Marco Rubio Pledges to Hold Our Government Hostage Until “Obamacare” is Defunded

senator-rubioThe battle over spending and the debt ceiling is quickly approaching this October, and already we’re seeing what ridiculous tactics Republicans are going to try and use to hold these votes hostage—once again.

First, let me reiterate something I make sure to point out every time I write about the debt ceiling.  The debt ceiling is not about new spending, it’s about money we’ve already spent.  It’s essentially a procedural vote that allows the government to pay their bills.  Again, it has nothing to do with new spending—period.  

Yet despite this easily verifiable fact, Republicans have perpetuated the lie that the debt ceiling is about new spending.  The vast majority of Republicans I’ve spoken to about this issue believe the debt ceiling is “government spending out of control,” and that it authorizes the government to spend more.

Which of course is 100% inaccurate.  How would millions of people come to this ridiculous conclusion?  Well, because it’s the lie the right-wing media and Republican politicians have pushed since President Obama took office.

You see, under George W. Bush, Republicans voted to increase the debt ceiling (nearly unanimously with every vote) 7 times in 8 years.  It was only when President Obama took office did their support for this vote fall dramatically.

So, what changed about the debt ceiling and how it functions?  The answer: Absolutely nothing.

The only thing that changed was the President and the opportunity Republicans saw to try and use the debt ceiling as a means at which to sabotage our economy.

And they’re back at it again.  This time, Senator Marco Rubio has voiced his opposition to raising the debt ceiling unless President Obama agrees to Republican demands for deep cuts to social programs.  He also said he will refuse to support any vote on a short term budget unless the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” is defunded.

Of course, neither of these demands will ever happen.  Senator Rubio is basically saying he’s willing to shut down the government and have us default on our debt just to prove a point.  What’s Rubio trying to prove?  It’s simple—he’s trying to prove his extremist credentials to the far right tea party base he lost favor with because of his support for immigration reform.  Real classy, Marco.

It should probably come as no surprise that the commitment by Senator Rubio to defund “Obamacare” comes just days after the Koch brothers unveiled a new million dollar ad campaign of lies against it.

“Obamacare” is the law of the land—period.  It’s time Republicans stop crying in their Cheerios, act like adults, and do their jobs.  Apparently, Senator Rubio and others would rather continue crying.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The Weekly Standard and Concerned Veterans for America, Rubio said, “I will not vote for a continuing resolution unless it defunds Obamacare.  I believe we should not vote or pass a continuing resolution unless that continuing resolution defunds Obamacare.  We should refuse to raise the debt limit by one single cent unless we pass and the President agrees to sign a budget that shows us how we’re going to get to balance in at least 10 years.”

He went on to paint a horrific and bleak picture after the continued rollout of “Obamacare,” which of course is based on no facts whatsoever and is pure right-wing propaganda (the same propaganda seen in the ridiculous Koch brothers ad against it).

Remember, this is the party that once said “Obamacare” created death panels, would implant microchips in every American, was the government takeover of our health care system and would destroy jobs.

Well, almost 7 million new private sector jobs later, the “destruction of jobs” is obviously a lie.  The bill was passed almost 4 years ago, if it was going to “destroy jobs” it would have done so already.

As always, demand creates jobs.

The death panels, microchips and government takeover of the health care industry were just blatant lies Republicans pushed to create irrational fear.  To which I will continue to ask, “If “Obamacare” is so terrible, why do Republicans always see to lie about the bill?  If the truth is so awful, shouldn’t just telling it be enough?”

But here we are once again, facing another ridiculous battle over our budget and the debt ceiling.  And if this is the way Republicans want to go, then I say let them.

We all saw what happened last time Republicans played this game. Obama’s numbers went up, the tea party’s numbers plummeted and Democrats not only kept the White House, but gained seats in both the Senate and the House.

So if that’s the game they want to play, I welcome it.  The American people might blame Obama for some things going on in this country, but they blame Congressional Republicans a lot more for these types of issues.

And judging by Rubio’s comments, it seems Republicans this time around are more desperate than ever to try and hold the government and the debt ceiling hostage.

Their 38 votes to repeal “Obamacare” haven’t worked (what was it that Einstein said about insanity and doing the same thing over and over expecting different results?) I guess their next plan is to hold the government and the debt ceiling hostage in a futile attempt to try and defund the Constitutionally upheld law of the land, and force Obama’s hand on even deeper cuts elsewhere.

Rubio’s ridiculous comments are just some of the first of many I’m sure we’ll see in the coming weeks and months.  Sadly, I feel his aren’t even the worst ones we’ll read about.

I’m sure Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and other right-wing radicals will give plenty of speeches which won’t be based on any kind of reality familiar to sane people across the country.  But at this point, I’ve learned to expect nothing less than outright insanity from these whack jobs.  Like I’ve said before, if anybody wonders why Congressional approval ratings rival those of the common bed bug, now you know.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mainah

    Great. So they continue to collect their pay while the rest of us continue to suffer. I want to introduce a bill that prevents them from being paid for everyday they waste on a subject that they were defeated on. They have yet to do anything about the sequester, except for when they needed planes to be on time. I thought you had to be an adult to run for office?

  • Jim Malm

    Impeach these douchebag assclowns!

  • JonesRobynj

    Well, doesn’t this take all? More of the same degenerate threats from people who don’t have the gray matter to find their way out the door. I for one can hardly wait until the next elections for the House. I hope there are enough Democrats to kick those useless pinheads out of office. Of course I wish they would just disappear in a puff of smoke. I think we should start investigating all of their birth certificates and make sure they are humans.

  • TropicDave173

    Good Lord, I’m ashamed I voted for this asshat last time around…because he seemed moderate and “the best candidate for the position”. I won’t make THAT mistake again.

  • Greiga O’Bleness

    Let me see, we could just unfund all of the Corporate subsidies the new farm bill of 2013 just put into place. That should just about take care of the deficit



  • JT

    These guys keep pounding the same old broken drums because they have nothing constructive to offer. Their hate for Obama is so deep they would prefer to see the country go down the tubes rather than give Obama anything positive to show for his time in office.

    • PitoDaddy

      Great comment, JT. I’d like to add that what we’re seeing now has been in the works for a decades that kinda gained headway with Nixon’s and Reagan’s southern strategy that helped them get elected. The right wing realized that the demographics changes that were occurring were not in their favor. Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers-types started to really make their splash in the 80s, which was when their movement to take the country to feudalism began to gain steam.

      My fear is that until the habitual working class GOP voters in gerrymandered districts who have been programmed by FOX News and the Rush Limbaugh-types to continue to vote for the GOP to cut their throats along with ours, the middle class and the poor, of all races, may be driven to economic disaster. If we default on our national debt a number of economists have predicted what could amount to a global depression.

      The millionaires and billionaires who are behind this assault on the middle class and the poor have money and assets around the world that would help them withstand any economic calamity–and I believe that’s the reason they’re so comfortable trying to wreck havoc on our country. And the recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act didn’t help much either. God help us.

  • Vera Donato

    What some people won’t do to try to keep their name in the news…Obamacare is the law of the land now. Haven’t you heard? Dry yourself off behind the ears and go out and play with the other children.