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Marco Rubio = Jeb Bush without the good manners

Marco Rubio edged Ted Cruz by a whisker to garner second place in the South Carolina Republican Primary and become the vessel for establishment Republican hopes for stopping outsiders Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from claiming the Republican nomination for President. 

Rubio’s strong showing drove his one-time mentor and friend Jeb Bush from the race. Bush came in fourth, with Jeb Bush Marco Rubiojust one-third the vote booked by Cruz or Rubio and only 25% of that garnered by winner Donald Trump. 

Bush’s exit speech was in some respects a metaphor for his entire campaign; a gracious, but somewhat halting enterprise that was long on exploration of Jeb’s emotional state, but devoid of any concise statement or defense of the policy goals that might have been achieved by electing him president. 

Jeb Bush’s failure to actually get out and campaign on his vision of the future allowed his one-time partner in government – Marco Rubio – to in effect expropriate Jeb’s record, and many of Bush’s establishment-friendly policies as his own. 

This is especially true on economic policy, where Bush’s “right to rise” and Rubio’s promises of business growth and opportunity both find their roots in Big Business’ “econometric” view of employment and a world market for labor that will breakdown borders and impose a harsh Malthusian leveling on the wages and quality of life of America’s middle income citizens. 

Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House of Representative that allowed Jeb Bush to increase state government spending in the Sunshine State by over 50% and imposed upon local school boards a top-down education testing program that was a precursor to the much-reviled Common Core standards of today. 

During the time Marco Rubio was in the Florida House and served as Speaker (and the Florida House held the purse strings of Florida state government) state spending ballooned by 52 percent, from $48.6 billion in 1999 to $73.9 billion in 2006.*And state expenditures per capita rose from $2,809 in 1999, to $3,942 in fiscal year 2006-2007. 

We know Marco Rubio supported Jeb Bush’s education policies in Florida, but where did Rubio stand on local control of education once he got to the U.S. Senate? 

How did Senator Rubio vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act to reauthorize the anti-conservative Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESAA) for four years, through fiscal 2020, with an authorization of some $24.5 billion for fiscal 2017, increasing to $26.1 billion in fiscal 2020? And increase standardized testing, use race-based scoring and other anti-conservative policies?  

Marco Rubio wasn’t there to fight it or even vote against it. 

But when Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House, then-Speaker Rubio pushed through Jeb Bush’s so-called education reforms taking away local control of Florida schools and substituting a state mandated curriculum that produces students who are taught to take multiple choice tests, but who can’t form a logical argument or name the three branches of the federal government – compliant drones for the Big Businesses that were the primary advocates of Jeb Bush’s “reforms” and that are now Common Core’s staunchest advocates. 

And that are now Marco Rubio’s new best friends and biggest supporters. 

After running for the Senate as a Tea Party-backed constitutional conservative Rubio quickly joined the DC establishment, and began to adopt the language of the Left in attacking his conservative opponents on amnesty for illegal aliens, his backing of the Obama-Hillary Clinton adventures in the Middle East, and Mitch McConnell’s crony government spending. 

“Conservatives who have sensible questions about the “Gang of Eight” amnesty for illegal aliens plan backed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio are finding out the hard way that the bill’s supporters don’t plan to engage in a polite Tea Room debate about the merits of the 700-plus page bill and its unworkable implementation,” said CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie in an April 2013 news release. 

And that view was echoed by Erick Erickson of RedState who observed, Marco Rubio has been an active participant in the attacks on conservatives as “racists, slavery supporters, bigots, haters, baby killers, un-Christian, etc. They are waging a coordinated attack between Senator Rubio’s office and others against conservative stalwarts like the Heritage Foundation and Jim DeMint.” 

The “they” to whom Erickson refers was the unholy alliance of establishment Republicans, business interests and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin and a host of other left-leaning political operatives and interest groups. 

And when the amendment came up requiring completion of the border fence? Marco Rubio voted NO. 

Now Marco Rubio says the bill he defended with tooth and claw “wasn’t intended to become law?” 

Conservatives don’t like his policies or the people he keeps around him, but we at least give Jeb Bush credit for being honest about his support for amnesty for illegal aliens and his steadfast – if wrongheaded – defense of his beliefs. 

And Rubio did the same thing when he joined anti-conservative Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in attacking limited government constitutional conservatives who had sensible questions about the Obama-Hillary Clinton strategy in the Middle East. 

The policies Rubio, McCain and Graham support are that we must have open borders, bring in millions of Islamist Muslims to our country, and then send our troops overseas to get involved in every inconclusive Islamic civil war

And they attacked Ted Cruz and others who pointed out that the disastrous nexus between Rubio’s immigration and Middle East policies has not enhanced our national security, led to an endless war in the Middle East, brought 2.5 million Muslim immigrant security threats into our country and proved disastrous for the quality of life for millions of American families. 

As Hot Air’s Allahpundit put it back in 2013, if you’re down on Rubio for being too much like McCain on immigration, you can take comfort in the fact that he’s … a lot like McCain on foreign policy too. 

If you take Jeb Bush’s policies and record on spending, education and amnesty for illegal aliens and add-in John McCain’s policies and record on amnesty for illegal aliens, bringing Muslims to America and engaging in endless and inconclusive adventures in the Middle East, and add a dash of support for the Obama and Hillary Clinton disasters in Libya and Syria, plus a strong dose of their views on amnesty and funding left-wing racist organization, you don’t get a limited government constitutional conservative – what you get is Marco Rubio – Jeb Bush, without the integrity and good manners. 

*South Florida Sun-Sentinel figures

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