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Rubio Pitches Plan to Halt ‘Erosion of American Dream’ with ‘Modern Conservative Reforms’

Unveiling economic policy proposals for today with an eye to 2016.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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June 26, 2014 - 3:09 pm
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) outlined Wednesday a package of economic policies based on modern ideas inspired by conservative principles that he said would take the country in a new direction.

In a major speech at an event co-sponsored by the Young Guns Network, a group with ties to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Rubio framed his new policy agenda “designed specifically for the 21st century” as an effort to stop “the erosion of the American dream through modern conservative reforms.”

He began by telling the audience about his humble upbringing and the privilege he felt of being “raised in a stable family” with parents who had jobs allowing them to provide for their children.

“I was privileged to be born in a land of equal opportunity, the one place on earth where the son of a bartender and a maid could achieve the same things as a son of a president or a millionaire,” Rubio said at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

Rubio described his platform as a “limited government and free enterprise movement that applies the principles of our founding fathers to the challenges and opportunities facing Americans in their daily lives.”

“We’re blessed to live in a country on whose cornerstone is etched the principle that all people have a God-given right to go as far as their talent and effort will take them,” he said. “Because here, so many people have been able to achieve the universal dream of a better life, this dream has come to bear our name: the American dream.”

Rubio said for most Americans this means having a job that pays enough to have a home, feed their family, and save for retirement.

“Too many are starting to believe the American dream is no longer possible for people like them,” he said.

Rubio did not offer anything new in terms of policy prescriptions, touching upon many of his previously announced ideas and legislation he has introduced over the last year.

He said that the last six years have been particularly difficult for three sets of Americans: single mothers, recent college graduates, and working-class families.

Rubio shared the stories of several people who belonged to each category, while outlining policies he believed would improve their circumstances.

He mentioned a pro-family tax proposal he developed along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would increase the child tax credit per family and would make it more easily refundable. He also cited a bill he backed with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would require universities to tell prospective students how much their graduates earn with a given degree. Lastly, he said repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with “market-centered reforms” would give working families the power “to buy the kind of health insurance they want, from any company they choose, at a price they can afford.”

Rubio said the decline of the American dream does not solely fall on the Great Recession; rather, it is the result of a “rapid and disruptive transformation of our economy driven by automation and globalization.”

“The great cause of our time is to reclaim the American dream for more of our people than ever before. And in doing so leave for our children what our parents left for us: the single greatest nation the world has ever known,” he said.

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It's a speech. Just words, much like Obama's many speeches, many, many words. I don't care what Rubio says, I remember what he tried to DO. There is no comeback from that betrayal for me. I'll never vote for him.
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I have no faith in Rubio. He's just another politician.
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The Rubio drama queen antics have grown tiresome. How many times is the derelict going to spew speeches Bush Mafia drones write for him and than vote with the statists.

Rubio is corrupt. The US Chamber of Corrupt Crony Capitalism are his constituents not we Floridians.

Marco is feckless and cares about nothing but Marco corrupt Rubio.

Actions speak louder than words. Marco talks like Reagan but votes like Bush.
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"Rubio said the decline of the American dream does not solely fall on the Great Recession; rather, it is the result of a “rapid and disruptive transformation of our economy driven by automation and globalization.” "

I think he's backing off with that statement. Automation and globalization aren't much under our control. What IS under our control, that contributes just as much if not more to the disruption of our economy, is the extreme over-regulation of our lives and businesses by the government at all levels. He does address that later, but he ought to have included it in that statement.
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Yeah, that's awesome, dude. Rubio, now connected to a pile of dog crap like Eric Cantor.

Man, he really nailed the specific things he'd do to turn the economy around, didn't he? Wait, I counted a grand total of 1 thing - bigger "child tax credits".

How about lower taxes, or flatten them? No, more redistribution by the government. Now THAT'S a conservative principle, right?
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how does rubio plan to get his message out to the people. certainly not the drive by media. that is the problem all the repubs have. "if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear the fall, does it make a noise?" they better figure this out fast.
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Who cares? Rubio has his head so far up the Establishment's butt, he's starting to turn blue.
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It's a speech. Just words, much like Obama's many speeches, many, many words. I don't care what Rubio says, I remember what he tried to DO. There is no comeback from that betrayal for me. I'll never vote for him.
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Never ever.
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Lots of people had faith in Obama. Look what that got us. We should elect politicians based on their ideas, values, and competence. We will rarely find one we agree with completely, so we should look for one that listens to our arguments. Serious discussions are the means to get to good policy.
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I have no faith in Rubio. He's just another politician.
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Cantor's scum rubs off on Rubio.
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Hehe! And nowhere did he mention amnesty - did he? But you know its on his mind. Might as well go sit in the corner and yank yer pud for all the good you're doing - you won't get anything passed while Dirty Harry is king of the Senate.

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Funny: "Rubio said for most Americans this means having a job that pays enough to have a home, feed their family, and save for retirement."

And for the ones he tried to import, it means OTHER people having a job that pays enough to buy Spanish-speakers a home, food, and a comfortable retirement. (He overlooked the degree in Hispanic Studies.)
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Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty.

Ted, we wanted to love ya, but see ^^^^^^^^^^...
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Ted?
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I think he's calling Rubio Ted Kennedy, who started this mess with his immigration bill of 1965.
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