“What you’re seeing with Marco Rubio‘s op-ed today is a tectonic shift in the Senate power structure. Bank on it.” – THE Rick Wilson
No, he didn’t announce anything nor is he going to (psyche), but after laying low since being sworn into office, he did take a huge step back out into the national spotlight with a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal. The big criticism of our party from within the party (the criticism from unserious liberals is Koch Brothers/Fox News/Sarah Palin) is that our leaders are afraid to make any hard decisions when it comes to the budget or debt.
Many of us are waiting for Paul Ryan’s budget next week because, while it will be serious, the reactions from within caucus will give an idea how serious everyone else is. Marco Rubio raised the bar a little by saying he won’t vote to increase the debt limit anymore unless it is the “…last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, etc”. He was not without some suggestions how…
Rep. Dave Camp has already introduced proposals to lower and simplify our tax rates, close loopholes, and make permanent low rates on capital gains and dividends. Even Mr. Obama has endorsed the idea of lowering our corporate tax rate. Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, has a bill that would require an up-or-down vote on “major” regulations, those that cost the economy $100 million or more. And the House has already passed a spending plan this year that lowered discretionary spending by $862 billion over 10 years.
Such reductions are important, but nondefense discretionary spending is a mere 19% of the budget. Focusing on this alone would lead to draconian cuts to essential and legitimate programs.
Wait for it…
To get our debt under control, we must reform and save our entitlement programs. No changes should be made to Medicare and Social Security for people who are currently in the system, like my mother. But people decades away from retirement, like me, must accept that reforms are necessary if we want Social Security and Medicare to exist at all by the time we are eligible for them.
Reforming entitlements is the one that scares away most people. Simply saying the word entitlements sends open minded and tolerant liberal progressives to senior centers across the country to use their politics of fear and scare old people into thinking Republicans are taking their social security away. You know they’re going to this time as well, and they’ve already started to do so (see Schumer, Chuckles and Durbin, Dick).
That said…it’s nut up or shut up time for Republicans to do what they were elected to do in 2010. Rubio just threw down the gauntlet. Who’s next?