Why didn’t Republicans rent a small auditorium, fill it with congressional staff so that Senator Marco Rubio could have an audience to bounce off of when he gave his “rebuttal” to the Presidents hour-long State of the Union?
Marco was up to the task, yes; but he was nervous and obviously attacked by dry mouth. An audience would have solved both problems for Marco; when an audience reacts, that gives the speaker a split second to sip some water.
On content, Marco hit a home run for substance; he was far more substantive than Obama. The President highlighted some guests in the audience and some of them were great. But they don’t measure up when compared to Marco Rubio substance and vision.
Before this speech how many knew that federal student loans paid for Marco’s college and law school and that he recently paid off the $100,000 dollars he borrowed? How many people knew that his father worked for decades as a bartender and his mother as a cashier and hotel maid after they came to America with nothing but a desire to work in the Land of Opportunity?
And how many knew that unlike most rich Senators, Marco Rubio still lives in his working class neighborhood, the son of immigrants in an immigrant neighborhood that married the daughter of immigrants?
How many know that he attended public schools while Obama attended posh private schools in Hawaii? How many people know that Marco attended a local law school in Miami (with student loans) while Obama went to Harvard Law and has never explained how all his tuition was paid for?
Obama talked about “balance” which is his code word for more and higher taxes while Marco talked about private individuals who start businesses and hire people. Obama talked about fixing “70,000” worn out, outmoded bridges that he told us would be fixed with his billion dollar “Stimulus” bill in June 2009. Obama talked of a $9-an-hour minimum wage but forgot that every time the minimum wage increases people lose jobs. Obama talked of raising women’s wages to even levels with men but forgot to tell us that the women on his White House staff are paid less than men for the exact same jobs.
On the other hand, Senator Rubio talked about individuals and their societal impact. He maintains that growth and accomplishment flow upwards from individuals and small business. He talked about more energy through exploration and development. Obama on the other hand bragged about us producing more gas and oil than ever when he knows that is false. His administration has nothing to do with booming natural gas development on private lands. He has actually slowed development on public lands.
Billions of cubic feet of natural gas and millions of barrels of petroleum lie under American public lands and off-shore but Obama allows few to touch these resources. Marco wants intelligent development of this gas and oil. Obama’s regulations are shutting down coal while China is putting coal-burning plants on line every day to support its fast growing industrial complex.
The two speeches, Obama’s State of the Union and Rubio’s rebuttal, can best be described this way:
Obama–I want more government, I want the government to have every child attend federally funded pre-schools complete with breakfasts and lunches. I want every college student to borrow federal funds to meet climbing college costs. I want to retrain older workers or new workers for skills they can use in our modern economy by government, not private enterprise.
Rubio – I want the government to fulfill its essential functions but to not strangle the economy with taxes upon taxes and regulations upon more rules and regulations that small businesses cannot afford. Nor can they afford more taxes. I want to fix Medicare so it won’t go bankrupt, so people can count on it in the future like my mother does today and my father did in his final days.
Despite four years in office, there are three million jobs unfilled today in high skill work while over 20-million people unemployed and underemployed. Despite Obama’s four years in office, middle-class wages are down, lower than when he entered office. He cannot blame that on President Bush. Obama oversees fewer people working today than when he took office.
All in all, President Obama spewed Big Government to an adoring minority of Democrats in the Halls of Congress anxious to please their man while Rubio introduced himself to millions of people unhappy with record high unemployment for 48 months straight. Before his speech, they were unaware of what this son of immigrants, who married a daughter of immigrants and lives in an immigrant working class neighborhood, is all about.
Result, the man Time Magazine thinks might save the Republican Party made a good start on that political chore that might, just might culminate in the White House on January 20, 2016.
Raoul Lowery Contreras (1941) was born in Mexico, raised in the USA. Former U.S. Marine, athlete, Dean’s List at San Diego State. Professional political consultant and California Republican Party official(1963-65)…Television news commentator, radio talk show host…published Op-Ed writer (1988 to present)…author of 12 books (as of 1-05-12). His books are available on Amazon.com.