Marco Rubio started out his speech talking about his parents and how they gave him a wonderful opportunity by working their way into the middle class, his father as a Bartender, his mother as a cashier and maid. Sounds great doesn't it.
Sure, but they didn't do this last year. Think about that story in terms of today.
Marco Rubio was born in 1971. So his parents didn't work their way into the middle class in the economy of today. They didn't do this in the economy given to us by the republicans. They did this before Ronald Reagan started us on the path to a low wage economy where most of the money flows upward to the most wealthy.
Today, trying to raise a family and work your way into the middle class as bartender and cashier/maid is nearly impossible. A couple in those jobs are just making ends meet in today's economy. They are working their asses off just to make sure Mitt Romney's cars can have their own elevator.
Marco gives us the tired line about how big government is bad and gets in the way of people achieving their dreams.
What a load of Horse manure!
Government was bigger when Rubio was born than it is today. And did it get in the way of Rubio's parents working their way into the middle class? Nope, I would suggest that indeed, the government played a role in helping is parents achieve the middle class and give Marco a leg up in his life.
Marco decries government regulations as an impediment. Really? . . . Really? . . . Really?
Let's just look at one, the federal minimum wage. The minimum wage was worth a lot more, in terms of buying power, in 1971 when Rubio was born, than it is today. And the minimum wage directly influenced how much a bartender and cashier/maid earned in those years. All that extra buying power helped Rubio's parents work their way into the middle class while at the same time raising kids.
Rubio's own life story rebuts his speech and the failed policies he pushes.
I'd like to hear from all of you bartenders, cashiers, and maids out there.