Marco Rubio dazzled himself and the crowd at a Crabby Bills seafood restaurant in Tampa Tuesday when he unveiled his “new economic plan” for the country:
“Lunch is on me! You take credit cards here, right?”
OK, he didn’t really say that. But he did roll out a list of “23 Ideas” for what he calls “a clear alternative” to the “anti-growth, anti-job creating” policies coming out of Washington:
“We have reached a point in our history when we must decide if we are to continue on the free market, limited government path that has made us exceptional, or if we are prepared to follow the rest of the world down the road of government dependency,” he said.
Allow me to plug that into the “Tea-Bagger to English” translator:
We have reached Day 83 of a disaster where we are nearly drowning in a BP Gulf of “free market” oil, natural gas and UNNATURAL toxic dispersants largely because, previously we had eight years of an “exceptional and limited” President who DID give us a limited government, and a Vice President who dictated a no regulation energy policy for fun and profit (who ALSO endorsed Marco Rubio!). It made us “exceptional” all right. Most other countries, and those of us who can think for ourselves (but not Rubio) have acknowledged concepts like Global Warming and reality. To solve oil spills and other problems, are we going to continue to say things like “Drill, Baby, Drill?” If we keep voting in candidates like Rubio and his GOP ilk whose solution for every problem from an oil spill, to losing your home, health insurance, job and yes, your unemployment benefits is: “tax cuts for the rich,” are we prepared to bypass others on our way to becoming a third world country? (Rubio thinks we’d be dependent on OUR government?? Isn’t THAT adorable?)
Yes, Rubio is scrambling for ideas again all right. He bought into his own hype back when he was labeled and disguised as the new “Darling of the Tea Party” by the GOP. He assumed this race would be easy. Then Charlie Crist switched parties. Rubio was finally ahead in the polls again last week. So naturally Crist went ahead and played the oil drilling ban special session card. Finding himself below Crist in the polls again, Rubio said “I’ll take your special session and I’ll raise you “23 Big, New Ideas!” The only problem is they are the same ideas he’s had all along. There’s nothing “big” or “new” about them. Rubio merely made some adjustments and tweaked a couple to make them oil spill friendly, while throwing a couple of bones to the “small people” as his oil buddies refer to them. Bones that will be largely overlooked beyond their comedic value.
The Tea Baggers/GOP often rile up their lemmings with the tired statement “we want to take our country back.” Well, Rubio wants to take the country back too, back to the days of the Bush Administration:
Many of the ideas mimic the tax and economic policies of most Republicans – from making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush permanent, to ending the inheritance tax, plus opposing any new energy tax or the creation of a value added tax.
For those who, like the largest percentage of the country, don’t have an income high enough to qualify for those tax cuts, have no inheritance or trust fund in their future, or they don’t own interest in an oil company, Rubio doesn’t want them to feel left out. He’ll throw a couple of bones their way too:
Other ideas, like creating a sales tax holiday for areas affected by the oil spill and offering affected property owners property tax relief, appear to be state issues, not federal ones.
A “sales tax holiday for areas affected by the oil spill.” Sort of like the one we have in Florida for hurricanes where we get a tax break on generators? This would be for things like what, oil booms? As for property tax, good luck with that. We have a hard enough time trying to get insurance claims for hurricanes here too. They require flood insurance, but after a storm, flooded or not they say it’s wind damage and vice versa. I doubt every homeowner in the affected states would get a tax break much less in Florida where we’re due to be surrounded by oily toxic waters.
Some other bones:
Idea #1: Make The Claims Process Simpler, (presuming BP will even pay them)
Idea #9: Stop Foreclosures For Those Affected (funny he would mention “foreclosures”, probably wishes he could have taken advantage of that one!)
Idea #10: Relax Onerous Fishing Bag Limits And Seasons (this is just another excuse to deregulate yet another industry disguised as protection for fishermen’s livelihood. Rubio’s reasoning overlooks the sad fact that at the rate the spill is going, all affected fish will be dead. Rubio would deregulate even a dead industry. He just can’t help himself!)
Back to the economy:
And then there’s “IDEA #8” under “Marco’s 12 Simple Ways To Grow Our Economy” Much like Florida Gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum and the rest of Rubio’s GOP obstructionist colleagues, Rubio wants to repeal and replace your health care. That won’t improve your economic situation much unless you have money to burn and an inheritance to count on, but Rubio is certainly proving he wants to grow the economy to favor insurance companies and big oil! That could also grow Rubio’s bottom line:
Rubio raised a record $4.5 million in the last three months, beating Gov. Charlie Crist’s $4.3 million fundraising quarter at the start of the race.
Unfortunately raising that kind of money doesn’t raise poll numbers and now Charlie Crist is leading Rubio by seven points. While Crist is busy flip-flopping his way up the charts and Rubio is taking ideas from Bush and Cheney, and taking marching orders from Jeb, that leaves an opening for Kendrick Meek who comes in below both of them in poll numbers. Meek could use the opportunity to keep reminding people that he’s been against oil drilling all along. Plus he recently joined forces with BPMakesMeSick.com to convince President Obama and the government to demand that BP allow oil clean up workers to wear protective gear. BP has so far blocked workers from doing so and threatened to fine and/or fire them if they do.
So Rubio claims he has new ideas and solutions and rolls them out as: “Marco’s 12 Simple Ways To Grow Our Economy”, and “Marco’s 11 Simple Ways To Help The Gulf Coast Economy Recover,” but as usual, all they are is this:
“Marco’s Simple Ideas, My Solutions For Everything: Tax Cuts!”