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Obama, Rubio: False choices vs. Defining choices

Obama, Rubio: False choices vs. Defining choices

If you go through President Obama’s State of the Union Address you will rapidly learn that it is about more government.

In area after area the president advocated a more expansive bureaucracy with more decisions made in Washington and even more money sent to Washington.

Amazingly enough, the president said with a straight face, “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

The President spent more than an hour listing proposals for new government spending. Take a copy of his speech and underline every time he suggests more spending, new programs, or new bureaucracies.

Add the list up.

Then ask yourself how it could be true that “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

Of course it isn’t true. The scale of government proposals President Obama outlined in this speech clearly will cost more — much more.

There are two possibilities.

One, the President knows it will cost a great deal but is willing to mislead the American people in the pursuit of approval in public opinion polls.

Two, the President actually believes he can do all this with no increase in cost, not a single dime.

Frankly, the second option is more frightening.

And if you read carefully the section on foreign policy and national security you will realize that it is probably the second answer.

President Obama may actually believe in a fantasy world in which North Korea will be sorry it set off its third nuclear weapon and Iran is eager to negotiate an end to its nuclear program. In the Obama world, Islamist extremist terrorism is declining except where it’s spreading.

The clearest message from this State of the Union is bigger government, more bureaucratic control centralized in Washington, higher taxes, and a weak, self-deluding foreign and national security policy.

Last night was not a very encouraging evening if you are looking for a realistic, practical approach to America’s problems from President Obama.

The response by Senator Marco Rubio, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air. He spoke to common sense and basic American values.

After you have listed all the new government programs, new bureaucracies and new taxes outlined by President Obama, take a careful look at the speech by Senator Rubio for a real contrast in bringing to bear the established principles that for over 200 years have made America the most successful, safest and freest country in the world.

I, for one, am delighted Senator Rubio so ably communicated our values, our principles and our hopes to the Latino Community. This is clearly an area where we Republicans must improve: If Governor Romney had received just 36% of the Latino vote, he would have gotten more votes than President Obama.

There is no reason conservatives need to be embarrassed or shy about reaching out to every American of every ethnic background and offering them a better future based on solid conservative values. That is exactly what Senator Marco Rubio did last night, and Republicans should be proud.

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