Santorum and the Tea Party Movement – What Happened to Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility?

Has the Tea Party rendered itself some how irrelevant or a joke seeing as they appear to be backing Rick Santorum, or at least some segments of the Tea Party are? Wasn’t the Tea Party formed on the basis of FISCAL Responsibility, Limited Government and Free Market Enterprise? I mean, by all means correct me if I am wrong but that is exactly what we were all led to believe when we jumped on board to back their cause.

Now we are to take them seriously when they back a man who not only voted to increase our NATIONAL DEBT FIVE TIMES to the tune of over $3.5 TRILLION, but also brought home tens-of-billions in porkulus + voted against E-Verify + voted to increase taxes + voted for Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind (the last two have stolen hundreds of billions from tax payers and continue to do so) + voted AGAINST Right-to-Work Laws.

Let’s just dissect the votes to increase our national debt- those votes alone should disqualify him from Tea Party support! Because of people like Santorum and his $3.5+ Trillion added in National Debt, the TAX PAYERS have to pay back more in taxes for a longer period of time to the CHINESE no less.

Research shows that all four Ron Paul substantive allegations against Santorum are true. Santorum did indeed vote to raise the debt limit five times.

Senate Roll Call Vote #54, 2006;

Senate Roll Call Vote #213, 2004;

Senate Roll Call Vote #202, 2003;

Senate Roll Call Vote #148, 2002;

Senate Roll Call Vote #209. 1997)

Again, how can the Tea Party be taken seriously with a backing of people like Santorum who are part of the reason we are in the mess we are in today?

Then the whole idea that forcing one to join a union and force one to pay union dues = the rise of LIMITED GOVERNMENT? No, it means more big government you say? Of course it does, so does being a Congressman in 1994 and running on a platform for a FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL MANDATE like Santorum did:

Allentown, PA’s Morning Call from April 7, 1994:

…Santorum and Watkins both called for a “comprehensive restructuring” of health care. But they differed sharply on what elements should comprise a basic benefits package.

Watkins would include mental health services, long-term care, prescription drug coverage, dental services and preventive care such as immunizations. Santorum would not. Both reject abortion services. Santorum and Watkins both oppose having businesses provide health care for their employees. Instead, they would require individuals to purchase insurance.

Oddly, Santorum is on record voting AGAINST Right to Work Laws ……. yet, the Tea Party backs Santorum?

And oddly, it has been unearthed that Santorum was in FAVOR of an Individual Mandate in 1994 on a FEDERAL LEVEL yet he criticizes Romney for what was done on a state level that he factually had ZERO CONTROL over due to an 85% Liberal State Legislature?

Politifact checked Ron Paul’s claims and found them to be half true, only because Ron Paul said Santorum’s votes DOUBLED the debt when his votes actually ALMOST doubled the Debt

More Entitlement Programs Santorum Voted in Favor of:

Oddly, Santorum not only voted for Medicare Part D – another wonderful ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM stealing billions from tax payers, but he also tried to push through bills that favored the health care company he was a board member of. Had those votes passed, his company would have been given hundreds of millions of tax payers money via MEDICAID!

Santorum was also paid nearly $400,000 in compensation and stock options as a board director at Universal Health Services, a hospital management firm, after he left the Senate in 2006. He also owns up to $250,000 in Universal stock. As a senator, Santorum had sponsored several unsuccessful bills that would have secured more Medicaid funding for hospitals run by Universal and other medical firms in Puerto Rico.

……. yet, the Tea Party backs Santorum?

And while the Tea Party is all about LIMITED GOVERNMENT, Santorum voted for No Child Left Behind, which gives even more power to the government over individuals and states – shall we mention that this program has already cost tax payers tens-of-billions?

Santorum + Lobbyist + K Street Ties

And we of course cannot dismiss Santorum’s Lobbyist connections along with his lobbying after he was kicked out of Congress in 2006, while he was not a registered Lobbyist of course.

Over the course of Santorum’s congressional career, lobbyists ranked 10th among his groups of donors, contributing $731,937 to his campaigns, according to the center’s data.

From the ever so Conservative website of RED STATE:

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.

In February of 2006, CREW had filed an ethics complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against Senator Santorum, “alleging that Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) violated the Senate Gift Rule by accepting a mortgage from The Philadelphia Trust Company, a bank that serves affluent clients.”

 

Abortion and PRO Choice before PRO Life Stance

Update on this position: Santorum people are now stating that he was never PRO CHOICE even though he is on record, MULTIPLE times stating he was. Flip Flop? Lie? Call it what you want, he and his camp are being DISHONEST!!!!

And last but not least, Santorum’s attack on women and his HYPOCRITICAL behavior. Before I start, I am Pro Life but I also believe it is a woman’s right to determine what is best FOR HER; it is not a MAN’S place to tell a woman what she can or cannot do, especially by legislative fiat as Santorum is yelling at the top of his lungs he will do if elected. Women will ultimately have to answer to their own conscience and/or their own God and the last time I checked, Santorum is NOT God!!!

—Again, this goes to the entire platform of the Tea Party and LIMITED GOVERNMENT- right?

The significant difficulty with the abortion question is that while people’s positions may well be nuanced and thoughtful, the choice itself is not. Either women control their own bodies and all that implies or they do not. And since I cannot imagine a society where half the population is required to sacrifice their fundamental autonomy to a disputed principle, for me it’s a no-brainer. Women decide what happens to their bodies and the rest of us have to simply accept that. End of story. Anything else is something a democracy can’t survive.

“Our extended family has many strong women in it, who are intelligent and outspoken. There was one year Rick stopped by a family reunion for an hour or two. It was around the time he was ‘rising to power’ and becoming rabidly, ridiculously conservative. His views on abortion were quite contentious that year, and for those few hours of his visit, the women all descended upon him like flies, calling him on his change of views. He had always been pro-choice to my recollection. That’s why it was such a heated issue that year. The women in my family felt betrayed.”

Santorum said that he had always opposed government funding of abortions, but beyond that “I tried as much as I could to dance around that issue, not really take an issue on it”

In a December 1995 Philadelphia Magazine article — which the Huffington Post pulled from Temple University archives — Santorum conceded that he “was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress… But it had never been something I thought about.” Asked why he changed his mind, he said that he “sat down and read the literature. Scientific literature,” only to correct himself and note that religion was a part of it too.

Not for the first time, Santorum admitted that at age 30, “when I decided to run for the Congress, I was sort of an agnostic on the abortion issue.” He “hadn’t really thought about abortion as an issue that much. . . . It wasn’t an issue that I really cared much about. But when I thought about running for office I knew . . . this is an issue people are going to care about.”

And then, of course we have his wife Karen Santorum – who was PRO CHOICE for decades, dated and lived with an abortion doctor for over 6 years while she accompanied women to abortion clinics to get abortions.

Before you start, Karen Santorum and her views are 100% relevant and fair game; see what Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama did when they got into the White House and then tell me that the person running for First Lady aside her Husband does not matter.

Yes, I believe people can change their positions on any given issue and they have every right to do so, but do not tell another person that they must follow your new way of thinking/believing as though your way is the only way. You were given the RIGHT to make your choices and change your positions, do not DENY another the same RIGHT you were afforded.

This also speaks VOLUMES as to the HYPOCRISY of Santorum bashing Romney over his change in how he views abortion; I forgot, only Santorum and his wife were allowed to change their views!

And I cannot let this gem go by with a free pass: Santorum does not believe women should be using birth control?  And then of course; now women should not be allowed to have pre-natal testing done- nothing like a man telling a woman what she can and cannot have access to.

Some women don’t want the tests because they know they wouldn’t abort their fetus no matter what the results. Others who wouldn’t consider an abortion still want the tests — seeking reassurance that all is well or, if not, the chance to adjust emotionally and prepare for a disabled baby’s more complicated care. Babies with Down syndrome can need specialized attention at delivery that affects hospital selection.

Santorum told an interviewer in 2006 that he had voted for Title X (even though he thinks contraception is harmful to women and doesn’t even work). Title X is the federal program that funds family planning services for low-income women, and goes to health care providers including Planned Parenthood.

According to the SBA List website, Santorum has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood. So he’s either misleading them, or he’s misleading everyone by attempting to use his past record on Title X funding to pretend he supports access to contraception.

Dear Santorum – thanks for bringing women back to the 1800’s; whatever would we do without ya! (sarcasm off of course)

Multiple Ethics violations brought against Rich Santorum as he was leaving Congress  as he was voted one of the top three most corrupt in Congress two years in a row:

The former Senator’s repeated attempts to try to villify them as being a left-wing wacko organization at the debates is quite a distortion of the truth for obvious gain. In that previous article where CREW put him on their “Most Corrupt Member of Congress” list for 2 years in a row, their information was very specific and cited many instances of ethical concerns and violations as well.  For Rick Santorum to just brush it all off and blame it on a vast left-wing conspiracy instead of answering the concerns and issues presented should not be just swept under the rug.  His repeated charges that CREW only goes after Conservative Republicans is absolutely yet another preposterous fabrication.

In fact, in the very same years’ corrupt lists that Rick Santorum made were also listed:  Maxine Waters, William Jefferson, Alan Mollohan and John Murtha.  Obviously, those names kind of blow Rick’s conspiracy theory right out of the water so people need to start looking at his ethical violations as well instead of just taking his equally baseless excuse for sweeping concerns under the rug without even specifically having to address them.

There was a major reason why Santorum was kicked out of Congress in 2006 by the worst landslide defeat every, of 18 points: Pennsylvania voters spoke. Tid bit of reading from a local Philadelphia media outlet – take it or leave it, just posting:

Santorum’s rise proves that GOP voters are nuts because every significant poll (Pew, CBS/New York Times, CNN and Fox) shows that, even after the rise, President Obama leads Santorum by larger margins than he leads Romney, and even after the rise voters say that Mitt’s more electable in the fall.

Rick Santorum’s Voting Record Facts

Articles on Santorum’s Tax Records Release: here

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6 responses to “Santorum and the Tea Party Movement – What Happened to Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility?

  • Mrs. AL

    Have a post up at my place you might care to glance at. Though I have the distinct impression that ya’ll would not agree.

    As for Santorum, he is flawed as are all candidates in both parties. Is it possible we are past the point of focusing on the differences and need to re-focus on the potential positives? Time is a wasting.

    • specfriggintacular

      Mrs. Al – for me, I cannot fathom supporting a MAN who deems to necessary to tell a woman what she can and cannot do. To dictate this, my legislative fiat is profoundly disgusting – to me.

      I am 100% for a person and their convictions, but do not force them unto others- that is what is wrong with our government and the friggin people who run it. If Ron Paul did not have a craptastic foreign policy, I would in all honesty support him. Okay, he is a tad crazy but he also make A LOT of sense!!

      American’s need to be left ALONE! The government is too big, too many “leaders” trying to, in today’s link “get all up in our business” and for what, so they have hold on to some power?

      LIMITED GOVERNMENT – it is what this country was founded on and what it needs to go back to.

      I have sat back and thought about your post, and thought about it, and though about it …… to find the potential positive of Santorum; I find this difficult because if any man deems it necessary to tell women that they cannot terminate a pregnancy if their life is dependent on it; or that women should not have access to pre-natal testing because in HIS EYES this mostly ends in abortions or that women should not take birth control because it is bad for them; or that women should not be in combat; or that women should be at home raising their families instead of out working ———- YIKES!

      I am no feminist; I am a registered Republican, although in fairness I am a FISCAL CONSERVATIVE and more of an Independent when it comes to Social Issues- meaning, I am PRO LIFE but I support your right to make the decision for what is right for you – you do not answer to me, rather to YOUR conscience and YOUR God. I do not support gay marriage, but I will not tell you that you cannot move to a state that recognizes it either.

      In the end, social issues are not what is driving me in 2012, rather it is jobs/economy/foreign policy/right-to-work laws and that whole nine yards!

      Other than abortion and gay marriage, what does Santorum have to run on, because he cannot beat Romney, Newt or Ron Paul when it comes to the economy, taxes or factual record of not running up the national debt by $3.5 Trillion.

      • Mrs. AL

        I certainly respect your POV. The point of my post was that right at this particular moment in history of what is left of this Republic, who is President is less important than who is in Congress such that the Executive Branch might be brought under control. We have a limited window of opportunity here. I realize this will not change your mind in any way and that is okay by me.

        BTW, I am conservative in all ways, probably. While I am not tickled pink relative to the field of GOP candidates, I have recently begun to think through this entire election cycle from a different perspective.

        Thanx so very much for having a look-see at my ramblings.

      • specfriggintacular

        Mrs. Al – I actually agree 100% with your point that what is actually most important is the make up of Congress!!!!

        I have zero issues helping to campaign for someone who is a tad more far right than I am if that is what HIS/HER district or state prefers. No issues with this at all.

        My issue is that it took decades to turn our nation from one of limited government and personal responsibility to one of government dependence and “it’s everyone elses fault” mentality; therefore this means it will take us a bit longer to at least have the major majority move back to the middle before we can move a tad more to the right.

        Baby steps, which means that we may need to elect more moderate Conservatives whose stances may be more of a Fiscal Conservatism rather than a Social Conservatism until we can change fully.

        Making drastic changes at once is not typically what people prefer, therefore I cannot imagine doing this on a national level amoungst a population over over 310 million will go over very well.

        Liberals changed this country over time, it will take some time to change it back!

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  • Mrs. AL

    “Liberals changed this country over time, it will take some time to change it back.”
    100000000000000000000% agree!

    And, IMHO, it does indeed need to begin at the Sate level with the States once again taking their proper place in what was our Republic. That’s why my focus is at that level. I as an individual need to rely on my home State to help keep the national government in check. I confess, until three years ago I did not think that way. I was issue driven only. Guess that just proves you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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