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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Lyndon Johnson turned 1/3 of the US into a deadbeat nation. Obama is encompassing close to 3/4 of the remaining 2/3 to turn deadbeat.

Obama = The Great Society II

portlandon on January 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You’re turning America into a “deadbeat nation”

Well….escalating it.

Electrongod on January 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I absolutely love this man and have high hopes for his future. Rubio/West/Jindal in any combination, I’m there.

waterytart on January 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Love this man.

so-notbuyingit on January 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

We’re all 99%ers now…Hope n Change.

Fletch54 on January 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Good job Rubio..Glad you are part of a deep GOP bench..:)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Rubio is the Man

Natebo on January 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

. . . a deadbeat nation with a 3rd rate military if Obama gets his way.

rplat on January 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Love this man.

so-notbuyingit on January 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I don’t know enough about him to love him.
Any good links for reasonable analysis?

OTTO on January 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Right on – Rubio 2012!!

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Rubio probably doesn’t realize it but Obama can have him killed or detained indefinitely in Gitmo as a terrorist. IRS punitive audits are so 90s. It’s the New American Way. Change You Can Count On!

a capella on January 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Obama: An outlaw, do-nothing president.

darwin on January 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Wow! Kudos to Rubio for telling the emperor he is wearing no clothes. Mighty impressive! Good advance work for his buddy Romney, but that is okay. It will be interesting to see if Mitt echoes this letter during the debate this weekend.

herm2416 on January 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

a capella on January 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Well – he is Cuban….

dentarthurdent on January 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Meeting Marco Rubio was one of favorite political moments. This is one of the reasons I’m proud to call him my senator.

joekenha on January 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Rubio for President!

gullxn on January 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

. . . a deadbeat nation with a 3rd rate military if Obama gets his way.

rplat on January 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He would rather rule a kingdom of serfs than govern a nation of free people.

darwin on January 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Obama just wants everyone to be equal.

OldEnglish on January 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Good for him – still don’t like that he is shilling for Romney.

I still say it is too early to be endorsing candidates or
obviously “shilling” for them. When politicians do that this
early they are obviously hoping to gain some political benefit.

Amjean on January 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Rubio, like West, are doing the job that R American’s want those in dc to do. The sad fact, they are dealing with the ‘good old boys’ in dc and probably won’t get squat done? With the poll of congress at what 5%. YOU good old boy r’s in dc better get you act together and do something flying flit fast to put a stop to bho or you and our Republic is sol!
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letget on January 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Lyndon Johnson turned 1/3 of the US into a deadbeat nation. Obama is encompassing close to 3/4 of the remaining 2/3 to turn deadbeat.

Obama = The Great Society II

portlandon on January 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Pretty much. But it really goes all the way back to FDR, the concept of the “Second Bill of Rights,” etc. That’s where the mess we are in today actually started.

Future generations of the poor and “middle class” hardest hit, as usual. The Progressive ideology will always fail over time. Always, anywhere.

visions on January 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Rubio needs aome air time. This is the kind of fight we want to have with Obama. It should be about his record not how “weird” Republicans are.

magicbeans on January 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Kind of aggrevating watching the managed decline of our nation isn’t it?

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Since the GOP opposes the “automatic” budget “cuts” “triggered” by the failure of the debt commission, none of these guys — including Rubio — come to sight as doing anything more than playing on people’s fears and grandstanding. Does anyone actually believe that ANY of them will cut anything?

W (not Romney) is THE blueprint for O’s spending; people hide this from themselves by hating Romney for pushing a Heritage Foundation notion. And the deficit grew under Reagan and the Republicans talk like this when they are out of power but do nothing.

Since the GOP negotiated the “automatic” budget “cuts” before they opposed them as an excuse to back down on the debt ceiling while fighting to the death over the Bush tax cuts, by the way, it became a FACT (not an opinion) that tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are the ONLY thing that they fought for and that the automatic budget cuts were a smoke screen. I mean, besides military entitlement spending.

Sad but true.

kunegetikos on January 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Too bad Rubio supports the massive government overreach known as SOPA.

xblade on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Good job Rubio..Glad you are part of a deep GOP bench..:)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I predict he will be POTUS someday.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Muy Caliente…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Rubio’s fears a totally mispalced.
These are the same kinds of fears that were raised when Idi Amin took over absolute power, but as time passed, people began to like what Amin wanted to do to his country.
Y’all worry too much.
Idi Amin was so cool. So is Hussein

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I have a difficult time thinking of anything that Marco Rubio is on the wrong side of…

Please GOP, don’t waste this guy, let him get even better and go for the top job when he’s ready.

Paradox Drive on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Good for him – still don’t like that he is shilling for Romney.

Amjean on January 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

He’ll be Mittens’ VP. It would be awkward if he didn’t shill for him early.

angryed on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Any good links for reasonable analysis?

OTTO on January 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Rubio at Reagan Library

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Pretty much. But it really goes all the way back to FDR, the concept of the “Second Bill of Rights,” etc. That’s where the mess we are in today actually started.

visions on January 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Funny that FDR’s “2nd Bill of Rights” came straight out of the Soviet Constitution.

darwin on January 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Rubio is excellent, and did a good job here, but I can’t believe he didn’t mention (while on the deadbeat theme) that Barky threatened to make the US a legal deadbeat by stopping our debt service payments (which the accounting shows we would not have any problem at all getting, even with the government shut down) which then, after he repeated the threat over and over and over, finally earned the US a downgrade from AAA status (with the downgrade, itself, being pathetically funny and intensely stupid).

I’m a bit ticked that no conservatives are hammering home this very important and obvious point.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

These are the same kinds of fears that were raised when Idi Amin took over absolute power, but as time passed, people began to like what Amin wanted to do to his country.
Y’all worry too much.
Idi Amin was so cool. So is Hussein

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Thanks … it’s all so clear now.

darwin on January 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Kind of aggrevating watching the managed decline of our nation isn’t it?

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Decline, I could take. This is unconditional surrender to the Void.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Sen Rubio just made Bill Kristol over at the Weekly Standard swoon…Mr Kristol has a bit of a man-crush on good ole Marco.

Sen Rubio is 110% right and, if Romney/Anti-Romney GOP nominee had any sense in his brain, Sen Rubio will be in the #2 slot on the 2012 ticket!

powerpickle on January 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

These are the same kinds of fears that were raised when Idi Amin took over absolute power, but as time passed, people began to like what Amin wanted to do to his country.
Y’all worry too much.
Idi Amin was so cool. So is Hussein

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Same thing in Cuba. Ask all the Cubans there. They LOVE what Castro has done for their country. And Rubio would know that if his parents hadn’t abandoned their country back in the day.

Pffft. What does he know about dictatorships and stuff anyway?

Lily on January 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

It’s. About. Damn. Time.

This “do-nothing” Congress under the stewardship of Boehner and McConnell (I won’t say “leadership”) has done zero to help the American people or our part. THey have had no strong, salient words such as Mr. Rubio’s and engage in useless political calculations which do nothing but prolong our agony.

This is what it looks like when you lead on principle and proceed, unpersuaded by The President’s sophistic reasoning, destructive partisan tactics and playing-you-as-the-fool negotiating- as exhibited by his trail of destruction and broken promises.

If Boehner, McConnell and heck Priebus and the rest of the party want to see what leadership looks like, go make an appointment to see Senator Rubio. Our future depends on it you idiots.

Marcus Traianus on January 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

SantorumRubio/ GingrichRubio/ PerryRubio/ RomneyRubio/

I really like the idea of NetanyahuRubio…. I can’t get over how Bibi eviscerated the one in such a statesmanlike manner….

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I predict he will be POTUS someday.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

You may have a winner..:)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Woot-woot! Yay for our team!

AZgranny on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

marco rubio. the son of cuban “exiles”. gives great speeches.

hasn’t done squat for working folks. votes with the elitists. loves big government.

you guys can keep him.

renalin on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The GOP excuse for failing to support the budget cuts, as I read it here, at least, is that it would require that the Europeans cut European entitlements to pay for European missile defense. The GOP plan is to cut American entitlements to fund free European entitlements, which in turn are to be funded by the money the Europeans save by getting “free” missile defense.

The wheels are coming unglued, guys.

kunegetikos on January 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

A deadbeat nation and a nation of deadbeats… win-win!

ya2daup on January 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Good for him – still don’t like that he is shilling for Romney.

Amjean on January 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

He’ll be Mittens’ VP. It would be awkward if he didn’t shill for him early.

angryed on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Yeah. Rubio’s been awfully quiet for the past year, except for expressing some reservations about the AZ immigration bill. Now everything he says will be spotlighted and marqueed. I sense some kind of script going on. And I can guarantee you it will be pretty red-meatish.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I hope to vote for Mr. Rubio someday, and I’m not moving to Florida.

Fallon on January 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

This is the man who needs to replace Mitch McConnell.

Not years down the road, either.

Months.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM

How is Barack Hussein Obama NOT (by accident or design)…….

……..the Destroyer of the United States (DOTUS)?

PappyD61 on January 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

marco rubio. the son of cuban “exiles”. gives great speeches.
hasn’t done squat for working folks. votes with the elitists. loves big government.
renalin on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Just what is Rubio, or any other member of the federal government, supposed to do that constitutes something other than squat for working folks? Every time Barky and the Dimbulbs do something for “working folks”, fewer folks wind up working…

ya2daup on January 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I hope to vote for Mr. Rubio someday, and I’m not moving to Florida.

Fallon on January 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Oh, he’ll be on the ticket with Romney. After Trump declares an independent candidacy Romney will be as desperate for some attention-grabbing running mate as McCain was.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

You’re turning America into a “deadbeat Third World nation”

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM

See the Third World for free
Without having to leave America
Reelect Barack Obama!

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

This is the man who needs to replace Mitch McConnell.

Not years down the road, either.

Months.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 6:20 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

Coming from the brave man who proposes we balance the budget some 40 years from now. Of course, he is the amazing Rubio, apparently able to sweet talk any non thinking conservative into thinking all his thoughts are the coolest most profound conservative thought in the world. Dialing down what it means to be conservative just at the point in time where conservatism has hit its stride. Anyone want to tell me just exactly how their embracing of the same watered down liberal progressive wrapped in conservative clothing is going win the hearts and minds of Americans wanting real conservative policies to really fix the nation when the exact same crap is what caused Americans to turn them out to the wilderness in 2006 and 2008?

astonerii on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Après moi le deluge? Thanks for your personal plans to pay down the debt and your never ending reminders of your youth you revel in.

Tiresome in my view.

How old is TK, anyway?

Sherman1864 on January 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Rubio’s fears a totally mispalced.

These are the same kinds of fears that were raised when Idi Amin took over absolute power, but as time passed, people began to like what Amin wanted to do to his country.

Y’all worry too much.

Idi Amin was so cool. So is Hussein

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The 500,000 that Amin murdered in cold blood could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on January 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Hitler justified his actions on the basis that others had caused him to take those actions. He used the actions of others to justify his power grabs. Like Hitler, 0bama is always blaming others to justify his power grabs.

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:27 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

I respectfully disagree, Demint has no knockout punch. To me, looks like Rubio has got one. And I am looking for a fighter… btw, mittens only fights conservatives…. he won’t take on the marxist in chief or the LSM.

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Of course, he is the amazing Rubio, apparently able to sweet talk any non thinking conservative into thinking all his thoughts are the coolest most profound conservative thought in the world.

astonerii on January 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I often disagree with you, but you’re right on the money there. Ditto with Allen West. These two could say or do anything and there’d be a big section of the peanut gallery to rationalize it. “You don’t want to be a purist, do ya???”

I’m not sold on Rubio yet. I have to be convinced he’s a reformer and not another machine politician who knows how to push the right rhetorical buttons.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Palin/Rubio 2012?

MooCowBang on January 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I respectfully disagree, Demint has no knockout punch. To me, looks like Rubio has got one.

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

On what do you base that belief?

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

“I predict he will be POTUS someday.”

Maybe. And if he is it will be in violation of Article II, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution which provides that a President must be a “naturally born” citizen. Rubio is a “native born” citizen.

However, some are willing to trash the Constitutional qualifications for the Presidency because “Hey, Obama got away with it.” Sad reasoning.

I’m waiting to see if all this BIG LUV for Rubio will continue after he endorses Romney prior to the Florida primary, especially among the Perrykrishnas.

BTW – Rubio is not Tea Party. He is a Floridian Scott Brown – use ‘em and lose ‘em.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I often disagree with you, but you’re right on the money there. Ditto with Allen West. These two could say or do anything and there’d be a big section of the peanut gallery to rationalize it. “You don’t want to be a purist, do ya???”

I’m not sold on Rubio yet. I have to be convinced he’s a reformer and not another machine politician who knows how to push the right rhetorical buttons.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Be aware that West thought the Libyan “Rebels” were crap and Rubio thought they were heroes.

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Who has he knocked out?

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Who has he knocked out?

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Gingrich? Wait. That was Gingrich who knocked out Gingrich.

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:35 PM

BTW – Rubio is not Tea Party. He is a Floridian Scott Brown – use ‘em and lose ‘em.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I wouldn’t go that far, but I smell a lot of “machine politician” with Rubio. Yeah, he’ll endorse Romney and be on the ticket too, most likely. Romney bankrolled him. Another IOU to call in.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

A Jindal/Rubio ticket would have lit the Dems up. Too bad.

CycloneCDB on January 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

On what do you base that belief?

Rubio knocked out that RINO Fla Governor running for Senate….

Dr. Demento on January 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Think you Tina for supporting us old codgers and biddies in our advance age.

PrettyD_Vicious on January 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

This is just what I would do and say if I had his position and power. Not saying that he’s all that. Just saying, thank you, SOMEBODY is saying it. Yes, look at Obama’s Senate speech from snopes.com:

The full text of his remarks in the Senate on 16 March 2006 are:
Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like
bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans — a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.

But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators Conrad and Feingold, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending. As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years. That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.

Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours.

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.

Paul-Cincy on January 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

marco rubio. the son of cuban “exiles”. gives great speeches.

hasn’t done squat for working folks. votes with the elitists. loves big government.

you guys can keep him.

renalin on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Hatin’ haters go’n to hate.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Lyndon Johnson turned 1/3 of the US into a deadbeat nation…..

portlandon on January 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Ever notice that no one ever asks Democrats about an Exit Strategy for the War on Poverty?

TugboatPhil on January 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM

ddrintn

I doubt if Romney will put him on the ticket. Rubio is a “star,” and Romney won’t want to be out-shined by No. 2.

You’re correct – Rubio does owe Romney big time for funding sources in his Senatorial campaign. The Florida primary endorsement will be pay-back.

Rather than VP, big-government Marco will settle for insider access to Mittens the Plastic POTUS.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“A Jindal/Rubio ticket would have lit the Dems up. Too bad.”

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

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

But you have no problem when folks are doing this with Palin..:):)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

How refreshing, that someone in the GOP besides Sarah Palin, calls the president out on his performance.

Imagine if Republican reps started standing up to Obama and the democrats, started calling out the media and started doing what’s right, instead of worrying about their next political campaign?

More please. Let the dewussification of the GOP begin.

BruthaMan on January 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM

How come it takes a junior senator to speak the truth? Where are all of the other voices that should be speaking in chorus, and should have been speaking for a long time?

AnotherOpinion on January 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Words…….just words. Until one of these guys actually does something like call for impeachment, use procedural tools to confound the Donks, shut the government down over principle, etc….then I will be impressed. They are all the same at this point……..spineless and afraid of engaging the Marxist Usurper with the gloves off.

TheAdmiral on January 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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

yup

too many squishes in dc

cmsinaz on January 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Running for veep.

CW on January 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

. loves big government.

you guys can keep him.

renalin on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Who would your choice be?

Mimzey on January 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The 500,000 that Amin murdered in cold blood could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on January 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I hope B Hussein goes to live on the top two floors of the Novotel Hotel on Palestine Road in Jeddah , since that will be the only place that will please His Taxellency’s lavish lifestyle .
Plus he has already bowed to the King

burrata on January 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

you guys can keep him.

renalin on January 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You’re good with them talking points. What a meaningless baseless post.

CW on January 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Dire Straits

In other news, I see your fella, Fifth Perry, has gone from 6% to 5% in South Carolina and is about 8% behind “Undecided” in New Hampshire in the latest polls, with 54% of the respondents in New Hampshire describing him as “Unacceptable.”

The surging surge continues!

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

“A Jindal/Rubio ticket would have lit the Dems up. Too bad.”

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

Maybe Obama could dump Biden and choose someone also not constitutionally eligible to be Prez or VP and then the destruction of the Constitution would be complete.

VorDaj on January 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

One of the best sharply written letters ever!

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

A good letter from Rubio. The impending debt crisis really is an impending existential crisis for this country and people need to be reminded of that on a daily basis.

The current situation is untenable and the Won really doesn’t care as long as he gets re-elected. After that he will care even less if that is possible.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

It is not going good I admit..:)

PS..Team Perry thanks you for your concern..:)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

“A Jindal/Rubio ticket would have lit the Dems up. Too bad.”

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

Let me guess – you’re voting for Ron Paul too.

CycloneCDB on January 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I often disagree with you, but you’re right on the money there. Ditto with Allen West. These two could say or do anything and there’d be a big section of the peanut gallery to rationalize it. “You don’t want to be a purist, do ya???”

I’m not sold on Rubio yet. I have to be convinced he’s a reformer and not another machine politician who knows how to push the right rhetorical buttons.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I seem to have strong positions that are at the sidelines of the debate. So, I am sure most people disagree with me. I try to imagine that if our founders were able to talk to us today, where would they as a whole eventually come to agreement on. Obviously, looking at our current society and the politics it produced, I am going to be way outside mainstream thinking.

astonerii on January 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Whoever gets him as a VP choice gets my vote.

Panther on January 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

But you have no problem when folks are doing this with Palin..:):)

Dire Straits on January 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

There’s been plenty of legit criticism of Palin and I’ve had some critical things to say about her myself. When I get even a faint idea that she’s a Romney lap dog, I’ll be sure to say so myself.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM

VorDaj

You moron. Rubio knocked out Joe Louis. Gingrich knocked out Jerry Lewis. And Sherry Lewis and Lambchop knocked out all of ‘em.

Sheesh!

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:31 PM

One of the best sharply written letters ever!

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, it’s a good letter and I agree with it. But give me a break. If this had been a Palin Facebook post, you’d be picking it apart.

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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

For example,

your insistence on doing nothing to meaningfully tackle our debt

Eeeewwwww! A split infinitive!!! If he wants to be taken seriously he CAN’T make egregious grammatical errors like that!

See?

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Ribio: A voice of reason and common sense among all the blather.
I may move to Florida just to vote for him and Alan West. I’m stuck with Lindsey RINO here in SC

Art on January 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

It’s a tragic reality, but, on your watch, more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation

And wow, there are too many commas in that. It’s clumsy. “It’s a tragic reality, but on your watch more and more people etc etc”

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

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.

Too many commas again. “Instead you failed to lead, punted the tough decisions, and in doing so our credit rating etc etc”

ddrintn on January 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

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