Marco Rubio: Mas de lo Mismo

A quick read of Marco Rubio’s response to the SOTU reflects how devoid of reality and policy his party’s positions are so I thought I would provide a response to the Rubio response:

Rubio:  In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

Me: It’s a fact that a major cause of the crisis resulted from lack of regulation and oversight.

Rubio: When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather – he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air.

Me: A conflation of environmental policy/regulations and global warming denialism wrapped into a strawman argument.  While Rubio’s platform despises nuance, it is not the same to say your desire to repeal environmental regulations to help certain industries involves tradeoffs to quality of life is equivalent to wanting dirty air and water. Let’s not conflate outcomes with intent.

Rubio: All these measures are key to helping the economy grow. But we won’t be able to sustain a vibrant middle class unless we solve our debt problem.
Every dollar our government borrows is money that isn’t being invested to create jobs. And the uncertainty created by the debt is one reason why many businesses aren’t hiring.

Me: I work in a small business and I can assure you beyond any reasonable doubt that our hiring decisions have zero relationship to the size of the deficit in the near and medium term. 

It’s intriguing to me that Rubio is considered a new voice or direction for the Republican party when he’s hardly different , from a policy perspective, than the Republican candidates who just ran for the presidency. He’s not different, es lo mismo — rejection of science to ideology; rejection of economic outcomes and lessons to ideology; and an unwillingness to deal with problems with any degree of seriousness to actually solving them.

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