Sen. Marc Rubio says President Barack Obama’s speech shows he is continuing his commitment to “divide Americans against each other” and “it’s not part of our heritage as a people to do that.” The Florida Republican also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity after the State of the Union address Tuesday raising taxes on the wealthy as Obama proposed will destroy jobs.
“I would say to you I don’t think that ever in modern American history have we ever seen a national leader so blatantly try to divide Americans against each other — stand up before the country and basically say that the only way that some us can be better off is make other people worse off — that the only way some of us can progress is by making sure other people have less money,” Rubio said.
“It’s not part of our heritage as a people to do that — and it’s not intellectually honest. The taxes he’s talking about raising when he says 30 percent, all the richest Americans should pay no less than 30 percent,” he continued, “well, the richest Americans make their money from investment income, which means money they make available to other companies by investing in them, so those other companies can create middle-class jobs.
“Why would we ever make it harder and discourage people from investing money in companies to create middle-class jobs? And the second thing he’s not telling people is that if we raise taxes — that he’s threatening and promising to raise — it'll destroy a bunch of jobs,” Rubio said. “But it doesn’t even come close to raising the kind of money we need to make a dent on this massive now 15 trillion dollar debt that our country has.”
Rubio said that Obama is no longer a novice president and has had plenty of time to improve the economy — especially during two of the three years when Democrats had complete congressional control.
“What we got was a healthcare bill — Obamacare, that’s killing jobs. What we got is he appointed a debt commission and then he ignored them,” Rubio said. “What we got is failure — now we’re all paying the price for that.”
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