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10 Reasons Marco Rubio Is No Moderate – OpEd

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Marco Rubio is being positioned as a moderate alternative to Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. Baloney. His positions are extreme right. Consider these 10 facts about Rubio:

1. Rubio wants to repeal Obama’s executive order to expand background checks and close gun sale loopholes.

2. When asked about closing down mosques, Rubio said he wants to shutdown “any place radicals are inspired.”

3. He denies humans are responsible for climate change.

4. His tax plan gives the top 1 percent over $200,000 in tax cuts every year. That’s as bad as Donald Trump’s tax plan.

5. He wants to cut $4.3 trillion in spending, including funds from Medicare and other programs, essentially freeze federal spending at 2008 levels for everything except the Pentagon.

6. He wants a permanent U.S. presence in Iraq, and would end the nuclear deal with Iran, putting us on a path to war.

7. We have no way to know where he is on immigration because he’s flip-flopped — first working on legislation to regularize citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and now firmly anti-legalization.

8. He wants to repeal Obamacare.

9. He’s against a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest.

10. Although elected to the Senate as a Tea Party favorite, he’s now the establishment’s favorite Republican. Among his donors are hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer and the executives and PACs of Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and Koch Industries.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fifteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and"Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "The Common Good," which is available in bookstores now. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, "Inequality For All." He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

One thought on “10 Reasons Marco Rubio Is No Moderate – OpEd

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    March 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    The professor is absolutely correct about Senator Rubio. If it is true that Castro kicked him out of Cuba, then he did the right thing. Mr. Castro outsourced to USA a person that is against humanity and a war monger. I watched him talking about issues and I think he has animosity with the truth. He supports Israel more than USA. When he talks about health care, unemployment, and the protection of Americans, he has no emotion at all, but when he talks about protecting Israel he becomes very emotional. Where I come from he will be called a treater. I care less whether he will close mosques or not because evidence has demonstrated that he and others, including the western media, cannot create a dent. Muslims are too intellectual to care about his views about Islam and Muslims. He was telling the American people that four-year Palestinian children are killing Jewish people. I really like to see how a four-year child can pull a gun and kill a person. He does not care about Americans dying because of lack of healthcare, because he believes in Malthus economic view where extra population should die to help the wealth pockets. Senator Rubio talks about bombing China, Russia, Iran, Palestinians, and Muslim people to achieve a victory for the wealthy imperialists. He likes to kill people, because he is a sucking-blood vampire. I do not think the Republican people want to see him around anyway.

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