National Politics

Marco Rubio’s 2016 Advice for the GOP: Make ‘Poor People Richer’

By: Jim Turner | Posted: November 19, 2012 3:55 AM
Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio | Credit:

In what many see as the first steps toward the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, outlined a road map for his party while attending a birthday party in Iowa for Gov. Terry Branstad (view a video of the speech below):

-- Lower taxes to spur economic growth rather than raise taxes on the wealthiest individuals.

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-- Reduce regulation on small business.

-- Revamp immigration to help those who want to become Americans.

-- Most importantly, "We need to do a better job of going out and convincing our fellow Americans who perhaps don't see things the way we do," Rubio said.

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Comments (7)

7:29PM NOV 19TH 2012
And for you believers (and deniers), here's another little tidbit about Rubio - when being interviewed by GQ for its December, 2012 edition, Rubio was asked "How old do you think the Earth is?"

Now, one would think that Republicans would now realize that "thar' be danger in them there technical questions" . . . . so how did Rubio answer . . . . . not with the smarts and education he clearly has, but with the pandering ideology that would be acceptable to many of his far right supporters:

"I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries. "

In other words, both religious beliefs about the origin of the world and actual geoscience should be allowed to be taught as reality . . . . yeah, he's a science denier . . . . when it comes to scientific issues, he would allow religion an equal place to reality . . .incredible, this politician has to make decisions about science every day . . . . anyone who doesn't know "IF" the world was created in 7 days . . . . . . well, there's only one word that can describe someone like that . . . .

6:10PM NOV 25TH 2012
Furthermore, this is not a NEW position from Rubio.

Back when he was Florida Speaker, Rubio pushed a bill that would have put religion into science courses. His justification? - - I don’t want a school system that teaches kids that what they’re learning at home is wrong.”

We call that hypocrisy. His religious introduction of creationism or "intelligent design" into science class would have likewise taught my kid that the factual science I had been teaching them at home is somehow questionable or wrong if it's not consistent with Rubio's religion.

Facts are facts, science is science, and religious beliefs are neither - they're "faith". . . . . if he can't reasonably answer a simple science question because he's not a scientist, why should we listen to his nonsense about other fields in which he likewise lacks serious credentials - education, economics, national defense, immigration, medical issues, sociology, and the like. . . .

Under such a Rubio "home taught" philosophy, schools shouldn't oppose racism if that's taught at home; schools shouldn't teach proper English if the parents don't teach it at home; schools shouldn't teach fair play in sports if the parents allow cheating as the way to succeed; and so on . . . Rubio was off was base then . . . and apparently, he hasn't changed . . . we call that not ready for prime time . . . . .

11:02AM NOV 19TH 2012
Same old, same old. . . . . . . . yes, the key is clearly "convincing our fellow Americans who perhaps don't see things the way we do" . . . . . in other words, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-young, anti-minority, anti-science, anti-union, anti-taxing the rich, anti-elderly, anti-climate change, anti-47% . . . . yes, continue to promote Republican business as usual . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
6:14AM NOV 19TH 2012
Scams and Fraud are bipartisan!!!
Long live the two-party voting cartels!!!
More wars???
More bases???
More taxes???
More debt!!!
6:10AM NOV 19TH 2012
Let us not forget that these same guys lobby (buy off the politicians) to make the laws favorable to the rich...
He who has the gold, makes the laws...
Whatta great country!!!
For 1%...
6:04AM NOV 19TH 2012
To qualify my comment, the system is so rigged by the rich that a romney can earn $25 million dollars a year, classify it as passive income in order to pay less than 15% taxes on it...
And qualify for millions of dollars in corporate welfare breaks, paying even lower corporation taxes on those profits.
5:50AM NOV 19TH 2012
Another GOP wannabe who hasn't the slightest notion of, or is part of the scam and fraud the US system has become...

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