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“I was talking about the radical environmentalist,” he said. “That’s what I was talking about—energy: this idea that man is here to serve the Earth, as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the Earth. And I think that is a phony ideal.”

Good stewards? That's precisely what we're not, and it's climate change deniers like Rick who put Biblical ideals and scriptural verses before common sense and reason who are only making things worse.

Obama's 'worldview' can only be considered 'radical' if one thinks that preserving the planet and its resources for our grandkids is 'radical.'

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Santorum attacks Obama's "radical world view"?

Are we living in Bizzaro world?

(Santorum and his supporters seem to be...)

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Have to hand it to Santorum - compared to Newt, at least Rick appears credible thanks to his steadfast beliefs.

It’s just a shame that most of what comes out of his mouth is complete nonsense.

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Ol' Rick hit the nail on the head there regarding my biggest annoyance with Christianity: that it is so anthropocentric, that it places man in a realm apart from all else on earth. Some Christians are able to treat such Biblical statements as allegory; Rick, it appears, does not.

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Mr.Santorum must be a closet stoner, because I think he may have smoked banana peels for way too long, radical views??

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Santorum attacks Obama's "radical world view"?

This is where the quotation mark should go, Triumvere. The headline is editorializing by not putting radical in quotation marks.

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Next Santorum will roll out some kind of Red Neck Inquisition to assail all who do not believe in his down home version of religion and politics.

I am sick to death of these one dimensional right wingers from the US GOP trying to shove their world view of a blonde haired, blue eyed Jesus and the rightiousness of middle class white America down the throats of a real America where race, religion and ideas are supposed to be diverse and representative of the very freedom the country is supposed to stand for.

Since the GOP cannot muster rational platforms to address the lack of jobs, increasing gap between rich and poor and ongoing despair in our nation, they resort to throwing bibles and the word "liberal" at people instead. Validating the obvious fact that not one of these candidates has what it takes to really fix the country's problems.

Santorum is a petty political joke for trying to play this set of cards. Another loser destined to be little more than a footnote in history.

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.....if that.

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I'll say this. Legitimizing this wacko sure makes good TV. Obama should be praying to face Santorum in the election.

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"Obama, a Christian"

Didn't Obama say in an ABC interview with George Stephanopolous, "my Muslim faith"? Ha ha!

What will the United States be like when Barack Obama leaves the White House in 2016?

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I weep for the future if that ultra religious super conservative gets in the White House.

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What! Obama lose to Santorum in a general election? Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

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Santorum attacks Obama's radical 'world view'

What is that expression about pots and what they call kettles?

Didn't Obama say in an ABC interview with George Stephanopolous, "my Muslim faith"?

No. He didn't.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslimfaith.asp

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Serrano, spoken in the true nature of slanderous political propaganda manner of Santorum. If you cannot find rational political, economic or other tangible reasons to debate Obama's position, then dream up some fantacy to attack him with. Afterall what America needs most are more politicians grounded in illusion rather than reality.

If you really want to change out Obama, then present a rational case why anyone should support you. And leave the name throwing and religious BS out of it.

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Santorum's idea of "freedom" is actually the complete opposite in many cases:

In Santorum's ideal ConservativeWorld, "freedom" means:

Denying women freedom to choose to have an abortion, and potentially save their own lives

Denying children from other cultures the freedom not to have Christianity rammed down their throats

Denying gays and lesbians the right to do what they like in their own bedroom

Denying gays and lesbians the simple right to marry.

No, Santorum's idea of 'freedom' means forcing raped women to have and keep the spawn of sexual violence

Teaching scientifically unsound Christian concepts and prayers in schools

Forcing bigotry and intolerance down people's throats

Oh, Santorum also doesn't appear to understand the separation of church and state in his own country, or that the Founding Fathers were Atheists.

If ignorance and intolerance were Olympic sports, Santorum would need a dump truck to carry all his gold medals.

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"That's what I was talking about-energy: this idea that man is here to serve the Earth, as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the Earth. And I think that is a phony ideal."

"People have a right to do it, but to have the government force people to provide it free just is a bit loaded," he said.

I'm glad to see Santorum is finally stepping up to bat.

Meanwhile, back on the farm:

"I think this (Republican) primary has been a race to the bottom. We have seen nastiness, divisiveness, ugliness, distortions of opponents' records, of the president's records," Gibbs told ABC television.

The words of a person with zero game left.

I'll be glad to see the back of this hypocritical pencil-necked geek.

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And Rick's the same guy who said at the Detroit Economic Club recently:

"There is income equality in America. There always had been and hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be."

Spoken in a city with a whopping 37.6% poverty rate, thanks in no small part to failed GOP policies.

Meanwhile, Jesus clearly called to people to help the poor, and had harsh words for the rich who grow richer while the poor suffer.

As has become par for the course, thinking that a conservative "Christian" like Santorum is a genuine Christian is about as misguided as thinking the GOP has a workable strategy to fix the economy.

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Folks like Santorum are only in the news because there's still people left in America who think it's 'good' to have their country ruled according to anti-scientific Bronze Age rules Ie: folks who couldn't care less and don't know better.

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Funny, there's actually no genuine Chrisitans in this race on the GOP side.

They're all hypocrites.

Sad thing is, it's impossible to be a human and a genuine Chrisitian at the same time

That's why Chrisitians need the Lord's forgiveness so much - to forgive them their sins before they commit the next ones.

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Correction to my 10:30am post - ""There is income INequality in America...."

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How this man is even remotely close to the top of the polls is beyond me. Come on, Republicans. In a nation of 311,591,917 people, you cannot find one single person who is (a) not a nutjob and (b) articulate? No matter how much you may respect his views, you must admit Santorum is simply not, and never will be, electable in a Presidential Election.

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One more thought on Santorum and Christianity. I am shocked how little evidence there is in most of the right wing of any understanding of Christian teaching. Christ said if you have two give one to the guy with nothing. He raised up the poor, forgave the fallen and preached love for everyone.

Now I am not a Christian, but I once was and know the teachings inside out. Nowhere does it say,

Hate everyone who isn't your brand of Christian. Everyone on earth must convert or die. It is ok to let your fellow human beings suffer while you rest in absolute comfort.

So Rick Santorum, I call into question your Christiantiy, because your policies show zero evidence that you read or understood the teachings in any version of the bible. And that is coming from someone who is an agnostic and yet knows the teachings of Christ better than you clearly do.

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sushi,

His entire quote,

"There is income inequality in America. There always has been and hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be. Why? Because people rise to different levels of success based on what they contribute to society and to the marketplace and that's as it should be."

I totally agree with him.

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Sailwind. That is mythology and best and elitist propaganda at the worst. Are you really blind enough to the economic and social realites of America to believe in this?

Think about education. What is the gap between the haves and have nots? Is it the intellectual capacity of the rich to succeed and grow wealthy that makes them better than the poor? No it is access to quality education where fear is not a part of the picture, nor is the daily economic and social hardship that so many endure in America.

Do you think the rare poor kid who does escape poverty to get into college manages to attend the top tier schools where the best educations and networking opportunities exist? Or to be able to leveage daddy and mommy's social and business connections to assure that stellar job?

It is propaganda that we are equal in opportunity. Money sees to it that we are not. Class sees to it that we are not and access sees to it that we are not.

It is time we stopped believing in the mythology of rags to riches, the extremely rare exceltion to the rule and start to look at how to creat real equality of access and opportunity in a country that can be truly free.

Santorum is part of the problem, but fear not, he has a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected.

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correction - extremely rare exception to the rule.

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When Rick drops out of the race I'll be sure to note that it's because God didn't want him to be President.

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...people rise to different levels of success based on what they contribute to society and to the marketplace...

At least he noted the distinction; he's a multi-millionaire, with his millions having come from lobbying. Mitt's wealth is well-known, as is its origin. Whether they have contributed to society as much as, say, a school teacher or a nurse is a matter of opinion.

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Give me one teacher for 1000 Rick Santorums any day.

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SushiSake3

You posts were right on. Especially about the dump truck.

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It is time we stopped believing in the mythology of rags to riches, the extremely rare exceltion to the rule and start to look at how to creat real equality of access and opportunity in a country that can be truly free.

Equality of access and opportunity does not guarantee equality of results. No matter how much one may wish. Equality of results is ultimately worthless and self defeating. Might as well take a Rubik's cube, paint it red on all the squares and then hold it in your hands and rotate. Did all the squares stay red? Congratulations you've equaled the record of the worlds best players.

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Tkoind - "One more thought on Santorum and Christianity. I am shocked how little evidence there is in most of the right wing of any understanding of Christian teaching."

Precisely my point. I keep on finding it's Atheists who tend to be more clued up on the Bible and biblical teachings than Christians, often because, like you and myself, we have been in and left the faith, and left it for a reason.

In fact, I'm willing to bet that many, if not most people are Christians because they don't, in fact, read the Bible.

Tkoind - "Now I am not a Christian, but I once was and know the teachings inside out."

Interestingly, I left the faith because I read the Bible. The Old Testament, in particular, is a shocking testament to the brutality of a 'loving' God.  For example: if we murder, we'd expect to go to prison if we get caught.  God, however, wipes out everything on the planet in the Noah flood, issues the 10 commandments to Noah and his people - one of which says "thou shalt not kill" - before the same god who issued that command continued on a murderous rampage right through the rest of the Old Testament. 

And Christians are supposed to think this incredible double standard is acceptable? Based on ...what?

I doubt the Rick Santorum's of this world are able to offer a coherent explanation for this besides "god works in mysterious ways," which, of course, is standard ChristianSpeak for "I don't have a clue but I'll grant god a green pass anyway because it's in the Bible." - a document of which 2 of the first 4 gospels were "written" by men who couldn't even read let alone write, and in which there is only 1 witness  and supposed biblical scribe (Matthew) who bothered to record that "the Earth shook" when Jesus died.

And yet Christians like Santorum will have us believe  this all actually happened, and not only that, they'll also try to base 21st century economics and social laws and regulations on 1st century laws that existed when camel herders were hip.

A word of advice to all Christians who are supporting or considering supporting Santorum:

Read your Bibles. All of it.

Then think: do you really want its laws implemented in your land?

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Superlib, didn't Bachmann say God wanted her to be president?

I wonder what happened to that?

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"Equality of access and opportunity does not guarantee equality of results."

How many brilliant minds have been wasted because they grew up in poverty and could not escape it? How many cures, new technologies or other benefits has humanity lost because people had to work to eat instead of to study and contribute.

It is utter nonsense to try to pain this picture as a choice between red or blue, precisely the same problem that has left America wallowing in inaction for the last couple decades. You ignore the full spectrum of political and social reality that could and should enable more people to have equal access.

There are two kinds of advocates for a polarized system such as we have, those who stand to lose if it changes and those afraid of it changing.

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 It's getting pretty tiring to see so-called "Christian" leaders cherry pick Bible verses to affirm their distorted worldview. 

Most people who cling to the bible as some divine authority do so because the world is growing more complex and it scares them. 

The christian worldview has failed to evolve and is growing obsolete. 

It's time to embrace reason, tolerance and peace as our guiding principals and cast bigotry like Santorum's aside.

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Why do you Americans have to make such a big deal of religion in elections? It's asinine.

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Sarcasm, Americans make a big deal about religion because America was founded by Atheist Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine in the Constitution the separation of church and state.. - hey, hang on.......?

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SushiSake3. LOL!! Nice.

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Sarcasm321. Because religion is more fun for the peanut gallery to go on about than real issues.

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Come on, Republicans. In a nation of 311,591,917 people, you cannot find one single person who is (a) not a nutjob and (b) articulate?

Dude, those guys are all waiting for 2016.

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It's getting pretty tiring to see so-called "Christian" leaders cherry pick Bible verses to affirm their distorted worldview.

Agreed, I wish President Obama would stop doing it.

And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-prayer-breakfast-obama-says-christian-faith-guides-his-policies/2012/02/02/gIQAzNyakQ_story.html

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Sailwind - GW Bush went to best of schools his whole life and as a result of his family ties later went on to become President. I doubt that anyone will argue with me that he is a blubbering idiot. It was his family's access and his family's connections that presented the opportunities he had. Oh and how he got to avoid serving in Vietnam by staying cozy back stateside with the Air National Guard. If he wasn't a "Bush" he would have likely been in the swamps of SE Asia with an M-16 and a drug problem. Since he is a "Bush" he still had a drug problem but ended up being the most powerful man in the free world. I guess he did get to fight in a couple of wars but from the absolute safety of a room in the shape of an oval.

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While other young men (and women) from families with no such connections or access to better educations shed their blood in his stead. Again.

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While other young men (and women) from families with no such connections or access to better educations shed their blood in his stead. Again.

All this talk about the poor not being able to make it in America. I believe that they have a much better chance of making it than in a place like Japan. Sure the crime rate is lower than in America, but let's face it, if you didn't go to the right kindergarten and to the right, schools, your chances of success are slimmer than in America.

I can only speak for my family. Looking back at where they started from (great grandfather couldn't read or write, but able to own land he bought while share cropping) and the successive generattions after him which led to me (only 2) I think you can still make it in America if you try. What people seem to get caught up in is the beliefe that to have "made it" you must be working on Wall Street living in some Tony part of New York or LA. There are many people who have made it who started off poor, and with some right connections and hard work made it.

Why do you Americans have to make such a big deal of religion in elections? It's asinine

Maybe so, but try to run in Egypt on a secular ticket, see how far that will get you.

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“I think this (Republican) primary… has been a race to the bottom. We have seen nastiness, divisiveness, ugliness, distortions of opponents’ records, of the president’s records,” Gibbs told ABC television.

Funny for Gibbs to say that since the majority of the debates have been on networks that favored Obama in the last election, and the MC's of those debates were prettymuch framing the questions so that those types of issues would come out, vice asking them what's wrong with Obama.

In a way it is good though. It may be ugly but at least we are getting somewhat of a vetting of the candidates. I hope that whoever is selected on the GOP side, after all of the debates they will not do something as dumb as selecting a Palin type to be on their ticket. This close scrutiny should help to prevent that.

I understand the Dems want to present a united front, but the question should be asked to Gibbs is does he really thing all Dems really want another term for Obama. People I know who voted for him last election will not vote this time. I would say that they Dems need to at least act like they have the interest of their party and go through and try to have someone run against Obama, and not just crown him the nominee by fiat.

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Sailwind - GW Bush went to best of schools his whole life and as a result of his family ties later went on to become President.

President Obama went to the best schools also without family ties and went on to become President. President Clinton also went to the best schools including Oxford in the U.K. and he also grew up in very modest circumstances. America does afford the opportunity for those that are do not suffer from a poverty of ambition and come from poor and modest circumstances. If an individual has the intelligence and desire and drive to go as far as their God given talent will take them in pursuing higher education they can achieve it. President Obama is living proof of that.

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Ayatolleh Sanctorum is one scary dude.

Prenatal testing can prevent some birth defects and yes, it can give a family the right to end a pregnancy that will surely result in a tragic life of pain and misery not just for the child, but the entire family and places a huge societal burden as well, which once born, the GOP seem quite happy not to give a crap about.

Santorum doesn't want welfare programs to support children, but he does want to bring seriously disabled children into the world?

Complete contradict­ion from a total nutter.

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At least he noted the distinction; he's a multi-millionaire, with his millions having come from lobbying. Mitt's wealth is well-known, as is its origin.

On that note, did you see the disclosure of Santorum's tax records? They made a point about it before one of the primaries, and he said he couldn't hit the "print button" right away due to a sudden illness with his daughter. His annual adjusted gross income surged from nearly $660,000 in 2007 to $1.1 million in 2009 before slipping to $923,000 in 2010. I have no problems with that living the American dream.

But he goes on spouting his Christian values, yet he is lacking in his giving. Where Romney gave a lot to charity and his church, Santorum only gave about $4,000. This was not cash but in old clothing and goods that they probably went through the house to get rid of. So while Mr. "I'm a staunch Christian fighting for values" says one thing, his actions say another.

All in all, you may not like him but at least Romney practices what he preaches.

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Romney's donation to charities was very impressive.

And he decided to give a lot to his church, which just happens to be the Mormon church.

Nothing wrong with that - Christians give to their churches all the time.

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In the Bible (or in all of history, for that matter), there's not one instance where access to birth control has killed more humans than those proclaimin­g to fight in the name of religion.

The Bible says beware of false prophets.

Hello Rick.

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Right, Alphaape - the man is comparatively poor. Google Santorum's income and you'll find this : "Santorum's 2010 tax returns show he made more than $550,000 in media and consulting fees — paid to him through a corporation he set up, Excelsior LLC." What, I wondered, did he do to earn those hundreds of thousands every year?

Interestingly, the most detailed list I found in my (admittedly hurried) search came from the GOPUSA site:

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2012/02/16/santorum-releases-tax-returns/

After his Senate defeat, Santorum did not register as a lobbyist, but he aided corporate and other interests as a consultant. He was paid $142,500 by Consol Energy, a Pennsylvania-based energy firm with numerous Appalachian coal mines. The firm has lobbied against Obama administration efforts to tighten limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

Santorum also was paid $65,000 by the American Continental Group, a D.C. lobbying firm with an assortment of corporate clients, and $125,000 by the Clapham Group, a Virginia firm that aids religious rights organizations. He benefited from media work, earning $230,000 for appearances on Fox News and more than $80,000 for stints as a radio commentator.

Santorum was also paid nearly $400,000 in compensation and stock options as a board director at Universal Health Services, a hospital management firm, after he left the Senate in 2006. He also owns up to $250,000 in Universal stock. As a senator, Santorum had sponsored several unsuccessful bills that would have secured more Medicaid funding for hospitals run by Universal and other medical firms in Puerto Rico.

Good work if you can get it: businesses will pay politicians between posts well, and you can bet it's not because of his expertise in health management. It's not that I blame him for sucking on that teat - the guy's only human, after all. He just pretends to be divine.

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He's got the raving nutter vote and a PR machine. This looks to be all America can manage

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Right, Alphaape - the man is comparatively poor.

@ Laguna: Yes he is compared to Romney, and I don't expect him to give as much as Romney. What I see with Santorum is that he is going around flying the Christian banner, and yet if we take him at his words, he isn't even tithing his 10%. He just gave out some old clothes and stuff you pull out of your closet during spring cleaning and calls it his donation.

His "aw shucks" attitude he is trying to bring to the race is really a farce. Trying to be something he is not is what we have now. I don't particularly agree with everything Romney believes, but at least with him, I kind of get the idea of where he is coming from. Not so much some social issue "suck up" as Santorum.

Don't get me wrong, I do believe that we need to address what could be considered moral lapses in our society. Whether you are a Christian, Hindu,or whatever, there still is a line that is drawn between what is moral and what is not. We have those issues to address. But I would rather hear it from someone like a Romney, who has practiced more than he preaches about issues than some guy trying to "like" his way to the nomination.

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"When Rick drops out of the race I'll be sure to note that it's because God didn't want him to be President."

Heh, I love it when" God" steams into the race. Will he be attacking fellow Repub also for his "radical" mormonism?

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@ Laguna: Yes he is compared to Romney, and I don't expect him to give as much as Romney. What I see with Santorum is that he is going around flying the Christian banner, and yet if we take him at his words, he isn't even tithing his 10%. He just gave out some old clothes and stuff you pull out of your closet during spring cleaning and calls it his donation.

Not exactly,

In 2008, Santorum reported an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $659,637, as per his tax returns. His deduction under the charity head is $13,383 for the year, which is just 2.2 percent of his AGI. In 2008, he paid $21,990 to charity on his AGI of $945,100, at the rate of 2.33 percent. For the year 2009, Santorum’s returns show that he has paid $29,822 to charity while his AGI is more than $1 million (1,116,736). That translates in to 2.67 percent of AGI to charity.

It's not at Romney's level but over 63,000 dollars the past three years is also nothing to sneeze at either. This is on top of his raising a family of seven children, saving for their college education and with one daughter who is a special needs child. Charity really does begin at home after all.

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Apologies,

The information didn't print properly.

In 2008 he donated 13,383 dollars to charity. In 2009 he donated 21,990 dollars and in 2010 it was 29,822 dollars. According to his tax returns.

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Can't say I would vote for a big gov't repub like Santorum but I don't worry too much about the guy. It's not his pastor who was shrieking "G*d damn America" from the pulpit of a church that advocates supremacy and segregation.

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I'm voting for sushisake3 for Prez and tkoind2 for Veep. Far more sense that the candidates. Oh wait, I'm not American or Christian, guess I'm not eligible.

Santorum doesn't want welfare programs to support children, but he does want to bring seriously disabled children into the world?

-yes, his youngest child is seriously disabled but as he and the Mrs don't practice what they don't preach, she got pregnant in her 40s and they have a child who does not have a great life or a great life expectancy.

This is on top of his raising a family of seven children, saving for their college education and with one daughter who is a special needs child. Charity really does begin at home after all.

so does contraception, see above point. And going back to stewardship of the earth, the planet can hardly support us having 1 or 2 kids each, never mind seven. Totally irresponsible.
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"GW Bush went to best of schools his whole life and as a result of his family ties later went on to become President. I doubt that anyone will argue with me that he is a blubbering idiot. It was his family's access and his family's connections that presented the opportunities he had. Oh and how he got to avoid serving in Vietnam by staying cozy back stateside with the Air National Guard. If he wasn't a "Bush" he would have likely been in the swamps of SE Asia with an M-16 and a drug problem. Since he is a "Bush" he still had a drug problem but ended up being the most powerful man in the free world. I guess he did get to fight in a couple of wars but from the absolute safety of a room in the shape of an oval

. What does Bush have to do with Santorum's criticism of Obama?

I think the Left want Jeb Bush to be the repub candidate at this point. Bush hatred obviously brought so many of them together, in ways even Obama can't quite replicate.

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An evangelical should not be accusing anyone of being radical. They've got their own house to get in order. Attacking someone's faith is pretty low. I expected better of Santorum. But when it comes to Obama, the republicans have no conscience. They will stoop to the lowest degree possible, if they think it will hurt Obama. They are really horrible people and many of them (I'm looking at you Mitch McConnell) have no business representing anyone.

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so does contraception, see above point. And going back to stewardship of the earth, the planet can hardly support us having 1 or 2 kids each, never mind seven. Totally irresponsible.

I tend to think his third through 7th offspring would disagree with you and are pretty glad that his parents didn't use contraception after their first two were born.

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One should thank the Republicans for taking what should be an academic exercise and making it real: the conflict between a true-believer and a stock politician in a time of inner-party turmoil.

Santorum won't walk back his statements not because he can't but because he truly believes in them. While Romney might allude to similar issues with a wink and an ability to "clarify" more egregious aspects, Santorum doubles down - on all of the dog whistles: Obama's "theology" and "world view" mark his inescapable, non-American, potentially Islamic otherness; government involvement in education is the abandonment of your child to multicultural Godless relativism; concern with climate change is surrender to UN-inspired global bureaucratic tyranny; the very conveniences and rights that have liberated women are the same as those have corrupted society and have brought women down. The list goes on, with each item striking a symphonic chord inseparable from another amongst a certain segment of the population. Santorum is a most unlikely of viable Republican candidates precisely because he lives and breathes the fears of what these people see has been lost or is threatened at this stage of American historical evolution.

Romney stands not a chance with this segment; trying to woo them will only anger them further while further alienating swing voters. His only hope is that the pragmatic wing of the party will prevail, and that may well turn out to be the case, but it must be a terrible thing to realize the fate of one's campaign has drifted out of one's ability to influence it.

Michigan is up for grabs. Super Tuesday is a free-for-all. One can imagine the panic in certain quarters - this is not the Clinton/Obama fight, where either would have served just as well. All I can say is, thanks for the entertainment, academic though it will certainly turn out to be!

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16 trillion in debt, oil just shot over $105/barrel. Iran rattling the sabre. Fast and Furious ignored by t he Lapdog Media. Cuz what we really we need is to talk about loser ex-senator from Pennsylvania.

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"When Rick drops out of the race, I'll be sure to note that it's because God didn't want him to be President"

Why? Did Santorum say God wants him to be the president?

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If I was American and wanted my country to move proudly and forcefully back to the 17th century, you can betcha Rick Santorum'd be my man!

But if I had a handful more braincells than Rick has kids, I'd see him for what he really is: an ignorant, regressive bigot who sows ignorance and baseless religious claptrap almost as expertly as the GOP, and divorce him faster than Newt did his first 2 wives.

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Sushi - Ready for a difficult question? Who do you hate more, George W. Bush or Rick Santorum?

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I'd see him for what he really is: an ignorant, regressive bigot who sows ignorance and baseless religious claptrap

Sushi,

Just something I'm pretty sure you haven't seen;

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is back in the limelight after sweeping Tuesday’s GOP primaries and caucuses in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. Most voters are aware of Santorum’s abysmal record on LGBT-related issues. He was a leading supporter of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and even declared that overturning the nation’s sodomy laws would mean Americans had the right to “bigamy, polygamy and incest.”

But what many don’t remember is that one of Santorum’s top aides and closest advisers in the Senate was an openly gay man, Robert Traynham.

Below is a story the Blade published in July 2005 on Santorum and Traynham.

Santorum defends outed gay staffer

Anti-gay senator calls aide ‘a trusted friend and confidante’

Mr. Traynham also happens to be an American of African heritage for your information.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/02/08/santorums-trusted-gay-friend-and-confidante/

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Though Santorum is a loose canon, he's spot on concerning Obama's religious groundings.

Obama's "theology" is - and always has been - Black Liberation Theology: one of hate and racism. It was the religion into which he was married in and his daughters were baptized into.

BLT, as practiced by Obama and "Rev." Wright, is anti-American, anti-white, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel.

The Bible says that you're not known by what you say you are but by your deeds.

Obama claims to be a "Christian". He's as much a liar about that as just about everything else he has said.

RR

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Obama's "theology" is - and always has been - Black Liberation Theology: one of hate and racism. It was the religion into which he was married in and his daughters were baptized into.

Now JT posters are able to peer into the souls of others! Oh, the magical things Santorum is capable of unleashing!

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RomeoR - "Obama's "theology" is - and always has been - Black Liberation Theology: one of hate and racism. It was the religion into which he was married in and his daughters were baptized into."

The sheer desperation of a poster who knows the corrupt party and "values" he clings to is going to be toast this November.

RomeoR continues ...."BLT, as practiced by Obama and "Rev." Wright, is anti-American, anti-white, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel."

That must be why Obama and his team have put forward one bill after another to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure, make America a world leader in sustainable energy, support the poor and underprivileged (you know, what real Christians are supposed to do), and reach out to countries, peoples and leaders who were insulted, attacked and disenfranchised by the bush GOP regime Romeo adored.

Every step of which Romeo's GOP has tried to block.

RomeoR - "The Bible says that you're not known by what you say you are but by your deeds."

Precisely, which is exactly why Obama is far, far more "Christian" than any of the false prophets currently representing the GOP. That includes Santorum, who is judgmental, repressive, bigoted, and has has no interest in helping the poor - completely UN-Christian.

Hey Romeo, thanks for helping all of us here on JT see clearly how un-Christlike Rick Santorum actually is.

Appreciated. :-)

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Ironically, it's only those who don't understand what a Christian really is who think Santorum is in any way.a 'Christian.

Pretty damning stuff.

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Nothing wrong with being a Christian, which means to be Christ like. Christ himself makes a lot of really good points about life and how to live. However many people think they should be God. Which is impossible because who can understand the reasoning of any God.

Christ like, if they don't want you message dust your shoes and leave. Deal with your own problems before pointing your finger at others. He was born with it not something his parents did. All good messages from Christ. In no where did you see him say repress people because you are better than them. Christians need to be careful of how they veiw the world. For God might say, I know you not!

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@suashi, Superlib, didn't Bachmann say God wanted her to be president?

I wonder what happened to that? ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Like most " mainstream" republican,god is still undecided

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That includes Santorum, who is judgmental, repressive, bigoted, and has has no interest in helping the poor

WASHINGTON -- At a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum laid out his simple two-point plan for eradicating poverty in America.

"Do you know if you do two things in your life -- if you do two things in your life, you're guaranteed never to be in poverty in this country? What two things, that if you do, will guarantee that you will not be in poverty in America?" he asked the crowd.

"Number one, graduate from high school. Number two, get married. Before you have children," he said.

Repressive, bigoted and shoving his values on others not to mentioned just plain simpleminded.......Too bad he's actually got the facts that back him up though.

A 2009 study by the Brookings Institution did find that Americans who finished high school, acquired a full-time job and waited until age 21 to get married before having children were much less likely to end up in poverty. In fact, "young adults who followed all three norms had a 2 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 74 percent chance of winding up in the middle class (defined as earning roughly $50,000 or more). By contrast, young adults who violated all three norms had a 76 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 7 percent chance of winding up in the middle class."

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Number one, graduate from high school.

He would have more honestly said, "Number one, get a GED." He has after all called government funding of education an "anachronism" and extolled the virtues of home schooling.

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He has after all called government funding of education an "anachronism" and extolled the virtues of home schooling.

Laguna, the context of his remarks;

“Where did they come up that public education and bigger education bureaucracies was the rule in America?” he said. “Parents educated their children, because it’s their responsibility to educate their children.”

“Yes the government can help,” Mr. Santorum added. “But the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly — much less that the state government should be running schools — is anachronistic. It goes back to the time of industrialization of America when people came off the farms where they did home-school or have the little neighborhood school, and into these big factories, so we built equal factories called public schools. And while those factories as we all know in Ohio and Pennsylvania have fundamentally changed, the factory school has not.”

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President Obama is absolutely a radical, steeped in the radical ethos of the 1960's. He is a social justice extremist that does not respect the rights of individuals. He is more interested in the rights of those groups that make up his political base. He was greatly influenced by his socialist parents. He has surrounded himself with like minded socialists throughout his community activist days and political career. He hates Western culture, capitalism and free markets, the idea of equality for all individuals, and religious freedom. He promotes the idea of social justice for groups of people at the expense of individual dignity, he seeks to micro-manage the affaires of business people and the use of their property, and has a propensity to borrow so much money that the nation he leads is now headed towards a soveriegn debt crisis. Now more than ever it is clear that America cannot afford it's social welfare programs yet he refuses to seek structural reforms. America is committing national suicide and he just sits on his imperial throne and watches the national train wreck from on high. Yeah - Obama is radical. That's an easy call.

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Santorum is a moron and for wanting to have clean environment is a radical?

LOL! I learned not to take anything this guy seriously when he singled out blacks as being the majority in welfare when it is really whites who are the majority!

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396428/santorums-racist-welfare-rant/?mobile=nc

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Federal government can run public schools because they are funded through taxes!

If parents want total control with what their children's learning experiences, then they should either homeschool them or go to a private school!

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