Here's a shocker!
Marco Rubio's excuse for voting against extending the lower student loan interest rates was nothing more than a false talking point. He used the tiresome line that it would raise taxes on small businesses, a line which many recognize as code for what it really is: Keeping taxes low for large corporations who already pay little taxes, unless of course, they pay none at all.
That is what is commonly referred to as "small business" by the Republican Party. Not exactly, say the little dime store of the past obliterated from existence long ago by ALEC monstrosities like WalMart. Or to use a favorite example of the right wing, he did it for "small businesses" like BP and Exxon, not the local, mom and pop gas station around the corner the GOP keep telling us about.
It's not a big mystery but it bears repeating, and PolitiFact rated Rubio's excuse for the falsity that it is.
Here's the heartfelt tearjerker Rubio spun for the Big Donors and the Romney campaign C-Span cameras in the Senate:
"As someone with a student loan and with a state with so many people with student loans, I support a hundred percent making sure that the interest rates on student loans do not go up," Rubio said.
"I cannot support the way the Democrats want to do it, however, because, they want to do it by raising taxes on small businesses, very small businesses. The kinds of small businesses that give jobs to graduates who not only need low interest rates but need jobs in order to pay their student loans."
(Hmm. I wonder if any payments for that student loan ended up on a Party credit card?)
You see, parents and students, Marco would really love to help you out with those soon to be skyrocketing interest rates, but he just can't do it. The opposing party may have the right idea, but it is the opposing party after all. Besides, he can't have you paying low interest rates at the expense of a CEO who might have to put off buying a fourth or fifth home in some exotic tropical location with a beach that hasn't yet been covered in crude oil because he suddenly must stoop so low as to pay a tiny fraction of his fair share of taxes! It's a question of values! I mean really, what value does a smart student who would likely vote for a Democrat anyway have to offer the boy wonder? As Marco often says, "uh...um...duh....?"
Rubio's sorry that you may have to just skip getting an education altogether, but he doesn't want to work for his higher aspirations, and he wants to join the really big bully boys club now!
After all, Mitt Romney's car elevator isn't going to pay for itself!
(Image: Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate)