Posts tagged Rick Santorum
Posts tagged Rick Santorum
And so it goes. Get big government out of medicine.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder on Tuesday that she shouldn’t have a problem paying $1 million a year for drugs because Apple’s iPad can cost around $900.
Speaking to more than 400 people at Woodland Park, Colorado, the former Pennsylvania senator said that demand should set prices for drugs.
“People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” the candidate explained. “But paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.”
The mother replied that she could not afford her son’s medication, Abilify, which can cost as much as $1 million a year without health insurance.
“Look, I want your son and everybody to have the opportunity to stay alive on much-needed drugs,” Santorum insisted. “But the bottom line is, we have to give companies the incentive to make those drugs. And if they don’t have the incentive to make those drugs, your son won’t be alive and lots of other people in this country won’t be alive.”
“He’s alive today because drug companies provide care,” the candidate continued. “And if they didn’t think they could make money providing that drug, that drug wouldn’t be here. I sympathize with these compassionate cases. … I want your son to stay alive on much-needed drugs. Fact is, we need companies to have incentives to make drugs. If they don’t have incentives, they won’t make those drugs. We either believe in markets or we don’t.”
And I actually prayed for his sick daughter to get better…and then he does some crazy mess like this…by telling a woman whose child has a rare genetic disorder like his own?
He’s not just certifiable; he’s intractably, inflexibly certifiable. WWIII anyone? No problem. Elect Rick Santorum.
Rick Santorum says it’s “wonderful” if nuclear scientists in Iran die, and we can definitely assassinate them because — get this — we’ve assassinated people before.
Such flawless legal logic!
Such an adherence to Christian values!
Such consistent support for life!
This guy is certifiable.
LGBTQ* Politics and Political Cartoons
Urban Legends - Rick Santorum’s (Lacking) Gay Friends
Rick Santorum’s first stop in the Sunshine State today is the church of a Bush-connected gay-bashing, Islamophobic pastor. The Rev. O’Neal Dozier’s greatest hits include:
- Homosexuality is “something so nasty and disgusting that it makes God want to vomit.”
- “The tea party is a godly ordained party…God would never ordain a government to take from the rich to give to the poor, you see, so therefore God is not a socialist. God is not a Robin Hood.”
- “God is 100 percent for capital punishment. Oh, yeah, God knew some were going to slip through, a few innocent ones. He knew that. But you cannot have a society without capital punishment.”
- Oh, also, “Lord Jesus” told him that “Charlie Crist will be the next governor of the state of Florida.”
How’d Santorum find this guy?
8:09 PM – Today
WASHINGTON — As Newt Gingrich surged to a surprise victory in the South Carolina GOP primary, one particularly crucial voter category showed itself once again to be a major problem for erstwhile frontrunner Mitt Romney: the working class.
According to exit polling data from CBS News, voters who took in less than $50,000 in total family income last year broke overwhelmingly for Gingrich, 38 percent to Romney’s 25 percent. Voters from families earning more than $100,000 annually still went for Gingrich, but at a much slimmer margin, 37 percent to 35. And among voters with no more than a high school education, the former House speaker trounced the former Massachusetts governor, 46 percent to 22.
Overall, the numbers suggest that Romney still hasn’t managed to shake his image as a wealthy Northeasterner who’s out of touch with the struggles of ordinary people on ordinary incomes.
What’s harder to tell is whether many of those voters in the Palmetto State were swayed by attacks from Gingrich and others on Romney’s business past. Romney’s tenure at venture capital firm Bain Capital became a major campaign issue in the past two weeks; in a strange twist, Republican candidates were bashing Romney for his business success, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry going so far as to call him a “vulture capitalist” before dropping out of the race.
Romney didn’t exactly earn working class bona fides by waffling on whether or not to release his tax returns. Although he’s disclosed that his income tax rate is probably around 15 percent since he makes most of his money off investments, Romney still has not committed to disclosing his tax returns even if he’s elected president, most likely because the discrepancy between his tax rate and that of many ordinary Americans could be quite large. At the debate on Thursday night, Romney was asked once again about the tax issue by moderator John King; he dodged the question awkwardly, prompting boos from the audience.
South Carolina isn’t the first state where Romney has struggled with voters of moderate means. As BuzzFeed has pointed out, Romney was largely carried by wealthier voters in Iowa, winning all of the income categories above $30,000, and taking a plurality of voters who earn more than $200,000 a year.
This is, of course, a fictitious interview, political satire to the extreme. But ask yourself this: If journalists interviewing political candidates were free to ask whatever they wished and the candidates themselves were free to express their beliefs honestly and fully, just how far from the actual truth would this interview be? Were Santorum to actually become our next President the only logical thing to do would be to change the name of our country to the United Puritanical States of America. How does that prospect strike you?
A must read….
Lew Rockwell and Brian Wilson discuss the contrasting political views of Rick Santorum (neocon fascist) and Ron Paul (libertarian).
Watch this please. Just watch it. And realize, among other things, that a vote for Rick Santorum would be a vote for war with Iran, essentially a vote for WWIII. That’s not what you really want, is it?
Phil Donahue on Ron Paul & Foreign Policy (by RonPaul2008dotcom)