Rubio on Fox: Sequester not ideal but better than raising taxes
Sen. Marco Rubio appeared tonight on FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor.
On the sequester that is scheduled to take effect this upcoming Friday, March 1st:
“I do believe they'll happen on Friday. And, you know, Bill, let's be clear, I mean the solution to all these problems is rapid, dynamic economic growth. But we can't have rapid, dynamic economic growth if we don't bring our budget problems here under control. This is not the best way to do it, but it's better than raising taxes as an alternative and it's better than doing nothing. So the ideal way to do this is to save and reform Medicare because those are the programs that are driving our long-term debt. But the president has decided he doesn't want to do that. So the sequester will kick in on Friday.”
On the perception that the sequester will negatively impact Americans:
“Well, first of all, this was the President's idea. He actually came up with this. This is something that he suggested, that his office suggested when they were talking about this back in the summer of 2011. Number two is there's certainly going to be some impact to governmental services, but I think what's being put out there is being exaggerated for political purposes. There's zero doubt about that.
And I think this idea of somehow making the cuts as painful as possible, in essence, focusing them on those programs that most impact people, as a way to create outrage, is a time-tested tactic that's used all the time at the state level when people, for example, threaten to cut some program or another. So, look, I think the bottom line is, yes, this is not the best way to do it, but we're not going to walk away from this in exchange for tax increases. I think the House, for example has offered real plans to do this.”
On the American people potentially blaming the Republican Party for any negative effects:
“What people need to understand is that that is nothing compared to what's going to happen to this country if we don't begin to bring our fiscal house in order and grow our economy dynamically. I mean those cuts, those things that people are going to face is nothing compared to what this nation is going to face if we continue to spend a trillion dollars a year more than we take in.”