Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn┬'t the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.
Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: The former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.
┬"You win by giving people a choice,┬" Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. ┬"You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who┬'s just going to be a little different than the person in there.┬"
Santorum added: ┬"If they┬'re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.┬"
Santorum was referencing Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom┬'s comment Wednesday that ┬"everything changes┬" for the fall campaign. ┬"It┬'s almost like an Etch A Sketch,┬" he said on CNN. ┬"You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.┬"
The remark reignited criticism of Romney as the type of politician who will say or do anything to win.
Romney, who made no public appearances Thursday, issued a statement expressing disappointment ┬"that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.┬"
┬"This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America,┬" he said. ┬"Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.┬"
Such a mandate was, of course, a significant infringement on individual choice and liberty. As the Congressional Budget Office noted, the mandate was "unprecedented," and represented the first time that a state has required that an individual, simply because they live in a state and for no other reason, must purchase a specific government- designated product.
It was also a failure.
When the bill was signed, Governor Romney, the media, state lawmakers, and health care reform advocates hailed the mandate as achieving universal coverage. "All Massachusetts citizens will have health insurance. It┬'s a goal Democrats and Republicans share, and it has been achieved by a bipartisan effort," Romney wrote.
Mitt Romney has gone to great lengths to distance his Massachusetts health plan from the federal law, even giving a PowerPoint presentation to emphasize the differences. But the truth is that there are an awful lot of similarities between the plan he signed in Massachusetts in 2006, often called "RomneyCare," and the one that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, dubbed "ObamaCare."
Both leave in place the major insurance systems: employer-provided insurance, Medicare for seniors and Medicaid for the poor. They seek to reduce the number of uninsured by expanding Medicaid and by offering tax breaks to help moderate income people buy insurance. People are required to buy insurance or pay a penalty, a mechanism called the "individual mandate." And companies that don't offer insurance have to pay fines, with exceptions for small business and a few other cases.
On many significant issues, Obama and Romney are on the same side. In the case of health care and global warming, they even share the same staff.
That said, not even I think that Romney would be worse than 4 more years of Obama. I think Mitt will hurt America and the Republican party -- like having our own Carter. But Obama is worse than Carter.
the truth is that there are an awful lot of similarities between the plan he signed in Massachusetts in 2006, often called "RomneyCare," and the one that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, dubbed "ObamaCare."
Invalid comparison. States get to do things the Feds don't get to do.
"I think Mitt will hurt America and the Republican party"
I agree, but 1-party rule hurts our country more. The best realistic election outcome (at this point) I can think of is a truly Conservative congress and a go-with-the-flow status quo RINO as president.
The less power concentrated in Washington the better. As you might guess, I'm no republican but liberal democrats are forever dead to me.
Santorum is a dim bulb. But posters would do well to examine BHO strengths. 1. his infrastructure spending had bi-partisan support and he can show some material success from same. 2. Bloomberg NW reports successful institutionalization of obamacare (at least to a point). 3. Frumforum reveals general GOP support for Fed spending: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/23/guess-who-doesn-t-want-to-cut-government-republicans.html
4. wind-down in Iraq and Afghanistan has GOP support.
5. The Economist recently graphed proof that the economy is improving.
6. the October 2008 depression event was the direct result of Bush-Rove baloon financial governance. BHO can comfortably point to an inherited fiscal calamity, propped by the $3 trillion in defict increase caused by the political tax-cuts of GWB's first term. Do people here still admire that dypso?
Yah, BHO is weak on domestic policy. But, given that for the first time a majority (including millions of libertarian ideologues) of Americans support gay-marriage, Santorum's right wing agenda might deliver little more than marginalization.
Disagree if you want, but do you detect any desperation on the part of BHO? Could be he thinks the GOP could discredit the party to another second place finish. I wouldn't gloat about the President - son of a muslim spouse and child abandoner - being on the ropes. I believe GOP division and over-moralism is anything but an asset. Go Romney!!!
Desperstion is rampant. How much does Red China owe the great USA? Oh, forgot. It's the USA who is in debt to the Red Chinese for generations to come. People heading to Mexico for reasonanly priced gas. Obama's new legions of IRS agents are starting to audit anything that moves for a buck and recently started refusing to recognize legal deductions here and there on 1040 Schedule A. One insurance agent is still waiting for his 2010 refund. The stinch of socialism is starting to perculate up and anyone who opposes strong or lite socialists Obama/Mitt are demonised and put down by just about everyone. What is coming down the pipe is what you deserve.
Posted by: George Ebbeamp4828 ||
1. Obama's infrastructure spending was horribly inefficient. It got some re-paving work accelerated, but that was about it. The real problems we face are with the aging bridges and he did virtually nothing there (that I have seen.)
2. Obamacare is a farce. It will not - can not - do what it purports to. What we had was not going to last, but neither will this.
3. Just because the Stupid Party supports spending insanely like the Evil Party does is no positive attribute of Obama.
4. Bush effectively 'declared victory and left' A'stan years ago - and it should have stayed that way. Iraq - it is what is was going to be.
5. I have to agree that the economy does SEEM to be improving. After a week of flying in jam-packed planes through bustling airports it is clear that a whole lot of people are spending more money than I have available to spend. I just don't understand where they are finding it. And nobody has yet even hinted about prosecuting the innumerable crimes committed by the various financial 'too big to fail' beheamoths that caused the meltdown. And nobody is even beginning to acknowledge the disaster that faces retirees who are now earning 0.1% on their life savings - which is effectively a confiscation of assets at an unprecedented rate from the most responsible members of society.
6. OK, Bush 'started it' (or more accurately, propagated what had been going on since c. 1965), but Obama accelerated it. That does not constitute an improvement.
Tomorrow is my Stupid Party primary. I plan to vote 'None of the Above' - aka Ron Paul.
I heard there was a county in OK which did not nominate Obama for the democrat ticket.
Correction after looking it up: Obama lost 15 counties in Oklahoma (in 2008, Obama won zero counties in the democrat primary, zerobama we chuckled with our good neighbors to the south). Failing to approve the Kansas leg of the pipeline shows a general ignorance or willful politicalization of the pipeline and energy topic. Why you ask, well there are actual working refinaries in Kansas and trying to get more, if the EPA and the G-Dm sierra club would piss off. Furthermore, the Ogalala does not stretch into the Kansas leg.
Anyone remember the recent oil barge accident in the Mississippi? No? Because it happened right after the decision to not build the northern end because oil might leak into the Ogalala through all that soil and protective measures and shutdown systems. That does not make the big news, so that is desperation.
Ghosting the Repuplican primary route stinks and was tacky.
Making gay marriage a topic stinks.
Democrat suggestions to inquiray the NFL stinks.
Weighing in on hoodies stinks.
No longer supporting OWS stinks.
Not talking arab spring/syria stinks.
Showing up for the beginning of the college tourny games stinks.
Not bragging up his crown achievement, Obamacare, stinks.
The difference between Romney and Obama is that when Romney does something unconstitutional the media won't sweep it under the rug. That is actually a big thing for those that want this country to survive.
How many out there are willing to admit there was a time when you were more liberal then you are now? And, of those would you say that over the last few years, or so, you┬'ve become more conservative? Romney says he┬'s gone through a similar transformation. Moreover, he can point to his pivot points. Guess what? There are a lot of folks that are, right now, at that threshold but just won┬'t be able to bring themselves to vote for a Santorum or Gingrich. We don┬'t have to take Mitt at his word┬...we just have to hold him to his word.
I still hold that we may be seeing a split GOP POTUS ticket this 2012 Elex, wid a real possibility that Romney + Santorum will pick Gingrich or Paul as their VEEP.
IMO NO US-IRAN WAR + STABLE, ALBEIT SLIGHT IMPROV TO US ECONOMIC = BAMMER WILL STILL WIN IN NOVEMBER. The Bammer doesn't want a US War agz Iran, which is why he fears what Netanyahu + Israel will do unilaterally militarily agz Iran's NucProgs.
FYI BHARAT RAKSHAK > TERRORIST GROUP [MEK] THROWS PARTY IN US CONGRESS.
* SAME > WAL-MART SAYS "SERIOUS INFLATION" [definitely] COMING.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IN DEBATE, ROMNEY SAYS US SHOULD TREAT PAKISTAN LIKE INDONESIA BACK IN 1960's. Sukarno versus Suharto anti-Commie Coup + pro-US bloody aftermath.
IOW, PRO-US "KILLING FIELDS" AGZ PAK MILTERRS???
* SAME > PAKISTAN ACTS TOUGH: [Islamabad] SEEKS 38 DEMANDS, "INDIA-LIKE" NUCLEAR [Energy] DEAL + ENDS TO DRONE STRIKES [+ formal US Apology].
Looks more than 38 to me.
* RENSE > [ENENews = post-Fukushima]US GOVT: WIDESPREAD CONTAMINATION [Nuclear = Plutonium?] THROUGHOUT NORTHERN JAPAN, INCLUDING TOKYO -
"ENTIRE REGION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE POSTED AS A RADIOLOGICAL HAZARD AREA", iff Nippon + Disaster was the USA???
Maybe the laugh is on those Russian Perts, Bloggers whom would like Russia to re-occupy HOKKAIDO iff China gets back Okinawa + Senkakus???
Rick would probably be the least active Prez other than the repeal of commie care. I would have no qualms with him in the Oval office but he even makes me uncomfortable with the office he seeks.
No one wants Crusaders, they want sanity and good governance - and straight up fiscal understanding.
Had he focused correctly, there would be nothing to stop him. He has not focused wisely.
We are in the fight for our very humanity and bringing up 1950 challenge only hurts.
The Republican party is the dumbest party in America. The Stupid party. It must learn how to focus and not speak morals, merely hold them and speak of government order and application (or non-application) of the law.
We want someone that shall leave US alone.
Rick, you screwed up. It is not an election for someone, it is an election against something.
The Defense Department┬'s (DoD) computer networks have been totally compromised by foreign spies, according to federal cybersecurity experts. The experts, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, say current efforts to protect those networks are misguided at best.
Those expert claim that the billions spent by the government on cybersecurity have provided only a limited increase in protection; attackers can penetrate DoD networks; and the defense supply chain and physical systems are at high risk of attack.
It is difficult to know how many of these warnings are hyperbole, since some, but not all of them, were accompanied by pleas for more funding
Posted by: Eric Jablow ||
This is the Democrat-controlled Senate. Pretty much anything they do is going to be the wrong thing anyway, so they might as well busy themselves with pointlessness until the Republicans take over in November.
Not for sports people, they are special. If I was high, ran over a traffic cop, and was caught with a bag of weed in the glovebox, what would happen to me? This particular WR got traded and a raise.
Caught with a gun in a NYC club? Diddled an underage gal? These are just the one's we know about.
I think in a way, they are already being paid to perform actions on other people which outside the field would be assault.
My question would be what does the players' union think about their own putting out hits on their own.
That is, one of the major points of the NFL PU was that the owners were not doing enough to protect the players, both equipment and rule wise, why there is the crappy new kickoff system and the vulnerable hit penalty, extensions of previous roughing passer/kicker and unimpeded to the QB.
So you have the NFL PU pointing fingers at the Owners, to the point the game is somewhat ruined with no real kickoff, yet here they are beating each other up on their own conscience (bonus, yes, but they could choose not to participate, and maybe for the most part they did).
I used to think congress should mind their own business in these types of matters. Now I think like TW. If they are busy dicking around with trivial matters, they aren't passing liberty restricting laws. Oh I forgot. Big daddy doesn't need congress any more. He'll just issue another decree (exec. order). So why not put on another geek show for the masses to have something to talk about? Smoke and mirrors. Bread and circus.
Could not find it in my old Webster's. Googled it and discovered it is a recently coined new word found on a T-shirt on eBay. Getting really close to the bone! Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts within this sentence!
(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
The Bammer should be suppor the return of US Astronauts to the Moon by 2020, ala NEWT GINGRICH.
> OWG-NWO > IMO akin to SPACE GOVT-ORDER = organizing the Planet for Deep Space Exploration + Colonization. The future GLOBAL FEDERAL UNION + NAU, etc. will make the curren Fed + Congress in Washington DC akin to COUNTY/TOWNSHIP/LOCAL/ GOVT.
> By most accounts, the most advanced SpaceProg after the US are the RUSSIANS whose Rockets keep crashing [like Indjuh + MIGS]. Russ repor wants to land Cosmonauts on the Moon sometime between 2022 NLT 2030. CHINA is ambitious enuff but thus far its proficiency is centered on dev Orbiting Satellites, NOT MANNED LAUNCHES TO THE MOON + BACK, OR BEYOND. INDIA + MUSLIM WORLD is debating whether HINDUISM, ISLAM as Religions validates even having a SpaceProg. NATO-EU DEPENDS ON THE USA THATS WOULD LIKE TO DEPEND ON THEM + OTHER, WHILE NIPPON = JAPAN IS TOO FOCUSED ON RECOVERING FROM FUKUSHIMA DISASTER + CHINA'S AMBITIONS IN NE ASIA.
> The Green Techs have not proven their PARITY, LET ALONE SUPERIORITY, TO FOSSIL FUELS-BASED OR NUKULAAR TECHNOLOGIES.
> THERE IS NO MAJOR OR VIABLE CONSUMER MARKET FOR THE GREEN TECHS AT THIS TIME SAVE FOR THE US = US-WORLD GOVT(S) WHICH IN TURN HAVE YET TO ESTABLISH ANY MARKET OR NEED FOR SAME, EVEN PER GOVT SECTOR AS WELL AS PER GOVT, PRIVATE-LED SPACE VENTURES.
The Fed wants us Consumers to cut back + adopt expensive, dubious "Green Techs" all the while the MSM + various Perts keep telling us the US-World has plenty of oil reserves, or enuff oil to last hundreds of years yet.
GOVT + MSM > THERE IS NO "PEAK OIL" CRISIS, ETC. THUS OF COURSE CONSUMERS HAVE TO CUT BACK!
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.