Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Stark Contrast Between Rick Santorum and Barack Obama

In The Thinking voter's article The Thinking Voter debunks RedState's unfounded accusations that Rick Santorum and Barack Obama are two peas in a pod, that Santorum is a carbon copy of Obama. How delusional can one get? This accusation is absurd.

From The Thinking Voter:

I’ve noticed many folks have been comparing Rick Santorum to Barack Obama and other pro-life Democrats.

Such a comparison is worthy of “the weirdest claim made yet against Rick Santorum” award. They seem to have forgotten that there are no true pro-life Democrats for even Democrat “staunch pro-lifer” Bart (Mark) Stupak had agreed to put his pro-life stance aside in order to provide Obama with the final vote for Obamacare. Those who compare Santorum to Democrats like Obama have also obviously not watched this video in which Senator Santorum fought against federal funding for partial-birth abortion in 1998.


Social issues aside, let us see just how similar Santorum is to Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. We all agree that to beat Obama one must be able to draw a strong contrast between their record and Obama’s. Is Santorum able to do that?

Let’s check it out:

TARP - Government Bailouts

Rick Santorum had opposed TARP right from the start. He didn’t merely pay lip-service in opposition, but railed out against it several months later in ’09 at CPAC.

TARP had received support not only from then-candidate Obama but also by a majority of the GOP establishment including Newt and Mitt. Santorum also opposed Obama’s stimulus, the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie bailout.

Needless to say, Obama is the King of the Bailouts.

Next.

Government Reform – Reducing Spending and Dependency on Government

In the 1990s, when he was only a freshman Senator, Rick Santorum was a leading author on the bill that completely overhauled the country’s welfare system.

Yes, you read that right. As a Congressman, Santorum had started the fight for welfare reform in the House, and once in the Senate he combined forces with his old buddies, actually wrote the bill, and successfully fought the left and ensured its passage. To give credit when credit is due, Newt who was speaker of the House at the time, voted in support of the bill.

Santorum also voted for the Freedom to Farm Act in 1996 that started the process of ending direct farm subsidies. When Congress decided that it couldn’t live up to that promise, it voted to re-establish the subsidies in 2002 with the Farm Security Act, a bill that Santorum rightly opposed. Santorum voted for a balanced budget amendment and a line-item veto in 1995.

Santorum strongly believes in a bottom-up economy and in keeping government out of the private sector in most cases.

Obama obviously strongly opposes all reform to the federal government since, as we all know, he wants us all dependent on government for our health-care and every-day needs. He has successfully vastly increased the number of individuals collecting unemployment, Medicaid, and Food Stamps.

Okay, they clearly differ on role of government. All right, let’s try something else.

Health Care Mandates – Obamacare

Oops! Here’s a video from Rick Santorum in 1994 where he clearly and passionately spoke against government mandating individuals into buying health-care or anything else for that matter. This is a direct quote from Rick Santorum spoken in 1994 when health-care mandates were on the table;

“I think what the role of the federal government is to provide opportunity for everyone to get what they want, to live their dreams and not to dictate what everybody should have.”

Sounds like Obama to you? Not to me. Let’s also remember that in 1994 both Newt and Romney amongst many other Republicans had heavily supported and pushed for health-care mandates.

Still convinced he’s a carbon copy of Obama at least in some way? Let’s continue!

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11 comments:

Silverfiddle said...

I have a lot of problems with Santorum, but he is far superior to The Emperor With No Clothes.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

this is great, Teresa! Thanks.


Go Rick GO!!


P.S. I had to click through about 10 of those impossible to read anti-spamming things before I could finally read one. Sigh.

Teresa said...

silverfiddle,

I don't agree with all his past votes on legislation but I agree with about 98 percent of his platform today. He even has said he regrets voting for a couple of his votes. I hope he gets on Indiana's ballot because they struck 2000 of his signatures there so he was about 200 signatures short. I know he's fighting this.

Teresa said...

Fuzzy Slippers,

Holy cow! 10 times? Whoever came up with the new word captcha needs their head examined.

Rick is on fire now. I hope the momentum continues.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

I know! They are totally crazy. It doesn't help that they are all blurred and smooshed together.

And yes, I hope Santorum's momentum carries through Super Tuesday (at least). If so, this could turn out quite well for America.

Opus #6 said...

Santorum is OK. The odd part is why is Red State working against him. Oh well. You never can tell about some people. Maybe they have an "in" with another candidate. Primaries bring out the worst in some people.

I would LOVE to see Santorum as the candidate against Obama. The more conservative, the better.

Bunkerville said...

Yes, I am about to give up on bloggers comments as well. Good one!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Night and Day ... Obama and ANY Republican.

The Conservative Lady said...

Thanks for posting this, Teresa.

The Watcher said...

Something tells me the claims against Santorum are going to get a lot weirder as time goes on. The only reason that has a ghost of a chance of working is if the electorate is as uninformed as the Democrats (and those 'Republicans' who are joining them in the smearing) believe us to be.

Right Wing Theocrat said...

A Conservative similar to obama, that's just crazy talk, if i'm not mistaken, not even the most pro-death abortionists are as hostile to the unborn as obama.

He wouldn't even allow doctors to even try to save babies that somehow survived an abortion. That's a special kind of cold and indifferent if you ask me.