This week Senator Marco Rubio is roaming around the Granite State interviewing for a new job, President of the United States. Why would we the people, want to hire him for a new job when he can’t even do the one he already has?
While Rubio is off gallivanting across the U.S. begging for money and meeting with potential donors voters, the Senate keeps trudging along. Even though the Senate moves at a snails pace, the job of a Senator is to be in Washington to represent the people who elected him and to vote on proposed legislation to make their lives better.
Being a Senator has its privileges. If you don’t feel well, you don’t have to go into work, but you still get paid. If your children are sick and you need to stay home to take care of them, you don’t have to go into work, but you still get paid. If your off campaigning in New Hampshire, you don’t have to go into work, but you still get paid.
“Unlike Marco Rubio, most working people can’t simply skip work because we quote “hate” our jobs. We don’t get to fly around the country, asking for a promotion, instead of clocking in and putting in an eight to ten hour workday. And if we did any of those things, we almost certainly wouldn’t get paid,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley.
It is hard for anyone to relate to Senator Rubio who fails to even make 70% of the 150 Senate workdays. That’s about 100 days less a year than the average full time worker. Add to that the fact that Senator Rubio makes a little more than six-times the U.S. median wage of $30,000 per year.
When Senator Rubio does show up to work he continues to tow the party line and keep his wealthy funders happy while hard working Americans, and aspiring Americans, continue to suffer.
“When he does show up, he acts against his constituents’ interests and the interests of middle class families here in New Hampshire nearly every time. He is simply pushing the same failed Republican playbook we’ve seen over and over again,” said NH State Representative Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua.
When Rubio was the new up-and-coming Latino Senator from Florida, Rubio was pushing a comprehensive immigration bill that would have helped the 11 million aspiring Americans finally get the pathway to citizenship they have been searching for. But when Rubio began to get his Presidential delusions of grandeur, he quickly reversed course and pulled his support of the bill he created.
Rubio also refuses to discuss increasing the minimum wage. “When it comes to raising the minimum wage – a common sense proposal that would help close the wage gap and help over 100,000 Granite Staters get ahead – Marco Rubio calls it “a waste of time,” said Rosenwald.
When it comes to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, Rubio says, ‘repeal it.’ Planned Parenthood, an organization that has provided healthcare to over 1-in-5 women, Rubio says ‘de-fund it.’
“Rubio joined Kelly Ayotte in voting against the Paycheck Fairness Act – legislation that would help make equal pay for women a reality,” added Rosenwald.
When it comes to Medicare, Rubio “claims that he would never do anything that hurt his mother. But he supports major cuts to Medicare that would leave seniors with fewer benefits,” stated Rosenwald.
The list goes on and on.
As a voter, you are the employment interviewer in this primary process.
Would you hire an employee: Who can barely make it to work 105 times a year. Who votes to take all of your hard earned money and gives tax breaks to those who already have so much. Who says raising the minimum wage is a “waste of time.” Who wants to gut Medicare and force millions of people off of their current healthcare to once again risk financial ruin by being uninsured. Who wants to take away a women’s Constitutional right to choose.
If you would hire someone with those qualifications, then Rubio just might be your man. The rest of us are going to keep looking.