Thursday, September 08, 2011

Santorum Is Not as Slick as the Other Rick, but is Just as Sick




Rick Santorum is, according to the progressive propaganda machine, “a right wing extremist”.  But is this really true?  Santorum says that his positions are about the same as Bachmann’s, but he claims that he is better at “getting things done” or that he has more “proven leadership”.  Yeah, that kind of sounds like Tim Pawlenty’s criticism only more politely stated.  “So you voted against the bailouts, Obamacare, and the stimulus.  It’s still your fault that all these things happened because of your lack of leadership even though you have only been in the House of Representatives for two terms and you are only one of the 435 of its members.”  (This is not an exact quote from either Pawlenty or Santorum, but basically that is what they said.)  This is an incredible, if not disturbing claim.  If you’re clever, you can read between the lines to see what Santorum and Pawlenty are really saying.  They are insulted by this new upstart who has only been in Congress for two terms.  She hasn’t yet “paid her dues”.  They have done more political favors than Bachmann.  They have more “chips to cash in” that will help them win the election and get legislation passed.  (But they have nothing in that regard compared to Rick Perry.)  That is what is really behind Santorum’s statement that he is better at “getting things done” and “leadership”. 

Consider the language contained in the Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bill, H.R. 4606 of the 103rd Congress that Santorum voted for: 

SEC. 509. None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be expended for any abortion except when it is made known to the Federal entity or official to which funds are appropriated under this Act that such procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother or that the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.


(Click on text of legislation, the enrolled bill [H.R.4606.ENR], then click on “OPERATING EXPENSES” and find section 509 under Title V.  Find the House roll call vote under “Major Congressional Actions” or click here.)

What’s worse that the fact that the appropriated money could be used for abortions in cases of rape and incest is that abortion providers received no small amount of money from this bill which they could use for purposes other than abortion.  These funds were used indirectly to support abortion.  And this is not the only instance of Santorum voting for abortion funding.  There is also H.R. 2518 of the 103rd Congress (again find it under Title V, section 509).  Here is the language in H.R. 3061 of the 107th Congress, which Santorum also voted for:

SEC. 509. (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion--
(1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or
(2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.
(b) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as prohibiting the expenditure by a State, locality, entity, or private person of State, local, or private funds (other than a State's or locality's contribution of Medicaid matching funds).
(c) Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as restricting the ability of any managed care provider from offering abortion coverage or the ability of a State or locality to contract separately with such a provider for such coverage with State funds (other than a State's or locality's contribution of Medicaid matching funds).

(Again find it under Title V, section 509.)

Santorum has the gall to accuse his opponents of being pro-choice* just because they believe that abortion should legal in cases of rape and incest while at the same time, he sees nothing wrong with voting for bills that fund abortion, even while there is a Republican President and a Republican majority in both Houses!  If this is what he means by “getting things done”, we don’t want it!  Santorum took Bachmann’s side against Ron Paul in the argument that the states do not have a Constitutional right to mandate the purchase of healthcare coverage.  So it’s not OK for the states to pass a healthcare mandate, but it is OK for you Repugnants to pass a mandate that says that we must pay for these abortions?  Career politicians like Santorum think that if they fall in line and vote for !@#$ like this, then later they can undo the harm that they caused once they get more power.  But it never works and the warped desire for more power and the compromising never ends.  

Santorum refused to intervene in the selection of fellow Pennsylvanian and then Republican Arlen Specter to chairmanship of the House Judiciary.  “It’s not my place to interfere,” he said.  Not only that, he actually campaigned for Specter, who, after being elected to the term that Santorum helped him to win, became a Democrat and voted for Obamacare!  Now how’s that for “leadership”?  Is this pot smoker going to legislate his brand of morality as our President?  No he won’t, because, as I said, he has not done nearly as many political favors as Rick Perry.  Santorum will drop out as soon as he gets over the delusion that he might actually win.

*Chris Wallace said this in one of the recent debates and Santorum didn’t deny it.

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