Rubio: Obama’s speech set us back on addressing the deficit

posted at 10:55 am on April 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Rep Paul Ryan called Barack Obama the “Campaigner-in-Chief” after yesterday’s budget speech, and Senator Marco Rubio follows up that criticism this morning on Fox News. “How can you call [Obama's plan] a debt-reduction plan,” Rubio asks, “when it adds $8 trillion to the national debt?” Obama’s position, Rubio claims, appears to be that he’s against adding $12 trillion to our debt but supports adding two-thirds of that amount. Starting off by demagoguing the one actual proposal that tries to provide a parachute to fiscal balance is no way to move forward toward a solution:

Rubio also says he’ll vote against the budget deal when — and if — it gets to the Senate, saying it takes the US “in the wrong direction.” “This problem won’t solve itself,” Rubio explains, and says that his colleagues on Capitol Hill are in denial about the problem and its scope. He’s also planning to vote to defund Planned Parenthood, saying no program should be considered untouchable.


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Go Rubio go!

cmsinaz on April 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

bet all the major news networks will cover his comments too……ummmm NOT!
All sheep will get is Bill Maher and Katie Couric telling them how “presidential” our favorite Kenyan looked……

SDarchitect on April 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Much better than the headline video.

gh on April 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Senator Rubio is right!!

COUNT IT!!

Khun Joe on April 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The fact that the Democrats won’t even TALK about the deficit as though it’s a real problem clearly demonstrates that they do NOT care about it and ONLY want to destroy this country.

fossten on April 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

For the first time in my adult life I am proud to be a Floridian!

GrayDog on April 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

No nonsense.

I’m starting to believe that either Ryan or Rubio will be on the ticket in 2012.

John the Libertarian on April 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

The Fed has a printing press, stop worrying!

cartooner on April 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Dang wish he was running

cmsinaz on April 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM

No nonsense.

I’m starting to believe that either Ryan or Rubio will be on the ticket in 2012.

John the Libertarian on April 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Please! We got bupkis now.

Vince on April 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

“I don’t know what is wrong with people around here that they don’t understand that this problem is not going to fix itself”

Marco Rubio – Spoken like a real person not some slimy hack.

VegasRick on April 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Hey, Republicans! This what having cajones looks like. Try it–they may grow on you.

Beaglemom on April 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

The fact that the Democrats won’t even TALK about the deficit as though it’s a real problem clearly demonstrates that they do NOT care about it and ONLY want to destroy this country.

fossten on April 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Because they honestly believe(well, some of them do) that our economy can sustain a $3.7 trillion(and growing) annual federal budget. They think the problem is a lack of revenue. Where they believe these taxes can come from is beyond me. They have to know “the rich” alone can’t make up our $1.65 trillion shortfall. So what’s left? Jacking up taxes on the middle class? Good luck with that. A VAT? Again, lotsa luck. Crap-and-betrayed? Didn’t happen with a filibuster-proof majority for the Dems in the Senate and a 77-seat majority in the House, so it certainly won’t happen now.

Doughboy on April 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Rubio is a Serious thinker and leader, he may be one of the few serious voices in the US Senate today. Makes me proad to be a Floridian, Also Alan West is my US Rep, so We down here in Fort Lauderdale have done our Part.

On the other hand; the GOP House Leadership is horrible. As I have said before:
Boehner and his Leadership pals are like Steers at the Ohio State Fair: Lots of Muscle but NO BALLS

Put him on “K” Street where he belongs and get a Serious Speaker who can stand up to our Empty Suite President.

We’re up a creek without a paddle!

SayNo2-O on April 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Please! We got bupkis now.

Vince on April 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Hey! That’s Senator bupkis to you! Oh, wait!!

VegasRick on April 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Draft Rubio.

He can win.

booter on April 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

“How can you call [Obama's plan] a debt-reduction plan,” Rubio asks, “when it adds $8 trillion to the national debt?” Obama’s position, Rubio claims, appears to be that he’s against adding $12 trillion to our debt but supports adding two-thirds of that amount.

I’m sure Obama is kicking himself now for not originally proposing to add $20T instead of $12T to the debt because then he could be proposing a cut of $12T instead of just $4T. Now that’s deficit reduction!

Dusty on April 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Obama’s position, Rubio claims, appears to be that he’s against adding $12 trillion to our debt but supports adding two-thirds of that amount. Starting off by demagoguing the one actual proposal that tries to provide a parachute to fiscal balance is no way to move forward toward a solution.

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Obarry would love to add 30,000,000,000,000 to the debt… or more. He just needs to be sneaky about it. Just like the single payer clip of Barry. ‘we can’t get there all at once’.
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Plus, hiding his true intentions is SOP for Barry… Lying comes easy… The ends justifying and all.
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RalphyBoy on April 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Sorry Rubio, Obama will never lead . . . he’s a hard core Marxist with a overwhelming appetite for stealing and redistributing other people’s money. The country must stop fooling itself, this guy will never change and any search for redeeming values will bear no fruit and must stop. if you want to save the nation then start telling it like it is and stop trying to be politically polite.

rplat on April 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

If Obama keeps this up, a lot of people who say they won’t run will change their mind.

SlaveDog on April 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Congess can’t manage the country’s finances now, why the hell should we allow them to get even 1 more red cent via tax increases and higher debt ceilings? This is the equivalent of giving crack to an addict.

maineconservative on April 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

To Rubio and Ryan:

You guys are great, but if you’re serious about this debt crisis; I you REALLY believe that growing deficits pose a fundamental threat to this country; why the H*ll aren’t you running for President?

I mean, have you looked at the current crop of contenders? Do you want to get this problem fixed or not?

Rubio/Ryan or Ryan/Rubio in 2012!

PackerBronco on April 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Rubio is great! He will be the first hispanic President. But the libs will say he isn’t really hispanic because he isn’t liberal.

jeffn21 on April 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Ruuuuuuuuuuuuubio!

publiuspen on April 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Zowie! More big, brave talk from Republicans! I bet Osama Obama is quaking in his booties….

Every damn one of these so-called “conservatives” is wonderfully adept at making speeches and doing interviews. And yet the best Rubio, the Great Hope (Rubio/Ryan 2012! 1!eleventy!1), can come up with is “I’ll vote against the bill?”

I guess it’s too late to point out (to the general public, some HA commenters and Ed Morrissey his own self) that we have no money left to spend and that anything less than a drastic overhaul of government procedures as they relate to finances is vitally necessary if the nation is to survive.

If all y’all are dreaming about some great makeover in ’12, you’ve spent too much time sniffing glue. Despite what Rubio, Ryan, Boehner and the like seem to think, the “optics” and politics no longer matter. There is no money; it’s as simple as that. At the rate things are going, we will all starve; Congress and Osama Obama will be the last to lose their pampered way of life. Which is the exact opposite of how it should be.

Will we demand action from the greedy, self-important goons before it’s too late? I doubt it, judging by what I see here.

MrScribbler on April 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

MrScribbler on April 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

anything less than a drastic overhaul of government procedures as they relate to finances is vitally necessary

Should have been nothing less, of course….

MrScribbler on April 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The progs are in a great position here, because by doing nothing they get what they want. Inflation will eventually fix the problem, and their friends in the greedy unions and government workers (yes, redundant) will make out just fine, and their favorite Nazi stooge George Soros will own everything else.

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

If Obama keeps this up, a lot of people who say they won’t run will change their mind.

SlaveDog on April 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

From your keyboard to God’s ear – please!

redwhiteblue on April 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Zowie! More big, brave talk from Republicans! I bet Osama Obama is quaking in his booties….

This is the cold hard truth in sargastic form. Obama is able to lie to the people, change his positions, back track, double talke and vomit his rhetoric and vitriol to the American People and the press will cover for him every time.

By the time Obama finishes his 2nd term he will have set in motion the demise of our Nation the way we know it today.

There aint no stopping this train. I see only a big White Light coming down the tracks with not Conservative able or willing to stop it.

Freedom of the Press…Freedom of the Press…Viva l’Obama…YEHAWWWWWW!

SayNo2-O on April 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I haven’t heard anyone speak of this….

The economic numbers have improved somewhat over the past few months. The Dow is up and unemployment has gone down.

What happened a few months ago that might have triggered these things?

The election to the majority of Republicans in the House and across the nation in state governments.

Why are the Republicans not out there trumpeting how business is more comfortable and more likely to invest and hire now that they know that taxes are not going to be raised?

Am I wrong that there is a direct correlation?

Jvette on April 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Want to have some fun…?

Open up three tabs of Hot Air…

… On one load the Ryan clip, the second Dr. K from last night, and the third Marco Rubio.

Play them back to back, over and over again a few times…

… It is pure ambrosia!

Seven Percent Solution on April 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Wishing for Obama to lead is like wishing all thoses you wished when you were a child.
Pure fantasy. And while some of your wishes came true, this one will not.
Need I remind you Mr Rubio, Obama never stopped campaigning.
Every vile word that’s come out of his putrid orfice has been nothing but campaigning.

Badger40 on April 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

He will be the first hispanic President. But the libs will say he isn’t really hispanic because he isn’t liberal.

jeffn21 on April 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

And of course being ‘Hispanic’, gentically, actually means very little.
So in the end, Rubio is just another evil white Republican out to destroy old people & children.

Badger40 on April 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The tax and spend liberal democrats never went away…..they just found a better cloaking device.

Rovin on April 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Obama has to win the 2012 election to complete his total societal transformation of this country to socialism and will do so with impunity if elected.

It’s not difficult to see that when Obama’s lips are moving (1) he is either lying or, (2) projecting what he himself is guilty of on to Republicans as he did in his most recent speech.

If you think it has been bad these past two plus years, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

iamsaved on April 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Way too mild. This was a profoundly revelatory and disturbing speech. It was a watershed speech, to be discussed and understod as such. By defining it generically as a “campaign” speech or in terms of mere “partisanship”, however “extreme, is sadly insufficient.

Huge opportunity, GOP. What are you gonna do?

rrpjr on April 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Rubio is consistent in message – CHECK.
Rubio is consistent in voting record – CHECK.
Rubio is consistent in commitment in resolving national challenges – CHECK.
Rubio is from a electorally important state – CHECK.
Rubio is concise, articulate, telegenic, and effective – CHECK.

I suspect he is going to be a part of the 2012 GOP ticket, whether he likes it or not. I suspect the enthusiasm for participation will only grow if another like-minded soul is there as well. My personal vote would go to Palin, but any Tea Party conservative friendly candidate would work just as well. ;-)

itzWicks on April 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Ok, so we now have a second contender for serious enough to be president.

Rubio and Rand Paul? Or Rand Paul and Rubio for the 2012 ticket?

18-1 on April 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Cain/Rubio, Cain/Ryan, Cain/Bachmann. Cain has the balls we need. West Sec. of Defense or SOS. Palin Dept. of energy and Sec. of Interior. Rudy for AG. Ryan Sec. of Treasury. Bachmann Sec. of HHS. Rubio for speaker. Rand to lead the Senate. Ron Paul to head the Fed. Some of these names can be shuffled around. If we get anything close to this in 2012, Progressive heads will be exploding skittles and rainbows you can see from space.

IowaWoman on April 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

And yet the best Rubio, the Great Hope (Rubio/Ryan 2012! 1!eleventy!1), can come up with is “I’ll vote against the bill?”

What else can he do at this point? Do you want him to assault Obama and eat his brains in front of the Washington monument?

PackerBronco on April 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Obama has no intention of agreeing to ANY budget changes. Obama, and the Democrats, will simply allow the government to ‘shut down’ until the Republicans vote for one continuing resolution after the next until after the 2012 election.

Freddy on April 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

From your keyboard to God’s ear monitor – please!

redwhiteblue on April 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

FIFY

fossten on April 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

fossten on April 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

:) I was kind of hoping that there won’t be any computers in Heaven…but whatever it takes for God to hear our pleas to save America is okay by me.

redwhiteblue on April 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

What do people think about a Pawlenty/Rubio ticket?

I think that’s a very winnable ticket.

Rubio is one of the obvious 2016 frontrunners if President Obama wins in 2012, so it makes sense to see him on the ticket this year as a VP pick.

If we win 2012 Rubio would be positioned to hopefully win in 2020.

Thoughts?

BadgerHawk on April 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hey! Where are the announced candidates on this? I can’t remember their names. They need to say something to remind me who they are again.

Mirimichi on April 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

but whatever it takes for God to hear our pleas to save America is okay by me.

redwhiteblue on April 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Defunding the baby killing Planned Parenthood today, would probably help.

pannw on April 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I hope the country lasts long enough to see a ticket with any two of these four on it: Ryan, Rubio, Rand Paul, Allen West.
2012 would be best but Rubio has said he won’t leave his constituents high and dry (my words) and Ryan has said his kids are too young. I don’t know what Rand Paul and West have said – and I don’t even know if it’s been asked of them. The only one with government experience is Ryan (IIRC), and West has the great military background.
Whoever it is, hopefully they’ll realize that the country desperately needs them…NOW.

Yellowdog12 on April 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

What else can he do at this point? Do you want him to assault Obama and eat his brains in front of the Washington monument?

PackerBronco on April 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Talk about a light snack.

rmel80 on April 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Go Rubio go!

cmsinaz on April 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

He doesn’t have to be President, either. We need some gonads with intelligence in the Senate, desperately.

Currently we have gonads with feelings, and feelings without gonads, and lots of lust for power.

There is an urban legend that a good brain is wasted in the Senate. This is not true. However, since the Senate is top loaded with bad product, a good brain could implode without sustaining faith in a higher power.

entagor on April 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

The land has no president. She has a narcissistic teenager, who lives large in his fancy clothes and fools the fools.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Defunding the baby killing Planned Parenthood today, would probably help.

pannw on April 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Stop thinking small.

Completely cut off federal funds to all organizations that provide abortions.

Slowburn on April 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

You’re new to this, aren’t you Marco? You just got schooled in communism 101.

Kissmygrits on April 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM