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Rubio's Effort to Modernize the GOP
Commentary ^ | July 1, 2014 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 07/02/2014 9:37:41 AM PDT by right-wing agnostic

In an earlier post I asked who on the right, in the wake of the ruins of the Obama presidency, will step up and seize the opportunity. Among those who are is Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Last week Senator Rubio gave a policy address, which elicited favorable comments from Ross Douthat, Ramesh Ponnuru, Jim Pethokoukis, and Reihan Salam. Like these four, I found Senator Rubio’s speech, co-hosted by Hillsdale College and the YG Network, to be quite impressive. The Florida senator offered ideas on how to reform our entitlement programs, tax code, higher education, health care, and our social safety net. In doing so, he spoke about single mothers and working class families, wage stagnation, student debt and retirement security, and the effects of globalization and automation. And like Representative Paul Ryan, Rubio understands the need for structural changes in programs, which is quite different, and rather more important than, simply reducing spending.

In making his case, Senator Rubio presented himself as an advocate for modernization rather than moderation (in this instance meaning nudging the GOP in a more liberal direction). He spoke about the need for a policy agenda designed for the 21st century and adjusting to the realities of this new era. Mr. Rubio clearly wants the GOP to be both conservative and constructive, opposing the president’s agenda but also willing to offer alternatives to it. The left, he says, is offering ideas that are old, tired and stale; a conservative agenda, as Rubio has laid it out, is innovative, responsive, and “applies the principles of our founding to the challenges and the opportunities facing Americans in their daily lives.”

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: 2016election; gopestablishmen; gopestablishment; marcorubio; rino; teaparty; turncoat
I completely disagree with the premise of this article. Marco Rubio HAD a bright future in the GOP, until he became Chuck Schumer's bitch and worked with the Senate Democrats and McCain, Graham et al. (unofficial Democrats)to push amnesty down the throats of the American people. Chuck Schumer knew what his doing when his conned Marco Rubio to work with Senate Democrats to pass amnesty. (Not that Rubio needed much arm twisting to go along.) In the process, he DESTROYED Rubio's future in the Republican Party. Marco Rubio was too stupid and naive to realize this was what Schumer's motive was.

Marco Rubio is COMPLETELY FOS if he thinks amnesty will help build up the United States' strength and help stabilize wages, secure the border, make America more competitive, etc. In reality, IT WILL DESTROY AMERICA by destroying this country's middle and working classes./rwa

1 posted on 07/02/2014 9:37:42 AM PDT by right-wing agnostic
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To: right-wing agnostic

The GOP is dead, deceased, not producing CO2, is at room temp.

And, if we’re lucky, all those “GOP” idiots currently serving in congress will soon follow.

Die, RINOs, die.

Die, die, die, die, suffer, die, suffer, die!!!!

We can then get onto developing a true conservative party willing to do war with liberals.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 9:40:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: right-wing agnostic

Allen West needs to run against Rubio in 2016.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 9:45:11 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: right-wing agnostic

Rubio is afraid to rock the boat.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 9:46:32 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: right-wing agnostic

Modernize = liberalize?


5 posted on 07/02/2014 9:51:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: right-wing agnostic

Wasn’t this called “Compassionate Conservatism” 10 years ago?


6 posted on 07/02/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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Rubio understands the need for structural changes in programs, which is quite different, and rather more important than, simply reducing spending.

So government stealing the money of this and future generations is at best a secondary concern? Sounds "modern" all right - and I say the Hell with it.

7 posted on 07/02/2014 9:56:55 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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Rubio needs to ba talking about getting government out of our lives, not about offering us cool new ways to tell us how to live our lives.

Rubio is RINO incarnate.

8 posted on 07/02/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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Marco Rubio is COMPLETELY FOS if he thinks amnesty will help build up the United States' strength and help stabilize wages, secure the border, make America more competitive, etc.

The Gang of 8 bill is far more destructive than just amnesty. It triples legal immigration over the next decade to 33 million and doubles guest worker programs from 650,000 a year to 1.4 million. The bill floods the US labor market at a time when 21 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed.

9 posted on 07/02/2014 9:58:41 AM PDT by kabar
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You have it right.

Rubio has sold out believing that he can succeed by triangulating if he funds himself with Establishment Republican money. Hence his sell out on immigration to get fatcat amnesty donors on board. Triangulation is evident in every issue which you have cited. Regrettably, Rubio is not motivated by conservative principles but by ambition.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 10:05:10 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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Modernize the GOP?

After Mississippi, the GOP is dead.

Someone needs to tell Rubio.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 10:07:51 AM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being pissed on by their own party!)
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Marco Rubio: How to make the unconstitutional, un-American socialist superstate work better.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (See you at Yorktown.)
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I’m sorry to see Hillsdale’s name attached to this.


13 posted on 07/02/2014 10:25:19 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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14 posted on 07/02/2014 10:26:26 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I will not vote for Rubio again, period. He lied to us from his heart and not from a talking points paper.

I would support Allen West even more than I did Rubio to defeat Marco.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT by mazda77
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Either he was lying or he sold out fast as soon as he got to DC. Turned out not to be a dime’s worth of difference between him and the Orange Menace. But he certainly betrayed his supporters who worked overtime to help him defeat Crist.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 10:39:59 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nathanbedford

Rubio, the Hispanic is found “Hispandering” - and this surpises whom?


17 posted on 07/02/2014 10:50:45 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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Rubio is more concerned that he has a place in and is like by the liberal Senate than he is with doing the right (conservative) thing... he has lost any influence with conservatives.


18 posted on 07/02/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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I don’t what these programs “reformed”. I want them pulled up by the roots. There is no reforming them.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 11:02:14 AM PDT by DManA
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To: skeeter

Well said.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 11:08:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: TBP

I’m sorry to see Hillsdale’s name attached to this.

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My thoughts, as well. I hope they are not climbing into the GOPe tank.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 11:09:51 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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