Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that raising taxes on some people won't lower them for others, and that President Barack Obama is using outdated 20th century solutions.
Senior White House advisers on Saturday said Obama will propose increased capital gains and inheritance taxes in his State of the Union address
on Tuesday, while pushing for free community college.
Appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation,"
Rubio said Obama's solutions are 20th century thinking in a 21st century world. Rubio has been promoting his new book, "American Dreams,"
in which he makes similar arguments.
"Raising taxes on people that are successful is not going to make people that are struggling more successful," Rubio said. "The good news about free enterprise is that everyone can succeed without punishing anyone."
Rubio said he favors reforming America's higher education system, but that Obama's free community college plan simply pours more money into a broken system in which people graduate with associate's degree in art and then transfer to four-year schools from which they don't get an education needed to secure a job.
"What we need to do is create competition with alternate methods where people can acquire certification programs that take less than two years and get you to work right away as a welder, an electrician, an airplane mechanic," he said.
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