What Rick Santorum Has Been Saying, And 'Not Saying'
Lately, we've been hearing a lot about what Republican presidential hopeful
For instance, Santorum says he was not comparing President
Santorum also denies questioning Obama's Christianity during a campaign stop in
Apparently concern over the planet's health and dwindling resources is an affront to the Bible.
But rather than focus on what Santorum has not been saying, let's look at some of the candidate's policy positions. No gray area here. These are the stated policy priorities of a President Santorum.
Advocate for a Personhood Amendment
Santorum is well known for being opposed to artificial birth control because it separates procreation from sex. In speeches, the candidate is nonetheless reassuring that he won't try to impose this view through law. Except that Santorum supports passage of a "Personhood Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution that would grant embryos 14th Amendment rights upon conception. (He's signed a pledge to that effect.) The amendment would make IUDs and some oral contraception illegal, a prospect so extreme that even voters in
Ban Federal Funding for
Naturally, since Santorum thinks embryos are full legal persons, he objects to scientific research using embryonic stem cells. It doesn't matter that the cells are donated with consent of the donor from in vitro fertilization clinics. Nor does it matter that the highly promising research might lead to medical advances in treating Parkinson's disease, diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injury, heart disease, and vision and hearing loss. Theology doesn't bend for science.
Reduce Capital Gains and Dividend Taxes
It isn't enough that
Adopt the Ryan Approach to
Now that the government has been starved of revenue, let's turn to ways in which Santorum would economize. Santorum says he would implement the
Also, Santorum would grind "Obamacare" under the heel of his shoe and replace it with a "market-driven" approach, reducing health care costs through "competition." Because that's worked so well up until now.
Goodness, I'm almost out of room and I still haven't gotten to Santorum's plans to eliminate funding for implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, slash the
Santorum says he's "Restoring America's Greatness." But in truth he's calling for wider income inequality, cowboy capitalism, a shredded social safety net, a degraded natural environment and theocratic mandates. Once again, he doesn't know what he's saying.
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