Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rubio Recognizes Real Issues

The Moderator questions Marco Rubio stating, "The economy is undergoing a transformation through inflammation technology, Americans are anxious that the new economy isn't producing higher paying jobs. Many are concerned that the new world seems to be going, mainly to innovators and investors. Meanwhile with factories run by robots, and shopping done increasingly on smartphones, many traditional jobs are just going away... How do you reassure American workers that their jobs are not being steadily stolen from them?"

To this question, Marco Rubio responds with logos, sharing numbers that the audience can certainly comprehend. He compares two different America's in stating, "This economy is nothing like what it looked like five years ago, not to mention 15 or 20 years ago... and it isn't just a different economy, it's changing faster than ever. You know it took the telephone 75 years to reach one hundred million users, it took candy crush one year to reach one hundred million users." This comparison not only makes the audience laugh and applaud, but it also makes the audience see what Rubio is illustrating. Rubio is opening the audience's eyes to the fact that America can not be run in the same traditional style considering that we are not that same traditional America. Rubio displays the importance that we recognize that America is changing and that there are a lot of things that not only as a politician, but as a country, that we need to do to change our system.

Rubio then uses ethos to strengthen his stance on the country's education system, reverting back to one of our country's core problems. Rubio passionately defends his stance in saying, "Because we have an outdated higher education system, our higher education system is completely outdated. It is too expensive, too hard to access, and it doesn't teach 21st century skills. If we do what needs to be done: tax reform, regulatory reform, fully utilize our energy resources, repeal and replace Obama Care, and modernize higher education, then we can grasp the potential and the promise of this new economy. And we won't just save the American dream, we will expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before, and then truly this new century can be a new American century." With delicate word choice, he uses "promise" and "potential" to create trust in his politics. He also criticizes the education system, pointing out each variable that needs to be changed, and even suggesting in which ways his plan will benefit this "new American century".

I appreciate Rubio recognizing that our country is not stagnate. I find that some of the older generations in today's society will compare what life was like when they were growing up and use words such as "easier" and "better" to describe the type of times that our youth's generation is growing up in. I believe that in some regards such as integration, diversity, and encouraging laws against child labor we are an extremely lucky generation. However, just as the elder generation underwent their own problems, our generation undergoes a different set of issues. Yes, as a technologically advanced generation we are given unbelievable opportunities(such as those of us growing up in Oak Park), but our generation also has huge gaps in our education system. The difference between schools in higher taxed areas and in poverty replicates the difference between squares and circles. Education is a human right and I support Rubio's efforts to modernize the education system.

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