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Photos: Rubio Tours The Villages Charter School

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) toured The Villages Charter School with Villages Charter School President Dr. Gary Lester. Rubio has long defended and supported school choice in Florida. While at the school, Rubio also met with members of the girl’s flag football...

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Rubio Habla Con Oscar Haza

“La Administración Biden nos ha puesto en una posición sumamente difícil, porque ahora Venezuela, a través de Maduro, está chantajeando a EE.UU.” El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) habló con Oscar Haza en Ahora con Oscar Haza de Zeta 92.3 y Mega TV, sobre el...

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Obama’s Environmental Agenda A Job-Killer

Jun 25, 2013 | Blog

President Obama has again realized he can’t convince the American people about the merits of his big government agenda and will do what he does best: run roughshod over our Constitution and now try to impose his job-killing environmental agenda by executive order.

Rather than kill jobs in an energy sector that employs many hard-working middle class Americans, President Obama should support responsible pro-growth energy policies that will actually create thousands of new jobs. Finally approving the Keystone XL pipeline would be a good start. But we need an energy agenda that embraces American innovation in areas like new exploration techniques and mandate-free energy efficiency technologies.  The energy boom in North Dakota today is a classic example of how American innovation, combined with our vast energy resources and American work ethic, can create jobs and boost the communities that embrace America ingenuity instead of stifling it.

Bottom line: America needs a responsible job-creating energy agenda, not a job-destroying environmental agenda.

To be clear, Republicans and Democrats share the goal of protecting our environment, but President Obama’s insistence on doing it through more regulations and more mandates that fail to account for their destructive power on jobs is not the right approach.

In addition, it is very concerning that President Obama intends to make his job-killing environmental agenda such a high priority of his international agenda.  His international priorities should be focused squarely on preventing a nuclear Iran, disarming North Korea, stopping the human tragedy in Syria, and advancing job-creating free trade agreements with Europe and as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

If he is as successful in convincing major carbon emitters like China and Russia to adopt his environmental agenda as he has had in convincing these same countries to stop Assad’s massacre of innocent Syrians, it will be a colossal waste of time on a misguided effort.  And as we are seeing now in the case of Edward Snowden, President Obama is so dangerously weak that he can’t even get our supposed allies to live up to their extradition treaties with us.

A “pivot” to climate change will not mask his failures on so many international issues of consequence to America’s interests.  Worse, a move like this may only distract an already failed president on the international stage.

In the end, President Obama has repeatedly abused his executive order authority because imposing his big government agenda is more important to him than respecting our Constitution and encouraging private sector job creation.  This time, President Obama is discarding the Constitution and free enterprise system in the name of a job-killing environmental agenda.  We must do everything we can to stand in his way.