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Marco Rubio on Jobs

 


Grow the middle class; don't grow the government

Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Hard-working middle class Americans who don't need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They want a plan to grow the middle class. Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012.

But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4% a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade.

Tax increases can't do this. Raising taxes won't create private sector jobs. And there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That's why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address , Feb 12, 2013

1984: Enthusiastic union activist during dad's strike

In 1984, the Culinary Workers Union went on strike. I went with my father to the union hall. The strike became my new obsession.

I never grasped all the issues involved, but understood generally that the strikers were just asking to be treated fairly. They had worked hard to help make the hotels profitable, and were entitled to better compensation and benefits. I was excited to be part of the cause & join forces with striking workers from many hotels. At the height of the strike, it seemed all the kid at my school had a parent on the picket line. I became a committed union activist. I got to spend time with my father. I thought it was nothing but fun.

My father was older than most of the strikers. Eventually, our small savings were gone & the union checks stopped coming. Not long after, he informed me he was going back to work. I accused him of selling out and called him a scab. It hurt him, and I'm ashamed of it. He had had no choice. He returned to work for a smaller salary and fewer benefits.

Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p. 54-55 , Jun 19, 2012

Oppose card check & Employee Free Choice Act

I oppose card check and any efforts like the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to tip labor law in favor of unions through binding federal arbitration. I am concerned by labor unions' unrelenting campaign for card check, which would eliminate workers' righ to a secret ballot in unionization elections. I believe workers' rights should be protected and that a card check system would open the door to pressure and intimidation that would disrupt the workplace and threaten businesses' livelihoods.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.marcorubio.com, "Issues" , Feb 3, 2010

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