Thursday, January 05, 2012

Is Rick Santorum Really a 'Big Government' Guy?

That's the line being spouted by the establishment Republicans in an effort to offer covering fire for Mitt Romney's, eh, schizophrenic policy positions.

So Rick Santorum's really a 'Big Government' guy?

Santorum has a legislative record. Check it out.

Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a “Taxpayer’s Friend” on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

--Source: Issues 2000 Legislation Tracker

I'll say this:

Rick Santorum is a true, God-fearing, Constitutional conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. If we are to begin repairing this country, we need him or someone like him as President. His speech on Tuesday night was truly inspirational. Almost Reagan-esque, if it's not too trite to say that.

He is opposed by the Beltway establishment -- who has pre-ordained a Mitt Romney/Barack Obama faceoff in 2012. But they don't get to say who the GOP candidate is. You and I do. I urge you to support Rick Santorum for President, who has built a successful campaign out of sheer will, character and faith.

Four years of Barack Obama will have seen roughly $6 trillion added to the national debt -- with $10 trillion more to come on this trajectory in short order. Based on these spending levels, the Congressional Budget Office told Paul Ryan that they could not run their computer models another 25 years because the models collapse. The amount of debt they project simply cannot be rolled over -- there isn't enough money in the world.

Are you or your kids going to be around in 25 years? If so, I'd recommend you support someone who is a true Conservative, who believes in a Balanced Budget Amendment, fair taxation rules for all, and the will -- the fight -- to strip away the federal leviathan that dictates how much water your toilet tank holds, what kinds of light bulbs you're allowed to buy, how much mileage your car must get, and what kind of health care you'll receive.

Or we can continue kicking the can down the road and wait until the last possible minute to try to fix things, right before the civil society unravels.

It's now or never, folks.

If you feel the same way, I urge you to support Rick Santorum today.


Others writing about Santorum: Marathon Pundit ("The real Santorum web site is RickSantorum.com"), Mental Recession ("Here's the Real Rick Santorum Website") and Fausta's Blog.

6 comments:

winteryknight said...

Here's the transcript of that wonderful speech he gave in Iowa:

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/video-and-transcript-of-rick-santorums-inspiring-iowa-victory-speech/

Reliapundit said...

YIPES!

this guy was in the unions' backpocket and had $1BILLION IN EARMARKS, OPPOSES FREE TRADE. SUPPORTED SPECTER AS PART OF THE BELTWAY ESTABLISHMENT. SUPPORTED MANY GUN CONTROL LAWS.

I COULD GO ON.

NONE DISQUALIFY HIM.

BUT HE IS NOT A PURE CONSERVATIVE.

The_Bad said...

"Pure Conservative"

This is a notion we must seriously get away from. Reagan wasn't "pure" - and was considered too liberal at the time. What we need is someone who can both deliver a conservative agenda and win the general election.

Frankly, I am not convinced Santorum can deliver a victory. However, I am near certain Romney will deliver a McCain-esque loss. Nominating Romney essentially removes the largest stick with which to beat Obama: ObamaCare. Since it was blueprinted by Romney, we shelve our most effective weapon in the arsenal.

Make no mistake: should Romney win the nomination, I will stand behind him. I just hope the GOP has some sanity left and understands the implications of his presidential run.

bacontime said...

The Bad:
I couldn't agree more !!!!

Reliapundit said...

" I am near certain Romney will deliver a McCain-esque loss"

and that's because you feel it in your hypersensitive gut????

er um ... romney beats obama in the polls.

santorum lost to casey and newt was expelled more or less.

neither has a bunch of major endorsements from any they served with.

neither can raise the money necessary to defeat obama.

wake up.

The_Bad said...

Hypersensitive? No. I'm a realist. As I mentioned, Romney hamstrings an election effort by shelving the single greatest weapon in the arsenal.

As far as waking up goes, you're using polls to justify surity of a Romney win?

Polls don't mean jack

"For weeks before the presidential election, the gurus of public opinion polling were nearly unanimous in their findings. In survey after survey, they agreed that the coming choice between President Jimmy Carter and Challenger Ronald Reagan was "too close to call." A few points at most, they said, separated the two major contenders.

But when the votes were counted, the former California Governor had defeated Carter by a margin of 51% to 41% in the popular vote—a rout for a U.S. presidential race."


Furthermore, when the Obama administration states flat-out that Romney is the guy they want to run against, the GOP should run from him.