Marco Rubio Believes That Social Security and Medicare "Weakened Us as a People"
It was a newsworthy event at the Reagan Library Wednesday. On the same day in which former First Lady Nancy Reagan took a tumble only to be caught by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, the hero also went on to give a speech that would certainly bolster his Tea Party cred.
The line that defines which party supports Medicare and Social Security is becoming increasingly clear and painted neon orange.
In a year when Paul Ryan cost the Republicans a significant amount of popularity when he presented a budget which eliminates Medicare and introduces a program he would also call Medicare even though it bears no resemblance to the current system enjoyed by today's senior citizens, Rubio made statements which he will have to explain later if he decides to run for President in 2016 and hopes to earn the votes of citizens who desperately rely on such programs to stave off poverty, preserve dignity and prevent the bankruptcy of themselves, their children and loved ones.
The Senator is a likely contender for the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination due to his pull with Hispanic and Florida voters. Until now Tea Party darling has most often attempted to stay away from highly controversial statements specifically and the media spotlight generally, during his short time in Washington.
However, bolstered by his presence in the Reagan Library with Nancy Reagan on his arm, Rubio stepped out. He was enjoying the illusion of safety among conservative friends as well as the enormity of the implications, in that very regal, very conservative environment and it would have been a disaster to make a speech that did not make Liberals hit the ground running in the morning. It is to this end, I bring you this article.
There was an exceptional amount of warm fuzzies after Rubio made the following statement. "These programs actually weakened us as a people. You see, almost forever, it was institutions in society that assumed the role of taking care of one another."
His resolve concerning this issue will likely fade just as quickly as Rick Perry's resolve has done today.
Pandering to the base is something Republicans seem to learn very early in their political careers. Of course they pay little price and the attention seems to be addicting.
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