Predictably, the president's speech and the Republican
response delivered by Marco Rubio were as different as
night and day.
The president, full of hope for tomorrow, new ladders
into the middle class, reform of our immigration system,
common sense in dealing with guns, wise to the fact
that our single biggest challenge is education and putting
forth new programs to save us from a ranking 17th in math
and 23rd in science, filling the hour with brilliant incentive
after incentive that will repair our infrastructure, could create
millions of jobs instantly, keep our economy growing on
its current track (more jobs now than at any time in the last
5 years, less oil purchased than at any time in the last 20),
powerful health care measures that will kick into law over
the next 2 years and the chance for all citizens to earn
legal status and the pride and dignity that go with it. And
these were just the tip of the ice berg.
Rubio's response followed, a primitive high school theme
punctuated non-stop with fear, with claims of the horrific
Obama programs that will change us to socialism,
push our economy in absolute ruin, create debt never
before seen in our history, force a health program on poor
innocent citizens fraught with problems and fraud, a jobs
outlook getting worse and likely to end America as the
free world know it, probably before the end of this week,
etc., etc., ad nauseam.
Rank. Amateurish. Preposterous. Extreme. Off-base.
Contradictory throughout (for the government in one
sentence, against it in the very next). Not a single new or
fresh idea, only the one, the same one, the one Romney
ran on before him and every Republican will run on after
him, Rubio no exception: more breaks, more loopholes,
more tax deductions for the already wealthy, powerful and
Big Government IS the Republican platform, its very ideal:
Bigger and more powerful Koch Machines government, that
is, spewing out more breaks for the elite and more austerity
for the rest of the world, with the toughest example of all
to be made right here in America on Americans, where the
Left clearly has too much freedom for the Right's liking,
beginning with those confounded women -- who never should
have been given the vote, allowed to work and let out of the
kitchen and the bedroom where they belong.
Night and day. Nothing on the Right has changed or
will and no one will ever again run for office on the Right
who isn't first and foremost just another cola in the Koch
Welcome to the fray, Marco Cola.