Rick Santorum is anything but a conservative –

January 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm, by Senator-Blutarsky – Here is the main content of a new ad.

Rick Santorum is anything but a conservative. Just consider his record, which includes:

*** Padding his own wallet as a corporate lobbyist at the expense of taxpayers;

*** Voting to RAISE the debt ceiling five times;

*** Voting to DOUBLE the federal Department of Education;

*** Voting with liberals like Ted Kennedy on multiple occasions in support of Big Labor’s radical agenda;

*** Urging more federal involvement in housing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;

*** Voting to create a brand new, unfunded entitlement, Medicare Part D, the largest expansion of entitlement spending since President Lyndon Johnson – creating $16 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities;

*** Endorsing liberal Big Government RINOs like Arlen Specter over conservatives. Of course, Specter later became a Democrat and worked hand-in-glove with President Obama to pass his radical agenda;

*** Voting for Sarbanes-Oxley, which imposed dramatic new job-killing accounting regulations on businesses;

*** Supporting raising taxes on oil companies, which directly costs Americans more money out of their pockets at the gas pump;

*** Voting for gun control;

*** Voting to give Social Security benefits to illegal aliens, while voting against an additional 1,000 border patrol agents;

*** Voting to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea;

*** Voting to send hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest provider of abortion – and hand out hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid to enemies of Israel.

But unlike many of my other establishment opponents, Rick Santorum isn’t even trying to sweep his Big Government record under the rug.

He’s proud of it!

A wise man once said, “Trust but verify”. If you don’t believe these assertions are true, prove them false. Examine his voting record for yourself!

5 responses

    1. Senator-Blutarsky

      Rick Santorum is no Tea Party candidate, nor does his record reflect any allegiance to limited government principles.

      Of course one must also award War Party credit where it’s due: amidst a cluttered primary field of foaming interventionist neoconservatives, Santorum’s hyperbolic fear mongering over Iran’s infantile nuclear ambitions distinguished him during the debates – as an even more enthusiastic warmonger than most. He’s seemingly never met a potential international conflict that he didn’t embrace – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Iran – and he’s also an outspoken proponent of the domestic police state, voting for the Patriot Act, its repeated reauthorization, as well as the formation of Big Sis.

      In terms of foreign policy and the domestic security state, Santorum presents no significant differences from Romney – or Obama.

      It may have eluded most everyone’s notice, but the blind squirrel that is the Rick Perry campaign may have found its first acorn this week when it decided to launch an attack on Rick Santorum, Iowa third-runner, as a “Washington insider.” It even got the most recent Republican loser of a Pennsylvania senatorial race jabbering about what a big fan he used to be of earmarks:

      “Go and look at the Constitution. Who has the responsibility to spend money? Clearly, in the Constitution it is the Congress,” Santorum said. “Now what has happened is that the system was abused and it got a bad name and as a result of that, I have said, “Look. The Congress has lost the public trust and they have to be suspended.”

      (Actually, what happened was that the voters of Pennsylvania tossed you out on your ear and you decided to run for president in a party that made “earmarks” one of its loudest phony issues as soon as the 2006 midterms went the wrong way.)

      It even prompted Santorum’s to offer a more coherent defense of the famous “Bridge To Nowhere” in Alaska than Sarah Palin ever has:

      “People say that I voted for ‘The Bridge to Nowhere.’ I did. I went with the federalist argument, which is, ‘Who am I in Pennsylvania to tell Alaska what their highway priorities should be?” You had a city that was separated from its airport, and of course in Alaska you have to travel by air, and you had to have a ferry. There were times when they couldn’t get across.'”

      (Of course, this isn’t any more about “federalism” than it is about botany. Senators from one state tell other states what their priorities can be all the time. This is why it is called the United States Senate. This was Capitol Hill backscratching, pure and simple, and not necessarily corrupt. Santorum’s just keeping faith with the current Republican vogue of gussying everything they do up in fake knee breeches and plastic tricornered hats.)

      In an invaluable post the other night at Balloon Juice, Dennis G traced Santorum’s long history with Jack Abramoff, especially Santorum’s involvement with providing legislative cover for the truly rancid sweatshops that sprang up on what became known as the Commonwealth Of The Northern Marianas Islands, an almost fathomless moral quagmire that shamefully continues to this day. Among a staggering array of human-rights abuses that Rick Santorum used his office as a United States senator to enable were forced prostitution and… wait for it… coerced abortions. This is what a man now running as the candidate of “faith, family and freedom” helped protect in the 1990’s — what Tom DeLay called “a petri dish of capitalism.” And if there’s anyone who could find an ethical sewer, it was certainly Tom DeLay. Santorum was hip-deep in the beginnings of what became a virtual takeover of the entire K Street lobbying community by DeLay and his gunsels, including Abramoff:

      It’s convened every Tuesday morning by Rick Santorum, the junior senator from Pennsylvania, in the privacy of a Capitol Hill conference room, for a handpicked group of two dozen or so Republican lobbyists. Occasionally, one or two other senators or a representative from the White House will attend. Democrats are not invited, and neither is the press. The chief purpose of these gatherings is to discuss jobs — specifically, the top one or two positions at the biggest and most important industry trade associations and corporate offices centered around Washington’s K Street, a canyon of nondescript office buildings a few blocks north of the White House that is to influence-peddling what Wall Street is to finance. In the past, those people were about as likely to be Democrats as Republicans, a practice that ensured K Street firms would have clout no matter which party was in power. But beginning with the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994, and accelerating in 2001, when George W. Bush became president, the GOP has made a determined effort to undermine the bipartisan complexion of K Street.

      This always has been the soft spot in Santorum’s frothy religiosity. When DeLay, Abramoff, and the people behind the Bush Administration embarked on what essentially was a project aimed at deregulating political corruption, Good Catholic Boy Rick Santorum was a serious player. Good Catholic Boy Rick Santorum ran the ball in Congress for corporate warlords who made women abort their children. Turns out that Rick Santorum’s unctuous public piety may have been the true bridge to nowhere. What doth it profit a man, after all….

      Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/rick-santorum-lobbying-6628544#ixzz1ixtHqB5E

    1. Senator-Blutarsky

      Cute little campaign pictures do not obscure FACTS –

      http://www.NationalGunRights.org/

      Rick Santorum is stonewalling gun owners.

      He is refusing to tell gun owners in Iowa where he stands on important Second Amendment issues.

      Despite repeated attempts for Rick Santorum to return his National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey 100% in favor of our gun rights, he has time and time again remained silent.

      Please call Rick Santorum right now and demand he return his National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey — at once.

      His Iowa office: 515-421-7224
      His South Carolina office: 855-206-7425
      His New Hampshire office: 603-518-5199

      Would Rick Santorum repeal the Brady Gun Owner Registration Scheme? Oppose the UN “Small Arms Treaty”? Call for a repeal of the Lautenberg Gun Ban and the Criminal Safezones Act?

      My experience shows me that candidates who refuse to return gun rights surveys and answer important Second Amendment questions are almost always hiding something. Hiding anti-gun political views.

      The fact is, Rick Santorum does have a long history of supporting gun control.

      In the 90s, he voted to support the Lautenberg Gun Ban, which stripped law-abiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights for life, simply because they spanked their children or did nothing more than grab a spouses wrist.

      He voted for a bill in 1999 disguised as an attempt to increase penalties on drug traffickers with guns… but it also included a provision to require federal background checks at gun shows.

      And then he voted with gun-controlling Democrats Dianne Fienstein and Frank Lautenberg to mandate locks on handguns in 2005.

      But worst of all, Rick Santorum has a storied history of bailing out anti-gun Republicans facing reelection.

      Rick Santorum came to anti-gun Arlen Specter’s defense in 2004 when he was down in the polls against pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey. Specter won and continued to push for gun control during his years in the Senate.

      He also supported and openly campaigned for anti-gun New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman.

      The evidence is clear. Not only is Rick Santorum refusing to reveal where he stands on important Second Amendment issues, he has a long record of supporting anti-gun legislation and politicians.

      Please call Rick Santorum and demand he apologize for his past support of gun control.

      His Iowa office: 515-421-7224
      His South Carolina office: 855-206-7425
      His New Hampshire office: 603-518-5199

      Gun owners have serious unanswered questions from many of the Republican Presidential candidates in Iowa — Santorum, Romney, Gingrich and Perry.

      Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have anti-gun records that rival Santorum’s record.

      All four have refused to return their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Surveys.

      My experience tells me that they are hiding anti-gun positions.

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