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Newt and Santorum are not the Solution to Big Government

I find the inimical actions of the so called Tea Party and small government conservatives still amazes me, harmful if their ultimate goal is shrinking the size and scope of the federal government. We’re watching them pick big government Republican after big government Republican and vault them to the top of the polls. Now this person is Rick Santorum who is about to feel the heat of being a front runner.

We are only now just seeing the media and rival attack Santorum for his stand on abortion, his many left leaning votes in congress, and his support of the liberal Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004. Toomey is a Tea Party favorite that was finally elected in 2010 wave that came to Washington. When the other campaigns starts to air Santorum’s political dirty laundry I suspect he will end up in the same spot Newt ended up in, they both have such long records of big government actions and ties to lobbyist.

The attacks on Santorum have already started, over at New Max you can see the list laid out that included “his million-dollar-plus 2010 income included payments from a lobbying firm, an energy company engaged in controversial “hydrofracking,” and a hospital conglomerate that was sued for allegedly defrauding the federal government.”

The thing that worries me the most about Santorum is his habit to spend the tax payer’s money. We already know how he is known as a big spender when it comes to earmarks and raising the debt ceiling so the government can spend more; what about pork-barrel projects like the famous Bridge to Nowhere, a tea pot museum in North Carolina, and an indoor rainforest in my home state of Iowa. How could anybody who calls themselves conservative support such a thing, unless if fact being a fiscal conservative is something that is handy when the campaigns start.  

Santorum had an answer to these charges though, he told Good Morning America “Congress appropriates money,” and “That is what Congress is supposed to do.” In one sense he is correct, but on another he is now telling us that what Nancy Pelosi and the 110 Congress were supposed to spend all that money, and Obama should have never stopped them because it was the Congresses job to decide whether to spend money or not.

Now isn’t that the problem with Big Government Republicans, that they are not so adverse to spending money, they are just against Democrats spending money. This country is in trouble, and we have to get out of the habit to spending money we do not have.  Does anybody think that if George W. Bush was to become president again that we would see a drastic reduction in the size and scope of the federal government? If you do, then I have a bridge to nowhere for sale.

I know many people who have started to throw their support behind Santorum because they feel he is in the only one left to beat Mitt Romney, but I would argue that with friends like these who needs enemies.  How many people think that sending the same people back to Washington that got us into this mess changes anything; it does not, if fact it may make it worse because our credibility as conservatives becomes undermined more each and every time we tell the country that this time is different and it does not happen.

I suspect that Rick Santorum will wither under the same scrutiny that Newt got.

How long did it take for the ads to take Newt down in Iowa?  What do people really think is going to happen when the Democrats hit him?  Republicans are more inclined to forgive Newt and even they felt the baggage was just too much.  Why should we believe anything else is going to happen against Romney, and why should we believe that the middle of this country is going to act with a more favorable reaction to learning about Newts baggage. Newt made million as a Washington insider power player, can you honestly say you feel he would have made the same money without the ties to his former colleagues who are still elected officials; once again I got a bridge for sale if you do.

Rick Perry may have had a rough start, but if we win with him, we really win, and there is no doubt what kind of president he is likely to make. Look at the state of Texas, and that is probably it. What is going to be more affective telling the country that president Obama and his big government push is ruining the nation coming from a guy who has once supported a healthcare mandate and big government reforms, or a guy who has the experience governing a state that has shown conservatism works, and created half the jobs the president is claiming to have created and saved. No one can argue Rick Perry is more of the same big government Republican we are used to: part-time congress to force them to live under the laws we do, cut their pay in half and no life time terms for judges.

 I would rather throw the ball deep and go for the win, than run the ball inches and secure the tie. Saving this country is not a game though, we will need to try something new, and Rick Perry is offering just that, and he has got the record to prove it can be done. Nobody but the politico’s are going to remember the mistakes made at the start of the primary season if the economy is bad enough to still beat Obama at the start of the general election, but Rick Santorum’s and Newt Gingrich’s record will still be the same.