Who Is Rick Santorum: On The Issues & Biography

Sorry for the lack of posts here recently. I had a horrible case of the flu over the past few days, but we’re back now to keep adding insult to injury, and help you in your efforts towards procrastination and unproductivity… Anyways, Rick Santorum lost out on the Iowa Caucuses by only eight votes, to Mitt Romney. Now he’s looking good on the polls for the upcoming New Hampshire Primaries — But the question that still remains on everyone’s mind is; who the hell is Rick Santorum? Well, here at CleveredFool.com we‘ll help you find out the answer to that question.

Who is Rick Santorum?

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Well my dear procrastinators, Republicans are so desperate to find someone other than Mitt Romney to win the Republican Presidential Nomination – or as our very own Mickey Jax has so eloquently put it, the Anti-Mitt – that they have gone from Michele Bachmann, to Rick Perry, to Herman Cain, to Newt Gingrich, and now finally to Rick Santorum, in their quest for someone who has the distinct ability, unique skills, and retrograde beliefs, to bring this nation back a couple of centuries.

Having said that, no one still knows who the fuck Rick Santorum is. It seems like Republicans are throwing all the shit they have against the wall to try and see if something sticks.

As such, we took it upon ourselves to shed some light on the mystery of Santorum, and find out who he is, what he stands for, and what are his positions on some of the major issues that affect the American people on the upcoming November 2012 Presidential Elections.

So, a disclaimer must be presented to let the record show that this is a very long-ass post, full of boring stuff that will undoubtedly cure any chronic case of insomnia, and as such, one that you should stop reading right now if you’re not into politics, or into important stuff that might shape the future world that you live in.

Alright, now that all the idiots and illiterates — and the Puerto Ricans, too — have left our site to go check out People Magazine’s website, we can — without any further gilding of the lily — proceed to answer the question of… Who the hell is Rick Santorum?

Who is Rick Santorum: Early Life & Background

Here’s what his own website, from back when Santorum was a US Senator, said about the early life and background of Good Ol’ Rick:

Born in 1958, Rick Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, the son of an Italian immigrant, Rick developed a belief system that has served him throughout his life–if you work hard and commit to a core set of values, anything is possible.

Also, according to U.S. News & World Report, Santorum’s high school nickname was Rooster:

His high school nickname was Rooster. He always had a few errant hairs on the back of his head that refused to stay down, and he was dogged and determined like a rooster and never backed down.

Who is Rick Santorum: Biography — Education & Professional Career

Wikipedia, why don’t you give us the lowdown on Rooster Santorum’s Education and Early Career:

Santorum earned a B.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981; during his time at Penn State, he joined the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. Five years later, Santorum received a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law, was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar, and began practicing in Pittsburgh at the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates). In one case he represented the World Wrestling Federation, arguing that professional wrestling should be exempt from federal anabolic steroid regulations because it was not a sport.

Who is Rick Santorum: Biography — Early Political Career

Okay let’s have the Des Moines Register tell us all about Rick and how he got started in politics:

He was a young man on a fast track. He started work for a prominent Pittsburgh law firm and did some lobbying at the Pennsylvania Capitol. Four years after graduating from law school, he launched a bid for Congress. Corman and others told him to forget it because it would be too difficult to defeat a long-term Democratic incumbent. “He beat that seven-term incumbent, and the rest is history,” Corman said. In 1994, at 36, he won election to the Senate, once again unseating an incumbent, Democrat Harris Wofford.

Who is Rick Santorum: Biography — US Senator Tenure

Rick was a member of the US Senate all the way up until 2006 when he lost to Democrat Bob Casey Jr., by over 700,000 votes, receiving 41.3 percent of the vote to Casey’s 58.7 percent, the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Republican Senator in Pennsylvania.

Who is Rick Santorum: On The Issues

Here’s where it gets interesting…

But first, if you really want to get an in-depth and more detailed look at Rick Santorum and his stands on the issues — as well as the rest of the current crop of Presidential Candidates — you gotta check out one of the best sites to keep an eye on during the run up to the 2012 US Presidential Elections in November: OnTheIssues.org.

Anyways, we did some research on Rooster, and his stands on the key issues that we consider the most relevant for the 2012 elections, and the following is a breakdown of Santorum’s stands on those key issues…

Rick Santorum On Abortion

Santorum is against abortion, and a hardcore supporter of the pro-life movement.

Here are some of the highlights of Santorum’s voting history on Abortion:

  • Rick is against the Plan B morning-after pill, which he believes is downright abortion and dangerous, as well.
  • Santorum has also said that he’s willing to make an exception on abortion in cases of rape & incest, even though he has been clear in his incontestable belief, that they are still taking a life when they do that.
  • Ricky voted for notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
  • Good Ol’ Rick voted against funding $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives.
  • Santorum voted for criminal penalties arising out of harming unborn fetuses during and/or as a result the commission of other crimes.
  • He has also voted in favor banning partial birth abortions, with the unique exception of cases where the life of the mother may be at imminent risk.
  • Santorum has also voted against human cloning.

Rick Santorum On The Budget & The Economy

Santorum supports reduced federal overall spending and he has previously voted for legislation that makes clear he prioritizes tax cuts over the reduction of the National Debt.

Santorum released his economic plan on his campaign website, which you can find on that linked phrase — And to sum it all up for you, it is comprised on the tenets of three basic principles: Tax Cuts, Reduced Spending, and bringing Ronald Reagan back to life.

Rick Santorum On Civil Rights: Women, Minorities & Gay Rights

I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but Rick basically hates gays. And I don’t think that I’m delving into defamation of character territory when I say that, when you take into consideration Santorum’s voting history on civil rights and gay issues:

  • Rick supports and has voted for bills that recommend constitutional amendments banning both, flag desecration and same-sex marriages.
  • He has also been adamant against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation.
  • Santorum supports loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping.
  • He has voted against prospective bills that would set aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women, and has also voted in support of ending special funding for minority & women-owned business.
  • The ACLU has given Santorum a rating of 17%, meaning that they think he carries with himself a solid anti-civil rights voting record.
  • In his defense, Rick did put in a noble vote in support of a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks.

Rick Santorum On Corporations:

He has a solid record in support of Corporations and “Big Business”, to the extent that in his last reviewed year as a US Senator in 2005, the US Chamber of Commerce gave Santorum a rating of 100% – indicating that he is pro-business, muthafucka!

Rick Santorum on Crime & Death Penalty:

Ricky’s always tried to portray himself as a “tough on crime” candidate, and the organization Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), gave Santorum a rating of 25% back in 2000 — which denotes a tendency of anti-rehabilitation votes during his tenure.

However, in terms of the Death Penalty, even though Santorum has voted in favor of limiting death penalty appeals and against replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment, he seems to have softened up somewhat on his stance, and his position on Capital Punishment seems to be uncharacteristically divided nowadays:

I felt very troubled about cases where someone may have been convicted wrongly. DNA evidence definitely should be used when possible. I agree with the pope that in the civilized world … the application of the death penalty should be limited. I would definitely agree with that. I would certainly suggest there probably should be some further limits on what we use it for.

Rick Santorum on Education 

Rooster’s views on Education basically fall in line with the Republican way of thinking.

The worrying part is that he has tried to instill his maniacal religious views into the institution of public education — which is particularly worrying because of the fact that Santorum’s a lawyer, so he should be aware of that little clause in that US Constitution thingy, that refers to the Separation of Church and State.

But, hey, allow us to quote Rick himself, on his campaign website, to gather Santorum’s thoughts on Education:

Rick Santorum believes that education is the responsibility of the consumer, the parent.  Putting “parents first” is how best we put “students first”.  Parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children with local school systems supporting, as desired… The federal role in education is very limited.  Education is the responsibility of parents, local schools (public and private), and states in that order.  The President can and should inspire toward educational excellence and personalization of learning.  The federal government’s role is limited to areas such as supporting civil rights protections such as IDEA in a common sense fashion, enabling essential research, and promoting equality of opportunity where needed.

Anyways, here’s Santorum’s voting history on Education:

  • Santorum has voted against funding “21st century community learning centers”, and against allocating $5B to allow for grants to local educational agencies.
  • Rick has also voted against $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education, and against spending $448B towards tax cuts on education and educational debt reduction.
  • Here’s the worrying thing I was talking about, Santorum has voted in favor allocating $75M towards abstinence education in public schools, while also legislating in favor of only giving federal aid to schools allowing voluntary prayer.

For what it’s worth, the National Education Association gave Santorum a rating of 27% based on his voting history on Education issues — indicating votes that denote a nature of anti-public education.

Rick Santorum on Environment, Energy & Oil 

Let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the Rick Santorum’s greatest hits quotes on the environment and global warming:

To add further insult to injury (Hey, now!), Santorum is rated with a solid 0% by the organization Republicans for Environmental Protection.

Rick Santorum on Foreign Policy 

Long an advocate of projecting US power abroad, in terms of Santorum’s Foreign Policy views, he has been described as “hawkish, internationalist, and compassionate… deeply informed by his socially conservative, Roman Catholic faith.”

Anyways, some highlights of Santorum’s views, quotes, and voting record, on Foreign Policy issues:

  • He has been quoted — on issues related to the war in Iraq — back in 2006: “We have a great game plan, and Rumsfeld does fine job.”; and another one, “Saddam had no new WMDs, but did have old WMDs.” (Lawyer in me cries tears of pride, on that last one); and a last one to close as it deserves to, “Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but it was still a necessary war.”
  • Captivatingly enough though, back in 2005, Santorum voted against legislation that called for investigating awards of military-related contracts, in both, Iraq & Afghanistan.

Having said all of that, in fairness to Rick, when Bono sings your praises on something, I guess you have to be doing something right. And this is what Bono once said about Santorum:

Santorum “has a kind of Tourette’s disease,” Bono told New York Times columnist David Brooks in 2006. “He will always say the most unpopular thing. But on our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable.”

So that has to be taken into consideration — notwithstanding the fact that Bono is a piece of shit.

Rick Santorum on Free Trade 

Rick strongly believes in any and all free trade agreements, and has voted in favor of most pieces of legislation that promote free trade – even though he did vote in favor of CAFTA, but voted against NAFTA,

Rick Santorum on Government Reform 

Rooster basically likes them gifts that he once received from lobbyists, and that he, of course, would like to receive once again, as you can easily gauge through his voting record on Government Reform, which includes:

  • Voting in favor of allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress.
  • Voting against the establishing of a Senate Office of Public Integrity.
  • Santorum has also voted against legislation banning “soft money” contributions and against the banning of campaign donations from Unions and Corporations.

Rick Santorum on Gun Control 

Rick likes his guns, and you’ll only take them guns away from his cold, dead hands – as Santorum so eloquently explains on his own campaign website:

Senator Santorum understands firsthand the importance of preserving our constitutionally protected rights found in the 2nd Amendment. Senator Santorum fights to preserve this tradition, and will work to ensure these rights are not infringed upon. As a Senator, Rick Santorum opposed frivolous lawsuits against the gun industry by supporting legislation that would protect law abiding firearms manufacturers and dealers from frivolous lawsuits attempting to hold them liable for criminal acts of third parties. Rick Santorum vehemently opposed the Assault Weapons Ban because he believes that there are more effective ways to stop gun violence, such as stricter enforcement of existing laws, than taking away the rights of law abiding gun owners.

Santorum has been honored by the National Rifle Association (NRA) with their best possible rating — A-Fucking-Plus… Muthafucka!

Some quotes on Ricky Santorum and his Gun Control views:

Wayne LaPierre, CEO – National Rifle Association, October 25, 2006

He [Rick Santorum] was the most effective advocate of bringing it [legislation to protect gun companies from frivolous lawsuits] to the floor and getting a vote scheduled.  He used his influence to get it to the floor.  Without that, we would have lost every American gun company.

Chris Cox, Executive Director – NRA-ILA, February 7, 2006

On behalf of NRA members across the country, I want to thank Senator Rick Santorum for his support of the hunters and fishermen, and his work to preserve our country’s strong outdoor traditions.

Santorum’s voting background on Gun Control includes voting in favor of the prohibition of lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and voting against the conducting of background checks at gun shows.

Rick Santorum on Health Care

Basically, Rick hates ObamaCare and wants to repeal it ASAP. And he proposes as much in the Santorum Health Care Solution he posted on his campaign website, which you can go ahead and feast on, right there on that link.

By the way, Santorum is rated with a 20% by American Public Health Association – which indicates a solid anti-public health voting record. Though, in all fairness to Santorum, the American Hospital Association does give him a noteworthy 83% on health issues.

Rick Santorum on Immigration

Santorum has been staunch supporter of US immigration laws, and has voted against benefits for illegal aliens, rejects any comprehensive immigration reform, and supports a border fence between the US and Mexico.

Here’s what Rick has been up to, in terms of his immigration views on his 2012 Presidential Campaign run:

In the 2012 Presidential election, Senator Santorum has expressed support for a border fence, and English as the national language. He was also critical of discussion hinting at granting amnesty to illegal aliens in exchange for border security in the future. However, when directly asked what he would do with the illegal aliens already in the US, Senator Santorum stated that we would have to “deal with” those people separately.

Rick Santorum on Military & Homeland Security

Santorum has shown himself to be quite strong in terms of his views on Homeland Security. His voting record is a prime example of that:

  • He’s voted against preserving Habeas Corpus for Guantanamo detainees, and against the requiring of CIA reports on detainees and the interrogation methods the CIA uses of them.
  • He has voted in favor of all things related to the Patriot Act.
  • Interestingly enough though, and proving that business comes first — al-fucking-ways — Santorum has voted against pieces of legislation that would restrict carrying out business endeavors with entities linked to terrorism.

Santorum’s military chops are legitimized by his rating of 100% from the American Security Council Foundation.

Rick Santorum on Religion

Rick is a hardcore catholic, to the point that he makes religious fanatics and zealots look like atheists — After all, Santorum did just recently claim to be the “Jesus Candidate” for the 2012 Presidential Elections, so that says quite a bit about his religious views.

I mean, what else can you expect from a guy that calls himself the “Champion of Faith & Families”?

And of course, Christians seem to agree on that, as the Christian Coalition gave him a flawless rating of 100% – which denotes a pro-family voting record, for those of you who lack reading comprehension.

Rick Santorum on Social Security 

Well, as recently as one day ago, Santorum called for immediate cuts to Social Security, so that tells you all you need to know about that, with some quotes from Rick that you can find in that article:

We can’t wait 10 years,” even though “everybody wants to,” Santorum told a crowd while campaigning in New Hampshire and looking to set himself apart from his Republican rivals four days before the New Hampshire primary. Clearly aware of the risks, Santorum argued that everyone must sacrifice now because the nation’s “house is on fire” with soaring federal debt. He argued that he is being courageous and honest by telling Americans they can’t afford to wait to rein in Social Security’s growing costs. And he said he anticipated possible attack ads on his position.

For those keeping tabs, the Alliance for Retired Americans has blessed Santorum with a rating of 0% — meaning that senior citizens possibly hate him and his views on Social Security, and, at the very least, genuinely dislike Ricky Boy.

Rick Santorum on Tax Reform 

Well, Santorum calls himself the “Defender of Taxpayers” — among other things. The organization, Americans for Tax Reform, seems to agree with Rick’s self-ordained status, as they have bestowed on Santorum a rating of 95% on Tax Reform issues.

Rick’s voting record also — unequivocally — supports his obsession with tax-cuts:

  • He’s voted in favor of supporting the permanence of estate tax cuts and permanently repealing the infamous “Death Tax”.
  • He’s made it clear that Military & Homeland Security issues take a second place to muthafucking tax cuts, by voting against allocating $47B for military expenditures at the expense of capital gains tax cuts.
  • Santorum has also voted in favor of the retention of reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends.
  • In 2003, Santorum also voted in favor of pieces of legislation that comprised a total of $350 billion in tax breaks over the next decade.
  • But Good Ol’ Rick does not have the same amount of love for college education as he voted against the increasing of tax deductions for college tuition.
  • And just to put that lovely cherry on top of the tax-sundae, back in 1998, Santorum voted in favor of requiring a super-majority of voted for raising taxes in the future.

Rick Santorum on Welfare

There’s a political campaign ad out there where Santorum claims that he reformed welfare, and it seems that to an extent he did, according to the awesome political fact-checker site, PolitiFact.com:

Santorum was a leader in the 1990s efforts to overhaul the nation’s system for aiding poor families, reshaping the program into one that encourages recipients to move toward financial independence. He had a hand in writing Republican bills and was influential in the process in both the House and Senate. But no one reformed welfare alone. Although he was a key player, Santorum’s ad ignores others who helped usher in change — including some who played even larger roles than he did. On balance, we rate the claim Half True.

Rick Santorum — Welfare Extraordinaire…

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Well, folks… That’s a wrap right there. I hope this entire post was boring and tedious enough to make you consider the possibility of jumping off the window of your office’s building.

Now, take care, and procrastinate!

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