Skip to comments.Rick Santorum and Welfare Reform
Posted on 01/13/2012 9:48:20 AM PST by FresnoRobert
Rick Santorum - I wrote the welfare reform bill in the Contract with America. I was the ranking member on that subcommittee. And when I came to the Senate, through a quirk, I ended up managing the bill on the floor of the United States Senate and working with President Clinton and getting a bill signed after he vetoed it twice to end welfare. We bloc-granted the program, got rid of the federal entitlement -- the only one in the history of the country thats ever been done. And I was the principal author of it in the United States Senate, managed the bill on the floor.
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Rick’s easily the best that we have right now, but I’m afraid that the socialist’s money is going to overwhelm him. All the elitists are circling the wagons around the slimeball. Bob
"This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I dont think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldnt get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnt get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals cant go it alone." [Source]
"What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadnt even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply cheap liberals. My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission." Rick Santorum, p. IX It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)
"I suspect some will dismiss my ideas as just an extended version of compassionate conservatism. Some will reject what I have said as a kind of Big Government Conservatism. Some will say that what Ive tried to argue isnt conservatism at all. But I believe what Ive been presenting is the genuine conservatism our Founders envisioned. One that fosters the opportunity for all Americans to live as we are called to live, in selfless families that contribute to the general welfare, the common good." Rick Santorum, p. 421 It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)
Just in case people have not checked it out...not directing it at you, just a generalized effort to let people gauge for themselves what they think about his record.
I guess I disagree. The attacks on Romney’s record at Bain are fair game with respect to the amount of jobs he claims to have created, but the attacks shouldn’t attempt to paint venture capital as “Vulture Capital” or capitalism as heartless and evil.
Exactly. He got something done. He didn't even consider running for president until he was out of office. Newt is the only other contender who can say that and he has way more baggage than Rick Santorum.
One should worry about their own candidate’s vile record before casting stones.
Santorum got Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts for supporting Snarlin’ Arlen....What did Newt get for endorsing Scozzafava??? Oh yea...zip, zero, nada.
Side by side, I’ll take Santorum’s record over Newt’s any day. Santorum has been an active advocate rather than just giving lip service to issues while taking credit for the accomplishments of others like Newt. Besides Newt’s obvious character flaws and ethics issues are comparable to BJ Clinton.
If these quotes from bother you, who is your guy? Like I said, they all have flaws. I think Mark Levin completely destroyed Ron Paul as an option for me. He exposed some things about him that I just can’t reconcile with my beliefs. Perry stuck his foot into it by calling anyone who can’t understand giving benefits to illegals heartless and repeatedly having a horrible debate performance. He has debated better of late, but his comments on re-evaluating his campaign sounded like he was ready to quit to me. While Romney is far more liberal than Santorum and Newt reminds me repeatedly of his poor judgement and big ego, a deadly combination.
I understand why Santorum supported Spector and I’m willing to cut him a whole lot of slack over that—it’s called strategy.