1. $ETTE UP: G.O.P on Economic Opportunity >> Playing the Democrats?


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    Several prominent members of the G.O.P. have put forth a new initiative to provide more economic opportunities for Americans -- Is this a real proposal or are they playing the Democrats? Florida Senator Marco Rubio has outlined a broad plan to replace existing anti-poverty programs with a block grant to states. The proposal includes two conditions: (1) that the size of the grants would be tied to state poverty rates and would grow with inflation; and (2) that Medicaid and EITC dollars would provide a wage subsidy to low-income workers in lieu of raising the minimum wage, leaving Medicaid only for individuals who are not working. The proposals certainly touch on traditional Democrat no-go areas; and would, at least indirectly, involve opening up Obamacare. Thus, as with most proposals in D.C., this one appears dead on arrival in the short run. However, after the election, with two years to run, Obama could conceivably enter into a Clintonian compromise with something like the Rubio proposal as a way to ensure progress toward his economic opportunity legacy. To paraphrase former President Ronald Reagan, a lot can get down in Washington if the parties don't care who gets the credit. There will be a two year window in 2015-16 for this Reaganism to come true. So, could this be genuine good news from D.C. at last: meaty proposals from Republicans on a traditional Democrat issue like inequality, and a president who could be willing to play ball? $ettle Up today with BGOV's Director of Research, Bob Litan, and Senior Economist, Chris Payne.

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    • Rafael Fernandez - 1st place - E&EI Thought Leaders writing competition


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      Rafael Fernandez, talks about his winning submission to the E&EI Young Conservatives Thought Leaders writing contest. Rafi and his co-author Taylor Gregore-Wright wrote a letter to Senator Marco Rubio about the role conservatives can play in advancing pro-growth, limited-government solutions to climate change.

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      • Live Interview with Marco Rubio


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        Bree Sison interviews United States Senator Marco Rubio live on WEAR ABC 3 in July of 2011. The junior Senator from Florida initiated a Field Hearing to assess the recovery from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. Bree also asked for Rubio's position on the debt crisis that summer.

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