Florida’s charismatic conservative senator didn’t back down from claims he’s made about US debt and solutions for the same.
Rubio told Schieffer, “The real problem is the debt, not the debt limit.” Rubio also said no one’s focusing on the real problem, the debt. He said there’s “no serious effort to credibly deal with America’s debt problem.”
Asked if he would vote for the McConnell-Reid deal that places most of the onus for raising the debt on the president’s back, Rubio responded, “Not as I understand it.” Rubio said he doesn’t believe the plan is “a credible solution to our debt crisis.”
The debt limit, said Rubio, has an “easy solution” because it’s one vote away from being raised now—obviously he was speaking figuratively. Bottom line: Rubio sees the debt as the real problem.
Schieffer made attempts to run defense for President Barack Obama—he noted Rubio had been “especially tough on the president.”
Rubio pointed out the president has backed Republicans into the corner, and Obama did that earlier on spending matters like the Stimulus and the previous fiscal impasse in the spring.
Rather than back down from Schieffer, Rubio met him head-on. He did say every aspect of life in America today is worse than it was when he [Obama] took over.
“Do you really mean that?” Schieffer seemed incredulous.
“Every president has to be judged by the times in which he lives. This president’s been in charge for 2 ½ years. He has increased federal spending by 28 percent.Washington went along with his prescription for joblessness which is the Stimulus package. And unemployment is higher than it was when he took over—significantly higher.” Unemployment hasn’t been at these levels for this long since the Great Depression.
Rubio just kept going. He even corrected Schieffer when the newsman called social security payments “premiums.”
Schieffer concluded by saying, “We have to stop it there.”
That was shortly after Rubio noted some are saying Communist China is a better place to do business than the U.S. Rubio could’ve gone on all day without a teleprompter or note cards—the Florida senator is a master communicator.
Rubio holds a position neither Schieffer nor Obama comprehends:
“I think more revenue should come from economic growth. And I think it should come from that because I think it's impossible for it to come from tax increases. None of the tax increases the President is proposing solves the problem. They don't raise enough money. In fact, they make it worse. They kill jobs. And by the way, I don't trust Washington because they have shown, time and again, that any time they get their hands on more money, they don't use it to pay or avoid debt. They use it to grow the government.”
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 17, 2011)
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