While on a trip to Iowa for the Governor’s 66th birthday, Marco Rubio touched on something very subtle, yet very profound.
“The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer, it’s by making poor people richer,” Rubio said, criticizing President Barack Obama’s insistence that taxes for those making more than $250,000 increase as part of a deal to avoid pending automatic budget cuts and tax hikes.
Make poor people richer. Well that is a novel concept.
Not novel when looked at through the lens of history mind you, but novel when looked at through the lens of successful American politicking of late.
Historically, it has undoubtedly been the effort of the mainstream of both major parties to achieve this aim. Yet the actions of the current party in power, despite all their puffery and pontification, inevitably lead us to a country where the rich are simply poorer, and the poor remain downtrodden.
Rubio’s words have been uttered before in countries which have faced times of similar sustained economic strife like we face today.
Then, as now, the concept was met with considerable opposition and contempt from those who seek to garner support through a fiscal policy which promotes class warfare. No more glaring example can readily be produced than that of Margaret Thatcher making the case for capitalism in her last speech as Prime Minister in the House of Commons.
Whether by accident or with intent, I think Marco Rubio may have just cemented the economic battle cry for conservatives in 2014 and 2016.
As a preconceived politician of interest for the 2016 Presidential race, the media has already begun the “crazy-ing” of Rubio. This will doubtless persist into the future as Rubio’s stock within the Republican party continues to rise.
Whether or not Rubio runs, and I’m not saying that he should, I think he has really hit the nail on the head in terms of articulating the conservative economic policy. It is simple and succinct.
When a challenging political party is hit with a barrage of class warfare rhetoric by the party in power, it is not sufficient to merely hit back with class warfare rhetoric of one’s own. We saw the ill-fated consequence of that strategy play out in the election.
No, the solution to class warfare isn’t more class warfare. It’s class empowerment.