TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is worried that the American dream is eroding.
Calling the 16-day government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis “Washington manufactured drama,” the Florida senator warns that Americans don’t feel like they can get ahead anymore with hard work.
“The real crisis is that the American dream is eroding,” Rubio told Fox News following President Barack Obama’s Thursday morning statement.
Rubio – who was one of 18 senators to vote against the bipartisan Senate legislation – believes lawmakers are going to have to answer one day for continuing to put off the debt crisis.
“If in fact we continue on the path we’re on, we’re going to lost the American dream, we’re going to lose what makes America special and we’re going to have to answer for that,” Rubio told Fox News.
In his statement, Obama said that Americans are “fed up with Washington” and called on lawmakers to work together, not “break” the government.
“Let’s work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse. That’s not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government,” Obama said. “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country is about.”
Rubio said Obama needs to look in the mirror because the president is “one of the leading causes” of this vitriol that is running rampant through Washington.
“This president has used the politics of division for the better part of five years to further his agenda, to get re-elected and on this conflict we face here now,” Rubio said.
Rubio believes that the day of reckoning with America’s debt crisis is nearing.
“There will come a day when we’re going to have a real debt crisis, not because congress can’t pass a bill but because no one will lend us money,” Rubio told Fox News. “That day is coming if we do nothing.”
The legislation Obama signed early Thursday funds the federal government until Jan. 15 and continues letting the Treasury Department borrow normally until Feb. 7.