Amnesty Gang Throws Law-Abiders Under the Bus – Michelle Malkin

Amnesty Gang Throws Law-Abiders Under the Bus – Michelle Malkin .

President Obama and the bipartisan Gang of Eight in Washington who want to create a “pathway to citizenship” for millions of illegal aliens have sent a message loud and clear to those who follow the rules: You’re chumps!

Have you patiently waited for months and years for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to slog through your application? You’re chumps!

Have you paid thousands of dollars in travel, legal and medical fees to abide by the thicket of entry, employment, health and processing regulations? You’re chumps!

Have you studied for your naturalization test, taken the oath of allegiance to heart, embraced our time-tested principle of the rule of law, and demonstrated that you will be a financially independent, productive citizen? You’re chumps!

Unrepentant amnesty peddlers on both sides of the aisle admit their plan is all about votes and power. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain continues his futile chase for the Hispanic bloc. Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez is openly salivating at the prospect of millions of new illegal aliens — future Democratic Party dependents of the Nanny State — who could be eligible for Obamacare and a plethora of other government benefits despite clear prohibitions against them.

These cynical pols insist that the rest of law-abiding Americans and law-abiding permanent residents must support Washington’s push to “do something” because “11 million people are living in the shadows.”

To which I say: So? There are 23 million Americans out of work. Why aren’t they Washington’s top priority anymore? Didn’t both parties once pledge that j-o-b-s for unemployed and underemployed Americans was Job No. 1? Why is the very first major legislative push of 2013 another mass amnesty/voter drive/entitlement expansion?

If Washington is really concerned about people “living in the shadows,” how about prioritizing the jaw-dropping backlog of 500,000-plus fugitive deportee cases. These are more than a half-million illegal aliens who have been apprehended, who had their day in immigration court, who have been ordered to leave the country, and who were then released and absconded into the ether. Poof!

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, pols pretended to get serious about fixing the broken deportation system and enacted absconder apprehension initiatives to track down these national security risks. But over the past dozen years, only 100,000 out of 600,000-plus fugitive illegal aliens targeted by the program have been found. Why isn’t the search and removal of these repeat offenders more important than giving “11 million people living in the shadows” a “pathway to citizenship”?

Question: If border security and immigration enforcement are truly a priority to our elected officials, why must these two basic government responsibilities be tethered to benefits for line-jumping illegal aliens? See whether any politician can answer without sputtering about “11 million people living in the shadows” or invoking the over-worn race card.

(By the way, we all know that moldy “11 million” statistic can’t be right. Open borders groups have cited it for nearly 15 years as amnesty measure after amnesty measure attracted new generations of illegal aliens to the country.)

You know who else deserves more attention and compassion than “11 million people living in the shadows”? The 4.6 million individuals around the world who legally applied for sponsored green cards and followed the established legal immigration process. They’ve been shunted aside while the Obama administration ushers illegal alien “DREAM” waiver winners to the front of the line.

As Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies points out: “It is clear that there is no way the roughly one million or more potential Dreamers can be accommodated by (the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service) without noticeably slowing down the processing of legal immigrants (emphasis added). The agency already processes six million applications a year without the amnesty add-ons.

There have been nearly a dozen major amnesty laws, affecting at least five million illegal aliens, passed since the Reagan 1986 amnesty. These beneficiaries and their families have crowded out legal immigrants and increased their application waiting times in untold ways. GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas asked the Obama administration last summer to disclose data on how much the DREAM waiver amnesty alone has affected adjudication/processing times for everyone else. The White House has failed to answer the request.

Want a reality check? Not one of the past federal amnesties was associated with a decline in illegal immigration. Instead, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. has tripled since 1986. The total effect of the amnesties was even larger because relatives later joined amnesty recipients, and this number was multiplied by an unknown number of children born to amnesty recipients who then acquired automatic U.S. citizenship.

Hopelessly naive (or stubbornly self-deluded) freshman GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida insists that any new recipients of the Gang of Eight’s Grand Pander scheme will have to “go to the back of the line and wait behind everybody who applied before them, the right way.” Rubio emphasizes to conservative talk show hosts that there will be background checks and rigorous vetting.

But as I’ve reported for the past two decades, the background check process has been corrupted under both Democratic and Republican administrations. In the 1990s, the Clinton administration turned immigration policy into a massive Democratic voter recruitment machine through the Citizenship USA program. Naturalization officers simply abandoned background checks wholesale. In 2003, an INS center in Laguna Niguel solved the massive backlog problem by putting tens of thousands of applications through a shredder. And in 2006, I exposed how some high-immigrant regions rewarded adjudication officers with bonuses for rubber-stamping as many applications as possible without regard to security.

You want “comprehensive immigration reform”? Start with reliable adjudications, fully cleared backlogs, consistent interior enforcement, working background checks for the existing caseload, and efficient and effective deportation policies that punish law-breakers and do right by law-abiders.

And please don’t pretend that piling millions of new illegal aliens onto an already overwhelmed system is going to fix a darned thing. Chumps.

 

The Immigration Ploy – Thomas Sowell – Townhall.com

The Immigration Ploy – Thomas Sowell – Townhall.com.

President Obama’s latest political ploy — granting new “rights” out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children — is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country’s long-run problems.

Whatever the merits or demerits of the Obama immigration policy, his Executive Order is good only as long as he remains president, which may be only a matter of months after this year’s election.

People cannot plan their lives on the basis of laws that can suddenly appear, and then suddenly disappear, in less than a year. To come forward today and claim the protection of the Obama Executive Order is to declare publicly and officially that your parents entered the country illegally. How that may be viewed by some later administration is anybody’s guess.

Employers likewise cannot rely on policies that may be here today and gone tomorrow, whether these are temporary tax rates designed to look good at election time or temporary immigration policies that can backfire later if employers get accused of hiring illegal immigrants.

Why hire someone, and invest time and money in training them, if you may be forced to fire them before a year has passed?

Kicking the can down the road is one of the favorite exercises in Washington. But neither in the economy nor in their personal lives can people make plans and commitments on the basis of government policies that suddenly appear and suddenly disappear.

Like so many other Obama ploys, his immigration ploy is not meant to help the country, but to help Obama. This is all about getting the Hispanic vote this November.

The principle involved — keeping children from being hurt by actions over which they had no control — is one already advanced by Senator Marco Rubio, who may well end up as Governor Romney’s vice-presidential running mate. The Obama Executive Order, which suddenly popped up like a rabbit out of a magician’s hat, steals some of Senator Rubio’s thunder, so it is clever politics.

But clever politics is what has gotten this country into so much trouble, not only as regards immigration but also as regards the economy and the dangerous international situation.

When the new, and perhaps short-lived, immigration policy is looked at in terms of how it can be administered, it makes even less sense. While this policy is rationalized in terms of children, those who invoke it are likely to do so as adults.

How do you check someone’s claim that he was brought into the country illegally when he was a child? If Obama gets reelected, it is very unlikely that illegal immigrants will really have to prove anything. The administration can simply choose not to enforce that provision, as so many other immigration laws are unenforced in the Obama administration.

If Obama does not get reelected, then it may not matter anyway, when his Executive Order can be gone after he is gone.

Ultimately, it does not matter what immigration policy this country has, if it cannot control its own borders. Whoever wants to come, and who has the chutzpah, will come. And the fact that they come across the Mexican border does not mean that they are all Mexicans. They can just as easily be terrorists from the Middle East.

Only after the border is controlled can any immigration policy matter be seriously considered, and options weighed through the normal Constitutional process of Congressional hearings, debate and legislation, rather than by Presidential short-cuts.

Not only is border control fundamental, what is also fundamental is the principle that immigration policy does not exist to accommodate foreigners but to protect Americans — and the American culture that has made this the world’s richest, freest and most powerful nation for more than a century.

No nation can absorb unlimited numbers of people from another culture without jeopardizing its own culture. In the 19th and early 20th century, America could absorb millions of immigrants who came here to become Americans. But the situation is entirely different today, when group separatism, resentment and polarization are being promoted by both the education system and politicians.

NUGENT: Allen West is a battle-tested patriot with star power – Washington Times

NUGENT: Allen West is a battle-tested patriot with star power – Washington Times.

By Ted Nugent – The Washington Times

When names are kicked around as to who would make a good running mate for former Gov. Mitt Romney, I can think of many great Americans for the job. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, John Thune, Paul Ryan, Mike Rogers, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Darrell Issa, Louie Gomert and others come to mind.

But Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida is justifiably at or near the top of the list. Mr. Rubio would be a wise selection. He’s a conservative who is bright and speaks his mind with a bold conviction that warms the hearts of fellow conservatives drunk on tea. Every so often, someone comes along and inspires us, gives us real hope, tells us the truth and lays out a clear vision for the future.

These patriots are not concerned with the next election, but are concerned with the good of the nation for future generations of Americans. They know the real American dream is about leaving the nation in better shape than it was when they arrived.

These statesmen don’t seek to reshape America into something our Founders never intended, but believe in restoring those unique limited government principles that made America the envy of the world or as Ronald Reagan said, “a shining city on a hill.”

They know the real greatness of America rests with individuals, not power-hungry bureaucrats who seek to control us instead of upholding the U.S. Constitution that liberates us.

I endorse Mr. Romney for president because I believe he is the right man at the right time with the right experience and with the right vision to begin pointing this wonderful experiment in self-government in a renewed, positive direction that rewards the producers instead of punishing them.

Mr. Romney is going to need help, and like the good Mr. Rubio, Rep. Allen West is another conservative shining star from Florida.

While a vice-presidential selection is Mr. Romney’s call, he would be wise to give Mr. West a strong look.

Whether Mr. West wants the job of vice president remains to be seen, but there is no debating that he has the conservative credentials, the vision and the wisdom to be second in command and someday, to be the commander in chief. He’s that great an American.

Mr. West is a bold, unapologetic, intelligent American with a clear vision for the country that is the opposite of the Obama administration’s wrongheaded, European-style vision.

A vice-presidential running mate does not typically make a difference in a presidential race, but Mr. West would obliterate that historical political paradigm. He’s a game-changer.

A Romney-West ticket would be a veritable juggernaut that would illuminate the vast chasms that separate them from the undynamic duo of President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

While I deeply respect Mr. Rubio and believe he would make a strong running mate, I equally believe Mr. West would do us all proud as the next vice president of the United States. He is a leader, a patriot, a battle-tested veteran and is no doubt a shining star for the GOP and America.

Mitt Romney would be very wise to select Allen West to be his running mate.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

Proof we do not need SOPA. – Tea Party Nation

Proof we do not need SOPA. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

On Wednesday, many websites were blacked up to show a unified opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the parallel bill in the Senate PROTECT-IP (PIPA). 

Yesterday, something happened that shows just how much we do not need SOPA & PIPA.

 

What happened?

 

Yesterday, the Department of Justice shut down the Mega upload website and indicted a number of the owners and employees of the site.  The site as the name suggested, hosted millions of dollars in pirated media. 

 

Amazingly enough, despite what the proponents of SOPA and PIPA claim, the federal government was able to go out and shut down a site that allegedly violated copyright law, without SOPA or PIPA being the law of the land.

 

If the Department of Justice can do this without SOPA, why do we need SOPA?

 

The answer is, we do not need SOPA.  We have the tools in the law now to do protect intellectual property.  The only question is why aren’t they being used?

 

Copyright infringement is not only a civil law violation, it is often a criminal violation.  If you doubt that, ask Kim Dotcom, the founder and CEO of Mega upload. 

 

One of the claims of those who support SOPA and PIPA is that DOJ cannot reach out and touch sites in foreign countries.  Kim Dotcom is in jail in New Zealand, awaiting extradition to America.   As are other members of the Mega upload conspiracy.

 

In short everything the proponents of SOPA and PIPA say is needed has been handled without SOPA and PIPA. 

 

What those who support SOPA and PIPA really want to do is make it easier for large corporations to intimidate small businesses and companies.  It makes it very easy for large corporations to drive small businesses and potential competitors out of business. 

 

Fortunately, Senators and Congressmen are starting to understand how toxic this is bill is.  Marco Rubio has gone from being a co-sponsor to being opposed to this bill. 

Mitch McConnell has called for Harry Reid to pull PIPA from Senate consideration.   McConnell probably would not be doing this unless he has 41 votes to prevent cloture.   Late last night, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, one of the earliest supporters of SOPA pulled her support of the bill, urging that the bill be scrapped and Congress start over from scratch.

 

We have to keep up the pressure on Congress to make sure neither SOPA nor PIPA ever become law.  Contact your Senators and Congressman and make sure they understand how opposed you are to SOPA and PIPA.

Another Victory for Freedom! – Tea Party Nation

 

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Another Victory for Freedom! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Marco Rubio, the incredible Senator from Florida has been a huge supporter of the Tea Party, freedom and liberty.  He just did something else that is really great.

 What is it?

 He has announced he is no longer supporting the Protect-IP bill in the Senate. 

 To say that this is a huge victory is an understatement.

 Here is what Senator Rubio just had to say!

 In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs.

However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.

Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.

 There are a lot of reasons to like Marco Rubio.  Not the least of which is that he gets it when it comes to freedom and liberty. 

 If you have the chance, call Senator Rubio’s office and thank him for what he has done.  His number is 202-224-3041. 

 Encourage your Senators and Congressman to oppose this terrible bill that threatens the freedom of the Internet and our rights to free speech.

Rubio: Obama is the head of the dead beat nation. – Tea Party Nation

 

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Rubio: Obama is the head of the dead beat nation. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on January 6, 2012

Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida has an amazing habit of nailing it. 

 He just sent a letter to Barack Obama and he nailed it again.

 From Human Events:

 Rubio pledged that he would challenge any further increase in the debt limit, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming appeal to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark. 

“I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly.”

President Obama is expected to ask for new borrowing power from Congress once the Senate and House return from their holiday recess.

If the President led the charge to reduce the country’s unsustainable debt in mid 2011 rather than punt the enterprise to a “Super Committee,” asserted Rubio, we’d already be on a pathway toward economic growth and prosperity. “Unfortunately, the first three years of your presidency have been a profile in leadership failure.”

The letter concludes: “America deserves leaders who will stand front and center, level with the American people about our challenges and offer real solutions to solve them.  Instead of simply asking for another debt ceiling increase, I urge you to come forward with a real plan to tackle our debt in 2012.”

 Of course, Obama does not want a plan to tackle our debt.  He wants to bankrupt the country.

 This is why we the people are going to have to make a stand again.

 On February 27th, we are going to rally again and make our voices heard by Washington.  We are going to tell Washington that they cannot continue to spend this country into bankruptcy.

 We must make our voices heard now.  Six times Obama has come and asked for more money to keep government running while making no effort to stop the insane spending that is wrecking our economy.

 We must stop now. 

 Join us on February 27th.  If you want to be a part of this effort, email us at rallies@teapartynation.com.

“Threatening the left” – some background of my own – Tea Party Nation

“Threatening the left” – some background of my own – Tea Party Nation.

I just enjoyed reading Judson Phillips‘ blog of today, “Threatening the left”, in which he expressed support for Marco Rubio and myself.  http://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topics/threatening-the-left

 I’m honored that he would even talk about me in the same blog with Marco Rubio.

 It was especially comforting in light of the abuse I’ve experienced this week from the drooling “useful idiot” loons of the left, even to the point of posting a photo of me online and receiving veiled death threats.

 It was particularly poignant to me, because I was born in Miami in 1948 and lived my first 31 years there. I would have voted for Marco Rubio, if I’d still been living there when he ran for office, and would definitely vote for him today if he ran for President. I think he’d make a great one.

 Growing up down there, I gained first hand experience with, and sympathy for, the people who fled Cuba and Castro in the early ’60’s.

 I was there during the “Cuban Missile Crisis“, and later, a co-worker who was retired Air Force told me that our country was literally sitting there with the ICBM doors open, something I imagine not many Americans ever realized.

 Yet now we have a President who has abandoned the Monroe Doctrine and allows missiles to be placed in Venezuela, and aimed a the United States, and which could receive nuclear warheads when Iran goes nuclear, at some time in the near future.

 I had a summer job while in high school, at an anodizing company, where the plant manager had been a medical doctor in Cuba and had given that up to come to the United States to be free. Freedom is a powerful thing and I truly believe that most people yearn for it.

 I heard so many horror stories about the totalitarian socialist regime in Cuba, the “socialist paradise” that trendy U.S. Marxists like Michael Moore and his Hollywood limousine liberal friends like to visit, that it sickens me when I see someone wearing a “Che Guevara” t-shirt. Do they even realize that Che may have personally killed as many as 17,000 Cubans, that he said there was no need of trials to determine someone’s guilt, and that he was a rabid racist who despised black people? This is no hero they wear on their t-shirts, anymore than Mao, who killed an estimated 70 million Chinese people.

 Judson said to me yesterday, that, “when the left goes after you like this, you are a real threat to them”, but I replied to him that I’m no threat to anyone, I’m nobody. Just an individual who still supports freedom. I think that the real threat to the left is the Tea Party movement itself, which they’ve been doing everything within their power to lie and smear out of existence since its inception. Why?

 Because I think the Tea Party movement is the only thing still standing between socialism and their century-old global domination agenda. The only thing, and with the majority who are good, decent freedom-loving Americans standing with us.

 We’re the ones who would agree with the words of Cuban patriot Jose Marti, who said:

 “La libertad no es negotiable.”  ( Liberty is not negotiable. )

 And that terrifies them.

 Viva Cuba libre!

Marco Rubio’s Courageous Speech – Star Parker – Townhall Conservative

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Marco Rubio’s Courageous Speech – Star Parker – Townhall Conservative.

Florida’s young Republican Senator Marco Rubio gave an important speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in California that has set off the liberal talking head universe.

He had the temerity to suggest that the huge growth in government’s role in American life over the last century “actually weakened us as a people.”

The resulting onslaught from liberal blogs and cable hosts comes as no surprise because Rubio directly took on the idol at which liberals worship – Big Government.

But his analysis was courageous and profound.

Eighty percent of Americans are not happy with the direction of the country. And, new Gallup polling shows that only 17 percent are positively disposed toward the federal government.

Americans want answers.

Senator Rubio, in this speech, stepped up to the plate to provide answers.

If liberals disagree, they are going to have to get equally serious. They’ve certainly got to do better than MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, calling Rubio “a political hack” who wants “to get rid of social safety nets.”

Our fiscal crisis is undeniable. The trillions in debt we’ve taken on to finance massive government spending has resulted in the unthinkable downgrading in rating of our government’s bonds.

But Senator Rubio took a bold step beyond looking at our problems just as an accountant.

He suggested that we cannot separate our budget from our culture. The culture of government has displaced the culture of personal responsibility.

I have been making the point for years regarding what the welfare state culture has done in our black communities. How it has created a permanent underclass, defined by family breakdown, sexual promiscuity, disease, and crime.

American culture has changed profoundly over these years that Americans have come to increasingly believe that government social engineering can solve life’s problems and challenges.

A snapshot of today’s American family shows how much things have changed, even compared to 1981 when President Reagan took office.

Since 1980, the percentage of babies in America born to unwed mothers has doubled, from 20 percent to 40 percent.

Fifty two percent of Americans over the age of 18 are married today, compared to 72 percent in 1960.

Among blacks, 44% of the population over 18 has never been married, compared to 17% in 1960.

Sixty four percent of American children today live in a home with two married parents, compared with 75 percent in 1980 and 87 percent in 1960.

And, according to the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of those between ages of 18 to 29 “agree marriage is becoming obsolete.”

We used to be a nation, as Senator Rubio pointed out, where parents raised and cared for children, then those children cared for their aging parents. Where neighbors cared for neighbors.

We might note that the welfare state idea is not an American invention but an import from Europe. We also might note that about 20 percent of Europeans attend church regularly, half that of Americans.

Europe is characterized today by low birth rates – so low that they are not replacing themselves – and high unemployment rates. The unemployment rate in France has hovered between 8 and 11 percent over the last 25 years.

We must wonder if even we can take on our fiscal problems, if traditional American family life can be restored, and if we believe it even matters.

It is to Senator Rubio’s considerable credit that he has stood up to argue that we must look at the picture of our nation in its entirety. That we cannot separate our budget matters and our attitude toward government from our overall culture and our personal behavior.

What is before us today is not a battle of competing numbers but a battle of competing visions.

Is America to continue in the direction of welfare state materialism? Or will this be a free nation under God?

RUBIO: SHOW ME A TAX INCREASE THAT CREATES JOBS. YOU CAN’T! – Tea Party Nation

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RUBIO: SHOW ME A TAX INCREASE THAT CREATES JOBS. YOU CAN’T! – Tea Party Nation.

Senator Rubio: “Every other problem we face in our country, the housing crisis, all these other problems become easier to deal with if you have more people working, people making money, people paying their taxes, people spending money into the economy. Unemployment is what we have to get at, and you’re not going to create jobs by tax increases.

“And if someone in this building, if someone in Washington has a tax increase that creates jobs, I invite you to offer it. We’re all ears. Right now. If someone in Washington has a tax increase that helps create jobs, then now is the time to offer it. I would submit to you you’re not going to find one because there are no tax increases that will create jobs. And if you don’t create jobs and you don’t grow this economy, there is no way out of this debt. You cannot cut your way out of it and you certainly can’t tax your way out of it.

“Does that mean we don’t do anything about taxes, as I hear some commentators saying in the press? Of course not. Our tax code is broken. There are a bunch of things in the tax code that do not belong there, and I think there is bipartisan support, whether the media tries to ignore it or not, I think there is bipartisan support in the Senate, in the House, in Washington for tax reform.”

RUBIO: I’VE NEVER MET A JOB CREATOR LOOKING FOR HIGHER, MORE COMPLICATED TAXES

Senator Rubio: “I swear to you, I have never met a job creator that told me that they are looking for a state with high taxes and burdensome regulations. I have never met one. There may be one. And again, I invite anyone here in Washington, D.C., to produce for us a job creator, a company or an individual who says that what they are looking for is they are looking to open a business someplace where the taxes are high and difficult to understand and the regulations are expensive to comply with because that’s what we have in America. You want to know why jobs aren’t being created? Because that’s what we have in America. So if someone knows of a job creator anywhere in the world that’s looking for a high, complex tax environment or looking for a high regulatory environment, I would like to meet them because I have yet to meet a job creator that’s looking for that, and that’s what we have.

“I would submit to you that there is support, there is bipartisan support for the idea of tax reform, of simplifying our tax code, of making it easier to comply with. If we do it the right way, of lowering everybody’s tax rates, so that people have more money in their pocket to spend into the economy, to grow their business, to start a new business, because that’s how jobs are created.

“I know that all of us would like to think that Senators and Presidents create jobs. Not outside this building they don’t. Jobs are created when everyday people from all walks of life say, ‘You know what I’m going to do today? I’m going to open up a business. I’m going to open up a business in the spare bedroom of my home or out of the garage or when someone has an existing business an decides, I want to grow this business I want to hire a couple more people because I have a belief that this business can do better.’

“We need to get people excited about doing that again. You’re not going to get them excited about doing that again if our taxes and regulations are out of control.”

RUBIO: THE SOLUTION IS TO CUT AND GROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS DEBT

Senator Rubio: “And there are two things: we must — we must control our spending, and we must put a plan in place that shows the world how America would bring its spending under control, and we have to do something to grow our economy.  

   

“And you ask any job creator in the real world, you ask any job creator in the real world, what are you looking for to grow your economy – to create jobs and they’ll tell you, we’re looking for confidence. And we get confidence from knowing that regulations are predictable and easy to comply with, and the tax code is predictable, affordable, and easy to comply with and I submit, that if we focus on those things and not all the other noise that goes on in the back and forth of this place, we can actually start moving towards a solution.”  

   

RUBIO: THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH COMPROMISE AS LONG AS IT’S A REAL SOLUTION  

   

Senator Rubio: “The last point I would make is the word “compromise” is a very popular word around here. And there’s nothing wrong with compromise, so long as the compromise also happens to be a solution, because if your compromise doesn’t solve the problem, you’ve just created a new problem. 

“Nothing wrong with compromise. Maybe your ideas of tax reform are different from my ideas of tax reform, but ultimately we have to solve the broken tax code. So compromise is not a dirty word unless the compromise makes it worse, not better. Too oftentimes in politics, compromise leads to things that make things worse, not better. And if you raise taxes in this economy with 9% unemployment, you’re going to make things worse, not better.

“So I hope that we will rally in a bipartisan fashion around the concept of tax reform, of creating a tax code in America that encourages people to create jobs here once again. Because if we can solve the jobs issue, if we can begin to solve the unemployment issue, all has to other issues that we face as a nation become easier to deal with, and with that, I thank you for your attention.”

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