At work, my ultra-conservative, ultra evangelical religious boss who has said: "I would vote for Satan before voting for Barak Obama", sent me an email today with the subject line: This is why we don’t have money-your people have to spend to protect their constituency!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
In that email, what can only be described as a sharp departure from history/reality is a copy of an article from Human Events that can only be described as laughable. Amongst the claims made by Rubio are that the President "failed to lead" and is making America a "deadbeat nation".
Here is the letter from Sen. Rubio in it's entirety. In it he makes a number of ridiculous claims. The first of course is:
..."you have made it a routine part of your job to ask for more room to spend without any plan to reduce the debt"
That gets a huge HUH?????
Let's see the President has been talking about tons of ways to reduce the debt from simple methods such as letting the Bush tax cuts expire to far more complex programs. It is the Republicans who have tirelessly worked to block the President and the Democrats from even enacting compromise plans. YET, now Senator Rubio has the nerve to say that the President has not proposed ways to reduce the debt. Perhaps the good Senator missed this nifty little piece of information: Obama's Debt Reduction Plan: $ 3 trillion in savings, half from Tax Revenue
Combined with his call this month for $450 billion in new stimulus, the proposal represents a more populist approach to confronting the nation’s economic travails than the compromises he advocated earlier this summer.
Obama will propose new taxes on the wealthy, a special new tax for millionaires, and eliminating or scaling back a variety of loopholes and deductions, officials say. About half of the tax savings would come from the expiration next year of the George W. Bush administration tax cuts for the wealthy.
But the president won’t call for any changes in Social Security, officials say, and is seeking less-aggressive changes to Medicare and Medicaid than previously considered. He will propose $320 billion in health-care savings but will not include raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, officials said.
Any reduction in Medicare benefits would not begin until 2017, they said. Other cuts in domestic spending would bring the total spending savings to $580 billion. About $1 trillion in savings is also expected from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Oh well... so much for no plan. Oh wait... Rubio goes on to say that he will oppose any plan to raise the debt ceiling unless it is accomplished by a "serious plan" which in short says... "no tax raises on the rich, just whack the Poor and Middle Class". Somehow Rubio doesn't understand that the "Job Creators" who have the lowest taxes in history ARE STILL NOT creating jobs despite having those lowest taxes. It's an incredible disconnect from reality.
Then in a further departure he has this to say:
..."you failed to lead and punted the tough decisions, and in doing so, our credit rating was reduced for the first time in history".
Well one can realistically say that the President could have done a better job as a "leader" however, one cannot blame him for the Republicans holding the American people and economy hostage so that their 1% base can become richer, and richer and eventually wipe out the New Deal.
Oh and as far as the credit rating thing, first of all Senator Rubio missed that part of that downgrade by S&P was based on a $ 2 trillion mistake:
S&P initially made a $2-trillion miscalculation in its economic projections, which administration officials noticed Friday afternoon when the firm shared its analysis with them before publicly releasing it, said a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
But S&P would not agree to change its rating or take more time to do a new analysis, the person said.
AND.... of course the downgrade cited the political hostage taking of the issue by Republicans:
“The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy. Despite this year’s wide-ranging debate, in our view, the differences between political parties have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and, as we see it, the resulting agreement fell well short of the comprehensive fiscal consolidation program that some proponents had envisaged until quite recently.”
But let's just get one other point of "Marco's Flight of Fantasy"...
....“more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.”
And I guess the way one dispells the notion of being a "Deadbeat" is to default on debt.
Welcome to the 2012 Republican party where "Reality goes to take a break".
Anyway, Please join me in encouraging President Obama to show the leadership that Rubio insists on. Let's make sure while our debt ceiling is raised, and the proper revenue enhancements such as making the 1% pay their fair share, and ending corporate welfare and loopholes along with other debt reducing stragies are employed. The people of the U.S. support this Mr. President and Sen. Rubio is crying out for you to lead, well... let's do just that (and then watch the Republicans cry like little babies about "too much leadership").