Making the party’s official response to Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Republican rising star, Sen.delivered a sensational speech opposing Obama’s signature entitlement programs and more tax increases.
Known for his Latino upbringing and staunchly feelings towards citizenship, Marco Rubio said he believes the entitlement programs would hurt rather than help the middle class. Delivering the rebuttal from his office, while looking directly into the camera, the Florida senator congratulated Obama on winning a second term in office.
However, as he proceeded, his lengthy speech turned into a series of attacks over what Obama said just hours before in his State of the Union address.
He panned Obama over trying to take the right of American people to do businesses and said that his views on free enterprise can never make the middle class prosper.
“He believes it's the cause of our problems. That the economic downturn happened because our government didn't tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.”
He said that the more control government has into the lives of Americans, with time it becomes more of a burden on the middle class than a blessing. “Obamacare was supposed to help middle class Americans afford health insurance. But now some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with. And because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren't hiring. Not only that; they're being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers.”
Rubio said that the government’s role is restricted by the constitution and if it ignores those limits, it will fail to perform what people have elected it for.
Addressing directly to the president, Rubio told Obama to stop obsessing about taxes and falsely accusing the Republicans that they want to protect the rich.
He said that if the president really wants to help the middle class, he must allow the economy to grow through the energy industry, allow legal immigration, simplify the tax code and lower the corporate tax rate. Continuing, Rubio said that more should be invested to impart better schooling to children and providing vocational and career training. But above all that, Rubio insisted that solving the persistent problem of government debt must be the topmost priority.