While He Was A Senator, Rick Santorum Voted With President George W. Bush Over 95% Of The Time

Author: February 15, 2012 7:05 pm

Rick Santorum is currently the poster boy for conservatism and the candidate leading the national polls among Republicans. Every day, Romney gets a little weaker, and Santorum gets a little stronger. And that makes him a threat to be the Republican Presidential nominee who faces President Obama in the general election this fall. But who exactly would the American people really be voting for if they elected Santorum? The answer could make you throw up in your mouth a little bit.

If Americans were to elect Rick Santorum to the Presidency, they’d be electing a second George W. Bush. In fact, Santorum would be even worse. If Rick Perry is the dumber version of Bush, Rick Santorum is the extreme version. According to Congressional Quarterly, Santorum supported Bush policies over 95% of the time from 2001 to 2005. Here is just a sample of the many Bush supported policies that Santorum voted for.

Tax Cuts) Santorum loves tax cuts. In fact, he voted for the 2001 Bush tax cuts, the repeal the Inheritance Tax in 2002, the 2003 Bush tax cuts, and he voted for extending the Bush tax cuts in 2006. These tax cuts are partly to blame for the large deficits created by Republicans that continue to plague our economy today and has contributed to the largest increase in income inequality since the Great Depression. But Santorum would be worse than Bush because he wants to cut taxes even more for corporations and the wealthy.


Heath Care and Social Security) Santorum voted for the costly half a trillion dollar Medicare prescription drug program enacted by the Bush Administration, but now he wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program that would effectively gut the program. He also would privatize Social Security which in Republican-speak, means give it to Wall Street. This just happened to be Bush’s biggest regret of his Presidency and now Santorum intends to make it a reality.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) Santorum not only voted for both wars, which have contributed greatly to the deficit and debt, he also thinks America should go to war with Iran. It’s almost like this guy wants another crusade against the Islamic world. He shares the views of neoconservatives and believes in the Bush Doctrine, the defense policy used by the Bush Administration to unilaterally pursue military interests. Santorum also supports the use of torture during interrogations and once declared that John McCain, who was tortured during Vietnam, didn’t understand how torture works.

The failed ‘No Child Left Behind’ education policy) This education policy turned out to be a huge failure and was costly to American taxpayers. Santorum is pretty serious about wanting to interfere in education. He’s a supporter of injecting religious teaching into public schools. For example, he once introduced an amendment as part of NCLB that would have allowed schools to include intelligent design as part of science curriculum. The amendment didn’t make it into the final legislation but since then, all creationism bills introduced across the country have been modeled on Santorum’s amendment.

In addition to these, Rick Santorum also supported many other Bush policy stances. For example, Santorum heavily supports the oil industry, just like the Bush Administration. In fact, Santorum would be far more extreme in this support because he has a stated a policy of “drill everywhere” for oil, including in national parks and conservation reserves. With that being said, if Santorum becomes President, Americans could one day wake up and see oil rigs everywhere they go, and the pollution that comes with them.

But that’s not all. George W. Bush is anti-abortion, but Rick Santorum would do more than Bush ever did to curb women’s rights. Under the Bush Administration, a contraceptives rule existed that is similar to the one President Obama currently enforces. But Santorum would ban contraceptives entirely. He would also ban all abortions, even in cases of rape. He intends to violate the privacy of women and has stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” is part of the Constitution.

Rick Santorum is a big fan of the Bush policies that involved America in endless wars and collapsed our economy. But he’s even more dangerous than that. Santorum wants to end privacy in America. Despite what the Constitution says, Santorum intends to police what Americans do in their bedrooms and wants to force Americans to either practice abstinence or have sex for procreation. He even wants to dictate who we have sex with and when. Is that kind of President we really want? Santorum is also hell bent on using scare tactics to take America to war with Iran and any Middle Eastern country he doesn’t like, which will strain our economy and military beyond the limit. He’s even advocated assassinating Iranian scientists. Iran is a large nation with a large military so it isn’t exactly going to be easy to win. It could take far longer than ten years to win such a war and could involve multiple nations and require more boots on the ground than Iraq and Afghanistan combined. That could mean a draft. It would truly be the next Vietnam. And he would also eliminate taxes on corporations and the wealthy all while cutting or killing programs that Americans need. Again, do we really want Rick Santorum to be the next President? America would not only be repeating the mistakes of the past by electing Santorum, it would actually amplify them and would give conservatives a free pass to burn the Constitution over an open flame. That is most certainly not what America needs.

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