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Opening Arguments


Now that Rick Santorum is finally having his turn at a poll surge, I guess we should talk about him, at least for a few minutes. Alas, I think this assessment of him as a "big government conservative" is correct:

A list of the government interventions that Santorum endorses includes national service, promotion of prison ministries, “individual development accounts,” publicly financed trust funds for children, community-investment incentives, strengthened obscenity enforcement, covenant marriage, assorted tax breaks, economic literacy programs in “every school in America” (his italics), and more. Lots more.

From both his words and his actual governing record, Santorum seems very strong as a social conservative but  weak as an economic conservative. That's sort of backwards from what I'm looking for. It's also noted at the link that Santorum explicitly rejects "the whole idea of personal autonomy" and the "idea that people should be left alone." Not cool.


Harl Delos
Wed, 01/04/2012 - 11:43am

Santorum has an effective strategy for Iowa - he ran as "none of the above". But now he's going to have to face his history. He is an ex-Senator because a few people voted for Bob Casey and a lot of people voted against Rick Santorum. He lost an awful lot of counties that are strongly GOP.

What bothers me most about Rick Santorum is that is still a ghoul, exploiting the death of his kid, but my wife is bothered more about him talking about being pro-life while voting for forced prostitution and forced abortion in our pacific territories.