Skip to comments.Santorum Targets Blacks in Entitlement Reform (60 Minutes Left Wing Hatchet Job)
Posted on 01/03/2012 2:20:59 PM PST by lbryce
At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly-white audience he doesn't want to "make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money."
Answering a question about foreign influence on the U.S. economy, the former Pennsylvania senator went on to discuss the American entitlement system - which he argued is being used to politically exploit its beneficiaries.
"It just keeps expanding - I was in Indianola a few months ago and I was talking to someone who works in the department of public welfare here, and she told me that the state of Iowa is going to get fined if they don't sign up more people under the Medicaid program," Santorum said. "They're just pushing harder and harder to get more and more of you dependent upon them so they can get your vote. That's what the bottom line is."
He added: "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money."
"Right," responded one audience member, as another woman can be seen nodding.
"And provide for themselves and their families," Santorum added, to applause. "The best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again."
It is unclear why Santorum pinpointed blacks specifically as recipients of federal aid. The original questioner asked "how do we get off this crazy train? We've got so much foreign influence in this country now," adding "where do we go from here?"
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Typically misleading, disingenuous statement emanating from CBS, MSM leftwing mouthpiece in that it doesn't take into consideration blacks as a percentage of Iowa's population on the whole. I don't what percentage of Iowa's population is black, but would not be surprised to learn it was greater than the 9% of Iowa food stamp recipients who are black, making the statement, story by 60 Minutes more hatchet job than anything else.
cbs=communist bull sh!t
That is EXACTLY what is happening, and what keeps 'em on The Plantation, for 4 generations. Handouts of other-people's-money, wealth-redistribution, Reparations, or whatever you want to call it, this is what we have today.
To be called "racist" for not supporting the handouts to buy votes that Progressives use is a badge of honor, for telling it like it is, IMHO.
Blacks make up less than 1% of the population in my township so its a pretty fair bet that the vast majority of food stamp recipients here are white.
I hope Santorum wins based on nothing more than his comment; it is a message that needs to be broadcast.
Blacks are just 12% of the population, yet consume 44% of Wealth transfer handouts.
Captain Obvious would say “Houston, We have a problem here!”, but for being called a racist.
Democrat / media re-election strategy = the RACE CARD and CLASS WARFARE. Same old playbook. Yawn.....
But it still has nothing to do with race, and there was no reason for Santorum to single out the blacks.
Even if the CBS numbers are bogus, there are still whites on welfare in greater numbers.
I haven’t seen the video, but wasn’t this allegation debunked earlier today? I thought I read that he did not say the word “black”. Am I wrong about that?
That's from Wikipedia, directly.
Doesn't this mean that blacks are 4x more likely than whites in Iowa to be on food stamps? How about welfare racial composition? How about crime statistics and drug usage? Convieniently, those statistics about blacks is ALWAYS left out, except when they disparity is used to claim "racism", because of the large BLACK prison population!
Izzy Dunne, thanks very much for the data. :-)
It's a fact that Blacks are represented in the welfare and public assistance rolls way out of proportion to their percentage of the population and many of them are third and fourth generation professional welfare recipients. FWIW, giving money to Blacks has not made their lives better - it's made their lives worse, much worse in many cases.
Santorum is doing the right thing by trying to create an environment where Blacks can break the cycle of welfare dependency by getting a job and providing a life for themselves instead of being de facto slaves on the Democrat welfare plantation.
I don't see how this is going to have any effect on Santorum's electability as President. I don't think ANY GOP nominee is going to get more than 1% of the Black vote regardless. It does highlight a Democrat/Media strategy of trying to stir up Black voter turnout using, "they are going to take away your monthly government check" as motivation.
From this morning, Ed Morissey at HotAir says it’s a bum rap:
Iowa black population: 2.9%
That’s very true, but I don’t think he said “black people,” because the audio is very unclear at that point and it seems as if he could have started to say one thing and then decided to say something else. I’m not sure how they got “black people” out of it.
And I don’t even like Santorum because I think he’s a bit of a sanctimonious prig and has no new ideas. But they’re trying to get him for something he didn’t do (even though he would have been absolutely correct - welfare does not improve the lives of blacks).
OK granted Rick Santorum should have kept his comments race blind. Per capita, black people do have more poverty problems today. Much of this is due to their believing racist poverty hustlers, no chump change people their own selves, who want black people to keep wallowing in the Democrat-created miseries of the past, and then to blame Republicans for it.
I also like the fact that Santorum says that Obama is weak and an appeaser and that his foreign policy failures endanger America.
If Santorum wins tonight, expect the attacks from CBS and the rest of the Obama/Democratic media machine to increase exponentially.
They fear him because he is conservative and totally pro-life.
You can tell he’s surging when misleading hit pieces like this pile of crap come out on him.
I don’t think he did single out blacks. Even the transcripts can’t make out what he said.
I'm not sure if you've ever seen the inner-city lifestyles and inhabitants on a fairly regular basis, but their "families" have NO FATHERS in the household (75%+ of them), they have lived on "Government Assistance" for 4 generations, have NEVER held regular jobs, supplement their income with drug sales/thefts/prostitution, and expect that voting Democrat will somehow keep the money flowin' that they get in their EBT cards, food stamps, Medicaid, etc., etc. A large percentage live in Subsidized Housing, and could care less about work.
Now, to ignore that in the race to the White House, where Holder's "people" are expected to vote 90%+ for The Messiah as a given, you think that mention of the method used to secure their votes is inappropriate?
To each his own....
Sometimes old ideas that were wrongly discarded are the best ones.
The video is here.
Santorum does not speak the word "black". THIS IS A 100% FLAT OUT LIE BY SEE-BS.
The late Pat Moynihan (a Dem, but one of the few sensible ones of his time) could tell you all about that.
They don’t even vaguely wish to put that behind them and become “wealthy”? (Middle class, if not better.)
Has anyone really dug into where they got the idea that this was the way to go. I think black racist hustlers are a large part of it, but that’s only a hunch in my white redneck brain.
Having said that, Santorum was a politician from Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a lot of black people. He is a veteran politician and not a newb.
He should have known better to answer the question specifically about black people and make it about people in general, because the issue of welfare reform isn't really about any particular ethnic group, but about generational welfare dependence.
So yes he was set up, but he still deserves a slap for the answer he gave.
I suspect it may be more common sense, than a hunch, based on observation.
I've seen decades of this "Plantation Population", and you are exactly on point; they have no intentions of movin' on up, unless it's to be a bigger wheel in a gang, a higher class pimp, or a higher volume drug dealer. They don't care about schoolin', and 1 in 4 doesn't graduate High School. They all have the latest Michael Jordan shoes, and cellphones, etc., somehow, and plasma TV's everywhere.....
Seldom do I see them driving a small car, either.
I currently work among 'em, on a contract job, and see them daily....
No wonder the MSM is going after him.
If you target entitlements, you will offend the takers, of whatever race. If a demographic group is heavily overrepresented in the taker community, members of that group are bound to feel targeted. The solution of course is to stand on your own two feet, take care of your children, teach them right from wrong, inculcate the advantages of thrift, hard work, studying and, above all, delayed gratification. A challenge for some, I know. But there you are.
I can see how someone can hear “black people” - that’s what I heard the first time, but it doesn’t make sense in context. Unless he was thinking “black people” the whole time when he was talking about the dependent class and it just slipped out then. But he wasn’t, not in Iowa.
The Democrat filter is pretty small ~ "black", "tax", "teabag" ~ not much else to it.
They listen for it. Then they swallow it whole.
In reality the Beatles were saying "Blacks are dead".
Because it is true. Beginning in 1965, black leaders decided to make the community a client of the Government, hoping that public funds would equalize blacks and whites. Ethnics, such as the Irish, had done this at the state and local level, but blacks were the first to get on the federal teet. Other ethnics also tried to same route, but most have made their way in the private sector also. Blacks are the group most dependent on government for welfare and also employment. So few are their number in private business that black politicians have a hard time stealing from the public. They usually get caught, unlike white politicians who can cover their tracks by profiting indirectly by sending government business the way of their friends.
My guess is that what he said was “a lot of” people rather than “black” people.
Why do conservatives even agree to go on these programs? They always seem to think that this time, they’ll get treated fairly (similar to the way that Charlie Brown believes that this time, Lucy won’t pull the football away at the last second.)
If you give somebody everything they need for subsistence, an unfortunate human trait is that many will not seek anything else. All it takes is a couple generations of handouts and the damage is done.
A perfect example of this would be the first group the government helped into a cycle of poverty, Native Americans. All it took to make a hearty subsistence society into dependents was a government who was there to help.
I thought Pubs were above race & class warfare. Santorum certainly isn't. Santorum is a loser & he knows it. Pandering to racists is pathetic.
One can convincingly attack the entitlement mentality w/o resorting to racism.
I am appalled at the open racism here.
Some might say that since Iowa is an overwhelmingly WHITE state (95%), that blacks are not the problem - whites are. And some might say that there are numerous Irish immigrants in Iowa, & Irish are known to be lazy, criminal, drunkards, then it is the Irish in Iowa who are the problem.
But I wont say that! That would be racist!
What I hear is that he starts to say “lives” and then drops back and says “people’s lives”, so it comes out “li, people’s lives”.
I simply don’t see how anyone could interpret what he said as being “black”, unless they were deliberately trying to smear him.
But this is CBS. So, yes, this is a deliberate smear.
Even more problematical is that Obama thinks it should be normal for all Americans to be dependent on the government. The native English have adopted the same attitude. They have become as dependent on hand-outs as the Roman plebes were back in the time of Caesar.
He didn’t say “black” ~ you can wish he did, and even get yourself to believe it, but he still didn’t say it.
Leftwingtards and blacks, particularly black leftwingtards have a FILTER in place that has them focus on the slightest tone that might suggest “black”, “teabag”, or “tax”
Santorum CLEARLY said “blacks” in the video, & CBS accurately quoted the statement in the article.
What the hell is the matter with you?
There are people who are paranoid who want him to have said "Black" ~ they need emergency psychiatric intervention ~ not our attention when it comes to politics.
Instead, as soon as he came into office and said the government was the only entity big enough to solve America's problems, I knew we were screwed. Even after the historic midterm smack down we have seen even more of the same.
“OK granted Rick Santorum should have kept his comments race blind”
How do we ever expect to solve what are obviously “racial problems” in this country, if we are forced to keep our “comments” “racially blind”?
That makes as much sense as saying that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Muslims....
Where I live there are a lot of Irish that are “the problem”; the WASPs were right to be concerned about letting them in. We tend to serve God rather than Caesar, exactly as they feared we would.
Mentioning the overwhelming dependence of a specific ethnic group is not racism, and is the first step towards helping them out of that dependence. I find it much more racist to inflate grades and award jobs to blacks as though they are mentally impaired and incapable of scoring as well as other ethnic groups; they are being told by their government that that they are inferior due to their genetics.