Marco Rubio Joins Mitt Romney for a Town Hall Event in Pennsylvania

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Mitt Romney on Monday April 23, for a town hall event in Aston Pennsylvania.  On the eve of the state’s primary, Rubio seems rather an odd choice considering that Pennsylvania is the home state of the estimable Senator Pat Toomey.  Could this be a subtle signal that Romney will indeed be selecting Rubio as his running-mate?  Fingers crossed.

Marco Rubio first came to my attention when he was the subject of a National Review article  “Yes, He Can” which was published in August of 2009. I was immediately drawn to his compelling life story and his long list of accomplishments that reflected a strict adherence to the traditional republican platform; limited government, low tax rates, and fiscal responsibility.

Two and half years later, Rubio, now a freshman senator has become the darling of the republican party. His Reaganesque ability to effectively communicate the principals of conservationism is serving Romney well. The democrats are terrified of him, and have already begun drilling for dirt (the only kind of drilling that they support) on him.

It’s easy enough to tell who the democrats fear, as they immediately attack anyone whom they feel poses a threat to their continue reign of tyranny. In that vein, we’ve seen them morph into Rubio-birthers, claiming that although he was born in the United States, neither of his parents were citizens at the time of his birth. Funny, weren’t these the very same people telling us that demanding to see a birth certificate is racist? Attempts have also been made to discredit his back story but Rubio remains undeterred.

After having the opportunity to see him speak at the town hall event, I have little doubt that one day in the not too distant future, Marco Rubio will be our President. Mitt Romney should select Rubio to be his running mate. Rubio’s energy and enthusiasm for conservatism is infectious. His ability to communicate conservative principles has the potential to convince a huge swath of independent voters that by supporting Romney in the fall, they will be protecting individual liberty and continued American exceptionalism.

If you still have doubts, please take the time to watch the video of the event.

Full Transcript:
Introducing Romney:
Tomorrow, tomorrow you get to practice doing that when you turn out and vote. You know all the noise that surrounds these elections let’s never forget what these elections are. Elections are choices. Now four years ago this nation made a choice one that I disagreed with, and I think that from what I hear today, one that most of you disagreed with. But we made a choice and the choice was to give Barack Obama a chance to lead this nation. And from the day he took over in January of 2009 till today he has a records as president and that record has numbers behind it. Like unemployment which under his watch has gone up. Like the debt, which under his watch has gone up. Like that value of our homes which under his watch have gone down. He’s no longer a theory, Barack Obama is a reality. For millions of Americans today life is worse than it was three years ago. Because he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Now of course he’ll make all kinds of excuses about it, it’s somebody else’s fault. It always is, but the truth is his party controlled the House and the Senate for two years. His first two years as President, they would have given him anything he wanted and they did. They gave him a stimulus that failed. They gave him a health care that’s failing. They gave him regulations that are failing our country. And so we get to choose again. And what we should chose are the things that make America great. This place man, this place where we are today is a testament to America’s greatness. I used to give speeches during my campaign where I would say that one of the great things about America is it’s one of the few places in the world where you can start a business out of your parent’s garage. Yes, in violation of the zoning code, but you can do it! And one day employ a bunch of people and build a big building. That’s what she’s done. And the job of government is to make is easier on people to do that, not harder. And there’s only one person running for president that understands that. There’s only one person that’s running for president that’s ever helped do that. There is only one choice that’s running for president that will help us reclaim and recapture the things that make this nation of ours different from all the other countries on the earth and he happens to be here today, his name is Mitt Romney, the next president of the United States!

Voter I.D. :
About a week ago I went and bought and exercise bike because my wife said I was looking too senatorial if you know what I mean. You know what the cashier asked me for, when I went to pay? My I.D. This morning I got on an airplane, you know what they asked me for? My I.D. So what’s the big deal? What’s the big deal?

Energy Independence:
Do you realize that this is the most energy rich country in the world? Do you realize that the American innovator has invented ways to access natural gas and oil that we’ve never had a chance to get to? At a time when the world needs more energy, we found more of it. And let me give you a graphic example of the direction of this administration. Canada has decided to build a pipeline. It can go in two directions, it can go towards China or it can come towards us. Guess, which direction do you think the president chose? (Audience “China!”) Which direction do you think Mitt Romney will choose? America.

The American Dream:
Your question strikes a chord with me. First of all let me tell you how honored I am to be here today. About half a century ago, my parents came to the United States. They could speak English, barely. They didn’t really have much of an education, they both grew up pretty poor. They didn’t know anybody here. It’s hard for me to imagine what life was like then, because even though my parents weren’t rich at all, I was privileged because I lived in a strong and stable family and I had all kinds of opportunities they didn’t. And if my dad was still alive and my mom who is hopefully watching if one of these guys will cut-in live. It would have been unimaginable that I would be standing here with you today. Now why is that? Why am I here today with you why do I get to serve in the United States Senate, why have I been privileged to have opportunities they didn’t? Well it isn’t because I worked harder than they did. It isn’t because I’m smarter than they were. It’s because I had something that they didn’t the privilege and the honor of being born in the single greatest society in all of human history. In a place where anyone from anywhere can accomplish anything. You know why we’re different? Because I don’t remember growing up my parents saying to me, “You know why weren’t not better off? Cause those guys are doing too well.” I don’t ever remember my parents saying to me, “You know what, if only we took something away from them and gave it to us, things would be better.” I don’t ever remember my parents teaching me that. In fact when my parents would do, they would point to people that had made it and they would say, “That’s a source of inspiration, if they made it, you can make it as well.” We now have a leader in this country who wants to take that from us. Who is telling Americans that the reasons why they’re hurting is because other people are doing too well. That the way that they can climb up the ladder is to pull other people down. If we do that, we become like every other country in the world, we cannot do that. Because if we are that, if we become that, then the American inspiration will be gone and there will be nothing that the rest of the world can look to hopefully, in the hopes that they too can one day have what we have. So your question goes to the heart of what this election is about we need, this is who we’ve been and this is who we are, and this is who we must remain. But we will not if Barack Obama is president another four years.

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Cap and Trade? More like Slap and Rape

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“That’s right I said it!” ~ Mark Levin

You may be thinking, wow that’s some harsh language you’ve chosen and that it may be, but it is a far superior explanation of what the so-called Cap and Trade legislation really does.  The choice of such innocuous language, Cap-and-Trade, is in no way accidental.  It is an integral part of disguising the dangerous repercussions which will certainly ensue if this agenda is adopted by the United States.

I refuse to allow this manipulation of language to mask the reality of the situation which is this; Cap and Trade amounts to slapping a fine on harmless carbon emissions, raping industries of their profits and it will lead to the eventual destruction of all industrial nations.

This agenda which the Obama Administration supports, is being pushed by the ‘green’ environmental movement and is tantamount to a toxin which will infect and kill American industry at the same time placing a heavy burden upon all American taxpayers and consumers.  When taxes are levied against businesses the costs of those taxes are inevitably passed on to the consumer.  The price of goods and services will increase to compensate for the revenues lost due to the taxation.  I implore you, please do not be lulled into complacency by President Obama’s empty promise of tax cuts for “95% of working Americans”.  The Commander in Chief himself has admitted, ever so quietly that energy bills will necessarily skyrocket for everyone should this legislation be enacted.

Now, I’d like to address the alleged consensus of Global Warming/Climate Change.  Regardless of what ideologues like Al Gore would like you to believe, THERE IS NO CONSENSUS ON GLOBAL WARMING SCIENCE!  Every year an increasing number of scientists are challenging the findings of the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).  There is a petition being circulated with the signatures of over 31,000 scientists to date, which urges the United States government to reject the Kyoto Agreement.  It also points out that there is no convincing evidence that the human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases are or will cause a disruption of Earth’s climate.  For reasons unknown these factual assertions of these scientists continue to go unreported while the alarmists environmentalists are heralded and never questioned regarding the merits of their garbage science.

For over two decades environmentalists have been pushing their agenda.  They brazenly wield the sword of fear to accomplish their goals.  They insight undue panic with their outlandish claims and are never held to account when their junk science falls apart.  Case in point:  In the fourth grade (1987) I was taught that a hole had appeared in the ozone layer.  This hole was a result of Chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs.  These evil little molecules were being released into the atmosphere via aerosols.  I remember pleading with my grandmother to discontinue her use of Aquanet hairspray because it was destroying our planet.  As a nine-year-old the environmentalists had me convinced that humans, although infinitesimally small in comparison to the earth, had the ability to influence and manipulate its atmosphere.

Environmentalists effectively lobbied for the banning of CFC’s.  The ban came into effect with the signing of the Copenhagen Protocol of 1992.  Now I ask you to think about the last time you heard mention of the hole in the ozone.  My guess is it’s been at least a decade, and why is that?  Has the hole closed up because those vicious CFCs are no longer invading the atmosphere?  Nope, the hole is still there although the nomenclature has been changed.  It is no longer called a hole but rather according to NASA,  it is a ‘region of exceptionally depleted ozone in the stratosphere.’

So if the hole or ‘exceptionally depleted ozone in the stratosphere’ still exists why aren’t the environmentalists talking about it?  I can only assume that it has stopped being profitable for them.  The research grants have dried up, and even though the hole or whatever you choose to call it, persists to this day it is no longer a concern of theirs.  Now as a twenty nine-year-old I stand completely convinced that they have no idea what they are talking about.  I simply refuse to allow them to sucker me into believing their science or their altruistically cloaked motives.  They have moved on to the much more profitable agenda of Global Warming/Climate Change (hundreds of billions are spent on Global warming research grants each year).

**UPDATE Since 2009, when this piece was originally published, NASA has added a page to its site OZONE HOLE WATCH it has all kinds of nifty data that tracks the size of the hole that still remains in the ozone today.  I especially enjoyed this graph which clearly shows the size of the hole has remained relatively the same for the last thirty years. **

Their target this time is CO2 which they claim is a dangerous green house gas chiefly responsible for Global Warming.  They blatantly ignore the inescapable fact that human beings and animals exhale CO2 and plants in essence inhale CO2.  They also choose to overlook the fact that huge amounts of CO2 are produced by the Earth’s oceans and volcanoes.

According to the alarmist environmentalists actions need to be taken immediately to curb the 2% of greenhouse gases created by human beings.  According to their data this 2% comes from coal burning powerplants, cars, airplanes and buildings.  They have chosen to keep relatively quiet about the 18% of greenhouse gases created by livestock flatulence.  This was brought to light recently however when cow flatulence tax legislation was proposed in both Ireland and Denmark (€13 per cow in Ireland and €80 in Denmark). 

**UPDATE The link to that the story about taxing flatulence, originally published in The Times UK, is no longer working.  I could not find another credible source to link to, but what I did find is an article published in 2010 about the EPA’s desire to tax US livestock owners.**

The reason for their silence in this regard is unmistakably obvious, no one in their right mind would ever believe that cow farts should be treated as a pollutant no matter how noxious they may be.

The environmentalists who are trying to slap a tax on cow farts are the same ones screaming that Cap and Trade legislation must be passed!  These people are deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to true scientific research about Global Warming/Climate Change.  The Earth has always gone through cooling periods and warming periods and will continue to do so as long as it exists.  They seem to at least recognize this to the extent that they have changed their language once again, Global Warming is now slowly morphing into Climate Change.  Calling it Global Warming only made sense when temperatures were rising, but since 2003 global temperatures have been declining.  Instead of admitting their lack of indisputable scientific evidence, they simply change the name to something that can never be called into question; Climate Change, which encompasses all possible temperature shifts.

This language is simply preposterous.  Climate or temperature if you prefer, is constantly changing, it did so before the first human graced the face of the Earth and will continue to do so until the Earth ceases to exists.  Yes it’s true, the Earth does have a finite life-span, but we humans will have nothing to do with its demise.  You see the Sun’s gravitational force is ever so slowly pulling all of the planets toward it.  The closer the Earth’s orbit gets to the sun, the hotter the Earth will become and eventually the Earth will be swallowed up by the sun.  There is nothing that can stop this from happening.

We can not allow the propaganda of the radical environmental movement to corrupt the logic and facts of the situation.  We must pick apart their phony claim that CO2 emissions must be taxed because they are destroying our planet.  We must point out that if CO2 is as detrimental as the environmentalists would like us to believe, then they would be calling for an outright ban on CO2 emissions.  They would not seek monetary compensation as an acceptable trade-off for that which they deem poison being released into the atmosphere.  Their goal in reality has nothing to do with the environment but everything to do with the halting of human progress.

They wish to kill all industry and advancement.  Their ideal world is one with no livestock, no cars, no buildings and no factories.  They believe the caveman to be more in tune with the Earth and therefore superior to the modern industrialist.  They have set out to force modern man back into the caves, and Cap-and-Trade shall be their greatest victory in this battle.  A victory we must never allow them to achieve.

Greener Cemeteries?

cemeteryMore ‘stimulating’ spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, The National Cemetery Administration will be receiving $50,000,000 for ‘monument and memorial repairs, including energy projects’.  Energy projects?  How does one make a ‘greener’ cemetery with all those pesky corpses releasing methane gas as they decompose?