Senator Marco Rubio came from humble beginnings, just ask him and he will tell you. He will also tell you that he succeeded through working hard and studying harder. That is probably true too. But he’s had a lot of help along the way. It is true that his mother and father were hotel workers in Las Vegas. What you may not know is that Vegas is a great big union town that, unlike Miami, built a middle class by paying its service workers pretty well. It is also true that Marco Rubio studied very hard to become a career politician, but he did so at good public schools like the University of Florida. His mythic life story as told by his old campaign website fails to mention whether or not he received financial aid to attend college while pursuing his path.
On Tuesday, Marco Rubio closed the door on the future success stories of Florida. With his help, the American Jobs Act, the only job-creating, infrastructure-building and school-salvaging plan in Congress, failed to clear the US Senate. With no plan B for putting Americans back to work, Rubio and friends made it clear that they have no solution for the state’s or nation’s economic mess.
On Wednesday, Sen. Rubio’s constituents responded with outrage. They petitioned at his office, and lined the street while holding coffins representing the death of the American Dream. “Sen. Rubio really thinks that doing nothing to fix the economy is better than helping hardworking people start working again!” exclaimed one of the protesters at the event.
As we mentioned in our last blog post, the American Jobs Act received praise from economists, small businesses and the unemployed alike. But some senators claimed it was too hard on the super-wealthy. Instead, Sen. Rubio preferred a reduction in taxes and regulations for big business. “That is what got us into this mess in the first place. The plan clearly gives tax breaks to businesses if they actually create jobs.” said Jose Suarez, of 1Miami. “I guess Rubio and his friends wanted a bill that only gives handouts to the superrich.”
Another protester attending the action was even angrier, “has Rubio walked through the neighborhoods he claims to represent? Does he see how many good people are struggling to feed their families? He is basically guaranteeing that people like him, who came from humble beginnings and worked hard, will never be able to succeed in this state.”