Rubio makes a Reaganesque pitch for free enterprise, growth

The next debate among GOP White House hopefuls will be next month at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. But they will be hard-pressed to match the words spoken there this past week by one of those non-candidates conservatives find so intriguing.

Marco Rubio rode into the U.S. Senate last year on the tea-party wave. The son of Cuban immigrants and former speaker of the House in Florida gained national notoriety by running then-Gov. Charlie Crist out of the primary and then beating him soundly in the general election (when Crist ran as an independent).

On Tuesday in California, he gave a speech worthy, in substance and style, of the man for whom his venue was named.

Rubio’s subject was defining the proper role of government. Reagan, he said, did this “better than any American has done ever before.” And this question, he added, is today “as important as it has ever been.”

He began his own answer with an observation that “the vast majority of Americans share a common vision for what they want our nation to be”:

First, “free and prosperous, a place where your economic hopes and dreams can be accomplished and brought up to fruition.” Second, “compassionate…a place where people are not left behind.”

And he explained why this vision is unfulfilled, and the question about government’s proper role unresolved.

“Both Republicans and Democrats established a role for government in America that said, yes, we’ll have a free economy, but we will also have a strong government, who through regulations and taxes will control the free economy and, through a series of government programs, will take care of those in our society who are falling behind.”

This 20th-century vision, he said, was “doomed to fail from the start” because “it forgot that the strength of our nation begins with its people and…these programs actually weakened us as a people.”

Instead of saving for our own security or acting on our own to help those in need, he said, “government crowded out the institutions in our society that did these things traditionally [and] weakened our people in a way that undermined our ability to maintain our prosperity.”

On top of it all, we made these changes without regard to cost — building “a government that not even the richest and most prosperous nation in the face of the Earth can fund or afford to pay for.”

If we are to answer the question of government’s role ourselves, and not let our creditors do so for us, Rubio said we must recognize this truism:

“The free enterprise system does not leave people behind. People are poor and people are left behind because they do not have access to the free enterprise system because something in their lives or in their community has denied them access” to it. It is a system that pulls “millions of…people out of poverty,” one which “creates prosperity, not denies it.”

Public policy should promote free-enterprise growth: “in our economy, the creation of jobs, and of opportunity, of equality of opportunity.”

Finally, the 40-year-old made a stirring call to his own generation — “those of us raised in Ronald Reagan’s America” — to bear the burden of fulfilling the promises of Social Security and Medicare for our elders and changing it for our children, even if it is “a system that we will never fully access.”

Clarity, sobriety, unity, optimism and responsibility — it was all in there.

The Gipper would have been proud. Presidential candidates of the future should be scared.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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They Call him Gipper, Gipper, He lives in a World Full of Wonder...

August 26th, 2011
6:56 pm

If you talk real nice about that fella maybe you’ll get a chance to kiss his ring one day, Kyle.

Ayn Rant

August 26th, 2011
7:26 pm

Pure nonsense! Just another repetition of GOP dogma, albeit from a prettier face than Boehner or McConnell.

Americans saving for their future retirement, Americans over 65 paying for their own health care insurance, uninspired and poorly educated children becoming proper adults, etc.. In other words, a nation for those who inherited affluence and influence and got an education, and “personal responsibility” for everybody else.

How can an American save for his future if he can hardly find employment, doesn’t know how to do much useful, inherited nothing from the parents, and will never earn a living wage in his lifetime? There’s at least 40 million Americans, mostly ethnic minorities, like that. Maybe they need some opportunity!

Rubio envisions an America where the well-off live in walled compounds, and the uneducated, disinherited rabble mill around outside hoping for charity. Turns out, societies like that suddenly reach a breaking point. It’s already happened in South America; it’s happening now in the Middle East and North Africa.

Rubio and his uglier cronies envision a fantasy, with no idea how to get there from here, and without any support from sensible, patriotic Americans!

hsn

August 26th, 2011
8:01 pm

Geeeez, Kyle !!! You have regurgitated and posted this nonesense yet again. Rubio is nothing more than a fraud being overhyped by the Republicans. They now have him exactly where they want — by the balls — to do their pitching for them.

But eventually, Rubio wouldn’t know what hit him. He is being used as little placeholder who will be dropped by the cons in a heartbeat as soon as the “appropriate” white boy emerges.

Rubio should give the following pawns a call to find out what awaits him: Bobby “Priush” Jindal, Michael Steele, Alan Keys, and most recently, Herman Cain.

hsn

August 26th, 2011
8:04 pm

Rubio, they will heap fake praises on you, until the “ideal” white boy comes along.
Don’t fall for it.
You will not be the first or last statistic of these “con” artists!

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 26th, 2011
8:13 pm

Ayn Rant, your 7:26 is the pure nonsense.

“Maybe they need some opportunity!”

Please. Opportunity abounds for people who are willing to work and willing to learn. Don’t blame those who work hard and recognize what learning can do, for the failures of those who squander those same opportunities.

“How can an American save for his future if he can hardly find employment, doesn’t know how to do much useful, inherited nothing from the parents, and will never earn a living wage in his lifetime?”

Why isn’t he not doing better 3-5 years following graduation? Oh, that’s right, he failed to graduate! So now it’s my responsibility to take care of him from cradle to grave because he didn’t do what about 70% of his fellow American do every year? Cry me a freakin’ river!

“There’s at least 40 million Americans, mostly ethnic minorities, like that.”

Shame on them, Ayn. Shame on THEM!

This has ALWAYS been the land of opportunity – if you are willing.

Unfortunately, it’s now become the land of nanny-state if you are not.

Joe the Plutocrat

August 26th, 2011
8:16 pm

Ronald Reagan’s American can be defined by three words: Arms for Hostages. OK, two words: Iran-Contra. “Work hard and play by the rules”? Again, what rules, the Boland Amendment? This punk is a clown.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 26th, 2011
8:51 pm

Come on Kyle, calm down. The guy just spoke normal, like any true American would.

You just haven’t heard very much of it lately with obozo running his filthy mouth and all.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 26th, 2011
8:56 pm

Ayn Rant: Rubio envisions an America where the well-off live in walled compounds, and the uneducated, disinherited rabble mill around outside hoping for charity.
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Obozo envisions an America were the tens of millions currently well-off join the uneducated, disinterested rabble milling around hoping for a government handout.

Americans have already rejected his liberal fascist notions, and will finish the job in November 2012.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 26th, 2011
9:10 pm

Look, I don’t glorify Ronald Reagan as many others do on the conservative side, because his record of doing as he said wasn’t as good as all that. He was a great orator and a man who knew how to lead (something this President could really learn).

But he was President in a different time, which mars his record a bit more than if he were serving in this time period. He had a severely Democrat Congress, led by one of the Kings of government spending, Tip O’Neill D-MA. He had the Cold War still ongoing. As such, for him to get the military spending he needed to counter the Russian threat, Tip was able to get increased social spending.

But Reagan didn’t take any guff from those air traffic controllers when they decided to strike, which more Presidents should do when it comes to dealing with unions. And he stayed true to his core principles when he could, which is something even more Presidents (Bush in particular) should do.

All-in-all, one of the better Presidents for the time in which he served.

And puts the current imposter to shame.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 26th, 2011
9:12 pm

Joe, this so-called “punk” schooled Long Jawn Kerry on the Senate floor a month or so ago, is bright, articulate clean, reverent, loyal and kind.

And he’ll likely be the next Vice President of the United States if Romney wins the GOP nomination.

cs

August 26th, 2011
9:42 pm

Another deregulation nut who would like more of the failed republican agenda like dubya brought to the table and then left all the dirty dishes that may take 20 years to clean up. No more of that kookyness with my vote.

Dusty

August 26th, 2011
9:43 pm

Oh OH Kyle, , keep talking about Rubio. I tell you, he is a breath of fresh air in today’s politics.. We have waited so long to hear someone who knows the principles of our country and doesn’t mind mentioning them. Honesty, diligence, self supporting, and compassionate; so much that has been pushed aside for dependency on government. It even brings back the days when being patriotic was not considered tres gauche!!

Yes, we need to hear more from Rubio. I hope he hears us calling. .

Cutty

August 26th, 2011
10:00 pm

How ironic that you’re singing the praises of someone who has tacked the same path as the current President, who you believe is inexperienced. Rich.

Dusty

August 26th, 2011
10:18 pm

Cutty,

Rubio is not running for the presidency at this moment and nobody is piling big money to get him in office before his time.

I think everyone has learned about the inexperienced in business and governing from our current president. Many of us noticed before But others went for Hope and Change and came out in mobs.

Now they know. The mobs won’t be there for the second go round. Even they have noticed that things are just not going right and that is putting it mildly!.

Rubio is just filling out his resume. The job will be waiting.

jconservative

August 26th, 2011
10:38 pm

“On top of it all, we made these changes without regard to cost…”

True, cost did not matter. Not to Reagan. And it all started with President Reagan. Reagan, the first President to triple the national debt. Reagan who expanded Medicare beyond recognition. Reagan who “saved” Social Security as we now know it.

If Rubio wants to make this speech, and I do not disagree with the speech, do not make it at the Reagan library. Make it at the library of the last president to sign a balanced budget into law. Or make it in the Senate. Or make it at home.

Kyle you need a reality check on Reagan. As a fiscal conservative Reagan was a joke. As a small government president Reagan was a joke.

Reagan said all the correct things but did all the wrong things.

Fidel Hugo Obozo

August 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

I am jealous of you Marco Rubio. You scare me, amigo. I dread you will inspire a revolt against fascist socialism. What a dangerous young idealistic fellow you are fomenting the prosperity of capitalism derived from a liberated market by the hands of a free people.

Dusty

August 26th, 2011
10:55 pm

jconservative,

Just because you can’t remember the great things that Reagan did, doesn’t mean the rest of America has forgotten. He was an inspiring orator. a diplomat extroidinaire. He is remembered for having “torn down that Wall”! He showed leadership in whatever he did and America knew it.

No president is perfect and Reagan was not either. He recognized some mistakes but never lost his equilibrium or his leadership. His optimism was uplifting with no childish exhibitions. Americans are still pleased to remember Reagan and the good will he engendered.

Too bad you have long missed out on any optimism.

Dusty

August 26th, 2011
10:59 pm

Very good, Fidel You are a keen observer.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 26th, 2011
11:23 pm

jconservative, I suggest you read my 9:10 post, then go out and read a biography of Reagan, rather than rely on some liberal talking points and meaningless statistics without an appreciation of the era under which Reagan served. Oh, and do so with an open mind.

Then, and only then, can you come back and make a valid point about the Reagan presidency.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 26th, 2011
11:39 pm

Oh, and HI, Dusty! Welcome to the Adult Table! :D

Joe the Plutocrat

August 27th, 2011
12:03 am

again; two words: Alzheimer’s. You want to name an airport after him; fine. His most signficant accomplishment as POTUS was, as jcon observed; tripling the federal debt. beyond that; killing 300+Marines in Beruit and providing aid to a known terrorist state (Iran) would be 3 and 4. Rubio and the rest of the revisionist historians can spout whatever mastabatory fantasies they like. the bottom line is’ we were not “better off” in 1989 than 1980. in fact, we were 300% less “better off”. (and “The Wall” came down in 90; almost two year AFTER he left office).

goodcargo

August 27th, 2011
12:11 am

Senator Rubio needs to stop watching reruns of Little House on the Prairie and get out a copy of The Grapes of Wrath. His Pollyanna speeches about how w all used to look after each other and did not need government programs are pie in the sky fairy tales. Before the social safety nets were put in place people actually did die of hunger and lack of healthcare.

[...] Rubio makes a Reaganesque pitch for free enterprise, growth [...]

Dr. Pangloss

August 27th, 2011
4:45 am

Has Rubio ever read a book? Does he have no idea what life was like for laboring people before the labor movement and the New Deal? Back then you didn’t save for your retirement because you had precious little to live on at all. Blue-collar workers just had to hope that they would have some kids and grandkids to live off or that, maybe, a church group would give them enough help to barely survive.

They Call him Gipper, Gipper, He lives in a World Full of Wonder...

August 27th, 2011
5:37 am

The gipper was a failure. “Bedtime for Bonzo” was the closest Reagan ever came to success and that was only because Bonzo dragged him along on his coattails. What movie can we expect to see Rubio costar in and how will he make it without a star such as Bonzo to show him how to get the banana out of the jar, as he did for Reagan.

Fidel Hugo Obozo

August 27th, 2011
6:12 am

Comrades, I fear this Marco Rubio. With those hot young Latin looks and his soft spoken mild manor demeanor he will persuade the soccer moms to support him en masse. I tell you of this Marco Rubio he is trouble for me, he could eventually lead to my downfall and the undoing of socialism. Some right-wing Hollywood producer will probably want him to star in a movie or something like “Bedtime for Obozo” in a parody of me, your dear ruler, Fidel Hugo Obozo.

marko

August 27th, 2011
6:35 am

Conservatives have fond memories of an America that exists only in their minds. Just when exactly did this magical place exist? It must have been before we drove the native peoples from their lands. Before we bought millions of black people here in chains to work as slaves. Where were the kindly social institutions you referred to when children worked fourteen hours a day in dangerous unhealthy factories. Was this before women could vote perhaps? Where is this magical place you’d take us back to . How many times must we cut taxes and deregulate industry before we arrive at this magical place?
Of course conservatives aren’t concerned about global climate change. That only exist in the real world.

They Call him Gipper, Gipper, He lives in a World Full of Wonder...

August 27th, 2011
6:35 am

I wonder if our resident communist, Fidel, knows what a parody is. :lol:

ByteMe

August 27th, 2011
6:53 am

If you keep repeating the same lie, Rubio, simple people might believe it.

For those whose brain stems are still connected to oxygen, you know that nostalgia is just your inability to remember things in context.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-5-2010/even-better-than-the-real-thing

They Call him Gipper, Gipper, He lives in a World Full of Wonder...

August 27th, 2011
6:54 am

The little children, once they are properly undernourished in this futuristic conservative Utopian Rand Land that Republicans dream of, will make most excellent chimney sweeps. Just tie a rope around their little waists and lower and raise them in those deregulated coal-sooted chimneys that will once again dot the landscape. Just think of all the new jobs this wet dream of a deregulated world will create. Kyle and his followers are probably hyperventilating at the mere thought and even that will create more jobs. Just imagine all the paper bags that will be needed. Now breath. Slowly. In and out of the bag.

jconservative

August 27th, 2011
7:42 am

A couple of readers called me out on my criticism of Reagan as a conservative and as a fiscal conservative.

No one denied a word that I wrote.

If one wants to base a president on his speeches, how he looked, his philosophy, then OK to do.

I base a president on what he does. I look at the legislation signed into law. And if you actually look at the legislation signed into law, Reagan was one of our more liberal presidents.

And in looking at the candidates being trotted out by the Republicans this cycle, we will have another fiscally liberal administration starting in January 2013.

Moderate Line

August 27th, 2011
7:53 am

Here are the 10 highest deficits since 1950:
This list is dominated by Republicans with the exception of Obama.

2009 -10.0 Obama
2010 -8.9 Obama
1983 -6.0 Reagan
1985 -5.1 Reagan
1986 -5.0 Reagan
1984 -4.8 Reagan
1992 -4.7 Bush I
1991 -4.5 Bush I
1976 -4.2 Ford
1982 -4.0 Reagan

Here are the top 10 years in low deficits. This list is made up of most old presidents.

2000 2.4 Clinton
1951 1.9 Truman
1999 1.4 Clinton
2001 1.3 Bush II
1956 0.9 Eisenhower
1957 0.8 Eisenhower
1998 0.8 Clinton
1969 0.3 Nixon
1960 0.1 Eisenhower
1965 -0.2 Johnson

What is interesting is deficit spending didn’t become a staple of American politics until Reagan became president. It has remain a a staple except for the years Clinton was president and return once he was gone.

If you want to blame the Democratic congress under Reagan remember Jimmy Carter had the same congress and does not appear in the top 10.

To use Reagan as ideal of this conservative concept of small government is devoid from reality.
Also note that when Reagan took office outlays were at 21.7 and when he left it was 21.3. Worst yet outlays under Carter averaged 20.82 and under Reagan 22.4. Again, you can’t blame the Democratic congress because there was a democratic congress under Carter as well.

I am in favor of balancing the budget but the this belief that Reagan was this ideal of conservative spending is a myth.

Moderate Line

August 27th, 2011
7:54 am

All figures quoted are from OMB. The deficit/surplus is based on Receipts – outlays.

Man Behind the Curtain

August 27th, 2011
8:04 am

Kyle’s got a new man crush. How many does that make this cycle?

Eric

August 27th, 2011
8:16 am

“The free enterprise system does not leave people behind. People are poor and people are left behind because they do not have access to the free enterprise system because something in their lives or in their community has denied them access” to it. It is a system that pulls “millions of…people out of poverty,” one which “creates prosperity, not denies it.”

Sorry, but Rubio is totally wrong! Corporations, medical, and educational institutions, through technology, rules, credentials, etc., have been denying people jobs for a long time. Just try to get a job online these days–you’re lucky if you hear back. And the jobs that are offered are frequently at lower salaries and wages (and require more credentials, skills) relative to Reagan’s time, so that more people are indeed headed into poverty. They can’t keep up with all that’s asked of them. The failure of our gov. has been its failure to put working citizens first, while propping up corporate policies.

Moderate Line

August 27th, 2011
8:20 am

Dusty
August 26th, 2011
10:55 pm

jconservative,

Just because you can’t remember the great things that Reagan did, doesn’t mean the rest of America has forgotten. He was an inspiring orator. a diplomat extroidinaire. He is remembered for having “torn down that Wall”! He showed leadership in whatever he did and America knew it.

No president is perfect and Reagan was not either. He recognized some mistakes but never lost his equilibrium or his leadership. His optimism was uplifting with no childish exhibitions. Americans are still pleased to remember Reagan and the good will he engendered.

Too bad you have long missed out on any optimism.
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I believe FDR was optimistic. Remember the only thing we have to fear was fear itself. However, criticism of FDR should not counter with “Too bad you have long missed out on any optimism.” It is true that all presidents have their flaws but to argue that Reagan epitomized this conservative fiscal ideal is pure bunk, He used classical Keynes(liberal) economics to stimulate the economy with deficit spending so much so the Fed practicing monterist(conservative) economics decided to raise interest rates because their main concern was inflation from Reagan’s Keynes philosophy.

I have noticed the negative aspects of Reagan and FDR are both glossed over. These two presidents are becoming more myth than reality. FDR is probably already there.

carlosgvv

August 27th, 2011
8:21 am

“The Gipper would have been proud”

This kind of speech certainley causes broad smiles on the faces of Big Business CEO’s. Rubio wants to take us back to the good ole days of laissez faire which featured such good things as 6 day work weeks, 12 hour work days, no overtime, no paid vacations, no paid holidays, no sick leave, no insurance, no Workman’s Comp, and lots and lots of child labor. If any of you truly think today’s “Captains of Industry” just would not do the above, I have some excellent oil well stock in Snellville for sale to you.

Streetracer

August 27th, 2011
8:22 am

Moderate Line:

President doesn’t control spending. Spending bills start in the house. It would be much more telling to list the party that controlled Congress in each of those years.

GT

August 27th, 2011
8:39 am

Business is the common denominator that has changed since Reagan not people. Weak government has invited business to be the real head of state in this country. To big to fail is not an individual’s problem in this country it is the problem of monopoly in the business sector that trickles into all America. There are public companies sitting on trillions of dollars, holding this nation hostage. This is a total disconnect to what free enterprise is all about. If we had not bailed these banks out, there would be a hungry sector looking to compete for the positions the big banks left when they failed. And with the big banks there would have been public corporations that fail too. No money would be sitting on the sideline waiting for these conditions to be met before they invested in a country that saved them from bankruptcy.

stephen

August 27th, 2011
8:45 am

at least we now know he can talk. I dont think he has said (or done) anything since arriving in washington.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
8:48 am

Time for some schooling on the Wingfield blog so that the liberals on here understand reality a bit.

First, Streetracer is correct. YOu gauge spending issues by who is in charge of Congress, not who is President. Not for the fact that spending bills originate in the House (that matters), but for the fact that we have been operating under a weak Executive Branch for the past 60 years or so, where Congress exerts more power than ever before. Want proof? Check out the number of Presidential vetoes in the last 60 years. Dropping steadily from their historic highs, and overridden more when they are used.

Next, to say that “He used classical Keynes(liberal) economics to stimulate the economy with deficit spending” as Moderate Line asserts is just plain wrong. Reagan had two main agendas: get the economy back on it’s feet after 4 years of Jimmy carter, and ending the Cold War. His counterpart in the House, Speaker Tip O’Neill had HIS own agenda: expand the social welfare state.

Neither could get what they wanted without working together.

So they compromised. Reagan knew (and had lived under) the threat of nuclear weapons and what the prospects of a long-term Cold War (and the potential of a real war would do to America and the world. He knew the Soviets couldn’t keep up with our economy if we focused it on military upgrades and readiness. So he spent like crazy on the Defense side (which also helped to stimulate the economy). Tip O’Neill got his social agenda and his spending. The deficit and debt grew.

But even though the Berlin Wall came down in 1990, two years after Reagan left office, it was the policies of Ronald Reagan that caused that to happen, not George H.W. Bush. And for the first time in 40 years, the threat of the end of the world through nuclear holocaust was gone.

For some of you too young to remember fallout drills and hiding under your desks at school during air raid drills, this may not seem as important as it does to those who did. But Ronald Reagan’s deficit spending changed the face of this planet forever, and to blithely assign “classical Keynes(liberal) economics” to his term of office is about as ignorant as you can get. You liberals need to do a better job of understanding history and context before you use raw statistics without historical background.

I, for one, will be forever grateful for the world Ronald Wilson Reagan left us.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
8:51 am

“Rubio wants to take us back to the good ole days of laissez faire which featured such good things as 6 day work weeks, 12 hour work days, no overtime, no paid vacations, no paid holidays, no sick leave, no insurance, no Workman’s Comp, and lots and lots of child labor.”

Really, Carlos?

You wouldn’t want to provide specific quotes from Marco Rubio (or any Republican for that matter) that back up your statement, would you?

I didn’t think so.

Willis

August 27th, 2011
8:52 am

I wonder why Rubio failed to mention that Reagan raised taxes and took away tax deductions from ordinary folks?

DeborahinAthens

August 27th, 2011
8:54 am

Having businesses make massive donations under the PAC loopholes is one of the reasons corporations have come to run this country. The Athens Banner Herald ran an excellent article showing the source and amount of each contribution for our candidates. Paul Broun, who is about as useless a representative as one could imagine, besides being sort of insane, had one and a half pages of donations. Some individual contributed, of course, pushed by their preachers and pastors, but large pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, and energy companies gave hundreds of thousands of dollars. Broun went into this last race with millions and his opponents went in with thousands of dollars and we again have our worthless piece of garbage “representing” us.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
8:57 am

“No one denied a word that I wrote.”

jconservative, if you like living in the world of black and white with no contextual basis, then acceptance and denial is all you’ll ever get.

However, that way of life is one of ignorance to the reality surrounding you.

I suggest you read my 8:48 to understand WHY Reagan signed bills that expanded spending and social programs.

Without the “why” you will forever have an empty argument.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
9:00 am

And DeborahinAthens, that scenario plays out every election cycle no matter whether the representative is Republican or Democrat. To single out just one party or incumbent is simply disingenuous.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
9:05 am

“Corporations, medical, and educational institutions, through technology, rules, credentials, etc., have been denying people jobs for a long time.”

Denying people jobs, Eric?

What makes you think that anyone OWES you a jobs? Because that what your term “denying” implies.

They don’t owe you a job, and in a scarce job market, companies can afford to be a bit choosier in deciding what skills and requirements are needed to fill them.

Because it is THEIR job and THEIR money to do with as THEY please, not as you want.

DannyX

August 27th, 2011
9:07 am

“get the economy back on it’s feet after 4 years of Jimmy carter,”

Is it Congress or President with the power, make up your mind. What was the state of the economy prior to Carter? WIN buttons, and wage and price freezes. Carter entered office and was given all of Ford’s work on the economy, a box of WIN buttons.

The “reality” of your cold war end is pure fantasy.

Whip Inflation Now!!!

carlosgvv

August 27th, 2011
9:10 am

Tiberius

Rubio and the Big Business types are far too smart to actually come out and say they want to take us back to the days of runaway Corporate greed. The fact that you cannot see this shows you have only a slight understanding of human nature and know even less about the true nature of sociopathic Corporate personalities.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

August 27th, 2011
9:15 am

“Is it Congress or President with the power, make up your mind.”

Congress has the power of the purse strings, DannyX, but the President has the power of the pulpit.

Ronald Reagan knew how to use it, Jimmy Carter did not.

Carter had virtually the same Congress as Ronald Reagan had, and did nothing with it. Carter had no plan, no vision, and no leadership skills with which he could lift a nation out of a recession.

Reagan had all three in spades.

“The “reality” of your cold war end is pure fantasy.”

Really? Make your case. Be sure to use facts, not rhetoric. Don’t forget to use the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall coming down, the first-ever REDUCTION in the number of nuclear warheads as part of your case – all as a direct result of the policies of Ronald Reagan.