Crist offers half-baked populism
By Nancy Peek McGowan
As the Florida U.S. Senate race takes off, voters should take note of rising star Marco Rubio, (R) Miami, as the “Mine That Bird” candidate not to be underestimated.
Rubio served in the Florida legislature for 8 years rising to become the youngest Speaker of the House at age 35. He is a principled focused conservative like his mentor, Gov. Jeb Bush.
Born in Miami to parents who fled Cuba in the 50’s, Rubio is a fresh young face and dynamic speaker. He’s intelligent and impassioned, but more importantly he possesses the leadership skills and vision to provide solutions to the serious issues confronting us.
Rubio received a B.S. in Political Science at Univ. of Florida and graduated cum laude from Univ. of Miami Law School. He offers a stark contrast in this race including his primary opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist.
Rubio opposes the Obama-Crist philosophy of spending trillions of taxpayer’s dollars to “stimulate” the economy. He is a free market , Reagan supply-sider. He admits Republicans in Congress led us into debt, but accurately assesses Obama put the deficit on steroids, leaving a massive debt to future generations.
As speaker, Rubio blocked Crist’s attempts to pass big government Cap and Trade mandates, which would harm small businesses and hike consumer’s utility bills. He also fought Crist on expanding gambling when the governor attempted to circumvent the Florida legislature by Executive fiat. Rubio brought the case to the Florida Supreme Court and the courts ruled against Crist.
As hurricane season opened earlier this month, Crist cautioned Floridians to be “prepared and to keep our homes and families safe.” Ironically he said that “as he prepares” to veto the free market insurance deregulation bill which will send our insurance carriers packing, leaving over 2 million Floridians without policies or protection on their homes. As a man who’s never owned a home, it makes you wonder if the governor understands this.
In concert with Florida’s Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, Crist has built a house of cards. The 40 new domestic insurance companies they promote are thinly capitalized, highly leveraged, and are totally dependent upon the Hurricane Cat Fund for reinsurance. They will collapse as soon as the first category three hurricane hits Florida leaving thousands of unprocessed (and unpayable) claims. Adding insult to injury, it is estimated Florida homeowners will get hit with a $5,800 assessment from Citizen’s Insurance to make up for the shortfall. Rubio on the other hand would allow the free market principles to operate unimpeded.
It’s time voters stop electing mediocre career politicians who don’t provide leadership or viable solutions but use public office as a stepping stone to aspire to the next higher office. This is the story of Charlie Crist.
Rubio is not only a great Senate candidate and statesman, he’s a principled patriotic American. His candidacy reminds me of Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan rolled into one, and he can make his case in Spanish too.
As Rubio takes his message around Florida, my bet is he’ll win the hearts of voters and garner enough support to bring him from the back of the pack to the 2010 winner’s circle.
Nancy Peek McGowan is a conservative American who is concerned with the direction our country and the GOP are headed. Email her at: Gatorpmac@aol.com.