Rubio explains why he voted against fiscal cliff deal. Fails to mention because he wants to be prez

January 8, 2013

I got his email from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):


The federal government has a spending problem. Simple math shows it to be the root cause of our nation’s fiscal crisis. Yet when it came time to present a bill to address this crisis, not a single spending cut was included in the proposal.

Instead, the bill contained a new tax hike that will impact more than just the wealthy. It will also hit thousands of small businesses, many of which may have to lay off employees in order to bear this new burden.

While I appreciate the hard work my colleagues put into seeking a solution, this bill is not a responsible answer to our problem. We need a long-term solution that addresses the root cause of the crisis rather than simply attempting to cover the symptoms.

In each year of President Obama’s first term he added over a trillion dollars to our now $16 trillion debt. Politicians in Washington treat our deficits and debt as if they are comprised of toy cash rather than actual money that our children will have to pay back.

If America’s families and businesses can’t afford to operate so irresponsibly, why should we allow our federal government to do so?

Imagine if the president was required to count last year’s $1.1 trillion deficit by hand out of a cash register. If he were to do so at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take him nearly 35,000 years to complete the task.

Our country can’t wait that long to learn that we’re spending too much money. America needs action from its leaders today.

I pledge to keep fighting for substantive, long-term solutions to our problems. It’s the right thing to do for Florida, my country, and for my children and grandchildren.

Thank you for standing with me in this effort.

Proud to Stand,

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  • Moose January 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Does it really make a difference? None of the populist candidates that made it through the gauntlet of primaries has ever been entirely truthful. Those candidates get marginilized and treated as though they are radioactive. As long as Rubio continues to say the “right” things and put together points in a proper sentence structure without telling everyone the truth he’ll be a top-tier candidate.

  • Ross Calloway January 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I like what he said. It’s what any principled fiscal conservative would say. Because of that, he voted the way I’d expect him to vote. Ditto Congressman Miller. He didn’t vote for that “can kicker” either.

    What he didn’t say is irrelevant. By a long shot, anyone voting against that bill deserves to be president. It shows they have the common sense needed to save this country from our newest founding father.

  • Ames January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Pants on fire has come to be Rubio’s daily attire, he really should stop mindlessly chanting along with the republicans on the hill. And should a man who couldn’t even manage his own household budget, so much so that his house went into foreclosure, be advising ANYONE about ANY budget??

  • J. Smith January 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Marco does not know how to read – the bill signed by the President cut taxes. He’s absolutely right on spending, but Marco offers nothing specific, which makes him a coward just like everyone else in congress. Is Marco willing to publicly advocate raising the age of eligibility for social security? Is Marco willing to publicly advocate Medicare cuts? Is Marco wiling to publicly advocate defense cuts? What is the Marco Rubio plan to close trillion dollar deficits?  Please, Marco, give us some specifics.

    You’re right, Rick. This guy thinks he should be President. And it’s a shame because there appears to be little substance behind his rhetoric – he’s basically the male version of Sarah Palin.

  • An Onymous January 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm


    I don’t know why you decided to put up this piece of demagoguery; anyone can find it on Rubio’s website, but, of course, he must know that other than his staff probably noone ever reads it, which is why he’s sending this junk to anyone who might widen his audience.

    At any rate, there’s plenty more Rubio fails to mention in there. Such as, that 1.1 trillion is a small fraction (7% or so) of the country’s GDP, which, by the way, continues to grow. And that the budget for this year is close to 4 trillion. Even things Rubio completely agrees with in that budget would take him over 100,000 years to count in dollar bills. So, what does that mean? That is, other than the fact that this is such ridiculous BS!

    Another thing that gets repeated way too often (by all kinds of populists, left and right, including Obama, btw) is that the government ought to operate fiscally the same way a family or a (small) business is. What nonsense! If I could print my own money, which others would gladly accept as payment, I may very well be tempted to run some deficits! Especially if I decided all of a sudden to spend a lot of money, such as, uh, well… on a war or two. Even if I wouldn’t want to count that kind of expenditure dollar bill by dollar bill.