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MARCO RUBIO AND RAND PAUL BOTH VOTE AGAINST FISCAL CLIFF DEAL BECAUSE THEY WANT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT
January 1 2013
Washington, D.C. – Few, even the most ardent of hawks, would argue that the current finagling over the Fiscal Cliff is, at least in part, due to politics. While certainly the Democrats and Republicans have ideological differences when it comes to the issues on the table, that is not the only a reason a deal has been so hard to come by.
The reality, especially in the House of Representatives, is that votes matter and how you represent your people can go for or against you, either in two or four years. Four years in particular is what is on the mind of many people, in particular on the Republican side.
Essentially repudiated in the last election, the Republican Party knows it has a long way to go to regain the trust and affection of the American people and by standing by their principles many believe they will be able to do that. That is especially true with some of the younger politicians, people like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, both of whom have voted against the Fiscal Cliff deal because they are probably going to run for President in 2016 and want to start now.
“Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they'll pay this new tax and, chances are, they'll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make and to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control,” said Rubio after casting his vote.
Paul said more or less the same thing despite not having even the most remote of chances of even making a cabinet post never mind the Presidency.
Rubio, he at least believes, has something of a shot at the big chair.
“If anyone thought that politics and politicking wouldn’t have played a role in this they were fooling themselves. You could argue that this is more about politics than it is about budget, really, and everyone in Washington knows that and with the Republicans in such a weak position they really need to be careful,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “If they vote no they risk bankrupting the country but if they vote yes they risk alienating their voters. Ideally for people like Rubio and Paul they will vote no and the bill will still pass and then they get the best of both worlds which could help them long-term.”
Others with no shot at even making the discussion for President will also likely vote no for their own reasons.
“It’s a shame really that the country, that the well being of the country, is being held hostage to these political ambitions but that is really the way the system works and the way people, both politicians and voters, work within it. You can’t blame the dog for barking but you can blame the owner for not taking it outside and shooting it in the head, though admittedly that would be an extreme reaction to barking,” continued Kinsey. “By engaging politicians on this level you legitimize choices like this and cause even more trouble because you encourage this behaviour. Everyone says they don’t want this but they keep voting for the same people and nonsense so, yeah, something. I don’t know. Both these guys are wieners anyways, I don’t know why they think they are going to be President.”
Senator Jim DeMint, another possible 2016 candidate, actually missed the vote because he was too busy doing other work, like actual work.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent