Rubio to Obama: You’re turning America into a “deadbeat nation”

posted at 5:45 pm on January 6, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Marco Rubio was on the right side of the debt ceiling debate this summer, and he’s on the right side of the impending debt ceiling debate now. It is unquestionably irresponsible of the president to continue to raise the debt ceiling without presenting a serious and plausible plan to reduce the debt and deficit — and the junior senator from Florida is unafraid to point that out.

In a sharply worded letter to the president today, Rubio said the president’s entire administration thus far has been a “profile in failed leadership.” The senator used the president’s own words against him, reminding him that, when Obama was himself a senator, he called a request for an increase “a sign of leadership failure.” He called on the president to craft a plan that would enable the government to stop spending more than it can even borrow, let alone pay.

Rubio wrote:

If we had done this in mid-2011 when we last debated the debt ceiling, we could have set America on a path to economic growth and prosperity. This would have led to more jobs and, in turn, to more duly employed taxpayers generating more growth-driven revenue to help us pay down our debt. Instead, you failed to lead, punted the tough decisions and, in doing so, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history.

It’s a tragic reality, but, on your watch, more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation inevitably heading toward a European-style debt crisis. …

While you may choose to run your reelection campaign against a “Do-Nothing Congress,” your insistence on doing nothing to meaningfully tackle our debt poses a direct threat to America’s exceptional character and is leading us towards a diminished future.

It is tragic and it is the reality that plenty of Americans have resigned themselves to inaction on the debt — at least until November 2012, when we have a chance to choose a president, Senate and House that will actually tackle it. I appreciate Rubio’s tenacity, his willingness to open another round of debate, to attempt to draw a line in the sand at this debt ceiling increase. But this summer taught me not to expect too much. In all probability, the debt will go up to $16 trillion — just more for my generation to pay off.


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Let me guess – you’re voting for Ron Paul too.
CycloneCDB
Uh…no. Nor have I ever once stated, implied, suggested, hinted, intimated or proposed this on any post on any thread on Hot Gas. Silly comment.
Or does adherence to the Constitution = Paul voter in your mind? Odd position to take.
Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

No – it’s the conspiracy theory/birtherism that made me think you’re a Paulnut.

CycloneCDB on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Someone who’s been in the Seante for a whole year? I’d take DeMint. The Rubiolatry is a little unsettling.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

The Republican Leadership in the Senate was only able to do one thing right: stand against Obamacare.

They were gamed.

Those who wanted to stand and stop it via procedural moves were told to stop it. Why should the Senior Leadership of the Republican Party be seen as scions of leadership?

Get someone who will take a stand and lead, not take a waffle and compromise. The former is lacking the latter is all too apparent and it looks like corruption sets in very quickly Upon The Hill.

If DeMint wants to take a stand, hold it and thumb his nose at the leadership and build a new caucus then LET HIM DO SO. That is what is needed and if he wants to stand up, stop the insanity and use the powers granted to him by the people to protect the people and this Nation then may he do so and I will give him my blessing.

So far, no luck.

You want leadership? Find someone willing to stand up to protect the constitution and our freedom. Not compromise it away time and time again. And if person fails to hold the line then they should not lead any longer as they are unable to do their damned JOB.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Get rid of business as usual and the incompetent until competence is found. Better start that soon, we are running out of time with the go-along, get-along types currently ‘leading’ us to econmic oblivion. I’m not asking for miracles. I’m asking for men and women who can do their JOB as they SWORE AN OATH TO DO. And if it takes a freshman to get the ball rolling, then why the hell not?

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

No – it’s the conspiracy theory/birtherism that made me think you’re a Paulnut.

CycloneCDB on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Well, to be fair though a lot of us who even hinted that Bachmann might have been playing for the veep spot were called conspiracy nuts.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

You want leadership? Find someone willing to stand up to protect the constitution and our freedom. Not compromise it away time and time again. And if person fails to hold the line then they should not lead any longer as they are unable to do their damned JOB.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

And what over the past year has led you to believe that Rubio is any different? DeMint can give a good speech as well.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Well, to be fair though a lot of us who even hinted that Bachmann might have been playing for the veep spot were called conspiracy nuts.
ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Good point!

CycloneCDB on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

‎[sung to Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" -- lyrics adapted by me]

With reason on our side
To keep the country right
Let’s stand together
To protect our way of life
Our voices in protest
Against increasing debt
A generation tired of spending
Come stand with me

[chorus]
People who have sense today
Are all looking to protect our way of life
We want no part of the Deadbeat Nation
People who can think unite
Stand together, get it right
One time
We want no part of the Deadbeat Nation

So no more debt
Less spending, less taxes
Tell the government
To give it all a rest
Things are getting worse
We have to make them better
It’s time to just say no
Be not a debtor
Come on

[chorus]

clayj on January 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Ah, yes. A ticket with two individuals who are “native born,” not “naturally born” citizens, rather than just one, as required in the qualifications set forth for President in Article II, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

But, heck, Constitution-shonsitution! What’s a couple of violations among friends? Besides, these two are sooooo cool and stuff.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Trying to re-interpret the Constitution? Rubio was born in Miami. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge. So both meet Constitutional requirements, and unlike certain other politicians neither one of them has hidden their birth certificates.

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

we certainly can’t expect much, with the present leadership we have in Congress. John Boehner, in the House, has failed to engage the senate in a debate on the issues. Quite simply, he refuses to tell them, “I have sent a budget you have not, I will not deal with you without a budget.” John Boehner has lost every battle with the Senate this year and will continue to do so, because of his inability to devise a strategy and because of the inept Senate leadership of Senator McConnell.

Obama has just circumvented the Constitution, with his appointments, what will the Republican Leadership do about it? Its quite apparent the Democrats do not care about the Constitution so do we have 2 political parties that don’t care about the Constitution?

bflat879 on January 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Rubio will make a fine Cabinet member in the Romney/Jindal Administration.

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

And what over the past year has led you to believe that Rubio is any different? DeMint can give a good speech as well.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Make the process one to get competency, not reward seniority.

Doesn’t matter if he can lead well, or at all.

At some point there must be a willingness to set the standard not of getting re-elected but of doing the JOB.

That is my point.

If Rubio isn’t up to it, then find someone else who is willing to do their JOB.

The job isn’t to be nice, it isn’t to be well liked, it isn’t to compromise… it is to protect the Nation against all enemies foreign and domestic, and to protect the Constitution of the United States. The seniority system isn’t yielding that and is doing JUST THE OPPOSITE.

Until these elected representatives, which is what the Senate is at this point, understand that they are not there for their PARTY but to protect the NATION we will continue down this path to perdition. If the older cohort understood this we wouldn’t be talking about it, now, would we?

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM

In all probability, the debt will go up to $16 trillion — just more for my generation to pay off.

Hell Tina, your generation won’t pay it off. Your grandchildren might pay it off with deflated dollars, or they might not do so.

burt on January 6, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Where is Senator No (aka Jesse Helms) when we need him?

clayj on January 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Make the process one to get competency, not reward seniority.

Doesn’t matter if he can lead well, or at all.

At some point there must be a willingness to set the standard not of getting re-elected but of doing the JOB.

That is my point.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM

But that doesn’t answer the question though. What makes you think that Rubio is any more capable of DeMint? Apart from the speech at the Reagan Library, I don’t recall hearing much from Rubio at all over the past year.

Trying to re-interpret the Constitution? Rubio was born in Miami. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge. So both meet Constitutional requirements, and unlike certain other politicians neither one of them has hidden their birth certificates.

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, I don’t get that objection to either of them. They’re both natural born US citizens.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

* capable THAN DeMint, that should be

Rubio will make a fine Cabinet member in the Romney/Jindal Administration.

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

LOL…

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Larry Kudlow has a good piece about what the GOP message should be: economic growth for all. He references what Rubio says and what Strassel says in the WSJ piece linked in the “Headlines.” Yes, the jobs’ numbers have improved as described in today’s linked story, BUT they could be much stronger since a bounce usually recovers a deep recession anyway.

Obama is taking advantage of the good numbers. The GOP has to pave the way for better numbers, not income redistribution.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/287440/gop-needs-bolder-growth-message-larry-kudlow

onlineanalyst on January 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Allah, recreating humanity in his image.

antipc on January 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

While you may choose to run your reelection campaign against a “Do-Nothing Congress,” your insistence on doing nothing to meaningfully tackle our debt poses a direct threat to America’s exceptional character and is leading us towards a diminished future.

Rubio is spot-on! Obama has done NOTHING to tackle our nation’s debt. Well, he did appoint a debt commission, then promptly ignored them. President Do Nothing Obama.

TN Mom on January 6, 2012 at 9:40 PM

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM Was that for shock value? I would not see that coming for sure. Jindal loves our state and has shown substance and good judgement , Romney not so much. They are on different sides of the spectrum from what I can tell. Jindal has held firm about not adding anymore tax burden on the taxpayer, and not afraid to make hard budget cuts.

LSUMama on January 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I like Rubio a lot but I want him left alone so I can see if he’s real or just talks pretty.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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