Rubio: Only Obama Wants to Shut Down Government
Sep 18 2013
Rubio: “The president’s basically looking for a political win and I guess his political people have told him that this is a political win: shut down the government and blame the Republicans. The problem is that’s not the Republican position.”Rubio: Only Obama Wants to Shut Down Government
By Jim Myers and John Bachman
September 18, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner says the House is going to pass a plan to keep the government open but also delay and defund Obamacare.
“That’s very positive news,” says Rubio. “It’s now going to call attention to the fact that we can keep the government open, we can fund the government, but we don’t have to shut down the government and we don’t have to fund Obamacare. It’s the president who’s threatening to shut down the government because he is saying, and it’s the position his allies in the Senate so far have taken, that unless they fund Obamacare, they won’t fund the government.
“The president’s basically looking for a political win and I guess his political people have told him that this is a political win: shut down the government and blame the Republicans. The problem is that’s not the Republican position.”
Rubio predicted that the House will pass a short-term budget to keep the government running. “If in fact the government shuts down, it will be unfortunately because the president and his allies believe that Obamacare is so important to them that they are willing to shut down the government over it.
“That’s shortsighted primarily because they are going to fight to the end to defend a disaster, something that even their own allies and labor unions are asking to be let out from.”
Rubio says what he is most concerned about regarding the lack of a federal budget is the long-term economic health of the country.
“Here’s what I know to be true: The American free enterprise system is the only economic system in human history where anyone from anywhere can accomplish anything, where people through hard work and sacrifice can achieve a better life. It has eradicated more poverty than all the government programs in the world combined. That’s what free enterprise does.
“One of the things that comes to mind in free enterprise is unpredictability about the future, because people are afraid to open up new businesses or expand existing ones or invest in new products and invent new things if they’re uncertain about the future. This lack of a federal budget and the certainty about future spending worries people. It’s holding growth back.
“So I would prefer to have a real budget. Unfortunately, for Democrats budgets are nothing but an opportunity to grow the size and scope of the government.”
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