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Monday, January 23, 2012

A day with Senator Rick Santorum


The Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach was the setting yesterday for a visit by presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who attended the morning worship service and delivered about 20 minutes worth of remarks...







"His (Santorum's) remarks there focused on his personal journey as a Christian, which he said infused his overall views.

"Faith plus family equals freedom in America," Santorum said. "So many ways the brokenness that we see in America is the brokenness of the foundational pillars that we see in society…. I'm the candidate who understands the foundation upon which everything else is built, and that's faith and family.

"If you want to fix the economy in this country, let's do something about fixing the families in this country," he said.

He also said many of the nation's ills, including economic difficulties, would be fixed if men and women got married before having children. He has a long history of opposition to issues important to gays and lesbians, and he repeatedly emphasized his opposition to gay marriage.

Santorum, who is strongly anti-abortion, detailed his years-long fight to outlaw the procedure known as partial-birth abortion.

Earlier Sunday, Santorum said he has no intention of dropping out of the Republican presidential race."


The Shark Tank.net has put up a video of Santorum's remarks at the church that I was privileged to attend yesterday. As the field of potential republican candidates now stands at four, it is becoming increasingly clear that Santorum is the best candidate still standing. I agree with Santorum about 90% of the time on a variety of issues. However, he doesn't seem to have Gingrich's long line of extra baggage, seems more firmly grounded in conservative principals than Romney, and doesn't subscribe to the 'Blame America-Isolationist' stance adopted by libertarian Ron Paul that doesn't play very well outside his circle of fervent supporters.

Here's to hoping for a long and fruitful electoral process in which the candidates debate and offer up solutions and a number of states weigh in with their thoughts on the issues rather than just the first few in line.




EDIT: A special shout-out to Tea Party Ft Lauderdale which was well represented at yesterday's service. Such a 'Rainbow Coalition' on public display would be enough to give Jesse Jackson conniptions! HA!





9 comments:

The Maryland Crustacean said...

Probably my preferred candidate as well. Actually, Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are not very far apart on their STATED positions. But oh to have a candidate with the the business acumen of Romney, the fire and intellect of Gingrich, and the uncompromised personal and political convictions sans baggage of Santorum. Of course, in addition to consistency and uncomproising principles, it doesn't hurt that Santurm is an Italian-American!

Bisch said...

you need to get over Gingrich or Santorum. both have no money, no prospects for much more money, and Gingrich is in debt. It's Romney v. Paul.

and really? you agree with 90% of what he says, but what about with what he does? you're far too bright to believe what a guy like Santorum (or Romney or Gingrich for that matter) says and what he does have much to do with each other.

JD Curtis said...

Bisch, for example?

Bisch said...

Medicare part D, right to work, medical malpractice award caps, and that's just off the top of my head...

JD Curtis said...

"As the junior senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum shepherded welfare reform through the U.S. Senate in 1996. Given his limited tenure — he’d been elected to the Senate only two years before — the fact that Majority Leader Bob Dole selected Santorum to lead the effort is nothing short of remarkable, Santorum’s former colleagues say..

Santorum showed that willingness in designing the Republican bill. Eager to call Pres. Bill Clinton’s bluff — he had promised to “end welfare as we know it” in the 1992 campaign — Santorum and the House Republicans introduced their version of welfare reform in 1993. “When we introduced our bill, the liberals savaged it, calling it cruel, heartless, and mean-spirited,” Santorum writes in his book. He continues with the characteristic sarcasm that has somewhat unfairly won him a reputation for acerbity: “We had actually had the audacity to call for time limits on welfare for the able-bodied!” Link

"Rick Santorum..

•Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
•Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
•Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
•Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
•Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
•Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
•Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
•Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

More recently, when he was out of Congress, Santorum opposed TARP , the stimulus , the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie" This from a highly reliable souce known as redstate.com, Link

"SANTORUM: Medical health savings accounts is an anti-socialistic idea to try to build a bottom-up, consumer-based economy in health care...

SANTORUM: I think we have to keep a prescription drug component, but we have to pay for it. In other words, we have to have a program that is funded. Now, the reason that that program has actually worked well--it's come in 40% under budget--is because it's a program that uses private sector insurance, not government-run, one-size-fits-all health care. If we do that for the rest of Medicare, which is what the Ryan proposal suggests, then we would be able to have a prescription drug program and we'd be able to have Medicare that you choose." Link

Santorum has been wanting to begin the privatization of Social Security for YEARS


"When I was a freshman senator we came close to passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, it was the Republican Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mark Hatfield, who can be credited with killing the amendment that could have helped us avoid the mess we face today. I led the fight to remove Hatfield as chairman because of his irresponsible vote and was castigated by my Republican colleagues, because that was not how the greatest deliberative body was supposed to behave. My response was that Hatfield’s vote was not how he was suppose to behave as a responsible representative entrusted with protecting the individual liberty of his constituents." Rick Santorum, 6/8/11 Link

You were saying?

Bisch said...

take all you report above, and increase by a few orders of magnitude, and you'll have Ron Paul's record.

plus this...
http://gunowners.org/2012presidential.htm

plus no rebuttal about the actual subject at hand, my assertion that Mr Santorum often doesn't do what he says he'll do. No comment about Medicare part D? No comment about his change in stance about right to work? are those not big enough issues about which to be concerned? again, you're too bright to attempt such a sad attempt at misdirection.

and more importantly, can you imagine finding anything like these about Ron Paul? of course you can't.

JD Curtis said...

Santorum actually does slightly better than Paul when matched head-to-head against Obama in the crucial swing states. Link

I think Paul's domestic policy is Great! It's his foreign policy that is a nightmare and his advanced age doesn't help things either.

One thing I would LOVE to see from a Romney/Gingrich/Santorum presidency would be to have Paul in charge of a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve. If such an audit was merely a whitewash, Paul would be the first to call it so.

I think we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one B.

JD Curtis said...

This just in...


Tea Party Patriots straw poll: Santorum nomination would generate most enthusiasm

Bisch said...

looking at "crucial swing states" you could have the data say anything you want. why, if you look at Obama v. Bisch in the presidential election, among "crucial fellow household members, regardless of age" I'm beating Obama 5-0.

what about looking at the whole country? since they are going to elect the next president, it seems appropriate...

http://government.brevardtimes.com/2012/01/poll-romney-paul-do-best-in-obama-match.html