Rubio at CPAC: “There is no tax increase in the world that will solve our long-term debt crisis”

posted at 4:08 pm on March 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

There have been reports that the bipartisan group of senators working on an immigration plan have reached an agreement on a pathway to legal status to the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants, but Republicans dodged the issue earlier this week, insisting that there’s still plenty of work to be done before they’re ready to roll the thing out — and Sen. Rubio probably knew that CPAC wasn’t the time or place to get into it. Conspicuously avoiding the immigration topic (even steering clear of the story of his parents’ immigration from Cuba), he went for a more crowd-pleasing conservative smorgasbord instead.

Not that that was a bad thing — getting the obligatory water-bottle joke out of the way early, he went straight for the free enterprise, constitutional principles, the importance of family, and American greatness. I tend to think that one of Rubio’s greatest strengths lies in effectively countering President Obama and the Democrat’s Republican-demonization strategery, and he didn’t disappoint on that front, touting free markets as the most effective method of lifting people out of poverty and chiding the Obama administration that our obligations to our fellow men are not better served by government fiat and $16 trillion debts.

And that bubbling student-loan debacle he mentioned at the end there? Truth.

The number of young borrowers who have fallen behind on their student loan payments has soared over the past four years, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a report released Thursday.

According to the report, 35% of people under 30 who have student loans were at least 90 days late on their payments at the end of last year, up from 26% in 2008 and 21% at the end of 2004.

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MelonCollie on March 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Still calling people names over an election that’s been over for several months is such a mature response.

If facts offend you, stop reading. If you have a question about someone’s position on any given issue, ask it.

If you simply wish to be rude, keep walking.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I support the right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot for the candidate of their choice in a fair and well ordered election.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Wow, you’re so brave!

Perhaps I’m not explaining myself clearly. The GOP cannot win as long as more eligible voters keep voting. No one’s going to stop the morons from voting. Sure, there will be skirmishes about ID laws etc, but it’s inevitable. The GOP cannot win because their message will never persuade the morons. What’s in it for them? Pay less taxes? Cut spending? Why would the morons want to do that? We are giving them the money, they are the spending. They don’t pay income taxes… Well, the rich morons do. They FEEL bad about their money and “privilege” and the Dems help alleviate that guilt. How can you reach these people? Be more Dem than the Dems?

We will be a one-party-rule country very soon. We already are in policy, we might as well be in name as well.

happytobehere on March 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM

As always he gives a great speech, but if he supports amnesty for illegal low skilled day laborers who support statism, he will kill any chance of the ideals he espoused in this speech ever resonating for generations. For this reason, I could not support him, and it pains me to say that.

Daemonocracy on March 15, 2013 at 2:02 AM