On Not Building That

Marco Rubio spoke at the Republican National Convention this week, doing an admirable job of bridging the awkward performance art of Clint Eastwood and the closing speech by Mitt Romney. Rubio holds an esteemed place among tea party supporters, and he is considered a rising star among Republican politicians. Per his biography, “It was America’s commitment to limited government and free enterprise that opened doors for me.” However, it seems Rubio has relied on the government his entire life.

In the Beginning

Rubio’s family moved to the United States, from Cuba, in the 1950s. Of course, they had to rely on opportunities provided by the federal government that permits individuals to leave one country and move to another. His family was able to become citizens of the United States, and Rubio was born a US citizen in Miami, Florida.

The Education of Marco Rubio

Rubio attended high school at the publicly funded South Miami Senior High School. He briefly attended the privately funded Tarkio College, before it went broke.

Rubio transferred to Sante Fe Community College (yup, publically funded) before completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida. UF received $178,561,628 in state general appropriations (tax-payer dollars) during the 92-93 fiscal year. Rubio graduated that year.

The Employment of Marco Rubio

Rubio went on to pursue a Juris Doctor at the University of Miami, earning the degree in 1996. During his time at Miami, Rubio interned with a US Representative (government). Moreover, he became a city commissioner. Now, he is being employed as a part of government.

Paid by the People

In January 2000, Rubio continued to have his wages paid by tax-payer dollars when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He was re-elected multiple times and earned his living on Florida tax-payers through 2009.

In 2010, he became a US Senator, representing the state of Florida. Now, it is no longer just Floridians paying the wages of Marco Rubio. His wages are drawn from the taxes of all US citizens.

Profession – Lawyer

According to his Wikipedia page, Rubio’s profession is a lawyer. In my brief search, I was unable to find what kind of law he practiced. However, I feel it is important to note that all lawyers have jobs because of that gigantic government project called the judicial system. So, he is still completely dependent on the government.

Making the Point

You may be tempted to point out that Rubio, through his willingness to put in hard work, has become a success story. He studied and earned his degrees. If he hadn’t pulled his weight, he would not be the success story he is today.

And you’d be right. My review of Rubio’s life is a simplistic overview. However, it is distinctly defined by opportunities provided by government. And that is the point. It was Obama’s point when he said, “you didn’t build that.” Individually, each person must pull their weight. However, no matter how hard you try, you cannot escape benefiting from opportunities and support provided by the government.

That’s all.



  1. abjectbooks · September 1, 2012

    I completely agree. Nobody is a success in a vacuum. They’d have to live on their own private island, print their own money, pay it to themselves for services or goods produced by them alone. I don’t think anybody would call that success, it might even qualify as mental illness.

  2. tmso · September 1, 2012

    Well said. I’m so disappointed that people that understand that. I like paying taxes! And so should everyone else. Don’t they like the roads they drive on? The clean water they drink? The help (unemployment) that’s available when times are tough? How about that huge defense machine that makes us “#1”?

    I just don’t understand why folks don’t want to acknowledge the good that government can do. I agree that it is bloated and inefficient, but there’s good things, too.

    Oh, yeah, like, public education…

    Thanks for letting me vent. 😮

  3. tmso · September 1, 2012

    Argh – I meant: “I’m so disappointed that people *don’t* understand that. (Typos!)

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