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Rick Santorum, Earmarxists, and the Pro-Life Statist
Redstate ^ | 12/29/11 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 12/30/2011 7:59:00 AM PST by wolfman23601

Rick Santorum participated in raiding the federal treasury as an earmarxist, perfectly happy to pork away on Pennsylvania’s behalf. He did not join conservatives who fought against No Child Left Behind. He did not join conservatives who fought against the prescription drug benefit.

Rick Santorum was part of the problem in Washington. He was one of the Republicans the public rejected in 2006. The voters in Pennsylvania rejected him in 2006 because of his and the Republicans’ profligate ways. Along with Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum led the K Street Project, which traded perks for lobbyists for money for the GOP funded with your tax dollars through earmarks and pork projects.

Sure, you can say 2006 was a bad year for Republicans, but in 2006 Rick Santorum fell 18 percentage points behind his Democratic rival and his defeat and terrible campaign can be linked to the loss of four Pennsylvania house seats.

That was not a defeat for Rick Santorum. It was punishment. He is a pro-life statist and I see nothing in his career since leaving Washington that shows he has changed his ways.

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: 2012
Huckabee 2?
1 posted on 12/30/2011 7:59:01 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601
"Huckabee 2?"

Huckabee = just another run-of-the-mill big government "pro-life" statists. bttt

2 posted on 12/30/2011 8:07:31 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: wolfman23601

Info on the author of this article...Erick Erickson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erick_Erickson


3 posted on 12/30/2011 8:20:38 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: Antoninus

Hit piece. How convenient now that Santorum is starting to rise in Iowa.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 8:22:11 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: wolfman23601

Let’s not forget that Santorum couldn’t get reelected to the Senate in his home state running against a complete idiot. Also,he did not support Pat Toomey in Toomey’s first challenge to Arlen Spector. Some Conservative!


5 posted on 12/30/2011 8:26:55 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: wolfman23601
Stop it. Just stop it. To some of you so-called "real" conservatives, no Republican is good enough. Not a single one. Now why is that? Hmmmm?

Oh yeah, "real" conservatives pretend to like fringe Republicans who can't get elected, but the minute a Republican starts to look like a viable, electable candidate, you turn on him or her in a heartbeat. Asking again, why is that? Hmmmm?

6 posted on 12/30/2011 8:27:40 AM PST by Wolfstar
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To: wolfman23601

SMEAR.

No smears on Romney yet.

What a coincidence...

7 posted on 12/30/2011 8:28:46 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: wolfman23601

Supported pro abort Arlen Specter for reelection, just a go along to get along guy (the party told me to). Core convictions? Standing up for the unborn? Just another phony politician.


8 posted on 12/30/2011 8:32:18 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
No smears on Romney yet.

I am absolutely convinced that the slime Mitt is behind ALL the attacks on conservatives (Palin, Cain, etc).

Mitt is an evil man. He is obsessed with becoming president in order to feed his arrogant, elitist ego. He has no concern for limited government and certainly no respect for our beloved Constitution.

Mitt has NO core, he is just another in a long line of Statists lusting for power. No words can describe how much I loathe this vile man.

Nothing upon this Earth will get me to cast a vote for that pond scum.

9 posted on 12/30/2011 8:37:03 AM PST by sand88
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To: Wolfstar
Stop it. Just stop it.

The author can stop calling Santorum a statist. Santorum isn't a statist.

That said, the author does raise valid criticisms, just like numerous people have raised valid criticisms of Bachmann, Newt, Cain and Perry.

Pointing out that Santorum voted for the perscription drug Benefit, a big government mandate, is appropriate.

10 posted on 12/30/2011 8:38:59 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: wolfman23601

Erickson has had his panties in a wad about Santorum.

Although I prefer Tom Coburn’s approach to earmarks, this isn’t a dealbreaker for me by any stretch. If this is the best that his opponents have, then I’m feeling even better.

From another FReeper’s post on another thread:

‘’Santorum worked tirelessly to pass the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. He has been a steadfast proponent of entitlement reform, particularly advocating for the privatization of Social Security and Medicare. He has opposed the Wall Street bailouts. While in Congress, he sponsored the balanced budget amendment. He has adamantly called for ObamaCare to be repealed and replaced. Santorum has called for the Federal Reserve to be audited and its role pared back to managing inflation.’’


11 posted on 12/30/2011 8:40:30 AM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: wolfman23601

I love babies. I want them ALL to get born. I also don’t want their futures sold out to China because the President that we elected was pro-life but a “compassionate POS conservative.”

I hope this does NOT describe Rick, but I fear, looking at his record, that it does.


12 posted on 12/30/2011 8:40:54 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: sand88

Agree.

100%.

Romney’s organization imho attacked Palin immediately starting when she was selected as McCain’s running mate and cost - sabotaged really - Republicans the election.

Romney is THE REASON OBAMA WON, imo.

Deliberately, so he would not lose his chance to Palin this year.

Romney sabotaged McCain, it very much seemed.

Ironically it seemed, with a lot of help from McCain’s own staff.


13 posted on 12/30/2011 8:41:56 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: wolfman23601

“That was not a defeat for Rick Santorum. It was punishment.”

He backed Spectre over over Toomey. GOP voters in the state did not forgive, nor did they forget.


14 posted on 12/30/2011 8:43:02 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: Timber Rattler

“Hit piece.”

Sure but is it true?


15 posted on 12/30/2011 8:43:43 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe; IowaHawk; wmfights; onyx; Alamo-Girl; betty boop

These are idiotic charges against Santorum.

Perry’s attack in this regard is terribly hypocritical: when asked about his using federal money in his state, he said that it was his obligation to get back for Texas as much of the money they sent to Washington as possible.

Why is that good for Perry, but not good for Santorum?

Gingrich’s team is quietly affirming that their candidate will not win in Iowa.

I believe we should do all in our power to push ONE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE in Iowa. That one should be Santorum who seems to be surging.

Santorum has no baggage, he has years of experience, he was part of the Reagan revolution, he is excellent on every single issue, he is married to the same woman after many years, and he is an outstanding public speaker (I’ve heard him at a local congressional dinner.)

Some notion that he “lost” an election is silly in terms of Romney who is the one-term failed governor of Massachusetts. In terms of Paul who is a nut. In terms of Bachmann who has a few House victories and very little experience. In terms of Perry who shot himself in the foot. And (regretfully) in terms of Gingrich, who has been subjected to a relentless 24/7 attack and has lost momentum in Iowa.

Santorum took one for the team with Specter, and his conservative base got hacked off. Obviously, that was a mistake, but the base made an equally terrible mistake.

It is critical that we deny Iowa to Romney. Conservatives are killing themselves there by dividing up 75% of the vote and throwing the victory to Mitt Romney who has played divide and conquer perfectly against us.

No one has worked harder in Iowa than Santorum. It is time to smash this one back at Romney.

There is not time to smear Santorum IF the base will simply rise up and support the man to prevent Romney from winning the first 2 in a row.


16 posted on 12/30/2011 8:45:41 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: Grunthor

Are you defending Romney?

Lead, follow or get out of the way.


17 posted on 12/30/2011 8:45:41 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Timber Rattler

Imagine that - the Romney-bots and the Newt slime cannot stand that frustrated Republican votes are looking at one of the two remaining somewhat Conservative candidates on the ticket... and with him rising in the polls at what could be a great time, got to attack him.

Yeah - the same folks who keep telling us we have to swallow Romney and Newt crap in the interest of getting “Anyone but Obama” - and even though Newt and Romney have far MORE baggage than Santorum - they are going to attack him instead of being honest about their own record and actions.


18 posted on 12/30/2011 8:50:13 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Timber Rattler

Erickson doesn’t like conservatives, period. He is a RINO pusher/lover.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 8:52:34 AM PST by rintense
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

There’s no conceivable way Romney was responsible for Obama’s 10 million vote margin of victory.

The causes were 1) The economy 2) Dislike of W.

When you win that big, you were going to win regardless of the Republican candidate or what any other Republicans did to the Republican candidate.

Any more than Karl Rove was the cause of Christine O’Donnell losing her race by 18 points.

People need to stop making up fantasy reasons why candidates lose.


20 posted on 12/30/2011 8:52:34 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: wolfman23601

A supposedly Small Government Conservative using Big Government Statism to promote one’s values is not a virtue or Conservative.


21 posted on 12/30/2011 8:53:27 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Strategerist

Karl Rove did cost O’Donnell and the GOP that senate seat.

You’re starting to get it now.

Rove is scum.


22 posted on 12/30/2011 8:57:11 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: TheBattman

I am a Newt supporter, but a conservative first.

Everyone not a liberal rino Romney-bot should throw their support behind Santorum to keep both Romney and Paul from winning Iowa. The media will crown Romney if he is permitted 2 victories in a row.

Once we get to South Carolina, then the luster will come off of Mitt Romney.


23 posted on 12/30/2011 9:04:40 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

“Santorum took one for the team with Specter, and his conservative base got hacked off. Obviously, that was a mistake, but the base made an equally terrible mistake.”

I disagree. When your child does something bad and you choose to not punish him for it, what does that teach him?


24 posted on 12/30/2011 9:07:50 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No, would you care to answer my question?


25 posted on 12/30/2011 9:09:37 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: xzins
These are idiotic charges against Santorum.

Santorum's voting record on spending isn't good. It's idiotic to ignore those specifics.

Gingrich’s team is quietly affirming that their candidate will not win in Iowa.

Speaking of smears, your above statement is highly suspect. Document your claim.

26 posted on 12/30/2011 9:10:44 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Grunthor

Wrong analogy. When your child makes a mistake and you can keep him or trade him for a kid from the crack house, you don’t trade him for the kid from the crack house.

Too many parents over-punish their kids AND end up punishing themselves in the process.


27 posted on 12/30/2011 9:22:10 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: FreeReign; Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe

Listen to them on TV. They are putting their firewall up in South Carolina.

I think they’re correct, but that doesn’t mean we want to hand Iowa to Romney.

If Santorum can defeat Romney in Iowa, then I’m a 1000 percent behind him.

And Santorum is not a big-spending liberal. He has an 88% CONSERVATIVE voting record AND he comes from a blue state. Do you have any idea how many times his voting decisions actually cost him support?

There he was plugging away doing the right thing, and conservative-state senators were voting rino and getting re-elected by the clowns who give Santorum a hard time.

There is NO BETTER pro-life supporter than Rick Santorum. Period.

Conservatives NEED Santorum to win Iowa and stop the media from crowning Romney. Romney is a failed, one-term governor who ran to the left of Ted Kennedy.

Do you have any “attack Romney” lines to throw in here, or are you content to let Romney win with Gingrich coming in 3rd or 4th?


28 posted on 12/30/2011 9:30:48 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; Diogenesis

You nailed it, man! Romney’s minions went after Palin the day after McCain announced her selection, going so far as to tell their buddies in the MSM that she voluntarily should stand down and let Romney take the VP slot.


29 posted on 12/30/2011 9:42:09 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: FreeReign; P-Marlowe; wmfights; Jim Robinson
Santorum's voting record on spending isn't good

Here is Santorum's record:

•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

Add to that excellent track record on taxes Santorum's penchant to be a strong supporter of spending restrictions the first 4 years of a Senatorial term and then easing up the final 2 years with an eye toward re-election in a blue state. He did that twice.

It is understandable, even if "political".

Personally, I have no problem with a politician trying to get my tax money spent in my state rather than in some other state. I'd rather not have to send it at all, BUT, IF it's going to be spent someplace, then I'd prefer it come back to help my local area.

30 posted on 12/30/2011 9:42:45 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

Good posts.


31 posted on 12/30/2011 9:58:27 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
No smears on Romney yet.

Red State has been relentless in its criticism of Romney.

32 posted on 12/30/2011 10:06:40 AM PST by freespirited
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To: xzins
Here is Santorum's record:

No it's not. You cherry pick Santorum's good conservative votes and you ignore Newt's good conservative votes.

I can add to your list Newt's good votes and I can document for you Santorum's (and Newt's) bad votes.

The bottom line is that they both have a long record of voting 9 parts conservative and 1 part liberal.

That is the record.

Personally, I have no problem with a politician trying to get my tax money spent in my state rather than in some other state.

Earmark spending isn't conservative and earmark spending is the least of Santorum's spending problems.

Would you like me to doucment them for you??

33 posted on 12/30/2011 10:13:05 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: xzins; Jim Robinson
Speaking of smears, your above statement is highly suspect. Document your claim.

Listen to them on TV. They are putting their firewall up in South Carolina. I think they’re correct, but that doesn’t mean we want to hand Iowa to Romney.

You are handing Iowa to Romney by switching form one 90% conservative candidate to another 90% conservative candidate one week before the caucus.

What we have now is an anti Romney split, with Romney now in the lead.

You are doing exactly what the liberal media wants you to do.

Do you have any “attack Romney” lines to throw in here, or are you content to let Romney win with Gingrich coming in 3rd or 4th?

Don't post that crap to me.

34 posted on 12/30/2011 10:20:20 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

FWIW, I’m a conservative who has beens supporting Newt for a while now. That doesn’t mean I want a Romney win in Iowa.

While I have a bit of a disagreement with the way the polling firms are conducting their research in Iowa, I accept that Newt has slipped to about 3 or 4.

It is far better for Newt to have Santorum win in Iowa than for Romney.

You acknowledge those are good votes by Santorum, and as I ALREADY mentioned, Santorum had some weak votes in the final 2 years of each of his 6 year terms. They were made for political reasons.

And, I simply disagree with you about a congressman bringing our tax money back to our state GIVEN THIS SYSTEM. Give me a different system in which we fund only constitutional programs, and I’ll have a different conclusion.

But, at this point, I want as many of my dollars spent in south Ohio as possible. That seems conservative to me.


35 posted on 12/30/2011 10:21:53 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: FreeReign; Jim Robinson
See below for documentation of the claim. Quit using the word "smear". It's silly.

I have not switched candidates. Gingrich, starting with S Carolina, is going to bounce back.

In the meantime, we make a terrible mistake giving ANY momentum to Romney, and especially since the media is solidly in his corner, and this includes FoxNews and many supposed conservative columnists and commentators.

I don't want to give him an inch.

If that means promoting Santorum in Iowa, then let's do it. Santorum would be an awesome VP candidate alongside Gingrich (or vice versa, for that matter.)

The polls tell you what you need to know. If I said to you that Gingrich as talked down possibilities in New Hampshire you'd readily agree with me.

I can only assume you are not hearing it about Iowa. I am.

Gingrich Internal Memo: We Will Outlast Romney

Des Moines, Iowa -- Newt Gingrich predicted he would finish maybe third or fourth in Iowa, but he didn't expect the possibility of fifth place.

A new NBC/Marist poll in Iowa shows Gingrich at 13 percent behind Mitt Romney at 23 percent, Ron Paul at 21 percent, Rick Santorum at 15 percent, and Rick Perry at 14percent. Only Michele Bachmann, also a former frontrunner, is behind him at 6 percent

Still, even before the NBC poll was released, senior strategist Kevin Kellems circulated an internal memo reassuring the staff that they are "about where we always thought we'd be at this point in the race. In fact, we are in a stronger position than necessary at this stage."

The memo, obtained by Fox News, underscores what the campaign considers Gingrich's "long-term brand strength" as the reason he will prevail to win the nomination.

"We have a strategic advantage over the rest of the field, including Romney - due to Newt's long-term brand strength as well as regional strength in South Carolina and Florida," Kellems wrote. "He's been around long enough and has been tested; people know Newt. Note, for example, that he was the only man among the GOP presidential candidates to make Gallup's annual short list of most admired Americans, which was released this week."

In the days before the Virginia ballot fallout, Newt Gingrich painted an elegant picture of his path to the nomination.

Gingrich said that after finihing in the top "three or four" in Iowa and "top two" in New Hampshire, he would go on to win South Carolina and Florida.

"From that point on I think it becomes a pretty easy race," he said.

Found at: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/12/30/gingirch-internal-memo-we-will-outlast-romney


36 posted on 12/30/2011 10:44:03 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

Kindly explain to me how Santorum could have been punished by the constituents that he ticked off in a way other than to fire him?


37 posted on 12/31/2011 7:38:56 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: Grunthor

Hi Grunthor. Happy New Year!

As to your question, I worship the Lord.

You replace him in a primary election or at least let him know he has made a mistake by opposing him in the primary.

You don’t desert a conservative in the general who has an 88 ACU rating and replace him with a liberal whose life-long rating is 7.

Santorum ran UNOPPOSED in the primary. If you’re mad at him, let him know there.


38 posted on 12/31/2011 9:45:14 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

Good point. They should have primaried Toomey against him.


39 posted on 12/31/2011 12:26:19 PM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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