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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-05-12 04:00 PM
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Breaking: Marco Rubio votes against Paycheck Fairness Act for women.
Just breaking right now.

Cloture vote was shot down, denying the bill a vote on the full floor. Not a single Republican voted for cloture.

Rubio, you, in particular, aren't fooling anyone with your duplicity.

Marco Rubio's deeds and words don't match

By Charles Garcia, Special to CNN
updated 2:24 PM EDT, Sun June 3, 2012

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, right, was joined on the campaign trail Monday by GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.
(photo via CNN)

Editor's note: Charles Garcia, who has served in the administration of four presidents, of both parties, is the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a business focused on the Hispanic market. He was named in the book "Hispanics in the USA: Making History" as one of 14 Hispanic role models for the nation. Follow him on Twitter: @charlespgarcia

(CNN) -- How does Sen. Marco Rubio curry favor with Hispanic voters and at the same time burnish his tea party credentials?

Easy. By saying one thing and doing another.

On May 10, Rubio, a Florida Republican, attempted to reframe his Dream Act proposal to give special visas to children of undocumented workers if they attend college or serve in the military. He said, "But I would just say this is really not an immigration issue; it's a humanitarian issue." On that same day, he quietly submitted a bill that would severely threaten humanitarian assistance to nearly 4 million children living in poverty. These are U.S. citizens. But to Rubio they are guilty by association. Through no fault of their own their parents are undocumented workers.


There is nothing "humanitarian" about terminating assistance to nearly 4 million American children who depend on such support. And there is nothing humanitarian about his "DREAM Act without the dream," a palliative offer of legality without a clear path to citizenship. Such a proposal is nothing more than crumbs thrown to Latinos, who Rubio apparently hopes aren't paying attention.


The hypocrisy of Rubio's recent moves paints a vivid picture of the unbridled ambition of an individual who plays on the politics of resentment and fear at the expense of children. Imagine a patient in critical condition bleeding of multiple stab wounds. Rubio talks about putting a Band-Aid on the patient's little finger, while silently stabbing him in the back.

In March I wrote that "Rubio Needs a 'Nixon in China' Moment," insisting that the senator should use his conservative credentials to courageously break the logjam in immigration reform. I was at first encouraged to see him step into this debate, but unlike the rabidly anti-Communist Nixon, who traveled to China to promote dtente, Rubio instead travels to key battleground states -- Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, tea party turf -- to peddle his autobiography.


Rubio's "representation" includes a destructive path toward doing away with Social Security as we now know it; privatizing Medicare into a voucher system; raising the retirement age; reducing access to women's contraception via a law allowing a woman's employer to deny coverage of contraception by claiming a "religious or moral objection"; voting against the Violence Against Women Act; opposing a Dream Act that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; ramping-up aggression against Libya, Syria and Iran; fiercely defending Florida's license to kill 'Stand Your Ground' law; recently, and very quietly, crafting a new bill that would increase the difficulty for nonresident aliens to claim a child tax credit; and as of today, voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have empowered women who are being paid less than men for the same work, because of their gender.

Aside from hawking his new autobiography, repeatedly claiming he is not a target of any investigation, and doing everything he can to alienate Hispanics, women, seniors, working people, all immigrants, people who detest warmongering behavior, and being heralded by bootlicking beltway pundits as some kind of Jeb Bush-trained "savior" for the Republican Party, what in the hell is this guy still doing in the U. S. Senate?

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