Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Senator Santorum chides president on his policies

Senator Rick Santorum at Roanoke County Republican Headquarters

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum stopped by the Roanoke Republican Headquarters on Ogden Road Monday. He told a group of 40 supporters that regulations are stifling the economy. “Regulations are not suggestions,” he said but it is the law. The interpretation of regulation especially environmental regulations has been rewritten at will according to Santorum.

It was the same on welfare policy. He said “welfare is now the largest single item in the federal budget … [Obama] has gone out and changed the law.” He accused Obama of changing the work requirement for welfare but that has been disputed.  Factcheck.org says: “Work requirements are not simply being ‘dropped.’ States may now change the requirements — revising, adding or eliminating them as part of a federally approved state-specific plan to increase job placement. It won’t ‘gut’ the 1996 law to ease the requirement. Benefits still won’t be paid beyond an allotted time, whether the recipient is working or not.”

Santorum called it “an arrogance of power” to write a memo giving control to the states. “It changes the law.” He charged that Obama used the same tactic with immigration.

He claimed Obama had no plan for the economy saying that Mitt Romney has a plan. “[Obama] doesn’t want to do anything different in the next four years then he did in the last four years,” said Santorum. There has been no growth and Obama will dramatically raise taxes starting next year he said.

If Obamacare goes into effect he said it will be devastating and if Obama is reelected “in four years we will be Greece … this country will be bankrupt.” Santorum also accused the president of being anti-energy. “Energy is everything to this country.”

Santorum said that ever since winning freedom from the King of England that “our rights come to us from God.” The government’s role is to protect those rights he said and “not to redistribute them.” He compared U.S. rights with France whose revolution resulted in the killing of clergy and “no more religion in the public square.”

“What good is freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly if you can’t say what you believe,” said Santorum. The president wants to transform America into some new ideal and he is “attacking religion at every turn.”

Santorum said that the country’s enemies and allies respect and trust America less because Obama has let tyrants gain control of other countries. As an example he pointed to Russia. They are “asserting themselves in ways that threaten our allies in Eastern Europe and are creating relationships with forces in Iran and Syria. America is less safe – the world is less stable and one of the impacts of that is a world economy that is struggling as a result.

“This president has not focused his time and energy on national security – reports say that he doesn’t take his national security brief almost half the time – this is unconscionable … this president has been asleep at the switch,” said Santorum. He accused Obama of recklessly leaking information and he minimized Obama’s role in killing Osama bin Laden saying it was a continuation of the Bush administration.

On a question about Romney’s move to the middle Santorum said, “when the left criticizes him for moving to the middle and the right doesn’t that tells you something.”

Santorum challenged supporters to “win this state … just a handful of states is going to decide this election.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics

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