Florida's Senator Marco Rubio calls out President Obama for his speech yesterday where he slammed the American people for being successful.  As Senator Rubio stated, "this is class warfare." 


While our countrymen are hurting and jobs are few, we have a President who believes he can "come out swinging" at the American people instead of working to fix the problem. 


Thank you Senator Rubio for your leadership today.  You can view his speech here or read his comments below.



Senator Rubio calls out President Obama





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Senator Rubio Criticizes President’s Rhetoric, Lack Of Leadership On Senate Floor


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio spoke on the floor of the Senate today to address the most critical issue facing our nation, Washington’s out-of-control spending and our nation’s massive debt. Senator Rubio also commented on President Obama’s press conference yesterday, during which his rhetoric failed to address these serious issues and stoked the flames of class warfare.


For a broadcast quality version of this speech, click here. You can also find the video on Senator Rubio’s YouTube account. For a full transcript of Senator Rubio’s remarks, see below:


Senator Rubio: “Thank you, Senator Johnson.


I too yesterday watched the President's lecture on television.  Watched it again this morning just to make sure I was well informed before I came here. My reaction is twofold.


One is I'm disappointed, and the other is I'm alarmed.


First, I'm disappointed because America does not have a tradition of class warfare. It’s never been part of our nation. In fact, one of the things that distinguishes us from the world is that Americans have never believed that you somehow have to take money away from somebody else in order to be better off.


On the contrary, we've always looked to advance the cause of everyone in the belief that we can all be prosperous and in the hopes of growing our economy that way. That's the American tradition and that serves our nation well.


Unfortunately, you wouldn't know that from the speech yesterday, a rhetoric that, quite frankly, was deeply disappointing.


The idea that if we raise taxes, as the President said, on millionaires and billionaires, raise taxes on oil companies, raise taxes on owners of private jets, that that somehow is going to make a difference in America’s debt in terms of having a real impact, is not only misleading, I think, quite frankly, it's disappointing.


It's class warfare, and it’s the kind of language that you would expect from the leader of a third world country, not the President of the United States.


But I'm also alarmed and worried about the speech because I think from it you can only take two things. Either the president doesn't truly understand the nature of the problem that we face, or he's decided that this is a political issue, not a policy one.


I say he perhaps doesn't understand the nature of the case because, for example, he mentioned the corporate jet tax six different times, and yet the impact it would have is so insignificant that the White House to this very moment  has not even been able to give an estimate about what it means in a dollar figure.


Going further, by the way, it’s important to note that that exact tax provision was part of the President's now-infamous ‘stimulus’ plan that passed in February of 2009.


The bigger problem, though, is maybe the President fundamentally doesn't understand how jobs are created. Politicians don't create jobs. U.S. Senators don't create jobs.


Senator Johnson pointed out jobs are created by everyday people from all walks of life that start a business or expand an existing one. And our job here in government is to make it easier for them to do that, not harder. And threatening to raise taxes, threatening to wage class warfare does not accomplish that purpose.


Here's what I would suggest to the President: I would suggest that we have done this before as a people of America, things like a simpler tax code. People around here are in favor of tax reform. A simpler tax code, a manageable and sane regulatory environment, and of course a government that doesn't spend money it doesn't have. These things have worked before, and they will work again. And I urge the President to lead us in that direction.”




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Comment by Wanda Christmann on July 2, 2011 at 8:38am
Senator Rubio is gifted in his ability to articulate in terms everyone can understand the problems with this so-called administration. In a brief time, he has earned the respect and awe of conservatives across this country. He brushes away anxious attempts by conservatives to draft him into 2012 because for him it is not about climbing the political ladder, but about serving his constituents and his country as he has been called to do, and allowing the progression to higher positions come in due time. He is wonderful!!
Comment by Arthur Crounse on July 1, 2011 at 5:22pm
We have a man in the white house that cares more about his term in 2012 than our country. As we all know (This person should have been defeated) and I know the USA will and must find the Land we love as Kate Smith on TV many years ago. Going back to the late 50s God Bless America the land I love stand etc.
Comment by JL Gawlik on July 1, 2011 at 12:50pm
Meant to add you can write Speaker Boehner at: and many Congressional members at:   many will allow you to write and not be in their district, some require you to be in their district, i just get a local district office address off their information and get the zip code plus four and type in the city, state and zip plus four and it goes through, you can get zip plus four at:    I then make a list with Congressional members and the information so i have it at hand, i did a lot of that during the Stimulus and Health Care debate as well as many other votes. If they can vote on bills that affect ALL of us, we should be able to write ALL of them in my opinion.
Comment by JL Gawlik on July 1, 2011 at 12:43pm

I am writing many Congressional members as well as Speaker Boehner, also emailing letter, video & transcript to everyone i know:

Comment by Cynthia Howell on July 1, 2011 at 12:10pm
Thank God we have a senator that understands the problems and has the guts to stand up to the president.
Comment by Karen B on July 1, 2011 at 9:07am

Thank you Senator Rubio!  Check out the new Facebook group "Ground Air Force One". 

Comment by Thomas DeMuyt on July 1, 2011 at 7:37am
Marco great response to the President. I hope you can convince more of your colleagues to follow your lead and call the President out on h s failed policies. The President is following his performance when he was a Illinois Senator. Like Rush stated he is voting present instead of leading. God help us!!
Comment by CJ on July 1, 2011 at 6:48am
Too bad this site doesnt have a like button for comments :)
Comment by Gail Louise Yost on July 1, 2011 at 4:43am
He didn't call him a dick out loud but he is still letting us know what he thinks.. go Marco...proud to have you for our Senator
Comment by mark sawyer on June 30, 2011 at 10:24pm

Senator Rubio,

go ahead and say it, a simpler tax code, that's the FairTax Plan. It has 132 pages. The IRS tax code has more than 60,000 plus pages.

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