What can I say about Florida Senator Marco Rubio?
If he and I were liberals, I could look “at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant[s]” and take it as an undeniable sign that he’d make “a very good president.”
I could focus on his ethnicity and how, as a Hispanic American, he would be a historical first for the country. And I could enjoy a “thrill going up my leg” when I hear him speak or get breathless in anticipation that I won’t have to pay for my gas and mortgage anymore if he ever becomes president.
But since we’re both conservatives, I’m not going to focus on any of that anymore than how he’s young and relatively good looking and charismatic. People in my school of thought usually value substance over flash.
And Marco Rubio most definitely has substance. He’s proven that more than once now in his speeches and his matching votes. But he may very well have gone above and beyond in the Senate yesterday with the facts and logic America needs so desperately right now even though President Obama and his followers refuse to acknowledge them.
Here is just an excerpt from his exemplary speech…
“Let’s not be doctrinaire; let’s not be blindly ideological. Let’s look at this from a common sense perspective, this idea that all these millionaires and billionaires, if they just paid more taxes, these problems would be solved. Let’s analyze it. This is all about math.
“And here's the fact: the fact is it doesn't solve the problem. First of all, if you taxed these people at 100 percent… it still doesn't solve the debt. Not only does that not solve the debt problem, but I looked at a host of other… tax increases being proposed by our colleagues in the Democratic Party and the president to solve the debt problem. And you add them all up, you add all of these things up – the jet airplanes, the oil companies, all of the other things they talk about – you put them all together in one big batch, and you know what it does? It basically deals with nine days and 23 hours worth of deficit spending. Nine days and 23 hours of deficit spending. That's how much it solves. So all this talk about going after people that make all this money, it buys you nine days and 23 hours…”
Rubio Spells Out What Actually Does Work
“So, here's what works… Let's stop talking about new taxes and start talking about creating new taxpayers, which basically means jobs. Now, here in Washington, this debt is the number one issue on everyone's mind, and rightfully so. It is a major issue. But everywhere else in the real world, the number one issue on people's minds are jobs. And I'll tell you every other problem facing America – a mortgage crisis, home foreclosure crisis, this debt problem – all of these issues get easier to deal with if people are gainfully employed across America.
“And the impact that unemployment's having across this country is devastating. We hear about unemployment in facts and figures. They give us numbers, Sen. Ayotte, 'Oh, X percent people are unemployed.' Well, there's stories behind every one of those people. You know who a lot of these people are that are unemployed in America? They are people that have done everything they've been asked to do, and they've done it right. Maybe they served their country overseas, maybe they went to college and got a degree and now came back home. Maybe they worked for 10 or 20 years and did a really good job at work, and now, you know what, they can't find a job. Or maybe they were lucky enough to find a job after losing their original job, but it pays them half as much, and they work twice as long.
“That is the real face of unemployment in America, of people that are hurting. And our job here is to do everything we can to make it easier for them to find a job, not harder. And I think that's what we have to do when it comes to a balanced approach and when we talk about revenue.
“We don't need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. And then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. And that's what we should be focused on, and that's what we're not focused on.”
Now that’s the kind of voice we need in Washington.
With all due respect – which isn’t much – to David Brooks, Chris Matthews, and all of the Americans who voted for Barack Obama based on ethnicity or egotistical and inane expectations of what he could do for them personally, we need brains like Marco Rubio’s involved in our legislative process… not perfectly creased pants.