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Senator Rubio’s ‘Gang of Eight’ Votes Against ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise

By Javier Manjarres 

Rubio officeU.S. Senator Marco Rubio was one of eight Senators that voted against a compromise on the looming economic ‘fiscal cliff.’ Among those senators who joined Rubio were Republicans Rand Paul, Richard Shelby, Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee, as well as Democrats Michael Bennet and Tom Carper.

Rubio and his ‘gang of eight’ need to be commended from ‘bucking’ his squishy established Republican leadership in the Senate, after they bowed down to President Obama and compromising principles, again.

 Senator Rubio is correct in stating that “Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they’ll pay this new tax and, chances are, they’ll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make.”

Taxes would jump by $2,400 on average for families with incomes of $50,000 to $75,000, according to a study by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Because consumers would get less of their paychecks to spend, businesses and jobs would suffer.

At the same time, Americans would feel cuts in government services; some federal workers would be furloughed or laid off and companies would lose government business. The nation would lose up to 3.4 million jobs, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. -Fox News

Now its up to the Republican control House of Representatives to vote on this measure-many expect the Republicans to squash it the compromise, but stranger things have happened, liked today’s 89-8 vote in the Senate to approve it.

This Wednesday’s opening bell on Wall Street could signal a very bad beginning of the year  for stocks. Stocks are sure to drop. Question will be, how far will they drop, and how for how long?

Here is Senator Rubio’s statement on his ‘Nay’ vote on the fiscal cliff compromise-

“I appreciate all the hard word that went into avoiding the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’. I especially commend Senator McConnell’s efforts to make the best out of a bad situation. Nevertheless, I cannot support the arrangement they have arrived at. Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff our nation is facing. But rapid economic growth and job creation will be made more difficult under the deal reached here in Washington.

 “Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they’ll pay this new tax and, chances are, they’ll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hire they were looking to make. And to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control.

 “Of course, many Americans will be relieved in the short term that their taxes won’t go up. However in the long run, they will be hurt when employers pass on to them one of the largest tax hikes in decades. Furthermore, this deal just postpones the inevitable, the need to solve our growing debt crisis and help the 23 million Americans who can’t find the work they need.”-Senator Marco Rubio


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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. John Turner January 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Brilliant article, and Senators Rubio and Paul are the best!

  2. Nancy Koon January 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Let’s not be so hasty here. Why is it Rubio’s gang of 8?
    Why not Sen. Rand Paul’s gang of 8?
    Rubio is already being pushed at us, and I DON’T LIKE IT.
    I have a feeling Sen. Paul does not consider himself part of ANYONES gang.

    • Javier Manjarres January 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

      It could be any of the eight’s ‘Gang’ We decided to choose Rubio.

    • Dan January 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      I agree with you Nancy. Rand Paul is the only one to publicly speak out about the raising taxes on the private sector who already pay 50% of the taxes. Certainly Not the anchor baby. I wonder if they want to disregard the entire Constitution or just the Bill of Rights. Rubio is NOT a Natural Born citizen but that isn’t required to be a Senator. Yet he still votes for NDAA detention without due process of Law, The Patriot Act and unwarranted spying on citizens through FISA. I wonder if he is American or wants to transfer the Tyranny of his parents home country to the U.S.?

  3. David January 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’m not so sure I like that he voted against it. Did he have an alternative plan? Did he want ALL the tax increases to go into affect because that was and still is the default plan until the whole Congress passes something different and it’s signed by the president.

    • Sally January 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

      As a Ron Paul supporter… I must say I was not the biggest fan of Rubio’s. But after this brave vote. Marco is now OK in my book!

    • Cat January 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      The House has presented budgets and plans .. the Dems in the Senate and W.H. will not let them on the floor to be voted on .. you MUST fight the THUGGERY of the LEFT! WAY TO GO 8!

  4. CarolO January 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Good job, Rubio, for putting your political ambitions over the American people. I’m sure Grover Norquist is very proud of you. I expect a couple more Tea Baggers will be joining in your NO vote, like Michelle Bachmann and Paul Ryan.

    You know darned well the budget cuts are coming next month with the Debt ceiling talks that I’m sure you will also vote NO on and get our credit rating lowered again.

    • VIVA RUBIO 2016!!!! January 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      @ CarolO, you sound just like a Ron Paulbot. Give it a rest already will ya? It took gut’s for Rubio to go against his party! This just confirms to me that Rubio should run for President in 2016!!!

    • BWGIII January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am


      Getting “permanent” tax cuts is a smokescreen. Washington’s problem is NOT with bringing ion revenue. The problem is that Washington is SPENDING far more than they could ever tax; even if they took 100% from us all!

      People hate Grover Norquist and anyone who talks about holding the line on taxes. It is not about protecting some rich guys from paying their “fair share”; they are already paying over 80% of the Federal revenues. It is about trying to put a ceiling on irresponsible spending that is bankrupting the country.

      Take your emotions and political party preferences out of the equation and the answers become a lot clearer. Unfortunately, there are too few “statesmen” and too many “politicians” in Washington that are more concerned about politics than they are about the country.

      God Bless You, I hope you’ll give this some more thought.

  5. VIVA RUBIO 2016!!!! January 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I read that it was Rubio that got everyone together on this first and Ryan agreed. Ryan only wanted to vote PRESENT but Rubio changed his mind…

  6. Chopper January 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Senator Rubio’s vote reaffirms my faith in him and should point out to his naysayers that he is a Conservative and is faithful to his Oath of Office!

  7. Sandi Trusso January 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    We knew they were going to wait till the last minute to sell us out. Thank you Sen. Rubio and your band of 7 others! I think the rest of the Republicans were only trying to make it look good so people would think they were engaged in battle when they probably had a deal for weeks.

    Rubio or West for President in 2016! (If we still have free elections by then!)

  8. Greg Ramos January 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    How, specifically do you propose that we raise enough revenue to run the, business of helping those who can not help themselves, many of your South Florida constituents fall into that category. Specifically what cuts would you make if you could do it today? Cutting funding cuts jobs. What jobs would you eliminate?

    How specifically would you make sure that there would be some sort of Quid Pro Quo for businesses to get tax breaks, for example by hiring and paying a base wage to take people off of all government assistance rolls?

    Greg Ramos

  9. William Allred January 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Can’t this writer Javier Manjarres count. He says 8 and he names 7. Does he not like Tom Harkin? He was one of the eight.

  10. john hobby January 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

    What fiscal cliff was avoided? What SPENDING was cut?
    Just in case everyone didn’t see these goodies in the Fiscal Cliff spending bill that passed, here they are:

    4 million – electric motorcycle maker
    59 million for Algae growers
    7 million for NASCAR races
    430 million to Hollywood as incentives [mostly TV programs] and movies. Based on certain criteria of course
    331 million to railroads
    222 million to Puerto Rico & virgin Islands
    1 Billion extends dairy subsidies for ONE year. this includes disaster assistance for farmers and lowers prices of milk for foreign sales
    ? significant amount to GE for Windfarms

    Bizness as usual, folks!

    Ya gotta love this quote from our leader who always manages to cut thru the gorilla dust right to the heart of the issue.

    But Obama warned again that he would not negotiate with Republicans over the $16.4 trillion debt limit, which must be raised in the coming weeks. “While I will negotiate over many things,” he said, “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether they will pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”

  11. BWGIII January 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    As a Floridian who worked hard against the RINO’s selected boy–”Orange Charlie-I was a RINO, then an Independent, now a Democrat” Crist, I am so happy we got you elected!

    Marco, we all have high hopes that some sanity will sneak back into Washington. Keep up the great work. Ignore the media propagandists. Americans are with you.

    God Bless You and Your Family.

  12. Lewbee January 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    It is imperative that Rubio and the others start discussing Medicare, Medicais and Social Securty reform NOW so that it is on the front pages before they have to vote on raising the Debt Limit …. And hold firm.

  13. Lewbee January 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Imperative that Rubio and his group keep Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security reform on the front pages before they hold firm on not raising the Debt Limit.

  14. Jay January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Way to go Marco. Thanks for putting America first, it’s not a revenue issue it’s a spending issue. Obama is already talking about another stimulus to pay off his political backers. That will be the next big fight.

  15. Hank January 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Too many people today are looking for a handout, how do I know this? I was homeless last year and on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

    I got the help I needed, put a plan in motion to get off the streets and get my life back. I made it and millions of others can too. But…far too many drift from the shelter, to the streets, to the food stamp program which gets hit with fraud so much when folks sell their cards for drugs and alcohol and sex. You an argue all you want, I saw it and was there when many of these things were happening and they still do, everyday.

    Far too many of these folks want free healthcare, free phones, free food and don’t care about helping themselves and they say, and I have heard them say, ” why bother when Obama and the government will take care of you,” even to the point of paying for housing, clothing and much more.

    Yes lets help those who need it, after being there and getting the help I know how much it is needed but we have created a culture that is dependent on the government and not on ourselves and we will and are going broke because of it.

    Argue all you want I have been there and experienced for myself!

  16. Hank January 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Let me also say a word of thanks to those in the Ft. Lauderdale area and especially to those at the shelter on 7th ave how much their help and encouragement meant to me and for the help and assistance from groups like Second Chance that really can help you get off the streets and get back to being a productive member of the community.

    But you will never convince me that all the government assistance that is wasted on those who have no intention of helping themselves is not in fact money flushed down the drain. It doesn’t create the amount of jobs necessary to cut the real unemployment rate (10 plus %)

    Cutting funding doesn’t cut jobs, too much spending does because it creates the dependency way too many south Floridians have on the government and the community. It is a vicious circle going nowhere but in circles!

  17. Hank January 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Senator Rubio …we need hundreds of his kind in the House and 100 of his kind in the senate.

  18. Nancy Celano January 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Bravo, Marco!
    You have the guts to speak out for the right thing to do for America, not for ideology. If the rest of Congress had voted nay for the bill,and it went “over the cliff”, Obama and the Democrats would have been forced to make giant concessions in order not to smell like swill. We have not taken one step forward with this vote. Nothing has changed, except that our admiration for you and Col. West has boosted 100%, and it was high before your decision. Thank you.

  19. Florida Jim January 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Rubio and Paul are two on which we can build our hopes the rest are Romney in disguise.

  20. Wayne January 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Marco may well be the last hope for saving America.

  21. Roy McDade January 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You are still thinking about voting for the Repub party ??? Have you ever heard the saying, ” You cannot make a silk purse from a PIGS EAR ” You cannot trust one word these repubs will tell you… Haven’t you seen the games they play with the Dems ?? and who is it that ALWAYS GETS SCREWED ?? Time is NOW to fire EACH AND EVERY INCUMBENT, Repub and DEM, from office… NO EXCEPTIONS… PERIOD. We need to start a 3rd Party, organizing, selecting candidates ( VETERANS WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO START ),building a platform, and raising monies. If we wait too long ALL WILL BE LOST….

    • Tina January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Rubio is the man!!!!!!! Marco, you must beat Hillary in 2016!

  22. Jacqueline January 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Like The Texans at the Alamo, The Spartans facing the Perian Hordes Senator Rubio and a very small band of men stood on principle and risked their political futures.

  23. Tara January 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    @hank-good for you!!!!im so proud of those who
    make their plan and work their way onto a better
    life rather than relying on the govt handout.
    If we could just identify those like you who just need
    A helping hand-I’ve been blessed to be connected to a few people
    who I’ve been able to help in some way-
    and the results from these very talented individuals
    is amazing!! Best wishes for a wonderful, happy
    healthy new year Hank!

  24. FS January 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you Senator Rubio and the others for standing up for what is right. Those of us that do our homework know it is about the spending. The quote of “small businesses will have to make cuts, possibly fire people to afford the new taxes.” May I suggest that they look for the obama supporters that they employ and cut them first.

  25. Carlos January 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Seems Marco’s staking out his first steps of a Pres. run platform for 2016. Bad as the hated House RINOs are, the Sen. RINOs are even more loathsome. So it was refeshing to see a few with any wayvos. Don’t believe me? Wait till Lurch (Kerry) goes for SoS. It’ll be a slobbering suckup fest. I wonder if ant Rep. Senator will have the nads to ask Kerry about his anti-troops remarks and if he still believes our soldiers were rapists and terrorized civilians in Nam?

  26. Frank January 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Second only to praying for our country, Marco Rubio is the hope for this country! Since Reagan, we have not seen such leadership and conservative devotion. We need leadership and someone with the ability to rally us together for the purpose of saving this nation. Marco, you have the support of myself and my entire family. You are doing a great job and I am so glad we voted for you. Rubio 2016!!!!

  27. DeltaDawn January 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    From some of the comments posted, it is any wonder that the GOP is falling apart from within – splitting, splitting, pitting one against the other, some offended because of Rubio’s gang of 8 instead of Rand Paul…Rubio, Grassley, Paul, Mica, Cantor…etc, of the Party who care in which direction America is headed. We have a clown running the country, and we hear whines about labels….Good for Marco Rubio, I know for a fact the nastiness thrown at him during the Florida election for the Senate…he did not deserve it, and Floridans knew it, and chose him as our Senator. Let’s all grow up and see what is going on in the Whitehouse…..yikes, I am sick of this folks!

  28. Bettina Ettedgui January 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Wake up, the Senate voted for the UNCONSTITUTIONAL NDAA! They’ve sold us out and few have the character to heed the oath they took. They will destroy the economy to lead us into the NWO as most are not stupid, but soon will be desperate. BO in office indicates no as many smart people in the US and soon USSA!