Senator Rubio addresses freedom of speech, cancels culture and infrastructure in speech at Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), addressed members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday morning at the Hilton Naples and touched on a wide range of topics in his 20-minute speech, including his take on the state of the country; covering topics such as student loan debt, voter identification laws, free speech, and the Biden administration’s proposed $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan.
Rubio has long been a proponent of reforming the federal direct student loan system. In his speech on Wednesday, he linked student loan debt to the concept of opportunity in America.
“I’ve grown up all my life, like, obsessed with my kids not having student loans because I had student loans that I paid off with a book, ‘American Dreams’ now available in book pocket, ”said Rubio.
“Probably, I don’t know if Amazon is still selling it. It depends on what I’m saying today.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday Tweeted his support for a proposed corporate tax rate hike included in the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan. Rubio answered a question from a member of the public about his approach to infrastructure. He said infrastructure is wider than roads and bridges, but it shouldn’t include social service programs. He wasn’t wondering if he would support Biden’s infrastructure plan.
At the start of his speech, Rubio asserted that the “democracies of Europe” do not have freedom of expression, calling it “an exclusively American principle”.
The apolitical organization World population review documents several other countries with free speech scores close to or comparable to those of the United States
Rubio said the First Amendment still protects Americans from government intrusion, but expressed concerns about the impacts of the so-called cancellation culture.
“It goes beyond just saying inappropriate and offensive things. There are people today who live in fear of admitting who they voted for, what they think is a certain problem because your business will be targeted, ”said Rubio.
“So what do you do with a country where millions of people claim to agree with what they are told or allowed to say or do? And the reason you have to pretend is that you can’t afford to be canceled. “
Rubio’s only mention of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which so far killed over 34,000 people in Florida, this was to say that it underscored the importance of empowering local governments to make decisions for their individual communities.
Rubio did not address the slate of GOP sponsored invoices currently in the Florida legislature who aim to do the opposite by preventing local governments from setting their own rules on topics ranging from clean energy policies to the limits of the cruise ship industry.
State lawmakers this week are also wondering how to fit Florida’s $ 10 billion share of the Biden administration’s US bailout into budget proposals. Rubio has not commented on the recently adopted $ 1.9 trillion bailout package. He was not questioned about this by members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and he did not respond to any questions from the media.
Rubio was speaking at the monthly speaker series of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce “Wake up Naples. “
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