After news broke of GM’s plans to close plants in America and layoff workers, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio strayed from his usual Twitter practice of unironically posting bible verses that generally go against his political beliefs to instead unironically type out something else that generally goes against his political beliefs:
Decision by GM an important reminder that due to structural changes in the economy,just because a company is headquartered in America doesn’t make it an American company. And that what’s good for large multinationals isn’t always good for American workers. https://t.co/rC1Vf2D1ES
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 28, 2018
Marco’s tweet was absolutely correct. The problem with his tweet, though, is that Marco Rubio has continuously voted to help these same multi-national corporations he admits don’t always have the interests of American workers at heart.
For example, Marco Rubio voted for the GOP tax bill in 2017 that gave these same multi-national corporations billions in tax cuts:
Sen. Marco Rubio gave the GOP tax bill a big boost Friday after announcing his support in response to late changes to its child tax credit and another key Republican also said he was jumping on board — support that solidifies chances for passage.
Rubio, R-Fla., had initially come out against the bill on Thursday over reports that the House-Senate deal would include a deeper tax cut for Americans making over $500,000, while leaving out his proposal to expand tax credits for low-income families.
In all, the Senate’s tax plan permanently cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, estimated to leave 13 million fewer insured over the next decade, and lowers tax rates for most Americans until 2026, overwhelmingly advantaging the country’s wealthiest.
This difference between Marco Rubio’s words and actions can also be seen in his stance on raising the minimum wage. Marco Rubio doesn’t think people can live on the current minimum wage, yet Marco Rubio doesn’t think the current minimum wage should be increased. Why? Because he trusts corporations to create better paying jobs, the same multi-national corporations he also says don’t always do what is right for workers:
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio admitted that people can’t live off jobs that pay only $10 or $11 per hour on Wednesday.
But the Republican presidential hopeful opposes raising the minimum wage. His solution, instead, is creating new jobs that pay more.
“I have the full confidence that the American private sector, made up of the most innovative and productive people on this planet, won’t just create millions of jobs,” Rubio said at a campaign event in New Hampshire. “They will create millions of jobs that pay more. Because even the jobs that are being created now don’t pay enough. You can’t live on $10 an hour. You can’t live on $11 an hour.”
Marco Rubio is correct to say that multi-national corporations don’t always have the best interests of American workers at heart. So, why does Marco Rubio continue to support policies that benefit these same corporations over American workers? Why does he trust these corporations to pay a better wage? Why does he vote to give these corporations billions in tax breaks? Is Marco Rubio just full of baloney?