Rubio Calls Out Democrat Vote Tactics in Florida

Another election year brings another vote count controversy in Florida. Democrats are trying to wring every vote they can from every corner and eke out a win by changing the rules in the middle of the game (sound familiar, Georgia?).

GOP Senator Marco Rubio is calling out these tactics with an apt metaphor from the world of sports.

Rubio has a point. These legal challenges happening in Florida – and other states – are like referees enacting rule changes in the middle of a football game to give an advantage to one team over the other.

He goes on:

Ever since the 2000 presidential election, the Democrats have made their primary strategy out of something like, “if we don’t win, we’ll pitch a fit and try to change the rules to benefit us.” We saw it with Al Gore and then with Al Franken. Now we’re seeing it with Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

These tactics are underhanded (even though they’re happening out in the open) and are intended to result in a win for the Democrats. We wouldn’t tolerate mid-game rule changes in the NFL or the SEC, so why should we allow them to happen in the fights that really matter?

The Democrats are dragging out the certification of a legal election in order to scramble to find more votes. We’ve let them get away with these shenanigans for nearly two decades now. It’s time that it stops. The GOP and others who truly believe in justice and fairness need to stand up and demand that the lawyering comes to an end and that the Democrats accept the results of the elections.

Sen. Marco Rubio: Economy Shouldn’t Come at Expense of Rising Sea Levels

The junior senator from Florida admitted that while sea levels are rising, the economy shouldn’t come at its expense.

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The junior senator from Florida appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper yesterday to respond to a new survey that claims that flooding will destroy one million Florida homes by the end of the century in wake of Hurricane Michael.

 

That report— titled “Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate“— was released by the Union of Concerned Scientists last week. They found that one million homes would be at risk of being flooded fat the end of the century. That’s pretty doom and gloom picture, no?

 

“Sea levels rise and changes in the climate, those are measurable. So I don’t think there is a debate whether that is happening … The secondary aspect of that is how much of that is due to human activity?” said Rubio.

 

He added, “No matter what we do, no matter what we do with laws, if tomorrow we stopped all — let’s say we went to all solar panels and did all that stuff, which is not realistic — this trend would still continue.”

 

He continued: “Look, Panama City looks like Homestead down here in South Florida after Andrew. What I saw there, I didn’t see any electricity polls standing, or any wires still up. So that’s going to have to be totally rebuilt. Telecommunications is still a challenge. Mexico Beach is wiped out, I mean literally flattened out. And then something I hope we don’t lose focus on – there are a lot of inland counties away from the coast, where there are a lot of older people, a lot of poor people, people that could not evacuate, even if they wanted to, living miles apart from each other in rural areas, who have been badly hit by this. And right now many of them are even cut off. They don’t have phones, the roads are blocked, they might even live off a dirt road. We’ve got to get to them too. That’s going to be the one area that I really, really focus on, because I think that’s where the dire need is also there. And they’re going to be the hardest people to identify and find. We still don’t have an accurate assessment of how many people we have cut off from everybody else.”

 

These comments come after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.

 

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Rubio: Tax Reform Should Help American Families

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), implores his colleagues in the Senate to work harder to ease tax burdens on American middle-class families.

Rubio, who owed more than $100,000 in student loans after graduating law school, says comprehensive tax reform would allow American families to get the most out of their-hard earned money.

“Tax reform is a key part of reinvigorating the American dream so that couples have the flexibility to choose how to best start and raise a family. The status quo means the cost of having children makes those choices for them, resulting in smaller families, riskier pregnancies, longer commutes from more affordable exurbs and more missed recitals.”

“Families are how our values are passed down from generation to generation. We simply cannot have a strong nation without strong families, and working Americans face a challenge in the cost of raising children that threatens the health and vitality of our country.”

The Senator says that a comprehensive tax reform plan like the one he and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed not so long ago would do just that.

The plan would double the per-child tax credit to $2,000, making it refundable against the largest tax paid by families, the payroll tax.

Rubio says the House tax plan introduced last week simply doesn’t provide enough relief American families.

“We can begin the work of reconciling our social contract to the realities working families face by committing the resources of tax reform to a robust expansion of the per-child tax credit. Doing so would ensure that lower-income Americans will not be left out of the biggest legislative undertaking of this Congress.”

“Most important, expanding the child tax credit would align our nation’s tax code with what every parent already knows to be true: Raising children is the most important job we will ever have.”

Rubio breaks with GOP, slams House Tax Plan

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL.) said on Thursday that House Republicans are not working hard enough in their attempts to help working class families.

“House #TaxReform plan is only starting point.But $600 #ChildTaxCredit increase doesn’t achieve our & @potus goal of helping working families,” Rubio tweeted.

The former 2016 presidential candidate teamed up with First Daughter Ivanka Trump to boost tax credits to help middle class families.

The proposed GOP plan would increase the child tax credit from $1,000 per child to $1,600 per child.

In an op-ed for Breitbart in August, Rubio called the current $1,000 tax credit “inadequate and inaccessible to some working class families.”

“As the party of working families, Republicans must not let this opportunity go to waste. We must ensure comprehensive tax reform includes specific and meaningful tax relief for parents. After all, families are the fundamental building blocks of our communities, and the health of our society depends on families being able to provide safe and secure homes, raise active citizens, and love their children unconditionally in ways no other social institution can. Families are how values are passed on from generation to generation. We simply cannot have a strong nation without strong families.”

Rubio instead argues the credit should be increased to $2,500 per child, applying it to both income and payroll taxes. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has also sponsored this proposal.

When You’ve Lost Republicans On Fox News, You’ve Lost Middle America




President Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riot have drawn condemnation from all quarters of the country. The true extent of the political damage to the president is not fully known at this point, but Fox News host Shepard Smith offered a clue. According to Smith, Fox News, a channel normally friendly to Trump and Republicans, could not find a single Republican to defend Trump’s statements on the air.

“Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today,” Smith said on his show Wednesday. “Let’s be honest, Republicans don’t often really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here because we thought, in balance, someone should do that.”

“We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful,” Smith continued.



Throughout his short political career, the president has never had trouble finding Republicans to defend him. On issues from his connections to Russia to the Access Hollywood tape, there were always people willing to go on record to back Donald Trump and excuse his behavior.

While few, if any, Republicans are defending Trump, several are now condemning him by name. On Wednesday, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement, “Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”

“Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world,” Graham continued.

In a tweet, John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.”

Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) launched a series of tweets in which he said that the white supremacist organizers of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville are “100% to blame for a number of reasons.”

“Mr. President,” Rubio tweeted, “you can’t allow White Supremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain.”

The list of other Republicans breaking with Trump on the issue is growing. CNN reports that it now includes Corey Gardner (R-Col.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and John Kasich (R-Ohio).

While Republicans have largely stood by the president since his nomination, Trump’s behavior is increasingly becoming a liability to Republicans who must face voters themselves. This is especially true when Trump veers into the emotionally charged world of race.

One of the few things that unites almost all Americans is a hatred for racism and Nazis. With his statement that there were “very fine people on both sides,” Trump has put his administration and the Republican Party firmly on the wrong side of the issue.

The proof is the lack of Republicans willing to back the president on Charlottesville. When Republicans won’t go on Fox News to defend President Trump, he is in serious trouble.

Senator Rubio May Have Been Targeted For Assassination By Venezuelan Leader

While I was no fan of President Trump’s bluster about possible military options in Venezuela, there are instances that would absolutely warrant immediate, decisive consequences.

One of those would be a planned assassination of a U.S. senator.

According to a new report in the Miami Herald, a powerful leader of Venezuela’s Socialist Party may be planning a hit on Florida Senator Marco Rubio, according to intelligence gathered last month.

Senator Rubio has been a leading voice speaking out against the horrors of the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami.

Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.

At a July 19 Senate hearing, the same day he was first spotted with more security, Rubio repeated his line that Cabello — who has long been suspected by U.S. authorities of drug trafficking — is “the Pablo Escobar of Venezuela.” A week ago on Twitter, Cabello dubbed the senator “Narco Rubio.”

The Department of Homeland Security issued a memo to law enforcement agencies, stating that an assassination threat against the senator had been made, but they had no specifics on any plot. Cabello was named for his vocal criticism of Senator Rubio.

According to the memo, Cabello might have gone as far as to contact “unspecified Mexican nationals” in connection with his plan to harm Rubio.

Venezuela is currently in turmoil, as the people have revolted against the Socialist system that is starving them to death.

In July, a new constituent assembly was voted into place, which would consolidate power into the hands of Maduro, cementing his dictatorship. Opposition leaders were rounded up and ousted from their positions.

Senator Rubio is one of many leaders who have condemned this corrupt action.

This threat comes at a time when lawmakers are on edge, worrying about the possibility of violence. The June 14 shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, which landed Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise in the hospital, critically injured, is still fresh on their minds.

And while no one can get a statement from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Venezuela’s Ministry of Communication and Information, or Senator Rubio’s people, the added security around him, it has been noted.

Capitol reporters first noticed police officers trailing Rubio almost a month ago. When he was interviewed last week by Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4, Rubio’s security included at least one Miami-Dade County Police officer. MDPD was one of the law-enforcement agencies asked to help protect Rubio.

It’s good that he has extra security. We are living in dangerous days.

Pray for the safety of Senator Rubio.

 

Politico Demonstrates a Shortsighted View of the Book of Proverbs

The way the news media approach scripture is always interesting. Quite often, the only time you’ll see a reporter or author quoting scripture in the media is when they are using a verse against a conservative, to call him or her a hypocrite or to throw a verse or two in his or her face (often out of context).

The latest example? Over at Politico, Joel Baden, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, has noticed that Marco Rubio has been tweeting scripture verses lately, many of them from Proverbs. So Baden decided to hold forth on what he calls “probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.” Here’s a taste:

Some of the statements in Proverbs look strikingly similar to those made by modern-day conservative policymakers. Take, for example, Representative Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who, arguing that poorer people should pay more for health care, recently said, “Those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy.” It’s not quite a direct quote from Proverbs, but it’s not too far from these: “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry” (Proverbs 10:3) and “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4).

With all due respect to Professor Baden, that comparison doesn’t exactly make sense. Those verses from Proverbs, which express the wisdom that God takes care of those who follow Him and that laziness leads to destitution, don’t exactly correlate to Brooks’ vague statement that good people lead healthy lives. Oh, and Proverbs doesn’t have anything to say about federal government health care policy. I’m not a biblical scholar, and I can see that.

Baden plays his political hand when he looks at the fact that Republicans tend to quote Proverbs more often in inaugural speeches than Democrats, and he points out Donald Trump’s illiteracy when it comes to scripture, as though he’s representative of rank-and-file conservative Christians.

Most interestingly, he shows the left’s shortsighted tendencies to politicize scripture when he oversimplifies entire book of Proverbs:

In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.

Baden also plays one of the left’s favorite tricks: suggesting scriptures for Republicans to read. (And he projects a little when he accuses only Republicans of confirmation bias: “concentrating exclusively on the parts of it that affirm one’s own perspective…”)

One might advise Rubio to read, and tweet, more widely: from Ecclesiastes, perhaps, or from prophets such as Amos: “Because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of stone—but you shall not live in them” (Amos 5:11). Maybe Leviticus: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself” (Leviticus 19:33–34). Or even the gospels of the New Testament: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God” (Matt 19:24/Mark 10:25/Luke 18:25).

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Bible is not a political book. There’s very little in the Bible that applies to government policy, because it’s meant to be a guidebook on how we are to conduct ourselves in our individual and family lives.

Yes, both sides of the political aisle use and misuse scripture, but in Baden’s case, he shows a shortsighted view of the Bible. Maybe he just doesn’t understand Proverbs, even though he’s a professor of the Bible, but I don’t think that’s the case. More likely, he’s applying his own political biases to the timeless truth of God’s Word.