Florida Senator Marco Rubio presented the official GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night.
As always, Senator Rubio comes across as charismatic, handsome, well spoken, and a pleasant personality.
But when it comes to substance, Rubio was wanting in many ways.
He hardly touched on foreign policy at all, spending most of his time condemning “big” government, claiming that it cannot solve people’s problems, forgetting that he is where he is because of help from government through student loan programs, which he pointed out he had just paid off finally after many years of payments.
Rubio failed to realize that it is government which provides so many opportunities and forms of assistance, including his mother’s Medicare and Social Security.
Rubio forgets that it was the interstate highway system, initiated by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which has allowed the nation, and particularly Florida, to become a success story in growth of population and economic opportunity.
Rubio criticizes government, while making sure that he spends his career in government service, including the Florida legislature, where he spent a decade.
It is also ironic that Rubio and his party attack “big” government, when George W. Bush led the greatest expansion of government in four decades!
Rubio offered no hope for any solution to gun violence, and denied climate change, just as he has, earlier, questioned evolution, so he believes that science has no validity, while invoking religion, of course, all of the time, forgetting that we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights that promotes separation of church and state.
Rubio also shows bad math, as he claims Barack Obama has raised the national debt more than any President, which is not true, and fails to reflect the deep chasm we were in when he took the oath of office, the worst since 1933!
And his belief that often corrupt state governments, including his own state of Florida, can do a better job of operating safety net programs, is belied by the stark truth of just the opposite result!
So Marco Rubio gives a good speech, but the details come up short, if one is interested in reality!
But one thing Rubio accomplished is to make him more noticed as a leading Presidential possibility for his party in 2016!