Rubio: The fiscal cliff exposes “the great hypocrisy of the Left”

posted at 6:01 pm on December 20, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Sen. Rubio’s outlook for a 2016 bid is looking pretty darn spiffy, and for a lot more than just the obvious reasons. Even in unscripted and off-the-cuff moments, I think that few of our current pols can talk as great a game on the economy as this guy. Whatever his other faults may be, he is constantly lobbing free-market truth grenades that are reliably simple, approachable, and poignant, and cut through President Obama’s rhetorical loop-de-loops without so much as a stutter.

As Sen. Rubio explains in the Hannity clip below, the scariest thing about our country’s current financial scenario is not the fiscal cliff over which we have lately been dedicating much hemming and hawing; rather, it is the undeniable fact that we have absolutely zero plans for any attempts to actually pay down our $16 trillion in outstanding debt, not to mention the accumulating interest, nor to take care of our tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities. We are exerting an indecent amount of political energy on merely bringing down our yearly deficit the tiniest bit, and Democrats’ intransigence on sincerely acknowledging the non-sustainability of their agenda, paired with their tactical ploys to keep moving the traditional political center further and further leftward, do not bode well for America.

I’ve never heard President Obama make anything close to the amount of sense Rubio makes in this little segment, with or without a teleprompter. Rock on, Rubio.

Look, it’s not the business owner, directly, that’s going to get impacted. It’s the people that work for them that are going to lose their jobs. They’re going to lose hours, they’re going to lose benefits. The cost of these tax increases will be paid by the workers and the employees of these small businesses. … And here’s the other point, and this really exposes the great hypocrisy of the left. They claim that tax increases have no impact on the economy or how people behave. Well then why are they in favor of cigarette taxes? Why are they in favor of a carbon tax? Why are they in favor, they say, of lowering the corporate tax? Because they recognize that if you tax cigarettes, people will smoke less. They recognize that if you tax carbon people will produce less of it. The more you tax something the less people will do it. And so the bottom line is, it does have an impact.


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Having Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan both on deck for 2016 makes the next 4 years of listening to a moron’s totusbabble almost bearable.

SoRight on December 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Whatever you say, Senator Gun Control ‘n Amnesty (R-FL).

Armin Tamzarian on December 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Now if he can just get his message out to the masses…

LincolntheHun on December 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

“… it is the undeniable fact that we have absolutely zero plans for any attempts to actually pay down our $16 trillion in outstanding debt, not to mention the accumulating interest, nor to take care of our tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities.”

Puts things into perspective…

… doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So Rubino, when you apply that same logic to having millions of non-citizens taking up jobs in the USA….

Bulletchaser on December 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I’d take Rubio over anybody else right now, esp Christie, but it’s a long way off and somebody must lead the fight now. Rubio just may.

tim c on December 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Agreed, that was a good take down. Yum, yum . . . more of that please.

Progressive Heretic on December 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Sen. Rubio’s outlook for a 2016 bid is looking pretty darn spiffy,

Never. He’s for amnesty (a deal-breaker), wants to examine the 2nd amendment (deal breaker), and Constitutionally ineligible (a real deal-breaker).

Rubio’s an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Providing half our population isn’t stupid. Problem is, they are. Really, really stupid.

Bmore on December 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Run a real conservative in ’16 please. Kthankxbai.

2lbsTest on December 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Never. He’s for amnesty (a deal-breaker), wants to examine the 2nd amendment (deal breaker), and Constitutionally ineligible (a real deal-breaker).

Rubio’s an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Why #3?

Nutstuyu on December 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I wish El Marco the very best with the politics within his establishment.

Mr. Arrogant on December 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

“… it is the undeniable fact that we have absolutely zero plans for any attempts to actually pay down our $16 trillion in outstanding debt, not to mention the accumulating interest, nor to take care of our tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities.”

Puts things into perspective…

… doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

What? You’re interrupting Honey Boo Boo.

kim roy on December 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Bmore on December 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Sadly, I must agree. 100%

KCB on December 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Marco….the establishment is on the phone and they want you to talk about immigration and abortion only. oh and contraceptives too.

Fuquay Steve on December 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Never. He’s for amnesty (a deal-breaker), wants to examine the 2nd amendment (deal breaker), and Constitutionally ineligible (a real deal-breaker).

Rubio’s an idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

He never said he wanted to re-examine the 2nd amendment. Re-read his statement it was filled qualifiers and was more pro-gun than most statements from Republicans that have come out with this week. He is not constitutionally ineligible, either. As for amnesty, he is not exactly for that. I think the point is trying to make is that Nativism has a long history of failing in American history and it would be foolish to let that one issue take capitalism, individual freedom, and the country as a whole down with it.

My ancestors (on both sides) came here in the 1600s and there was no INS, no ICE, no border agents….they just got off the boat in Jamestown.

William Eaton on December 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Pay it down (back)?
Are you nuts or somethin’.
That’s against the rule of…..
Tax and Tax, Spend and Spend, Elect and Elect!

Another Drew on December 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

The most important thing…. The combover got fixed.

Illinidiva on December 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Why #3?

Nutstuyu on December 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

His parents weren’t citizens at the time of his birth.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

My ancestors (on both sides) came here in the 1600s and there was no INS, no ICE, no border agents….they just got off the boat in Jamestown.

William Eaton on December 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

What does that have to do with anything?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yes Rubio is a Natural Born Citizen… Let’s not even start this.

Illinidiva on December 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Rubio birthers are sad, sick trolls and I pray for their speedy recovery.

Greek Fire on December 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Run a real conservative in ’16 please. Kthankxbai.

2lbsTest on December 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Oh, shut up and get in line. Can’t you see that spiffy Marco is the new designated Hyperelectable Inevitable????

ddrintn on December 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

His parents weren’t citizens at the time of his birth.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

So? The media and Democrats love Anchor Babies. They can’t say squat without looking like hypocritical morons. Not that they don’t already look like hypocritical morons, but you get my point.

Aizen on December 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

So? The media and Democrats love Anchor Babies. They can’t say squat without looking like hypocritical morons. Not that they don’t already look like hypocritical morons, but you get my point.

Aizen on December 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I don’t care what the media or the dems or the ineligible Indonesian think about anything. They’re idiots. I only care about my understanding of the Constitution and the requirements. If Rubio had any integrity he would care, too. Being President isn’t the be-all and end-all of life. Fidelity to the Constitution should trump anyone’s desire for the job.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

He makes a good point. But he is also distorting the side of the republicans. Neither plan cuts our budget, in fact it only reduces the mandatory increases in spending over a decade. Instead of the government growing at 10% in a few years it it will grow at 6.5. But the fact remains our debt still grows.

MoreLiberty on December 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I’d take Rubio over anybody else right now, esp Christie, but it’s a long way off and somebody must lead the fight now. Rubio just may.

His name is Rand Paul.

MoreLiberty on December 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

His parents weren’t citizens at the time of his birth.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Neither were Chester Arthur’s. He was still President. This is not a prerequisite, this is only a legal theory that has minimal chance of ever being adopted by a court.

alwaysfiredup on December 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

love the pic of rubio. fish lips. mouth agape. lol.

renalin on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Neither were Chester Arthur’s. He was still President.

alwaysfiredup on December 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

His father wasn’t – and Arthur knew that he was ineligible. He destroyed or hid all of his documents at the time – hence the rumors that he was born in Canada and other stories. The truth of Arthur’s situation actually wasn’t found out until the wrangling over barky’s clear ineligiblity in 2008. Barky, of course, stands as a shining example of the reason for, and importance of, the natural born citizen requirement, as his lack of attachment to American culture is what has allowed our processes and institutions to be so perverted over the past 4 years (far worse than anything else this nation has ever faced).

As bad as natural born American leftists are, they are still subconsciously bound by the culture they’re raised in (whether they like it or not). Barky had no such restrictions and it showed. Now, much of Barky’s alien ideas are part of “American political and governing tradition”, which is a total disaster and will certainly prove a fatal blow, as the United States has been killed in everything but name at this point.

Of course, the natural born citizen requirement was never going to be totally foolproof, but it would have easily handled the worst disaster to befall our federal government as it was meant to keep alien notions of governance away from controlling our Executive branch, the military and all the attendant powers. But, what would anyone anyone have expected from a guy whose first political aspiration was to become Prime Minister of Indonesia, a place run by a dictator who had just overthrown another dictator? America was warned.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

This.

AH_C on December 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

in the end i can’t really blame the bamster. its the idiots who voted for him twice.

bush was almost as big a loser and i voted for him twice, so turnabout is fair play.

renalin on December 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

in the end i can’t really blame the bamster. its the idiots who voted for him twice.

renalin on December 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I blame all of them – including the gutless wonders in the GOP and in the courts who wouldn’t even let this be legitimately resolved. They kept claiming that it was so clear that he was eligible … then, fine. Take it through the court system and have it found that way. But they didn’t even have the guts to do that. The GOPers were cowed by the insinuation that even questioning whether he was eligible or not was … raaaaacist!! And that was on top of the laughable fact that barky was a co-sponsor of a useless and pointless Senate reolution that examined McShame’s paperwork in order to declare him a natural born citizen (which is, of course, not within the power of the Senate) but to have even a look at barky’s paperwork was supposed to be the height of nasty raaacism!! And the courts were even more gutless with those ridiculous “no standing” rulings and the joke that voting citizens have no right to know that those on the ballots are actually eligible for the positions they are seeking. It was offensive. Even lefty lawyer Jonathan Turley thought it made a mockery of the courts.

Oh well. America had a good run. Time for a divorce so that the American creed can be carried into the future, because this American Socialist Superstate is certainly not a vehicle capable of that. It’s time that they go their own way and Americans go ours.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I’ve never heard President Obama make anything close to the amount of sense Rubio makes in this little segment, with or without a teleprompter. Rock on, Rubio.

Rock on, Rubio; he’s better than Obama.

As were McCain and Mitt.

David Blue on December 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I’ve never heard President Obama make anything close to the amount of sense Rubio makes in this little segment, with or without a teleprompter. Rock on, Rubio.

Rock on, Rubio; he’s better than Obama.

As were McCain and Mitt.

David Blue on December 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

LOL. Ouch.

ddrintn on December 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

So Rubino, when you apply that same logic to having millions of non-citizens taking up jobs in the USA….

Bulletchaser on December 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

THIS. Times 10!!!

Why save our economy just to give it away to foreign invaders. Yes, “foreign invaders”.

7 million of them now hold American jobs. And 23 million Americans are out of work.

And Rubio wants to REWARD some of the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens with their ill-gotten goods — residency and jobs????

Not with my vote!!

Every GOP candidate should read this poll.

Amnesties will NEVER solve the problem – amnesty is like declaring the incoming seawater to be “cargo” instead of fixing the leak and bailing the bilge. Amnesty will sink the ship of state.

fred5678 on December 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Amnesty will sink the ship of state.

fred5678 on December 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Oh, I know! And those horrible pilgrims did NOT have their immigration forms in order, either!

John the Libertarian on December 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

What happened to his face?

El_Terrible on December 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

…liked him at first…but now he’ll never see my vote.

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

it is the undeniable fact that we have absolutely zero plans for any attempts to actually pay down our $16 trillion in outstanding debt, not to mention the accumulating interest, nor to take care of our tens of trillions more in unfunded liabilities. We are exerting an indecent amount of political energy on merely bringing down our yearly deficit the tiniest bit, and Democrats’ intransigence on sincerely acknowledging the non-sustainability of their agenda, paired with their tactical ploys to keep moving the traditional political center further and further leftward, do not bode well for America.

Bingo!

“… do not bode well for America” is Ed being sensible, but in his typical low-key way, VASTLY understating the severity of the matter.

Us conservatives prefer to avoid personal attacks on our political opponents, but in light of the statement quoted above, how can we not look at them, and conclude they are seriously, dangerously deranged? Would “irrational” be a better word?

We’re showing the lefties deference they don’t deserve. They’re steering the ship of state directly into an iceberg. We need to vigorously, roughly if necessary, pull them out of the wheelhouse so we can steer our way to safety.

God bless America. The Almighty can lift mountains and throw them into the sea, but I don’t think that even the Almighty can get the lefties to face reality.

FlatlanderByTheLake on December 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

How can I grow my hair that fast??

Sherman1864 on December 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

There are a few who speak the truth, Rubio is one of them, Ryan is one of them, Allen West is one of them. Boehner is not. Hopefully Boehner will be out as Speaker of the House in January. A year ago, I thought that Cantor was the man to replace Boehner. I’m not so sure any more since he has been joined to Boehner at the hip during the latest round oi negotiations over the fiscal cliff.

georgeofthedesert on December 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM