Jim, a few day ago you asked me to respond to the Marco Rubio speech that has gone viral on youtube. You called it a “sort of diplomatic tea party speech…” Well, I guess, in that he isn’t spouting hate in the same tone as a Glenn Beck. But from the beginning he perpetuates Reagan myths (he seems to not understand or just to ignore that Reagan raised taxes on the middle and working classes more than any other president, or that he was the first president to radically run up the debt and increase the size of the government, that Reagan was the president who started the class war that has now been completely won by the richest.) And all Rubio seems to want is to further that class war and move even more wealth to the richest one percent. It’s the old, blame the poor for all our problems all over again. He doesn’t mention her by name, I think, but it’s the same Ayn Rand worship that Paul Ryan engages in. He does sound nice, and has a reasonable tone, and for that he is all the more dangerous, as his ideas are every bit as destructive to America as those of Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, and the rest. It’s nice rhetoric and sounds comforting, but it’s so full of lies you don’t know where to start. I mean, “the free enterprise system does not create poverty”? He says it creates prosperity. Well, for some, and in many ways it is a zero sum game, and if some get rich, it will be at the expense of others. When we eliminate environmental regulations, it sure helps companies who pollute become prosperous. But it sends those whose health and livelihood is destroyed by that pollution into poverty.
He also buys into the myth that perpetual growth is possible. Evidently he believes in the tooth fairy and that oil will never run out as well. He is a master propagandist, and again, for that, all the scarier. He says government should build roads and bridges, but as part of an economic program not a jobs program! Talk about rhetoric. What’s the difference? Simply that he wants to sound reasonable but make sure he gets in the code words that he is really only here for the wealthy.
He’s a pretty boy with Cuban heritage and he snookered the immigrants and old people to vote for him. He says he believes in social security and medicare but that of course we have to destroy them because they are unsustainable. And that of course is utter nonsense. It is only true if we decide it is more important to funnel that money to the richest one percent than to continue to act like we are all in this together. I prefer a more equal society, and I reject Marco Rubio’s vision of American plutocracy, couched as it is in niceties and populist language.