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Rubio names his price for raising debt ceiling

by George Bennett | March 30th, 2011

Freshman Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ended his self-imposed exile from the national media spotlight with Tuesday night appearances on ABC’s Nightline and Fox News’ Hannity and an interview this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

He also has an opinion piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal in which he says he’ll vote against raising the federal government’s borrowing limit unless certain conditions are met.

“I will vote to defeat an increase in the debt limit unless it is the last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” Rubio says.

Read the whole thing here.

9 Responses to “Rubio names his price for raising debt ceiling”

  1. LaQuishaNiqua Says:

    You tell em Mr. Rubio. You got my vote back then and you got my vote for POTUS when you decide to run. Rubio for potus and West for veep.

    Washington and the status quo is over…git em boys.

  2. Whitey Says:

    Neither have voted for any item of merit, yet.
    Rubio has been cautious. West seems to be dreaming about potus. West better remember who elected him and what he promised.

    as for the messiah obama = 2 WARS, reocrd Deficit, record Unemployment… I too, now Hope FOR Change in 2012.

  3. PFM Says:

    If Rubio and West are really serious about the US debt, they would be demanding that the tax cuts for the top 2% and for corporations be done away with, since they have never created new jobs. Which is why the GOP say they are needed. These are 2 groups that have gotten their way for 10 years and in that time our country gone from good to very bad.

  4. Skeptic Says:

    This guy recieved less than 50% of the vote for the senate in FL and you are talking Presidential material, please send me some of what you are smoking,Obama did not create this mess and he may not be helping to get us out quick, but people like Rubio Republicans; Jeb and George got us in to this in the first place.

  5. Searcher Says:

    Marco is the new “Flavor of the Month”. It will pass.

    The more he opens his mouth, the more we will learn. Politicians can never stay silent for long.

  6. Kevin Says:

    I agree with PFM: This country went from having a projected budget surplus under President Clinton to a national debt that is spiraling out of control which led straight into a depression during the 8 years of George W Bush. GWB spent tax dollars like a drunken sailor on corporate tax breaks and subsidies as well as 2 wars and at the same time cut taxes for everyone but did so most dramatically for the very wealthy. Never in the history of this country has a president cut taxes during a time of war. He borrowed money from China to finance them instead of procuring the cash needed through taxes and never put the cost of fighting them into the budget. Any economist could tell you that this was a foolish and irresponsible thing to do but Republicans were so excited about the fighting that they were ok with this. I would be in agreement with reforming SSI and Medicare with the goal being a balanced budget only if it were combined with a considerable increase in the tax rate paid by those in the highest income bracket and a complete reassessment of all corporate tax breaks and subsidies. Trickle down economics is a myth and most lawmakers including Sen. Rubio know this. If it were true the 8 years we lived under the economic policies of GW Bush should have us all rolling in dough right now. Why is it that republican politicians want to see the budget balanced exclusively on the backs of the poor and middle class? Why do they feel wealthy individuals and powerful rich corporations should be exempt from shouldering their fair share the tax burden? The only answer possible is that they know in order to win elections they need lots of money. That’s money that wealthy people and corporations are all too willing to part with in order to influence government policies that will enrich them even more, usually at the expense of the poor and middle class. I believe that most Republicans like Sen. Rubio have made a grave miscalculation by embracing the small but loud mouth extremist fringe group in the so called tea party. The middle class is fed up with the uncompromising position of these misguided individuals. They will soon learn how a democracy works once they become responsible for a shutdown of the government which will cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per day and end up paying the price for it at the polls in 2012. We can only hope Mr. Rubio will reconsider his position regarding his price for raising the debt ceiling as he did on the privatization of SSI after seeing what happened in the stock market and the effect it would have had on seniors if it had gone that way as GW Bush had wanted. There is no way out of this mess without repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy period.

  7. LaQuishaNiqua Says:

    Kevin….less words…no one is gonna read all that tripe. Condense to a few sentences then folks will read it. Posting a literary masterpiece is not in the fish wrappers best interest.

  8. PFM Says:

    Kevin, I agree with you 100%.

  9. Kevin Says:

    @LaQuishaNiqua: On mans tripe is another mans truth. Just as one mans screen name is another mans racist comment.

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