Day: January 2, 2012

Santorum tells Iowans: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better’ | The Raw Story

One might ask: “WTF”?  However, if you stop to think that Iowa is 91% white and that Santorum is targeting the Evangelicals and anyone else he can get to vote for him, his statement is not that shocking inside Iowa.

Santorum is obviously guilty of taking a page from Newt Gingrich’s talking points.

The Raw Story

Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all.

After suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: ”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money.”

“I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn their money and provide for themselves and their families,” he added. “The best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling.”

One thing he likely overlooked: white Americans account for the largest percentage of welfare payments each month, mostly because they make up the largest sector of the population.

Welfare is defined by the government as benefits funded by tax dollars, meaning that programs like Social Security, food stamps, veterans benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment and corporate bailouts all fall under that term.

What Santorum seemed to focus on, as many conservatives do, is that black people are disproportionately represented in welfare statistics, along with Latinos, as both populations have much higher rates of poverty than whites.

According to the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center, 27.4 percent of blacks and 26.6 percent of Hispanics were living in poverty in 2010, compared to 9.9 percent of whites. Unemployment statistics between the racial demographics are similarly skewed.

Despite the factually flawed nature of Santorum’s pitch on Monday, the underlying logic of his pitch is abundantly clear: census data shows that over 91 percent of Iowans are white, a community Santorum must desperately appeal to if he wants a win in Tuesday’s caucuses.

This video is from  CBS News, broadcast Monday, January 2, 2012.

Mitt Romney: Obama Campaign Promises As Good As Kardashian Wedding Vows

That’s a pretty low blow, even for Mitt Romney, the “out of touch with the middle class” candidate…

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney made an unusual dig at President Obama on Sunday, comparing him to Kim Kardashian.

“I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama, going through Iowa making promises,” he said. “I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of til death do we part.”

Romney’s comments came at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The GOP candidate has recently doubled down on courting Iowa voters in a last minute push to win the January 3rd caucus.

The Kardashian reference is one of a few recent attempts for Romney exhibit cultural awareness. The candidate, who is generally known for his lack of pop culture savvy, made a reference to I Love Lucy last week and in May, claimed that his favorite book is Twilight. In 2008, he famously took heatafter randomly quoting the song “Who let the dogs out?”

This isn’t the first time Romney has compared Obama to a famous female, either. He likened the president to deposed French queen Maria Antoinette on Friday.

Romney’s efforts seem to be paying off– a recent Des Moines Register poll showed him in the lead.

Rick Santorum With David Gregory: Either Completely Delusional Or An Epic Liar – Or Both

Definitely both.  Santorum rewrites history to fit his agenda…

Addicting Info

There are a couple of bits of news in this one David Gregory/Rick Santorum segment.  The first is that – finally – we see a bit of a pushback from Gregory. (That, in itself, is news.)

The second is that Rick Santorum has revealed himself as either a delusional crazy person who has been on another planet for the past 3+ years, or as a liar the likes of which we haven’t seen since Sarah Palin.

I report, you decide . . .

David Gregory: Do you fault Republican leaders in congress for not doing more to make government work better . . . ?

Santorum:  You have to have someone you can work with, and this President has done more to divide than any other President that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. This President goes out and gives speech after speech after speech trying to divide America, between class, between income group, between racial and ethnic groups, this is the great Divider-in-Chief.   And it’s very difficult when you’re being lampooned by the President on a regular basis, not just a party but individually, and the President – who I don’t believe has met with Boehner or any of the Republican leadership in now six months – hard to compromise and work with someone who won’t meet with you, who won’t sit down and try to negotiate things and try to talk, so I’m not surprised at all that Republicans are having a difficult time with someone who has no interest . . .

[Backtracking, after a push-back from Gregory about meetings around the debt ceiling]

Well, if you look at it, the last time he’s had meetings – I know it’s been several months, and I know that President Bush when I was there and President Reagan routinely met on a regular basis with the other side and developed relationships. You know, this is about trust, you don’t build trust by going up and running around the country beating up on your opponent . . . Republicans are right to stand and fight on this.

Yes, folks, this was a jaw-dropping moment.  Rick Santorum is moving toward lunacy faster than a hyper velocity star.

Newt Says There’s Insufficient Evidence For Climate Change, Citing His Expertise As An Amateur Paleontologist

He’s a historian, a philanderer, ethically challenged, author of three dozen books and now a paleontologist?   Now, now, Newt.  Your plate seems dangerously full to be the POTUS.

Think Progress

 At a town hall in Atlantic, Iowa, Saturday afternoon, Gingrich gave an unusual reason for his present denial of man-made global warming.

I’m an amateur paleontologist,” Gingrich said. “I spend a lot of time looking at the Earth’s temperature for a very long time. I’m a lot harder to convince than just looking at a computer model.”

Professional paleontologists, who have spent a lot more time than Gingrich looking at the Earth’s temperature, are convinced. “Few credible scientists now doubt that humans have influenced the documented rise in global temperatures since the Industrial Revolution,” the American Quaternary Society wrote in 2006.

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