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By Nancy Thorner and Elvira Hasty –
Most Americans believe our country is going in the wrong direction, as noted by the latest polls (NBC/WSJ 64% and USC/LA Times 70%). We are facing the near total transformation promised by President Barack Hussein Obama, one that has taken this nation from an exceptional world power to the brink of a lawless corrupt nation, subject to the brunt of jokes among world leaders.
Our stated national debt is near $20 trillion, but in reality it’s three times as much if unfunded liabilities are added. About 94 million Americans are out of the labor force. Our borders are not secured while sanctuary cities protect foreign criminals. Our policemen are being demonized. Our Judeo/Christian values are being persecuted and humiliated. Our national security is being threatened by admission of “Syrian refugees” even after the horrific terrorist acts in Paris on Friday, November 13.
Election 2016 presents us with the unique opportunity to elect a new leader who will begin to undo this Marxist transformation. The new leader will be facing enormous difficult issues. There is no room for learning or mistakes of inexperience. This mandates that the elected president must be ready on DAY ONE to tackle problems head on, without fear of PC reporters or lobbying by special interests groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce. This individual must have leadership qualities proven by previous experience of accomplishments, couple with the innate qualities of honesty, responsibility, and toughness.
We do not believe Senator Marco Rubio can be that leader of the free world, who, not unlike President, happens to be a skilled orator with a silver tongue. First, Rubio’s only job throughout his 44 years of life has been in the public sector, as a State Representative and House Speaker in Florida, and one term as United States Senator. Also of concern is that Rubio has no business experience nor did he serve in the military. We cannot afford to elect another life-long politician who has demonstrated no particular accomplishments other than one major legislation win in the Senate: Comprehensive Immigration reform, that was thankfully terminated in the House of Representatives.
The highlight of Senator Rubio’s entire life is having been the architect and leader of the infamous “Gang of Eight” legislation that would had given amnesty to millions of illegal aliens without border protection first. After seeing his poll numbers drop drastically, Senator Rubio claimed to have changed his mind, understanding finally that border security must occur first.
Senator Rubio, despite his denial, still supports amnesty, welcomes more foreign workers, and supports citizenship for the DREAMERS. As to welcoming more foreign workers, Senator Rubio has co-authored legislation to expand H-1B wage depressing visa program by replacing white-collar American workers with foreigners. The Disney Company used H-1B visas to replace American workers and then forced American workers to train their low-wage foreign worker replacements. Other benefactors (contributors) to the Rubio campaign include Silicon Valley companies, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Oracle, Morgan Stanley and others, all having in common a fervent desire to increase the number of H-1B In addition, the Fanjul Corporation (Florida sugar industry), is the fourth largest contributor to the Rubio campaign. Senator Rubio came to the rescue of the Fanjul family when in 2012 he voted to keep the subsidized federal sugar program.
NATIONAL SECURITY/FOREIGN POLICY—In today’s world these two issues go hand-in-hand. Having insecure borders invites the presence of criminals and terrorists. We are already familiar with a crime spree by illegal aliens on American citizens, as is detailed in Ann Coulter’s book, “Adios America.” It is impossible for Senator Rubio to support illegal aliens in our country while pretending to be tough on crime and terrorism. His “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” did not include securing the border before legalizing illegal aliens. Amendments introduced by Republican senators to allow for more scrutiny of immigrants, as well as for those granted legal H-1B visas, were rejected by the Gang of Eight members, which included Senator Marco Rubio. For Rubio, just like for Senator Schumer, it was all or nothing.
Sen. Marco Rubio declared on Thursday, November 12 on Fox’s America’s Newsroom that “people will have to be deported” before we can have immigration reform. “We are going to have to deport some people, otherwise if you’re not going to enforce the law, what’s the point of having those laws?. Criminals are going to be deported. People who haven’t been here very long are going to be deported. People overstaying visas are going to have to be deported. That’s how you enforce immigration laws. Even so, Rubio criticized those who advocate deporting all of those in the country illegally, saying it’s not possible.
In addition to Senator Rubio’s lack of experience and accomplishments, his honesty is of even greater concern. This lack of honesty has been detected not only by his continuous “double-speak” on the Immigration issue, but also by other more subtle issues. Senator Rubio had for years permitted everyone to believe his parents were like most of the Cuban community in Miami — refugees from a communist Cuba. When the news media revealed that Rubio’s parents had immigrated to the US before Castro had come to power in Cuba, Marco Rubio’s explanation was that he was confused by the dates. Why does Rubio’s long-time deception make a difference? Because the post-Castro Cuban community, more than any other ethnic group, is basically conservative in their views and can be counted on to vote Republican. For this reason the post-Castro Cuban ethnic group is hated most by liberals because of their conservatism on economic and social issues.
Regarding his protestations about immigration, Senator Rubio has stated different positions on illegal immigration depending whether he is speaking in English for an American audience or in Spanish for the Telemundo Spanish audience. Phyllis Schlafly’s article of August 18, that Rubio should quit the presidential race over this dishonesty.
Recently, Marco Rubio flip-flopped on another issue, TPP. Back in April Rubio wrote an op-ed piece in the WSJ declaring that “we must pass TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), discussed between President Obama and Prime Minister Abe this week, will further our strategic goals in Asia and increase prosperity at home. It will advance economic liberty and unleash free-market forces in the world’s most dynamic region…” And in May, Rubio described TPP as the “second pillar” of his three-pillar foreign policy strategy. Recently Senator Rubio’s spokesman said that although he backed the bill granting Mr. Obama fast-track trade authority this summer, he has not decided whether to support TPP legislation.”
DEBT/ECONOMY/JOBS—As far as to never having been in business, Marco Rubio has a history of poor personal financial planning. Most are aware of his use of a State of Florida credit card for personal use while he was a House Representative. As Marco Rubio has explained, it was just a mistake and the State of Florida was reimbursed for his personal purchases. It is not a crime, but it certainly shows sloppiness in dealing with credit. But this is not the only incident of mismanaging personal finances. Senator Rubio has a closed wealthy friend and personal benefactor, Norman Braman, owner of multiple automobile dealerships. Mr. Braman has paid for much of Rubio’s personal debts. What promises might have been made? How politicians handle their personal finances might offer insights into how they would handle America’s finances if elected president. The latest wealthy supporter of Senator Rubio is hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer. It just happens that Mr. Singer is a strong supporter of amnesty and immigration expansion.
Senator Rubio who who is particularly eloquent, speaks often of his experience in Foreign Policy as a member of the Senatorial Foreign Relations committee. He seems to have impressed many Americans with his credentials on foreign relations matters. But it is this important fact that most Americans forget: element that most Americans forget: Senator Rubio, together with Senator McCain and Senator Graham, were strong supporters of Mrs. Clinton’s regime change in Libya. Senator Rubio and his Senate friends had insisted on a “no fly zone” to save “innocent Libyans.” Today Senator Rubio no longer mentions Libya; that is just Hillary’s problem since after all, she was the Secretary of State.
If you listened to Marco Rubio in the 4th Republican debate on Nov. 10, 2015, you would have heard Rubio voice his support for a “no fly zone” in Iraq where Russian planes are bombing. Rubio thinks the USA must make a statement, but what kind of statement? Do we wish to start WWIII to who our machismo? In the same Nov. 10 debate, Rubio called the President of a major country we must deal with (Russia) a gangster. It is doubtful that Putin would wish to deal with Rubio as president. It is instead time to talk to Putin and bring him to a coalition of our western allies to fight together the battle against Islamist terrorism and annihilation of ISIS.
Don’t allow Senator Rubio’s slick cleverness to distract you from the issues. Senator Rubio has the tendency to embellish as well as “double-speak” when convenient. He was chosen some years back as the future golden boy of the Republican Establishment. He was never a Tea Party favorite. The only reason Tea Party supporters endorsed and voted for Rubio was because the alternative was Charlie Crist, a RINO turned Independent and now a Democrat. By the way, Mr. Crist was a cabinet member under Governor Jeb Bush. Another present from the Bush family.
Marco Rubio owes his Senate seat to the support of Governor Jeb Bush and the Bush donors. Entering the presidential race after only one term in the Senate surely had to upset the Bush family. It was supposed to be Jeb’s turn now. The fact that Rubio entered the race a month after Jeb’s presidential announcement, way before Jeb’s polls crashed, shows how little loyalty Rubio has to anyone who has helped him, never mind the voters.