The Republican-run House voted this week, again, to repeal ‘Obama-care.’
The Democratic-run Senate plans votes next week on “in-sourcing” jobs and limiting excessive campaign spending — all of this “messaging” meant more for home consumption in election campaigns than for any real lawmaking.
Republican Marco Rubio, who says he’s ready to work with anyone of any party to address the real problems — tax reform and the deficit — says: “It’s really wild, but every single week here in the Senate we have votes on all kinds of things, but not this stuff. It’s all about messaging and talking points.”
In “Marco’s Mailbox,” the Florida senator’s video postcard to his constituents, he explains that fiscal cliff known as “Taxmageddon.”
“What happens is, the so-called Bush tax cuts, the current tax code, is set to expire at the end of the year… Everybody’s taxes are going to go up at the same time, and by that I mean everyone — middle class, upper class, everyone,” the senator says. “In addition to that, the Obama-care taxes kick in at the same time — all of these tax increases combined with catastrophic cuts in defense spending.”
Rubio may not become Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate this year — in fact, it’s a pretty solid bet he won’t (see Intrade) — yet he’s probably going to be around Washington for a few more years. Ever since his election in 2010, he says, he’s been talking about taxes and the deficit — “I said the whole debt-ceiling debate was the perfect opportunity for us begin discussing these things,” he says.
“Here’s the good news: everybody agrees,” Rubio says. “There is extraordinary support here in the Senate for tax reform.”
“But here’s the bad news — it doesn’t come up for a vote.”
“The good news is… We’re going to continue to press for action,” Rubio tells his Mailbox-openers, the senator voicing more love for America than for his party and a willingness to work with anyone on solutions. “The bad news is, I’m not very optimistic, because unfortunately there are just too many people around here who care about the next election rather than the next year or about our economy in the near term.”