Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program last night, to discuss the current negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. It’s a long clip, with an extensive intro by Hannity, but well worth watching in full.
The really good stuff comes about four minutes in, when Rubio declares that “every aspect of life in America today is worse than it was” when Barack Obama took office. “Unemployment higher… interest rates… everything is worse. The only thing that has gone down in America over the last two years is the value of your home.” He goes on to describe the President as “incompetent in this management of his economy.”
Speaking of Hannity’s introduction: isn’t it about time we put “tax cheat” Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner under oath, and compelled him to admit that failing to raise the debt ceiling does not mean the United States instantly defaults on its debts? It’s a straight-up lie: not a misunderstanding, not a misstatement, but a lie repeatedly told to the American people.
How are we supposed to have a reasoned national discussion about raising the debt ceiling when Administration henchmen are allowed to lie incessantly to the public? Marco Rubio’s assertion that the President and congressional Democrats deliberately allowed the debt limit issue to fester until it became a crisis, which must be resolved in a panicked rush of more debt and higher taxes, is difficult to refute.
Congressional Republicans should insist on using sworn testimony, compelled from reluctant Administration officials, to clear away some of the debt-ceiling mythology, and get hard facts into the public record. Then, when Obama or some Democrat back-bencher tries the same old scare tactics, they can be asked point-blank if they support charges of perjury against the Treasury officials whose testimony they are contradicting.