'deadbeat nation' comments as they are untrue. In fact, I find Rubio's comments disgusting from a group of Republicans who don't want to raise taxes for any reason. This man was given all kinds of help during the years because he was Hispanic and now calls the Country a 'deadbeat nation' when it is the GOP who wants to shut down Government and not pay bills?
When some of us supported Rubio for Senate, we thought we were supporting an honest man, but we were wrong. He is nothing more then a Tea Party puppet who has no core value system left saying only what it will take keep from being primaried which makes him a wimp in my book. He has lost my total respect along with other Republicans who have become part of the 'my way or no way' crowd bowing to the Koch Brothers Tea Party.
Stand with President Obama in taking on Republicans on the debt ceiling. Some of the GOP comments out of the House are mind boggling showing a level of stupidity I cannot believe including Marsha Blackburn putting shutting down Government on the table to teach Obama a lesson. Who elects these people to Congress?
It caught a lot of people's ears just now when Obama said, "We are not a deadbeat nation." What some may not know is that he's referring to Marco Rubio, who used the phrase in a Jan. 6 letter to Obama. That letter is worth a quick review.
As I wrote in The Wall Street Journal in March 2011, I will oppose a debt ceiling increase unless such an authorization is accompanied by a real plan to tackle our debt. Ideally, such a plan would feature both pro-growth elements and spending restraints, including fundamental tax reform, regulatory reform, meaningful cuts to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security and Medicare.
If we had done this in mid-2011 when we last debated the debt ceiling, we could have set America on a path to economic growth and prosperity. This would have led to more jobs and, in turn, to more duly employed taxpayers generating more growth-driven revenue to help us pay down our debt. Instead, you failed to lead, punted the tough decisions and, in doing so, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our history. It's a tragic reality but, on your watch, more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation inevitably heading toward a European-style debt crisis.This of course is dishonest and silly. Note that, while Obama accepts both revenues and cuts, Rubio has no room for revenues. "Fundamental tax reform" means cutting taxes, just as "reform" to Social Security and Medicare means cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Also, I shudder to think what condition this economy would be in if we'd done this in mid-2011. Austerity hurts. I think most Republicans actually know this deep down, although it's not clear in Rubio's case how intelligent he is.
Anyway the phrase "deadbeat nation" is going to have a lot more resonance coming out of Obama's mouth than in Rubio's letter. He has managed to turn the phrase around on the GOP.