Via the inbox (courtesy of Politico) ….
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will lay out the Republican vision for economic prosperity for the middle class in the party’s official response to the State of the Union, criticizing President Barack Obama for espousing policies that Rubio says will ultimately hurt the middle class.
“Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills,” he says in excerpts of his speech released ahead of time.
The speech by the Senate Republican is to be delivered in both Spanish and English.
“They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle-class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”
This naturally set off my inquisitive nature about geography and politics. So I started googling and found two interesting facts:
1. Marco is selling his home.
2. Why on earth is Marco’s home worth so much more than that of his neighbors? (Rubio’s home shaded in green)
At first glance, West Miami definitely serves as a good backdrop for the Senator to describe himself as part of: heavily Latino (I’m guessing Cuban and possibly solidly GOP) and nice middle-class homes at affordable value. But is a cul-de-sac on the edge of town really the highest valued property in the town? Here’s how Zillow scores the value (notice how out of whack the offering price stands out):