Not surprisingly, Rubio’s insistence that his state is no danger from climate change has brought him into conflict with local people. Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami, has a particularly succinct view of the man and his stance. “Rubio is an idiot,” says Stoddard. “He says he is not a scientist so he doesn’t have a view about climate change and sea-level rise and so won’t do anything about it. Yet Florida’s other senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, is holding field hearings where scientists can tell people what the data means. Unfortunately, not enough people follow his example. And all the time, the waters are rising.”
The whole article is not about Rubio, in fact very little of it is, but when the mayor of one of the major cities (who is also a scientist, a biology professor at Florida International University) in his state is calling him an idiot, well, it might hold some sway with the electorate that are finding their property values will literally be going under water.
The first half of the article describes what is already happening during storm season, with high tides causing street flooding (the storm drains effectively back-flush), and Eiron, the Goddess of Irony, notes that mostly what they are doing right now is trying to create elevated parking so that their cars are not destroyed by salt water.
Rake-stepping operations have commenced. I repeat, rake-stepping operations have commenced:
Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to,” Rubio told Hannity. “Science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life beings at conception.
Um, Marco, those Personhood amendments are not introduced by scientists.
On a related note, how’s that rebranding thing working for ya, Reince?
Potential 2016 Goat Rodeo contender and noted Cuban-in-Exile genesis fabulist Marco Rubio stepped on another rake while trying to explain that he previously had not stepped on a rake:
“What I disagree with is the notion if we pass cap and trade, for example, this will stop [climate change] from happening, when in fact half of the new emissions on the planet are coming from developing countries and half of that is coming from one country, China, that isn’t going to follow whatever laws we pass,” he said.
Except that the rake he previously stepped on was that he did not believe that climate change was man-made:
“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That’s what I do not — and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy,” Rubio responded.
So the real question remains: who keeps leaving these rakes all about Rubio’s place?
Marco Rubio tells us that he’s old enough to ride a bike without training wheels:
“I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years.”
Gee, did he hold up three fingers when he said it?
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.
The truth is, the greatest tool to lift children and families from poverty is one that decreases the probability of child poverty by 82%. But it isn’t a government spending program. It’s called marriage.
–Marco Rubio, telling women to get married.
“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.
“Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot.”
No, Marco, it makes you a Xristian Xrazie homophobic bigot.
Q: Who is the Marco Rubio’s/The GOP’s favorite rapper?
A: The dead one.
It’s a variation on a really old joke, but I overheard it today in Seattle. The kids will be alright.
(TPM and Booman Tribune)