((UPDATE: 3/17/2011 14:55)) Watching the vote and Senator Rubio does indeed walk the walk, votes "NO" on this three-week short term continuing resolution. Good for him. It still might pass, but at least he took a stand.
I knew there was a reason I liked him:
Only a few months into his first Senate term, Florida Republican Marco Rubio took a stand against his party's leadership with a promise to vote against any short-term proposal to fund the government, and said members of Congress should feel "ashamed" if they fail to reach a deal on long-term spending cuts.
"I will no longer support short-term budget plans. While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed," Rubio wrote in an op-ed published on the conservative blog RedState.com Monday. "With Congress set to begin another week-long recess next week, every senator and representative should feel ashamed if they have to go home again, look their constituents in the eye, and explain why nothing is being done about our debt crisis."
Congress has not passed a federal budget since 2009, instead choosing to fund the government through a string of short term continuing resolutions (CRs).
You know, I was on the fence on the first two-week continuing resolution but not the current three-week one. I firmly oppose this one. I have just been way too busy to really speak out against it. However now that Marco Rubio has said something about it, I got an excause to say something about it now.
You know, I am so sick and tired of being told I am anti-government. The hell with that, I am pro-government. Let me clarify, I am pro-fiscally-solvent-government. I am pro-limited-government. When government becomes too burdensome, too taxing, and too imposing on its citizens; then it turns into outright enslavement.
I agree with Marco Rubio, time to stop nickel and diming this budget. Time for someone to lead. Time to take a stand. However the true test is whether he'll follow through. Talk is cheap, but not my time. Not anymore at least. If he is going to make such a bold statement, then he better do the right thing and vote against such nonsensical short-term budgets.
It doesn't matter if he joins a "Senate Tea Party" caucus or not, it's his votes and what he does with his time in the Senate that really matters. Being a Tea Party member is not about flags, signs, caucuses, or if you are part of a larger group. For example, you can be a one-person Tea Party that stands up to your unfair home owners' association that won't allow you to fly the US flag. My local Tea Party has choosen to take on local politics instead of dealing with national politics. It's about fighting the fights you can take on. For Marco Rubio, it's about taking on the National Debt and passing a fiscally sound budget.
And if Senator Rubio can do that, I could care less if he joined a symbolic "Tea Party Caucus" or not!