Amid all the hoopla for Florida Senator Marco Rubio, he simply is not ready for the VP spot on the Romney ticket. He was just elected to the Senate in 2010, and is a favorite of the Tea Party. Oh, that’s right, he is also Hispanic. Many Republicans think that key fact plus his status among the very right are what’s needed to help a lack-luster feeling among so many in that party for Romney. The fact is, the Hispanic population is not going to be conned by some Senator just because he’s “one of them”.
This week Rubio, as well as Romney spoke at The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials held in Orlando, Florida. Romney’s speech was given a mild response. The facts of what’s been said (to get each elected) between Romney and Rubio is what will hold them back from getting any substantial votes from Latinos. Both men have gone overboard in caving in to the Tea Party litmus test. That means voicing approval for stopping illegal immigration, and shipping these people back to where they came from. That position is legitimate, except for the fact America doesn’t have the manpower to do that. Also, the facts are: Obama has deported more illegals back home than any previous President. The border is now tighter against illegal entry that any previous time in our history. Obama also leads the polls (in getting the Latino vote) by double digit numbers when placed against Romney or any other Republican. The Republicans are great at getting white people fired up, but in a country increasing in Hispanic population, they are only building a barrier from that voting bloc-slowly but surely. Hispanics know where they stand with Republicans, and it’s not in their neighborhood.
Obama’s recent decision to allow young children of illegal immigrants to remain this country (under certain guidelines) is a political decision, and a smart one. These young people have to be free of an arrest record and be involved in a productive life-in essence. This is hardly the type of people we want to remove from society. Now that our border is tighter, illegal entry is down, and should stay down, so a rising population of these types of people will diminish, over time. We might as well do the best we can to deport the illegals who cause trouble, and work with the rest-it’s the common sense move. Rubio will have to explain all his beliefs to Hispanics, Blacks, and all others who seem outside the one-dimensional tent of a very white Republican party.
Senator Rubio is also out with his biography. This is like a rock band putting out a greatest hits CD after one hit. Years ago as he was chasing his political dreams, Rubio got ahead of himself and went around to anybody who would listen and speak of his Cuban parents rushing to escape tyranny from an evil communist dictator, Fidel Castro, in 1959. Yes, Castro did come to power in that year, but facts would expose a flaw in the Rubio fairy tale because his parents actually came to America in 1957. Not to say they didn’t see a better future in a great country 90 miles away, and came over to seek a better life for them and their children, but the “fleeing tyranny” vision fit into the Rubio biography better. When his lie was exposed, Rubio lied again and explained he just got the facts wrong is all. Give me a break-this novice campaigner, like so many before him, got caught in a lie, and refuses to come clean: welcome to politics Senator.
Marco Rubio probably does have a bright future ahead, but I seriously doubt it will come in the form of becoming Willard “Mitt” Romney’s VP choice. This is because it would be seen as a desperate attempt at gaining the Hispanic vote which, I’m sure, the campaign realizes wouldn’t work anyway. Too many people may also be turned off by such young recruits not being ready for the big time, like Sarah Palin in 2008, and Barack Obama. In Obama’s defense, I think he rescued an economy on the brink of depression. He could’ve done some things better, but America is coming back slowly yes, but it’s on the right track. The reason things are slow is because, as a recent report stated, the recent GREAT RECESSION chewed off millions of American’s (middle class) net worth. The simple fact is millions who lost so much in recent years simply don’t have the money to spend. As Romey, Rubio, and other republicans want to do, cutting more taxes won’t prompt people to spend: that is a myth. George W. Bush cut taxes…TWICE (during war time no less), and was left with the worst job creation record of any president since the 1940s. Let Romey/Rubio get in office, and we’ll slide right back down the trickle- down path to another Great Recession. Romey should take a midwestern safe bet like Rob Portman of Ohio: he’s boring, but is not in bed with the Tea Party, and is seen as a practical guy. Rubio can whip up the right-wingers over the next four years and run in 2016. He still won’t get the Hispanic vote unless he drops the right-wing allegiance.