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Santorum: Freedoms are at stake in presidential election
The Middletown Journal ^ | 2/17/2012 | Justin McClelland

Posted on 02/17/2012 7:48:38 PM PST by FresnoRobert

“We have to look at the root cause of why the economy is struggling as much as it is,” Santorum said. “Government intervention. Government regulation. Government taxation. Government is crushing and destroying the American spirit and the American free enterprise system.”

Santorum said that government spending was impinging on personal freedoms and ultimately chipping away at what made the country great.

“When the government gets as big as it’s gotten and starts to take over more of your life, then you get smaller as the individual, you get weaker, you lose control over your lives. You lose the rights that were guaranteed you. That is what’s at stake here.”

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Rick Santorm speaking the truth.
1 posted on 02/17/2012 7:48:50 PM PST by FresnoRobert
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2 posted on 02/17/2012 7:50:53 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: FresnoRobert

People need to know that the real danger is not losing our “right” to abortion or gay marriage or a free meal, it’s not global warming or corporate profits, it’s a government with too much power.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 7:54:50 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: musicman

bump


4 posted on 02/17/2012 7:56:27 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Sounds like one and the same to me. Just say’n


5 posted on 02/17/2012 7:57:05 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Amen!


6 posted on 02/17/2012 8:03:23 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: doc1019

One and the same? You mean a government giving you a right to abortion, gay marriage, a free meal, that controls what you do in the name of global warming and corporate profits is a government with too much power? I agree. But insistence that we need any of the formers is just a clever way to hide the real goal of bigger government.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 8:03:36 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Amen. There is no greater danger to liberty than what we have witnessed the past few years. A slow stripping of our rights and runaway crony corruption.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 8:06:29 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: doc1019

9 posted on 02/17/2012 8:06:58 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: musicman

The picture is great. Worth a thousand words.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 8:08:39 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: CainConservative

OK, I guess. ;-)


11 posted on 02/17/2012 8:09:40 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: FresnoRobert
(I try to stay close to the thread topic, and that pic fit it quite well. Thanks!!)
12 posted on 02/17/2012 8:12:24 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: doc1019

Still talking about the problems, but never telling us what he will do to change it. No Plan for America, but boy does he have a sure fire plan for getting the nomination.
Santorum/Romney or Romney/Santorum. Whatever it takes to get the delegate total to 1144 and his name on the ticket.


13 posted on 02/17/2012 8:15:03 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: conservativejoy

I believe Rick said he preferred Newt as his Vice President.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 8:26:53 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: conservativejoy

15 posted on 02/17/2012 8:28:16 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

Love it, CC.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 8:29:52 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Freedom is at stake in this election. Rick Santorum)
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To: conservativejoy

>> Still talking about the problems, but never telling us what he will do to change it.

He doesn’t have that kind of competency. He’s an establishment bit player.

The only proven, non-establishment candidate that has the ability to affect change is Newt. But the Huckabee crowd is going out of their way to make his election an impossibility. So there we all will be, back with Bam Bam in 2013.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 8:31:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: FresnoRobert

The buzz in PA among GOP insiders is that Rick will gladly accept a ticket with Romney, if that is what it takes. His big money backer Friess (who supported Romney in 2008) has alluded to the same thing.

Rick’s goal is to be on the ticket. If he can get there without Romney’s delegates, surely he will pick a different VP. If he can’t, expect the Party Establishment to have the Romney/Santorum or Santorum/Romney deal all set. They do not want a brokered convention.

One other scenario that might throw a monkey wrench in that alliance would be if Newt got enough delegates that Rick and Mitt still didn’t have the magic number even combining their delegates.

It stinks to high heaven and if the Mitt/Rick deal happens, maybe we’ll at least see a new Conservative Party out of it. People should be sick of this corrupt mess.


18 posted on 02/17/2012 8:48:14 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: Gene Eric
I'd be willing to bet he thinks workers freedom stops at the picket line.
19 posted on 02/17/2012 8:51:53 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: Gene Eric

See post 18. I got this form a very reliable source with insider connections to the PA GOP.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 8:52:26 PM PST by conservativejoy
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To: conservativejoy

So are the santorumaniacs going to stick with him when he runs with Romney? The dastardly duo are betting they will. It is so obvious, do people really think that these two, who are very close in the polls, would pass up a debate before super Tuesday, to shred each other? Voting for Santorum will get you Romney/Santorum.


21 posted on 02/17/2012 9:03:20 PM PST by Toespi
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To: conservativejoy
You say yourself that Rick would prefer not to have Romney on the ticket. The rest is just conjecture. Buzz is not fact but lets just pretend that happens. There is not a person running who would would do different, including Newt. Newt would be first in line. Rick at least has core beliefs. Welcome to politics. You’ve heard the saying politics makes strange bedfellows right? The fact is that Rick is in it to win it. That is NOT corruption. Newt would pair with Romney in a hot second if he knew that he would be relevant and in power again.
22 posted on 02/17/2012 9:10:22 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Toespi

You obviously don’t know that there is a debate in Arizona on the 22nd. I believe that qualifies as BEFORE super Tuesday. Don’t worry, Rick will win that debate just like he did the last two.


23 posted on 02/17/2012 9:15:39 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Toespi

I’m sticking with the GOP ticket regardless of who is on it. I presume you’re voting for Obama?


24 posted on 02/17/2012 9:15:57 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: FresnoRobert

“We have to look at the root cause of why the economy is struggling as much as it is,” Santorum said. “Government intervention. Government regulation. Government taxation. Government is crushing and destroying the American spirit and the American free enterprise system.”

Yadda-yadda-yadda

In his career in Washington DC, the pro-big spending Santorum, as Congressman, sponsored or co-sponsored 50 spending bills, for a total of $53 billion increase of government spending.

Not to mention the $3.5 billion of earmarks he included in the budget over the years ...

Facts speak louder than words. Words are cheap.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 9:25:08 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: FresnoRobert
Santorum: Freedoms are at stake in presidential election

Rick Santorum - "There are limits to all freedoms. There aren't absolute rights"

Link

26 posted on 02/17/2012 9:32:39 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Rick doesn’t strike me (no pun intended) as a small gov kind of guy. He’s preachin’ it, but I aint buyin’ it.


27 posted on 02/17/2012 9:32:59 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: conservativejoy

No doubt Rick wouldn’t mind having a reliable source of income.


28 posted on 02/17/2012 9:36:51 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Marguerite

At least he didn’t create new departments in the Federal government, or elevate the EPA to Cabinet level or vote for the Clean Water Act like another candidate did. How is that for some facts? He also wasn’t dumb enough to buy into global warming, TARP and the need for Ffederally mandated healthcare. Those trump earmarks big time. Buy the way, earmarks are a pittance compared to entitlement spending. Rick led the fight for Welfare Reform in the Senate.

I post all of this knowing full well your many and constant postings outlining your hatred of Rick, your willingness to say anything about him because you believe the ends justify the means. That is why I will ignore any further posts by you.


29 posted on 02/17/2012 9:41:47 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: FresnoRobert
What about the freedom not to be forced to belong to a union and pay dues to in order to work that this CHUMP lawyer voted against?

This SOB is just below the Bishop from Planet Kolob on the BS meter

30 posted on 02/17/2012 9:55:28 PM PST by Rome2000
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Get Your FREE 1911's Right HERE!!!

OK. That's a teensy weensy little itty bitty fib....
31 posted on 02/17/2012 10:17:25 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: FresnoRobert

Saint Rick should stick to this theme and be more aggressive; I still though think our little Republican primary voters will prefer Romney. Hope I am wrong


32 posted on 02/17/2012 10:27:46 PM PST by Theodore R. (Forget the others: It's Santorum's turn, less baggage, articulate, passionate)
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To: All

“In his career in Washington DC, the pro-big spending Santorum, as Congressman, sponsored or co-sponsored 50 spending bills, for a total of $53 billion increase of government spending.”

Just imagine if every Senator from the 100, did the same as Santorum, the government spending would have increased with a whopping $5.3 trillion!

Which is exactly the rising federal deficit under Obama’s watch!


33 posted on 02/17/2012 10:34:47 PM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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ping


34 posted on 02/17/2012 10:38:52 PM PST by ponygirl ( Obamanomics: Handing out condoms on the Titanic.)
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To: conservativejoy
I think Romney said recently that he would consider Santorum for VP.

The gop-e are confortable with Rick. I have not seen them go all out to defeat Rick like they did Newt. He probably is not a threat to their power.

35 posted on 02/17/2012 10:40:52 PM PST by Moorings
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To: FresnoRobert
Rick is probably much better than Myth. However, I am not convinced he is a strong fiscal conservative. I also think he is a big government type. He will preserve the status quo in Washington. That I think is why those who depend on the gravy train are not so much against him. He is probably not going to do anything drastic to rock the boat.

Newt on the other hand, could possibly do something large, as he has big ideas. Or as Rick said, Newt has grandiose ideas. I think this is a time for grandiose ideas, to change the course of the country from the brink of fiscal ruin and mediocrity. It is not the time for timidity, business as usual, "protect the gravy train of the elite" and the unions. It is not the time to slow the decline, but to reverse the course.

36 posted on 02/17/2012 10:54:40 PM PST by Moorings
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To: FresnoRobert

We now have a government with more power because of the rise of electronic information technology. The power of the microchip has become their weapon against us.


37 posted on 02/17/2012 11:16:57 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: FresnoRobert

Rick would need someone with knowledge/brilliance - because he’s a flipping moron!

He’s always saying what the problem is - I say SHUT UP, IDIOT! We know what the problem is - how will you fix it? He doesn’t have a clue or some pie in the sky unworkable plan. RS is no visionary, all he’s capable of seeing is the Oval Office.

There is NO WAY he could deal with other foreign leaders - NEVER!


38 posted on 02/18/2012 1:47:41 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Gene Eric

I agree. Now, it is obvious and, IMO, not hidden at all. Newt IS the man FOR America. Why can’t some see it? I really cannot see those voters who are not for Newt as pro American. We are fortunate to have him and have him run!

Politicians are more about pack mentality - you do for me and I’ll do for you. But I would think voters would be more about America and the best one for America. I believe they allow themselves to be swayed by others rhetoric and unable to think for themselves.


39 posted on 02/18/2012 2:00:47 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

The moral bromides are very effective which is troubling. I get the impression there’s no confidence concerning the ability to uphold common morality at the civil ranks, and as such, ‘the free and the brave’ would rather assign that responsibility to a politician. That said, the candidate must be Conservative, must be Pro-Life — a given without the indignant fanfare that’s meant to counter the egregious violations of the current jackass in chief.

I’ll take a pass on the wholesome imagery, and righteous, fist-pumping banality. Just give me someone who knows WTF they’re doing. In my opinion, that someone is Mr McGingrich.


40 posted on 02/18/2012 2:27:02 AM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: CainConservative
Bump, what you said. Good one, love the graphic! Eagles UP! for Senator Santorum!!
41 posted on 02/18/2012 3:02:15 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: FresnoRobert
Hey! What a small world! I like freedom too!

Now what is Rick Santorum going to DO, exactly? Not a hint of an answer in that article, and likely because Santorum is short on protein, long on carbs in his speeches.



42 posted on 02/18/2012 3:57:50 AM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: OrangeHoof

I totally agree with you! right now we are all vetting, but I hope to God people don’t get so tainted by this process that they won’t go out to vote regardless who the candidate will be. That is exactly what the press and other side will work to make happen. Obama’s best chance at being elected is for people to just stay home so disgusted with the repub candidate they won’t vote. Remember Edmund Burke’s words, “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”
Not to vote IS a vote for Obama. If there are those who believe that this assault on our freedoms is evil but will stay home “doing nothing” then those good conservatives will allow evil to triumph. In 2008 good conservative people stayed home and gave away the election. The point was made, the damage has been done, now it is time to put that questionable strategy aside and start putting the focus on the real goal and effort in this next election.
Let’s do all our vetting now, let’s make the case for “our” candidate but let’s remember when the day is done the REAL issue is voting for a peaceful revolution to take place. May we not get so focused on OUR candidate that we lose sight of the ultimate goal. My state will have a primary on Super Tuesday and right now I’m voting for Newt because he is STILL one of the candidates. I hope Newt can pull off a huge upset. I hope he will go...all...the...way! Until the final delegate is counted I will continue to blast away at the RINO big government candidates. But, if NEWT isn’t a candidate next November I will STILL go and vote.
This is now too important.


43 posted on 02/18/2012 5:10:12 AM PST by AlwaysFrosty
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To: OrangeHoof
I’m sticking with the GOP ticket regardless of who is on it. I presume you’re voting for Obama?

The GOP, you mean that sorry bunch of pathetic incompetents led by that cabal of blue blood country clubbers and their creepy pulled wives over at the RNC?

No, I won't be sticking with the GOP ticket regardless of who is on it.

Don't need any more megalomaniac lawyers in the White House.

44 posted on 02/18/2012 6:20:13 AM PST by Rome2000
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To: FresnoRobert

THIS IS WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE! The TRUTH spoken plainly.

Not Obomney’s mealy-mouthed (McCain-esque) “Obama’s a good guy” crap.


45 posted on 02/18/2012 7:21:18 AM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter is a joke.)
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To: Toespi

“Santorumaniacs”? That’s the best you can come up with?

Pathetic.


46 posted on 02/18/2012 7:25:38 AM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Ann Coulter is a joke.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Got your attention, didn’t it?


47 posted on 02/18/2012 7:41:31 AM PST by Toespi
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To: FresnoRobert
Looks like, again, that the Copycat Santorum has stolen another concept, almost word for word, what Newt Gingrich has been saying for decades.

Only difference is, Newt has an actual plan as well as solutions already in place to get the job done. All the Reverend Rick has, are generalizations, that somebody else has already covered.

But the thoughtless Lemmings here who support him, will give him all the credit for it, as having been the one who invented the idea in the first place.

48 posted on 02/18/2012 7:54:28 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
http://www.rickfacts.com/

We are in the fight of our lives FRiend. If this Santorum stupidity keeps on going and he BS’s his way into the nomination, I will be looking for brokered convention or voting 3rd party. I cannot or will not vote for imposter's like Santorum or Romney! PERIOD!

49 posted on 02/18/2012 8:02:58 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: FresnoRobert

Ho, BOY! are you ever long on BS, short on true facts yourself! (Just like your hero)

NEA
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.

Bankruptcy
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Defense and Foreign Policy

Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.

Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.

Voted for the START II Treaty
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program

Nominations
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge

Labor
Voted against National Right to Work Act
Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.
Guns

Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.

Reform

Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.

Immigration
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

Taxes
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

Welfare
Voted against food stamp reform
Voted against Medicaid reform
Voted against TANF reform
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.

Waste
Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%
Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.

Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.

Health Care
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.

Education
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.

Energy

Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.


50 posted on 02/18/2012 8:08:53 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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