The word frothy has been ruined for all time now.
The word frothy has been ruined for all time now.
"Rick" as defined is a verb, it means to orally remove santorum
Last edited by Prosperity; January-6th-2012 at 09:27 AM.
Formerly known as "Liberty"
Rick Santorum is the Pat Buchanan of Sarah Palins.
Birds are flying out of water
Underneath the sky
I run up to the rainbow girl
just to pass her by
I'll never have a change of heart
My swan will never sing
I have no heart the swan is gone
And now I wear the wings
Rick Santorum attacks the fundamental idea behind the American experiment, freedom.
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Former United States Senator Rick Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. If dismantling big government is now a primary concern, Santorum has spent a career promoting big government. If stopping massive spending is now a top priority, Santorum has a lifelong record of championing massive spending. If our debt is now considered the greatest threat to our national security, Santorum has always considered everything but the debt a greater threat.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. ~ William Pitt
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground" ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." ~ George Washington
Santorum plays down long history as Washington insider
By Dan Eggen and Carol D. Leonnig, Published: January 5
Rick Santorum has vaulted to the front ranks of the Republican presidential nomination race in part by depicting himself as a religious family man of lowly beginnings who would bring needed change to Washington.
But that characterization leaves out two decades in which Santorum was a central and often high-ranking player in Washington politics, with connections to K Street lobbyists and a lucrative consulting career that made him a millionaire.
In the Senate, for example, he played a pivotal role in advancing the controversial K Street Project, a highly organized effort to pressure industry groups and lobbying firms to hire Republicans for influential jobs and punish those who brought in Democrats. *Santorum oversaw regular Tuesday meetings with lobbyists in which he solicited their views on pending legislation and discussed potential jobs, according to documents and news reports and a lobbyist who attended the meetings.
After losing a reelection bid in 2006, he capitalized on his congressional experience by beginning a profitable career on K Street as an adviser to industry groups and lobbying firms, disclosure records show.
Santorum’s track record as a longtime Capitol Hill insider is likely to pose a political challenge in the weeks ahead, in part because it undermines his self-portrayal as a reform-minded champion of fiscal conservatism. After spending months languishing in obscurity in the presidential race, he finished just eight votes behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Iowa’s caucuses on Tuesday and immediately faced allegations that he had backed wasteful spending and special interests.
Hogan Gidley, Santorum’s national communications director, said Thursday that “these kinds of attacks are just what D.C. insiders and elitists do when a guy like Rick Santorum works hard to provide for his family and has success.”
“From Day One, Rick Santorum fought to destroy the good old boy network in Washington,” Gidley said, pointing to efforts to expose a House banking scandal and urge an end to special congressional perks. “Democrats and some Republicans were furious with Rick, but Rick stood up for the people then, and that’s what he’ll do as president.”
Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another GOP presidential hopeful, have begun unloading on Santorum in recent days for his role in pushing earmarks and other goodies as part of congressional budget negotiations, a practice that has become sharply limited under House and Senate rules. Some of the earmarks Santorum backed during his 16 years on the Hill benefited local firms or industries, including mining and defense companies whose employees contributed to his political committees, records show.
The Romney campaign highlighted criticism of Santorum on Thursday from Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, who endorsed Romney this week. McCain said on CNN that Santorum championed “earmarking and pork-barrel spending” while in Congress.
“I believe that earmarking is a gateway drug to corruption,” McCain said. “Senator Santorum supported it and engaged in it as much as he possibly could. I strongly disagreed with it.”
Santorum has spent much of his time on the campaign trail focusing on his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania coal country and suggesting that he operates outside the realm of big-money Washington politics. But a review of disclosure records, investigative documents and other reports shows that he played a central leadership role in the Republican power structure in the 1990s and early 2000s before becoming a wealthy media pundit and Washington consultant.
Santorum earned $1.3 million in 2010 and the first half of 2011, according to his most recent financial disclosure form. The largest chunk of his employment earnings — $332,000 — came from his work as a consultant for groups that advocate and lobby for industry interests, including a Pennsylvania energy company and the American Continental Group, a lobbying firm.
Santorum reported $400,000 in director’s fees and stock options as a board member of Universal Health Services, a hospital firm, as well as money from stints with Fox News, Salem Radio, and the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center. His current income marks a stark contrast with his last year in the *Senate, when he made about $190,000 in salary and book royalties.
Santorum has never registered as a lobbyist, a step that is required only if certain thresholds are met for the amount of time spent and contacts made on behalf of a customer. But even on the campaign trail, he has advocated for his former clients.
In Iowa in July 2010, for example, Santorum touted the importance of Marcellus Shale, a controversial source of natural gas. Just a month earlier, he had ended his three-year consultancy with Consol Energy, which has major hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — operations in the Marcellus Shale fields of Pennsylvania.
“It’s the largest natural gas [field] found in the history of the country, the second-largest natural gas field in the world,” he said. “It’s under Pennsylvania, and we are drilling, baby, drilling.”
Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense, an advocacy group, said Santorum “occupied this gray area that’s become very popular for former lawmakers” to avoid having to declare themselves lobbyists. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), another GOP presidential candidate, also has come under fire for his consulting career.
“They provide strategic advice, they use their knowledge to help good-paying corporate clients,” Ellis said. “At some point, it becomes very questionable about whether this is lobbying. . . . If you have national ambitions, you want to avoid the scarlet letter of being a lobbyist.”
Santorum has alternately denied and defended his role in the K Street Project during his time in the Senate, according to news accounts. In 2005, he said the effort was “purely to make sure we have qualified applicants for positions that are in town.” A year later, as his reelection bid was in full swing, he said he had “absolutely nothing to do” with the project or one of its key creators, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.
“He was one of the central players in the K Street Project; he wasn’t just peripheral,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group. “He’s trying to make himself a paragon of moral purity. But he was a huge part of pay-to-play politics during one of the dirtiest eras in Washington.”
The guy is a sociopath more so than a "social conservative." Many of his views, especially on Muslims, gays, and the "traditional family" are backwards and misinformed. Republican Part would take a mighty big step backwards if he became the nominee, IMO, as it would show, again IMO, that the neocons still carry the big stick and it would be a slap in the face to the tea folk. I'm not surprised Iowa's "family values" (apparently telling others how to live is an "Amerika" value) crusade pumped him up, but I'm afraid South Carolina might do the same thing instead of, you know, caring about important issues. I hope I'm wrong and I also hope Paul somehow pulls ahead of the pack. There isn't nearly as much about Paul I don't like as the other candidates and that includes O.
No Pressure No Diamonds
Originally Posted by skinsfan913
Santorum: Not my job to correct false claims
By NBC's Andrew Rafferty
LADY LAKE, Fla. -- What started as a strong and well attended Rick Santorum town hall got sidetracked this afternoon as the presidential hopeful faced a questioner who called President Obama an "avowed Muslim" and protesters disrupted the event.
"He is an avowed Muslim and my question is why isn't something being done to get him out of our government. He has no legal right to be calling himself president," a woman asked, referring to President Obama.
Standing in front of a crowd of more than 250 mostly senior citizens, Santorum did not address the incorrect claim about the president's religion.
"Well yeah," said Santorum. "I'm doing my best to get him out of the government right now and she is right that he uniformly ignores the Constitution."
After the event, the former Pennsylvania senator told reporters it is not his job to correct every false claim that comes up during
questions. “Why do you guys ask these ‘Gotcha’ questions like it’s my job to go out and correct everybody who says something I don’t agree with?" Santorum responded to media inquiring about the exchange.
"There are lots of people who get up and say stuff in a town hall meeting and say things that I don’t agree with, but I don’t think it’s my obligation, nor should it be your feeling that it’s my obligation to correct somebody who says something that I don’t agree with.”
But that was not the only hiccup the candidate faced during his town hall here this afternoon. As the event was coming to a close, a
protester charged toward Santorum and attempted to throw a fist full of glitter at Santorum, but was stopped by security beforehand.
Attempts to "glitter bomb" Santorum have become a frequent occurance on the campaign trail as a way to protest his views on homosexuality.
How much time Santorum will spend in the Sunshine State is still in flux. Today, he indicated that how things go on the trail here over the next several days will dictate how hard he makes a push in the state.
But, regardless of how much he campaigns in Florida, Santorum has been clear that his candidacy will not end after the Jan. 31 primary.
"We're going to be in this race for a long time," he said. "We're planning already for Super Tuesday states and investing resources in states there. So this is going to be a long campaign, and we hope to do well here, but we understand this is a very, very expensive state."
While the Santorum campaign has enjoyed a fundraising boost since his Iowa caucus victory, his war chest still pales in comparison with that of rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Today, he tried to qualm fears that his candidacy might not have the ability to compete in the long term.
"Gov. Romney says 'I can win because I have the most money.' Does anyone doubt whoever the Republican nominee is will have all the money they need to run against Barack Obama? They will," Santorum said.
"There's absolutely no doubt that whoever the Republican nominee is will be backed fully, completely, and in our case enthusiastically by the base of the Republican party, the entire base."
We, Pennsylvanians, fired Santorum for many good reasons. I see no reason to hire him again.
HuffPo: Rick Santorum On Opposition To Abortion In Cases Of Rape: 'Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation'
Video of the CNN interview at the link.GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that women who face such circumstances should "make the best out of a bad situation."
Asked by CNN's Piers Morgan what he would do if his own daughter approached him, begging for an abortion after having been raped, Santorum explained that he would counsel her to "accept this horribly created" baby, because it was still a gift from God, even if given in a "broken" way.
We're all here because
we're not all there
it should be the default position for those that believe it is a individual life,but not a easy one to hold in real life though.
“These are the ideas that people come to America to get away from.”Rubio
How should society view a cure for a ailment of limited duration that takes another's life to 'cure'?
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion. ...Dean Inge
I don't think it's right to kill them just because they were created through a terrible act.
I would definitely try to convince whoever not to have an abortion.
Of course if they were in serious life threatening danger because of the pregnancy or it was making them lose their mind I'd have to reconsider.
In the end though it isn't up to me to tell them what to do.
I hope they make the choice that they can live with the best.
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