In which Marco Rubio steps on a rake

Rubio and Charlie McCarthy

So when we last visited with Big Gulp, he was telling us that the best way to lift people out of poverty (to do it for the children, no less) was for them to become married.

“One of the greatest eradicators of poverty, one of the greatest factors of poverty, that we talked about earlier is marriage,” Mr. Rubio said. “When a kid is being raised in a married family, the likelihood of remaining in poverty drops dramatically. That is a social issue. Should we de-emphasize that, despite the dramatic impact it is having on our economy? I don’t think so.”

Asked whether that same can be said for kids being raised by couples in same-sex marriages, Mr. Rubio said, “we don’t know.”

“We don’t have any empirical evidence,” he said. “That is a new dynamic that is emerging in the country. That is being solved at the state level. Some states want it, and some states don’t. That is where it should be solved.”


Because as we all know, the Invisible Hand of the Market can distinguish between the ‘Mos and Straight people.

(Washington Times)

And Then Rubio Stepped On A Rake

Rubio and Charlie McCarthy

“Isn’t it time to declare big government’s war on poverty a failure? Instead of continuing to borrow and spend trillions of dollars on government programs that don’t work, what our nation needs is a real agenda that helps people acquire the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty and to pursue the American dream. This agenda would create an economy with more good-paying middle class jobs and a government with less debt. It would repeal ObamaCare and it would replace it with more affordable health care options. It would save and strengthen our retirement programs for future generations. …

“In the coming months, I’ll be detailing many of these ideas, and I hope that you’ll join me in that discussion – so that 50 years from now, nobody in America will be trapped in a life of poverty.”

OK, obvious snark first: Did Big Gulp record this in now weed-legal Colorado?

Now, with that out of the way, some basic economics: Supply does not create Demand.

Demand, however, creates jobs. Sell more products, and then the company will hire more workers. You sell products to a market that has money and demand.

I do not know of any study, anywhere that says improved skills creates a demand for more workers. It just doesn’t.

I would also postulate that if the entire population suddenly stepped up in skills, the flood of skilled workers would actually dampen wages even further.