Julia Hahn of Breitbart lays out the case against MarcoRubio:
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Following Rick Santorum’s inability to name a single achievement of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the media sought to answer the question for themselves. Yet many reporters appear to have come up... empty handed.
(*SMIRKING AS I ROLL MY EYES*)
* THE SO-CALLED "CONSERVATIVE MEDIA" (FOX, WSJ, NRO) BACK RUBIO AS THEIR "PLAN B" WHILE THE MSM ALSO WANTS "ANYONE BUT CRUZ."
As The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza writes, a “major part of the problem is that Rubio doesn’t have all that many accomplishments in the Senate.”
* AND BY THAT CILLIZZA MEANS "POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENTS" FROM A CONSERVATIVE PERSPECTIVE.
“When Rubio is asked to name his single greatest achievement in the Senate, do you hear crickets?” tweeted the National Journal’s Ron Fournier.
* YES... SENATOR RUBIO IS INDEED "MODEST" WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHLIGHTING HIS... "ACCOMPLISHMENTS."
Though Rick Santorum...
...to name the accomplishments of the man he just endorsed, there are indeed several "accomplishments" that are quite "noteworthy."
* OH, YEAH...
Below are just a few of Sen. Rubio’s "achievements" that Rick Santorum could have identified on MSNBC this morning:
(1) The Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight Bill
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York has described the 2013 Rubio-Schumer bill as Rubio’s “signature accomplishment.” Although Santorum seemed... reluctant... to mention it, Rubio’s immigration bill is probably the first "accomplishment" that comes to mind when anyone thinks of Rubio’s very brief career in the U.S. Senate.
Rubio’s immigration bill would have tripled the issuances of green cards...
Rubio's immigration bill would have doubled the dispensation of foreign worker visas...
And Rubio's immigration bill would have granted citizenship — and, thereby, welfare access and voting privileges — to illegal immigrants.
* YEP... YOU CAN SEE WHY RUBIO IS THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT'S "PLAN B."
Reports ranging from the National Review, to the Tampa Bay Times, to the Washington Post, to the New Yorker have all suggested that the Gang of Eight bill would have likely not passed the Senate if not for Sen. Rubio’s tireless efforts.
Indeed, Rubio was the key salesman of the Obama-backed immigration agenda.
As Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker reported at the time, Rubio served as “the Gang’s official ambassador to the Right..."
Lizza wrote: “[Democratic Senator Bob] Menendez told me that Rubio’s role was to ‘work over the conservative universe, particularly the conservative opinion-maker universe,’ in order to ‘neutralize them’ and, in some cases, ‘proselytize them.’ Schumer said, ‘He’s the real deal.’”
* WHAT A RECOMMENDATION, HUH?!
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin told Lizza, “[Rubio] has been invaluable… He’s willing to go on the most conservative talk shows, television and radio, Rush Limbaugh and the rest.”
Moreover, Rubio was also able to successfully strike down all conservative amendments to the Gang of Eight’s proposal.
As Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pointed out, ““Marco and Schumer basically had a secret deal to block all amendments.”
* ANY QUESTIONS, FOLKS?
Indeed, Rubio joined Chuck Schumer in voting down an amendment offered by Sen. Thune, which would have required the completion of a double-layer border fence.
Rubio also successfully defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Vitter, which would have required the implementation of an exit-entry tracking system in order to prevent foreign nationals from illegally over-staying their visas.
* FOLKS! THIS IS JUST RUBIO'S FIRST "ACCOMPLISHMENT;" THERE'S SIX MORE TO GO!
Sen. Rubio cast the 60th and deciding vote to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
By giving President Obama fast-track powers, Rubio essentially helped to ensure the passage of not only the TPP, but all subsequent trade pacts, which are now liberated from Senate filibuster, amendment process, and constitutional treaty vote.
* CONSTITUTION? WHAT CONSTITUTION?!
This represents a significant legislative "victory" for the young Senator, who previously endorsed TPP and described Obama’s trade deal as the “second pillar” of a "President Rubio’s three-pillar foreign policy strategy."
Moreover... Rubio was also successful in promoting foreign currency manipulation by helping to vote down a provision to crack down on the illicit practice that had been proposed by Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
(3) Blocking Curbs to Muslim Immigration
Rubio told Sean Hannity he’d “hate” to block funding for Obama’s refugees...
* REALLY, FOLKS...
* JUST... REALLY, FOLKS...
...and suggested that curbs on Muslim migration would be unconstitutional.
* APPARENTLY RUBIO IS UNFAMILIAR WITH U.S. HISTORY...
* AS WELL AS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE CONSTITUTION'S DELEGATION OF POWERS TO CONGRESS...
(*SMIRKING AS I AGAIN ROLL MY EYES*)
Rubio's pro-mass-migration offensive helped give Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) the space he needed to wave in a vast new group of Muslim migrants.
* YEP! IF YOU LIKE RYAN... MAKES SENSE YOU'D LIKE RUBIO.
Rubio further lent aid and comfort to Paul Ryan by joining a large group of Senators in voting down a proposal offered by Sen. Rand Paul to curb Muslim migration. Sen. Paul’s amendment would have suspended visa issuances to more than 30 Muslim countries with active Jihadist populations.
Rubio has been one of the most ardent champions for increasing Muslim migration.
The U.S. has admitted roughly 1.5 million migrants from Muslim countries since 9/11 on a permanent lifetime basis.
* BUT STILL... (READ ON...)
...Rubio has sought to grow that number vastly. In 2015, Rubio introduced an immigration bill which would have allowed for an unlimited increase in Muslim migration.
* FOLKS. MY SON-IN-LAW IS MUSLIM. IF AND WHEN I BECOME A GRANDFATHER MY GRANDCHILD(REN) WILL LIKELY BE RAISED AS MUSLIMS. I HAVE NO HATRED FOR MUSLIMS. BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING WESTERNIZED, HIGHLY EDUCATED, "LIBERAL" MUSLIMS NECESSARILY! RUBIO SEEMS TO THINK "ALL MUSLIMS ARE THE SAME; ALL MUSLIMS ARE GOOD," WHICH IS AS RIDICULOUS A BELIEF AS THE FLIP SIDE THAT "ALL MUSLIMS ARE THE SAME; ALL MUSLIMS ARE BAD." IN PLAIN ENGLISH: RUBIO IS A FOOL.
(4) Enabling His Corporate Backers to Replace Americans With Foreign Workers
In 2015, Florida Disney laid off scores of Marco Rubio’s constituents and replaced them with low-wage foreign workers brought in on H-1B visas. However, before terminating their American employees, Disney forced Rubio’s constituents to train their lesser-skilled foreign replacements.
Had Rubio had spent his political capital in 2013 trying to reform the H-1B program (instead of massively expanding it!) he could have saved the careers of these Disney workers instead of enabling their termination by leading the charge for more foreign workers.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
In 2013, a Rubio aide even told Ryan Lizza that “there are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly because...”
* BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT FIRING INCOMPETENTS; WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FIRING PRODUCTIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS SO AS TO HIRE LOWER-PAID FOREIGN WORKERS SO AS TO INCREASE CORPORATE PROFITS!
* QUESTION: HAS RUBIO EVER HAD A REAL JOB IN HIS LIFE? IT'S A SERIOUS QUESTION; I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.
At this point another Rubio aide jumped in, asserting, “But the same is true for the high-skilled worker,” to which the first Rubio aide replied, “Yes, and the same is true across every sector, in government, in everything.”
* YEAH? HOW MANY AMERICAN CITIZEN CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS HAS RUBIO FIRED AND REPLACED WITH LOWER-PAID NON-CITIZEN STAFFERS?!
* THESE PEOPLE ARE FRIGGIN' TOOLS... PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
Shortly before the Disney workers got the axe, Rubio introduced legislation in January of 2015 to massively expand the H-1B program.
Rubio’s 2015 Immigration Innovation Act would have tripled the number of H-1B visas.
Interestingly, the bill was endorsed by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger via his immigration lobbying group, the Partnership for a New American Economy.
* NEW "AMERICAN" ECONOMY, HUH? VERY DROLL...
(*SPITTING ON THE GROUND*)
* FOLKS... THESE PEOPLE ARE SCUM. PERIOD.
According to Open Secrets, the Walt Disney Corporation is one of Rubio’s biggest financial backers, having donated more than $2 million.
* YEP... I'LL BET...
Unfortunately, Rubio’s success in protecting his corporate backers’ ability to increase their bottom line has gone virtually unreported in the corporate media. This perhaps explains why so few are able [willing?] to list his Senatorial "achievements." For instance, Julia Preston of the New York Times has written multiple articles about the Florida Disney’s H-1B scheme. Yet Preston fails to mention the fact that Florida Senator Rubio introduced legislation to triple the H-1B program, nor does Preston like to mention that Disney is one of Rubio’s financial backers.
(5) Blocking Food Stamp Reform
In 2011, Marco Rubio voted against a Republican proposal which the Congressional Budget Office projected would save the U.S. government $10 billion by reining in the abuse of the food stamp program.
* VOTED... AGAINST.
The measure was backed by almost all Republicans and opposed by virtually all Democrats.
The measure, as Sen. Jeff Sessions explained when he proposed it, would have eliminated what is known as the “categorical eligibility” for food stamps, which makes people “automatically eligible” to receive government benefits even if that household has “substantial assets.” Rubio was one of only seven Republicans to oppose the measure, but his "no" vote helped stall momentum for food stamp reform - which remains elusive.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Rubio’s campaign did not respond to Breitbart’s request for explanation as to why Rubio voted against the 2011 food stamp reform.
As George Will pointed out, Sen. Rubio gave his “enthusiastic support of the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton intervention in Libya.”
Indeed, as the Washington Examiner wrote at the time in a piece entitled “Rubio takes the lead to support Obama’s war in Libya.”
* FRIGGIN' TOOL...
“Rubio proposes that the Senate authorize the president’s use of force in Libya, and that the authorization state that the aim of the use of force should be the removal of the Qaddafi regime,” the piece said.
* HOW'S THAT WORKED OUT FOR US, FOLKS?
George Will notes that “Rubio supported this third adventure in regime change in the Muslim world since 9/11... perhaps on the principle that practice makes perfect.”
The destabilization and chaos that resulted from the overthrow of Qaddafi not only provided an operating ground for ISIS, but also provided the conditions that led to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.
(7) Worst Attendance Record
Reports note that Sen. Rubio has amassed one of the worst attendance records in the Senate... which is quite an achievement. The Washington Post writes, “Since the beginning of the year, Marco Rubio has cast votes about two-thirds of the time he could have — the worst attendance of any senator seeking a presidential nomination.”
The Sun Sentinel editorial board noted, “Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year. His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings. He says he’s MIA from his J-O-B because he finds it... frustrating... and wants to be president instead… But two other candidates — Sens. Rand Paul and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — have missed only 10 Senate votes during their campaigns for the White House. (Rubio, on the other hand, has missed 59, according to a tally by Politico.)
* I TELL YA, FOLKS... THIS RUBIO... A REAL PIECE OF WORK...
(*STILL SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Given the media’s reluctance to report on the young Senator’s "achievements," it is perhaps understandable why Santorum was unable to identify any of Rubio’s "achievements" when put on the spot.
* UNWILLING IS MORE LIKE IT!
Although the media seems loath to report it, Sen. Rubio has been one of the most ardent and successful champions of the donor-class’s open-borders trade and immigration agenda. While other establishment Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have been unsuccessful in promoting the donor-class’s priorities, Rubio has repeatedly demonstrated his adept ability to deliver for his donors — evidenced by his ability to win praise from prominent conservatives like Rush Limbaugh even as he pushes policies that Limbaugh and others have warned would wipe out conservatism.
* Umm... A BIT UNFAIR TO RUSH. CLEARLY RUSH SEES RUBIO AS "THE LEAST RINOish OF THE RINOs." THAT DOESN'T MEAN RUSH IS A BIG FAN.
Rubio’s campaign has been enthusiastically embraced by some of the most powerful mass migration advocates, like Paul Singer and Larry Ellison.
* FOLKS... I'M JUST GIVING YOU THE FACTS. MAKE OF THEM WHAT YOU WILL.