Marco Rubio as it happened

At Freedomfest – Marco Rubio: “America’s Dream: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone”. This was written down as he spoke this evening.

There he is, right there, on stage. He’s just like his pictures, young and apple cheeked. He is telling his life story. The American dream is about happiness and fulfilment as you define it. And why is it possible? Because the US is founded on spiritual principles, where the rights come from the creator. The only power we give to the government is the power to protect those rights.

I love the system of free enterprise, he says. It is the only governing principle that allows success. I can become better off without someone else becoming worse off. His dad used to say that he had a job because someone else took the risk to open the business to employ him.

Two major changes. First, economy is becoming global. Now even America cannot get away with higher taxes and increased regs. Must work at being competitive whereas in the past no one was in their zone.

Second is improved technology. Ten years ago if I told you I was going “to google” you you would have been offended. Tech changes coming at a rapid rate.

We must become more competitive. Must fix the tax code. Tax reform is critical to become more globally competitive. We must also reduce regulations. Regs are used by established firms to prevent new firms from taking their place. He got rid of the taxi opposition in Florida to Uber! Regulatory reform is critical if we are going to be competitive.

Big on privatisation.

Need more skills. Four year degrees is the way to education at the moment. Higher ed is controlled by a cartel. Only unis can give degrees and the universities have created this monopoly for themselves. And loans are so expensive. We don’t teach welding and plumbing. We don’t teach people to do that any more.

We have single mothers working for $11 an hour who cannot educate their way up. MOOC should be coming. We need to open higher ed to competition. If you know something, you should get credit for it and then education will fill the gaps. What matters is what you know and not where you learned it.

There are things about other countries we might admire but America is the greatest. The 21st century is made for America. Big government is a disastrous idea for the 21st century. It is free enterprise that is the future. The world is going in our direction, so why would we go in theirs.

America owes me nothing. I owe America everything. My dad had to work for a living. He made sure that the life he could not have would be available to his son. That is the American dream. Whether we remain a special country will depend on whether the journey from poverty to wealth can be opened to more.

We can leave our children as the richest country that has ever been but the work is in front of us.

God Bless America!

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio compared

Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were in the news lately, and both will very likely run for President of the United States in 2016. Cruz was sandbagged over an incident when he was slagging global warming, and the interesting part was how he kept his poise and equilibrium in the face of the Democrat media. Rubio was discussing the Israeli election, and therefore was about containing the hatred that will follow from the Obama White House. They are here in alphabetical order since it is not a little premature to be thinking about 2016. Let’s first get through 2015 which will be challenging enough. It will be nice to have a Republican president, but then there’s Hillary.

This then is Marco Rubio whose views on Israel make me think there are still possibilities for renewal. There’s a lot of ruin in a nation, and Obama has done his best. But there is a lot of recovery in a nation which has its history and inner strength.

Ted Cruz has also defended Israel here so this is not meant to be a comparison of issues chosen, only a view of the candidates.

And let me finally mention this photo today on Drudge of Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, who has stepped into the race over on the Democrat side. The lead headline at Drudge today is O’Malley Fires Up Iowa with the underneath story that he has been criticising Wall Street, which is part of the Punch and Judy show of Democrat politics since nearly every Wall Street banker is a Democrat (and why wouldn’t they be?). He is as obscure today as Bill Clinton was in 1991 but the Anyone But Clinton crowd is not small and is growing. Here’s the pic:

banjo omalley

Well he lost my vote right there. Anyone who thinks he can pretend to play the banjo using a six-stringed instrument, no doubt tuned like a guitar, is obviously as false and fake as the rest of them, utterly untrustworthy from the get go. Pathetic, absolutely pathetic.