It seems to me too many of the politicians in Washington – Marco Rubio and Tom Reed to name two – continuously use their parents achievements as examples for us all to run from emulating. Their parents did everything right: they worked hard, they sacrificed, they held true to their morals, and priorities to give their kids a leg up to achieve. Poor little kids “making it in the big unfair world”. Yet it seems, the honor due their parents’ struggles, is in fact utterly dishonored – both by being used as though they themselves did that work, not their parents, and, the resulting selfishness inherent in the policies Rubio and Reed seek to mete out to their fellow Americans.


  4. josephurban says:

    And their parents and the congressmen received help from “big government”. Free education, Social Security, Medicare, etc.


  5. whungerford says:

    Our parents lived in a time of relatively high wages. Families today struggle to maintain their parents life style with more than one wage earner, multiple jobs, and consumer debt.


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