Sunday, October 23, 2011

Republican Rubio

There has been some talk in recent news about Marco Rubio and when exactly his parents left Cuba to come to the US. What’s so intriguing about this? Mitt Romney has stepped up to defend the 40 year-old Senator. This is about a 9 on my I.B. I scale. Rubio has been spoken of as a possible Vice Presidential candidate. All this talk about him made me realize that I don’t really know much about him. So I shall be using this blog as an opportunity to expand my knowledge on the Senator today.

Marco Rubio was born in ’71. He went to Tarkio College on a football scholarship, and then later transferred to Santa Fe Community College and graduated in ’93 from University of Florida with a bachelor of science. He served in the Florida House of Representatives for 8 years. (2000-2008) During those years he promoted lower taxes, free market empowerment and an efficient government. Then after two years he was elected to the United States Senate to represent Florida. Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, have been married for 13 years and have four kids.

So far, he sounds like a really great family man. Now, where does he stand on the issues?

Rubio wants to lower health care costs by repealing/replacing Obamacare, letting the states be in control of health policy, and allowing individuals to choose their own health care.

Education: (This is quoted from his website)
“Senator Rubio believes we should create a universal education tax deduction, perform a regular review of Department of Education programs, make block grants conditional on performance and accountability measures, improve parental access to school performance, improve school choice through a Federal corporate income tax credit, protect teachers from frivolous lawsuits, overcome the science, technology, engineering and mathematics crisis, create students with disabilities scholarships, promote voluntary Pre-K scholarship, provide opportunity scholarships for students in chronically failing schools, reinstate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and promote a national virtual learning platform.”

To help create businesses and jobs, Rubio’s plans are to permanently end the Death Tax, cut corporate taxes, reform the Alternative Minimum Tax, and end double taxation. And again repeal/replace Obamacare.

Rubio also has ideas about protecting our seniors. (Also, from his website.)
He has “put forth simple ideas that the Senate should pursue, including increasing prosecutions on those who prey on seniors through fraud and financial crimes, protect seniors from identity theft, protect current benefits for seniors, repeal ObamaCare, crack down on unapproved prescription drugs and permanently end the Death Tax.”

If you notice, there are a few of his ideas that fall under more than just once category. Which could be a very good strategy. Rubio seems to be about the simple things that can be most effective.
It also helps that his image is exactly what the media and the people would love. A young good-looking family man. VP? We’ll see!

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