Senator Marco Rubio to Obama: You’re Turning America Into a “Deadbeat Nation”

Senator Marco Rubio blasted President Obama today for turning America into what he called a “deadbeat nation.”
Human Events reported:

In a scathing letter sent to Barack Obama this morning, Senator Marco Rubio said that under the President’s first term in office, “more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.”

Rubio went on to pledge that he would challenge any further increase in the debt ceiling, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming request to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark.

“I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly.”

President Obama is expected to request the new borrowing power from Congress once the Senate and House return from their holiday recess.

Here is Senator Rubio’s letter to the president:
1.6.12 – Obama Debt Ceiling Letter – FINAL

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  • mercador

    I hope that many other Congress people will join him. This administration is ridiculous.

  • HadEnough

    Mark….time for you to pile on and help get this @ssclown out of the WH….you my man would be the lead to help bring that change……….

  • Patty

    Tough words? The truth and Rubio will make a great President some day. He is one who will make great strides in Washington.

    “When you served in the Senate in 2006, you called raising the debt limit “a sign of leadership failure.” Using your own standard, this request will mark your sixth ‘sign of leadership failure’ on the debt ceiling issue alone,” he wrote.

    “Throughout our history, Americans have revered courageous leaders and celebrated them as profiles in courage. Unfortunately, the first three years of your presidency have been a profile in leadership failure.

    “While you may choose to run your re-election campaign against a ‘Do-Nothing Congress,’ your insistence on doing nothing to meaningfully tackle our debt poses a direct threat to America’s exceptional character and is leading us toward a diminished future.”

    Obama is poised to ask Congress for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling as the second part of the acrimonious deal worked out last summer.

    Rubio, who is being touted as a possible Republican vice-presidential candidate, said he will vote against it unless it comes with meaningful spending reduction plans.

    “Instead of making debt ceiling increases a routine Washington exercise, we need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in. Until then, I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly,” he wrote.
    read much more @! link

  • donh

    Another paper tiger republican whining and complaining about a President abusing powers you handed him on a silver platter . WE did our job electing a Republican Majority 2010. YOU Mr Rubio FAILED to do your job in selling out our very right to approve future debt increases. Instead of fighting the good fight , you flush flimsy letters into the media which are nothing but soiled toilet paper wiped by cowardly Republican quislings .

  • Bingo ……. Well said Mr Rubio…..

    Let the truth set us free……

  • Militant Conservative

    #3 January 6, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Patty commented:

    Rubio cannot be president Patty. Constitutionally


  • Fionnagh

    I have come to believe that this is all grandstanding. “Don’t blame me, I wrote the President and called him to task.”

    Don’t WRITE.


  • Detroyes


    It should read “You’re”, NOT “Your” !

  • Warthog

    Patty pointed this out already but here’s the full 2006 quote:

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
    Barrack Obama 3/20/2006

    I would just keep throwing his own words at him.

  • Patty

    On this weekend’s “Inside Washington,” columnist for the Washington Post Charles Krauthammer said that freshman Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio would be the eventual running mate of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    Rubio, however, has insisted on numerous occasions that he will not be a candidate for vice president of the United States, but that isn’t stopping the pundits from making that prediction.

    Read more:

    Wow, it seems if Rubio can’t be President, maybe VP but Rubio says no. Still the pundits are pressuring him.

  • lynched1

    One of my favorite politicians.

  • Patty


    Absolutely, that is the name of the game.

    Use Obama’s own words against him. That is the Campaign! And has we all type here I recall Rush Limbaugh two weeks ago saying. The Obama machine will say that the economy is up and employment is down. Obama will twist EVERYTHING for the next 11 months. If I could find that transcript it would be great to read. Rush is right!

    spin begins.

  • Patty

    correction: unemployment is down

  • donh

    It is political grandstanding to deflect Republican’s own personal responsibility for collaborating with evil and avoid the due electoral reckoning from a gang raped Tea constituancy.

  • Curt Cowley

    Militant Conservative said
    “Rubio cannot be president Patty. Constitutionally


    Why ? Being born in Miami in 1971 is a disqualifier, but being born in Honolulu in 1961 is not?

  • darcy

    Paper tiger is right; what utter nonsense: “I will oppose . . . unless.” Unless real measures are taken. You’re kidding me. Real measures????

    Just who exactly is going to enact “real” measures, written on a piece of paper, signed today and put in the dust bin tomorrow?

    Here’s the language Rubio should have used if he were serious, which he’s not: Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will I support an increase in the debt ceiling. Rather, I will do whatever it takes to rally support behind immediate decreases in spending — WHATEVER IT TAKES — and we WILL DO IT. Then NAME the first target for reductions, the second, and the third, so that the American people may SEE with their own eyes that you are true to your word and mean what you say.

  • Redwine

    Even though it’s a good response, at least Rubio spoke up. Where are the rest of the so-called Conservatives?

    BTW – For Jim (your headline) – It’s Senator Marco Rubio to Obama: You’re Turning America Into a “Deadbeat Nation”

    For those out there who have poor understanding of the spelling of words that sound the same, but are spelled differently (homophones), please use this great table:

  • [email protected]

    Any chance this blog can ever get its act together with the spelling, punctuation and grammar?

    It’s “you’re”, not “your.”

  • CaroleJ

    Senator Marco Rubio to Obama: Your Turning America Into a “Deadbeat Nation”



  • Patriot Act

    Regarding the 2006 quote, Oblama apparently had a sane person writing speeches for him back then. We all know that he’s not capable of writing articulate (or accurate) prose of his own.

  • i wish my senators would say that but i’m from new jersey. we have the crook and the cadaver both under the thumb of the DNC.

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  • melthemean

    Mr. Hoft, it’s “you’re” (contraction of “you are”), not “your” (as in “mine and yours”). Sorry for being picky, but I see this all too often from everyday posters and would expect that someone who is in the business of writing would know the difference.

  • Sasja

    Have some fun and go to

    and the sign the letter. This is from the Heritage Foundation.

  • Carlos

    I certainly did not find the letter scathing.

    Wow, this is the most forceful thing we can muster up to fight hussein..a LETTER? And our chicken$hit Repub. congressional members will later, after hussein’s reelection, whimper “But we did send him some letters”. Uh huh, just lovely.
    I agree with #4-donh.

  • Swifty

    Unemployment is NOT down; it’s the unemployment rate that the government announces that is down because they purposely leave unccounted those who aren’t part of the “official” count and have given up looking with their unemployment benefits no longer in effect.

  • RedBeard

    Yeah, I agree with the Rubio bashers. What he should have done was to ram the White House gates, run up into the Oval Office, and clock Obama under the right ear with a pipe wrench. [insert rolling eyes here]

  • J Craig

    I wouldn’t believe any of these politicians if my life depended on it. Do you really believe these crooks will ever vote for a balanced budget amendment? What a joke. Both parties are a danger to this country.

  • burt

    Lech Walesa cried when the United States elected the communist Barrack Obama.

  • SNM

    Copy of e mail I sent my Senator today

    Senator John Cornyn:
    Please allow me to express how very disappointed I am in your representation of both my state (Texas) and our once great country. The following was directed to obama, “You are turning America into a deadbeat nation”. These words came from the mouth of a junior Senator who apparently is the only Republican who has the gonads to stand upright and speak against this horrible monstrosity of a so called president (not worthy of a capital letter) who is obviously, at least to non politicians, hell bent on destroying this nation and is well on the way to accomplishing that. Where are my Senators and what are they doing?, besides sitting with their finger up you know where. I used to be a strong supporter of yours here in San Antonio, but I am losing, along with many of my friends and associates, any respect we had for you. I just don’t understand where your voice is. Have you even once got out of your chair to voice your opposition to anything this idiot does, or are you just like most of the other so called republicans and simply content to sit back and let a Jr. Senator from Florida tell it like it is. I am so very disappointed in you and with very few exceptions, all your silent cohorts who occupy the seats we taxpayers pay for and do nothing. I am now under the firm conviction we need to get rid of all of you.
    Even if you can’t win the war, at least put up a battle and at the very least, join the comments made by the very few who are not afraid to voice their opposition to this treasonous and lawless president. Ok, you can go back to sitting on your thumb now, But remember, when it comes time for us to elect our congress people, the names we have barely heard, or really not heard at all being mentioned in the context of dissent, opposition or simply raising hell on the senate floor during these turbulent times, should not be surprised to find themselves out of a job.
    Please do not send me some computer generated letter or some letter from you or an assistant with a bunch of mumbo jumbo telling me how great a job you are doing. This will simply insult my intelligence which you are already doing anyway by your obvious affinity to avoid any type of conflict or opposition of the elected messiah and his puppet reid. Sir, you are an embarrassment to my great state and going downhill fast nation.
    Sammy Miller

  • Mama Grizzly

    I’m for the impeach idea too.

  • TexasBlueCollarDem

    I’m sure it’s (not its) just an innocent typo but one hopes to see prominent writers use “your” and “you’re” correctly.

  • #15 January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am
    Curt Cowley commented:

    Militant Conservative said
    “Rubio cannot be president Patty. Constitutionally


    Why ? Being born in Miami in 1971 is a disqualifier, but being born in Honolulu in 1961 is not?



    His parents were born in Cuba but Rubio was born here in the states. Ineligible?

  • Rhoda R

    Were Rubio’s parents US citizens when he was born? It’s becoming something of an ‘anchor baby’ issue that just because someone was born in the US the aren’t automatically citizens, that the 14 th (?) Amendment was directed toward making sure that exslaves were considered citizens and nothing more.

  • Militant Conservative

    #15 January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am
    Curt Cowley commented:

    What part of natural born citizen do you not understand?

    Parents immigrants, Rubio ineligible.

    Legalize the constitution.

  • Patty
  • ogee

    Rubio is ineligible as he well knows because he was born of parents who are not natural born citizens. Eiligibility = at least 35 years old and being a natural born citizen. He is a native born citizen. Too bad. He’s a patriot.

    Obammy is born to only one citizen parent. He must be born to 2 citizen parents on American soil. He was born in Kenya as obammy’s wife admits.

    I skip over posts with grammar errors.

    Makes me sick to read your when it’s supposed to be you are or the abreviated version of you ‘re. How did the writer pass thrid grade?

  • ogee

    #30 January 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    burt commented:
    Lech Walesa cried when the United States elected the communist Barrack Obama

    Lech Walsea wasn’t the only one. Many cried out of sadness and despair.

    NDAA. Who’s talking about this dictatorial bill? Nada…..

  • ogee

    Additionally, I wasn’t talking about an honest typo. I was talking about a severe grammatical error.
    Some people can’t type well…. that’s fine.

  • Questionman

    Have to laugh at all the “communist” remarks here. Obama’s administration could quite easily be viewed as moderately republican. It’s certainly to the right of most of the western democracies.

    This is how silly things have got on these forums.

    We have state liquor stores that run so well Republicans want to get rid of them.
    They make capitalism look so bad.
    Workers make $15 to $22 and an hour, compared to $9 in Jersey, where most workers also get public assistance.

    Our new GOP governor, Tom Corbett, said we would to privatize our liquor store.

    Now he gave up because they are so popular.

  • RedBeard

    Questionman, it must be heavenly, living in a place where the government can just pick dollar bills off a tree in the back garden, in order to pay liquor store clerks more than the going rate.

    Look up your local night school, and see if there’s an opening in Econ 101. Take a few of your leftie buddies to school with you. Then, after you learn that there is no free lunch, come back and try arguing your “I want my free stuff” agenda again.

  • RedBeard

    As for Rubio’s staus as “natural born,” there simply is no clear-cut answer to that, either in the Constitution or in case law. The same goes for Obama, as much as we might hate to admit it. I would like nothing better than to kick Obama out based upon ineligibility, but it’s just not possible to make that case.

    The most common legal opinion seems to be the one holding that “natural born” means someone entitled to U.S. citizenship at birth. Naturalized citizens clearly do not qualify, but those born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizen parents most likely do qualify, as well as those born on U.S. soil to non-citizens (Rubio).

    Romney’s case seems even more secure, since he was born in the U.S. to parents who were U.S. citizens (no evidence that anyone in Romney’s line ever gave up U.S. citizenship while living in Mexico).

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  • tadcf

    But who’s the most celebrated dead-beat dad in the Congress? Hint: He’s a Republican.