Marco Rubio Bitches About Obama and Senate Colleagues at CPAC

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Last year, while delivering the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference Florida Senator Marco Rubio talked about grand ideas. This year he was in total Mean Girls mode while speaking at the Conference this morning, and made digs at his veteran colleagues in the Senate, liberals, and President Obama. Even going so far as to call the Commander-in-Chief "a terrible President."

"Looks like he's a really good father, looks like he's a really good husband, but he is a terrible president," Rubio said of Obama.

Oh damn, that's one for the burn book.

"Unlike any leader in modern American history, we are led today by a president that has decided to pit Americans against each other," Rubio hammered on in a bit of fishy political logic. "The basic argument he is making to our nation is that the reason why some of us are worse off than we used to be is because other people are doing too well. That the only way for some of us to do better is for some people to do worse."

Rubio didn't just limit his zingers to Obama.

He said when he was sworn into the senate just about a year and a month ago he was nervous about the experience of some of the more veteran lawmakers.

"And then six months later, you look around and think 'Man, how did they get here?'"

He quipped that whiled the GOP primary is "more a fight over who's more like Ronald Reagan. The Democrats never fight over who's more like [former President] Jimmy Carter."

He then took aim at Democrats who prefer to call themselves "progressives" instead of liberals.

"'Progressive,'" he pondered. "Which I thought was the name of an insurance company." [Side note: There also appears to be an insurance company using the name "Conservative," and yet it is much less successful than Progressive.]

Rubio also played up his recent attacks on new healthcare laws that require religious-affiliated hospital to dispense birth control, and noted that the Republican party will unite to support whoever it is that ends up naming Rubio as their running mate. (We're paraphrasing there.)

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Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Why can't a gust of wind pick up senator big ears and deposit him on Cuba?

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

As the year 2011 drew to a close, the United States Senate voted to let the U.S. Government to imprison people forever without charge, be they citizens or noncitizens, be they on U.S. soil or in foreign territory. Be they anybody at all that the government accuses of being a terrorist, they can be tossed into detention, without charges, forever, never having their case brought to trial. This is the definition of ultimate unaccountable power. The Feinstein Amendment, S. Amdt 1126, would have taken this language out of the final bill. But a majority of senators, by voting against the Feinstein Amendement, acted in favor of unaccountable indefinite detention without charge, for anybody, anybody at all.

Sen. Rubio has followed a conservative course by voting against this bill.

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Jcc3661

Multinational oil and gas corporations are experiencing record profits while the world deals with spill disasters caused by their profitable activities. The supporters of S. 940, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, are cognizant that big oil corporations are doing just fine on their own, and in this time of economic challenge for the nation tried to end special subsidies benefitting oil and gas corporations and burdening our federal budget. Under S. 940 these oil corporations would have stopped receiving special gifts and would have simply been expected to pay their fair share, just like the American people do. On May 18 2011, a majority of Senators voted for S. 940, but in a procedural move a minority blocked the bill from proceeding. As a result, American oil companies will continue to rake in huge subsidies while they accumulate gigantic profits.

Sen. Rubio has followed a conservative course by voting against this bill.

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Jcc3661

S. 219, a bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester, would require senators to file campaign finance reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission, not on paper with the Senate. This may not sound like an important distinction, but the practical effect of the current system is to delay the processing of campaign contribution reports -- often until after an election is over -- and to make the discovery of unsavory campaign expenditures by reporters and citizens more difficult. Tester's bill, the continuation of a veteran effort by ex-Senator Russ Feingold in previous sessions of Congress, would increase efficiency within the government, increase transparency of information to reporters, and increase the accountability of Senators to American citizens.

Senator Rubio has failed to cosponsor S. 219. After you read the text of S. 219, call Sen Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and ask him to support it by adding his cosponsorship.

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

In 2010 there were 22,000 mercenaries hired by the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan; in 2011 the number of hired mercenaries climbed to more than 28,000. By March 2011, there were more private military contractors paid by the U.S. in Iraq than there were U.S. soldiers. In remarks at an event introducing the bill, Representative Jan Schakowsky explained why this is a problem:"Military officers in the field have said contractors operate like cowboys, using unnecessary and excessive force uncharacteristic of enlisted soldiers. In 2007, guards working for a firm then known as Blackwater were accused of killing 17 Iraqis, damaging the U.S. mission in Iraq and hurting our reputation around the world. Later that year, a contractor employed by DynCorp International allegedly shot and killed an unarmed taxi driver."

Military contractors have often acted with disregard for human dignity and when they break the law have frequently used loopholes to escape accountability. The result is inexcusable, violence in the name of the United States with no calls for justice. S. 1428 would finally bring this physical, psychological and political disaster to an end, stopping the use of mercenaries for traditional military security and combat roles.

Senator Rubio has failed to cosponsor S. 1428. After you read the text of S. 1428, call Sen Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and ask him to support it by adding his cosponsorship.

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Jcc3661

The Federation of American Scientists' report on the matter makes clear the danger of cluster munitions: "40 percent of the duds on the ground are hazardous and for each encounter with an unexploded submunition there is a 13 percent probability of detonation. Thus, even though an unexploded submunition is run over, kicked, stepped on, or otherwise disturbed, and did not detonate, it is not safe. Handling the unexploded submunition may eventually result in arming and subsequent detonation." Cluster bombs kill civilians when they are used. Our government knows this, and yet our government continues to manufacture, use and sell cluster bombs to foreign countries. The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, as proposed in the 112th Congress, forbids the United States government from spending money to use, sell or transfer cluster bombs unless the following requirements are met:The cluster bombs are proven to have a 1 percent or lower rate of malfunctionThe cluster bombs will not be used against anything but a clearly defined military target, in an area where there are no civilians and in places where civilians do not ordinarily liveA plan is submitted, with the costs included, for cleaning up all the undetonated explosives that come from cluster bombs, whether they are used by the US military, or by other countries to whom the United States has supplied the cluster bombs

There is a waiver in the law for the first requirement (for the malfunctioning rate of 1 percent or lower), in cases in which it is "vital" to use cluster bombs in order to protect the security of the United States. However, even in such cases, the President is required to submit a report to Congress which explains how civilians will be protected from the cluster bombs, and revealing the failure rate of the cluster bombs, as well as whether the cluster bombs are equipped with self-destruct functions.

Senator Rubio has failed to cosponsor S. 558. After you read the text of S. 558, call Sen Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and ask him to support it by adding his cosponsorship.

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

If passed, the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598) would repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. Enacted in the 1990s, DOMA removed the presumption (based in the "Full Faith and Credit" clause of the Constitution) that same-sex marriages carried out in one state would be recognized in other states or by the federal government. S. 598 would restore cross-state and federal recognition, recognition that different-sex marriages continue to enjoy.

Senator Rubio has failed to cosponsor S. 598. After you read the text of S. 598, call Sen Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and ask him to support it by adding his cosponsorship.

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

As the text of S. 186 points out, "October 7, 2011, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan." This war has cost more than a third of a trillion dollars and has spilled the blood of more than a thousand Americans and uncounted civilians of Afghanistan. Ten years into the war, the Taliban is just as strong, Afghanistan is just as fractured, and there is no clear way out. S. 186 declares simply, "It is the policy of the United States to begin the phased redeployment of United States combat forces from Afghanistan not later than July 1, 2011." S. 186 would have the President submit his plan for phased withdrawal from Afghanistan during the same year.

Senator Rubio has failed to cosponsor S. 186. After you read the text of S. 186, call Sen Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and ask him to support it by adding his cosponsorship.

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

Sen. Rubio's Liberal Action Score: 0The Liberal Action Score is calculated by compiling a series of measured liberal actions (both roll call voting and bill cosponsorship) in the 112th Congress and comparing Marco Rubio's behavior against a liberal standard:Respect for constitutional protections of American civil libertyTransparency and public access in governmentEqual treatment of people under lawThe respect and pursuit of empirical knowledge through support for science and educationProtection of the Earth's environmental richnessStrengthening of economic opportunity for allPursuit of peaceful solutions and opposition to militarism in policyA score of 0 means that Senator Rubio has participated in 0% of our slate of liberal actions in the 112th Congress. Representative Rubio has failed to take any of the slate of liberal actions we have identified for the 112th Congress.

Jcc3661
Jcc3661

"We should not pile more taxes on the backs of working families," says Senator John Cornyn to explain why he thinks S. 1738 ought to be passed into law. Voters may be surprised when they find out who John Cornyn classifies as "working families", however: People who take over a quarter million dollars in income every year. S. 1738 provides a 3.8 tax cut, but only for households with an income of over $250,000 per year. It's a special tax deal for the 1 percent most wealthy Americans. It provides no benefit whatsoever to the 99 percent. Four other senators have signed their names in support of this legislation to grant special favors to wealthy financial elites. Their names are: Richard Burr Mike Crapo Kay Bailey Hutchison Marco Rubio [more]

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Jcc3661

Bank of America has obtained great notoriety this weekend for the declaration, caught on video, by Bank of America Director of Public Policy James Mahoney that the corporation would boost the Rick Perry for President campaign. "Bank of America. We will help you out," he told Perry. Of course, it's not just Rick Perry that Bank of America is boosting. The big bank is also a big manipulator in American politics, using its big money to make big changes in public policy, protecting its big profits. Bank of America's generosity towards politicians does not extend to its workers. Bank of America just announced that it's eliminating 3,500 jobs. Only weeks before that, another 2,500 jobs at Bank of America were cut. Yet, Bank of America has found ample money to pay politicians for their attention to the corporation's needs. The following are the top 10 recipients, currently in Congress, of money from Bank of America: Senator Richard Burr Senator Rob Portman Representative Barney Frank Representative Ben Quayle Senator Marco Rubio Senator Kelly Ayotte Senator Pat Toomey Representative Allen West Representative Peter Sessions Senator Kirsten Gillibrand [more]

johnathon211
johnathon211

They call themselves conservatives.  The world they envision is this planet few here would want to walk upon.  It isn't conservative at all.  It is destructive.  They are revolutionairies calling for the overthrow of everything all of us hold dear.  They hate that pesky document- the constitution.  The people don't pay as well as the corporations.  They just keep hoping for the science fiction of a world of constant payoffs.  At least they keep saying these things.

oOBlackHandOo
oOBlackHandOo

Rubio... What a joke this banana boat boy is.

Jeebus
Jeebus

and we all Bitch about Rubio - but do we get a headline?

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're funked.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 To the GOP Yes, go ahead, rather then focus your energy on fixing the economy and creating jobs, spend all your energy on pushing your religious views and political partisan propaganda. ahead and pander to the religious fanatics among your constituents

If Church wants to engage in politics they should lose the tax exemption they now enjoy.

the same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Rphl
Rphl

Senator Pants-on-fire, may be a good father and husband, but is a lousey senator

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

it's time to recall this clown.

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district.

spent thousands with GOP credit card

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court

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Dpoker
Dpoker

And don't forget this a$$ was pro-SOPA until he saw how unpopular that would've been and retracted.

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