RE: He may be a strong social conservative, but he is no fiscal conservative. He is a big spending big union supporting liberal.
An overall look at Santorum’s record in his 16 years in Washington disproves the above statement. You don’t look at one or two votes and then IGNORE the overall thrust of his other fiscal votes.
TITLE : Was Santorum a Senate Spendthrift?
The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has been rating members of Congress for 20 years. NTU is an independent, non-partisan organization that per its mission statement mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise. Steve Forbes serves on its board of directors.
For each session of Congress, NTU scores each member on an A-to-F scale. NTU weights members votes based on those votes perceived effect on both the immediate and future size of the federal budget. Those who get As are among the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies; they receive NTUs Taxpayers Friend Award. Bs are good scores, Cs are minimally acceptable scores, Ds are poor scores, and Fs earn their recipients membership in the Big Spender category. There is no grade inflation whatsoever, as we shall see.
NTUs scoring paints a radically different picture of Santorums 12-year tenure in the Senate (1995 through 2006) than one would glean from the rhetoric of the Romney campaign. Fifty senators served throughout Santorums two terms: 25 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and 1 Republican/Independent. On a 4-point scale (awarding 4 for an A, 3.3 for a B+, 3 for a B, 2.7 for a B-, etc.), those 50 senators collective grade point average (GPA) across the 12 years was 1.69 which amounts to a C-. Meanwhile, Santorums GPA was 3.66 or an A-. Santorums GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50.
Across the 12 years in question, only 6 of the 50 senators got As in more than half the years. Santorum was one of them. He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B. (Jim Talent served only during Santorums final four years, but he always got less than a B, earning a B- every year and a GPA of 2.7.) Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats Santorum was the only senator who got As in every year of Bushs first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorums 4.0 GPA over that span.
This much alone would paint an impressive portrait of fiscal conservatism on Santorums part. Yet it doesnt even take into account a crucial point: Santorum was representing Pennsylvania.
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Newt would be great against Obama in a fair fight, it isn't going to be a fair fight. Obama will link up with the Republican DC insiders to trash Gingrich and rehash the mid nineties attacks as well as new ttacks.
The most they say about Santorum is that he is a by the book Catholic. A certainly more p[palatable position than being a Bishop in a religion viewed as a strange cult by a vast percentage of the electorate.