Florida Senator Marco Rubio owes much to the Tea Party. They helped promote his ascent to where he is today. The problem for him is now that he’s a Senator is that he has become a captive of the people who got him there. Rubio was on “Meet The Press” today and, as usual, said nothing. His mouth moved, words were spewed out, but nothing of consequence was said. To his credit, host David Gregory asked specific questions about how Rubio’s ideas on his version of The Dream Act, would differ from President Obama’s (Dream Act-lite). He couldn’t say. He used vague references as to how the “legislation would evolve”…or something like that. When asked, he just simply wouldn’t talk about forcing young people of parents who came to America illegally, to go “home”, wherever that is, and get in line for a legal entry to the United States.
The problem for this Senator from Florida is, he can’t say anything in regards to allowing these young people to remain in America: not on some temporary path to citizenship (as Obama is doing) or any other plan that allows these young people to stay here. Forget that from a logistics standpoint, we’re not going to round up these people and deport them. It would be an ugly sight, and no Republican has the guts to go that far. These young people really don’t have a “home” outside of the U.S. They were raised here, and they consider America as their home.
Through no fault of their own, their parents made their way, illegally to America and brought these youngsters. This is where they grew up. I don’t think too many Americans like the idea of illegal immigration. Not controlling the borders was, and is a United States federal government problem. Both political parties refused to take steps to control the border for a variety of reason. My take on the time to really step up border control was right after 9/11. That was the time most, if not all, Americans would have demanded such a step, but then President Bush shrunk from his responsibility. Today illegal entry is down more than at any other time in modern history, and deportations are up. We boot out illegals who cause trouble-it’s the young people who are here because of their parent’s illegal entry that is the current issue.
The Tea Party has guidelines, and one of them is to not only enforcing the border, but kicking out all illegals, children, parents, and the elderly. Either you’re here legally or you need to leave. There is no room to debate this topic from a Tea Party perspective. That’s why Rubio can’t maneuver around this edict.When Gregory asked Rubio about any “revenue enhancements” (raising tax for additional revenue), again, Rubio took the party line, and said nothing about even using such revenue to pay down our debt. Why? He’s not allowed. The Tea Party and Grover Norquist, two people with power to tell Republicans what to do-to say, and how to vote, won’t allow any tax hikes. Forget that any legitimate economist will tell you that tax hikes are in the mix, along with obvious spending cuts, in taking down our debt. Spending cuts alone won’t do it. That’s a reality Tea Party types like Rubio are unwilling to face. Just how do you work with stubborn, impractical people?
It would be nice for Americans to remember some things that occur in order to deal with issues like taxes properly: The Bush tax cuts were meant to permanent! Stating that you are raising taxes when those cuts are allowed to expire, is letting the original process move forward. No- not with the Tea Party, Grover Norquist and their legion of lemmings like Senator Rubio. They must fall in line, and pretend the Bush tax cuts were put in place for eternity. A day of reckoning is coming to America, and to the government. It will involve tax cuts, the tax code itself, and entitlements which have to be dealt with. The Democrats also have to face facts: you can’t let the entitlement issue remain as is-it’s not workable as it pertains to remaining a part of our structure. It was progressive legislation which most Americans favor, and want to continue. Medicare and Social Security need to be refined or will ultimately implode. Most politicians will admit this, but in today’s polarized political world, it seems like a bridge too far to reconcile.
At the end of the day, it serves no citizen to have their representatives in Washington become a puppet on a string, controlled by unelected forces.Washington is already over-run by lobbyists. I give the tea Party credit for putting a coalition together which created a laundry list of mandates they wanted in their elected officials. Ultimately an elected official should do not only what is good for their district or state, but what is good for the country as a whole-even if it means not being reelected. That is a profile in courage. That is what’s needed from both sides of the aisle in the coming months. Senator Marco Rubio seems to be someone to watch as an up and comer. He seems to have all the right criteria to move even higher in the Washington food chain. Should he remain a mouthpiece for Tea Party politics, and refuse honest and practical compromise, he will always be part of the problem, not the critical problem-solver America desperately needs to progress and prosper.