. . . (or whatever that one guy’s name is) is nothing more than a continuation of the policies that led to the conservative revolt that brought us this close to effectively ending the Obama administration by capturing both houses of Congress. Yet, inexplicably enough, a good number of people in Iowa thought that was a good idea. Of course, as Rick Perry said, there are some good, solid conservatives in the Hawkeye state — but let’s be honest here: Iowans know on which side their bread is buttered (.pdf notice) and are known to cast their votes accordingly.
And lest one think that Rick Santromgrich is in any way a threat to the Bread and Butter Cartel that rules D.C., allow Erick Erickson’s compendium of his fiscal heresies disabuse you of any such silly notions.
Rick Santorum is a pro-life statist. He is. You will have to deal with it. He is a big government conservative. Santorum is right on social issues, but has never let his love of social issues stand in the way of the creeping expansion of the welfare state. In fact, he has been complicit in the expansion of the welfare state.
I and some friends, none of us Romney fans, have set about exploring Santorum’s record since Wednesday morning. Here now is a non-exhaustive list of what we have found. It does not even include his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, etc.
This is not the record of a man committed to scaling back the welfare state or the nanny state.
Be sure to go here and read the whole thing — which will likely require you to bookmark the page given the sheer volume of big-government conservatism he’s unearthed.
And if that’s not enough to convince you that Santromgrich doesn’t have any particular interest in upsetting the status quo that brought America to its current state, why not have a look at one of the world’s leading authorities on big-government conservatism, the Washington Post‘s own Michael Gerson. Ramesh Ponnuru kindly provides some very direct and specific evidence of Rick Santromgrich’s big-government proclivities over at The Corner on NRO, citing a letter in which he forcefully advocates its enduring legacy.
Of course, it behooves the reader to bear in mind that these things aren’t necessarily intended as paeans to Santromgrich himself. Rather, one suspects the intent is to undermine his ability to reach out to and consolidate enough support among advocates of limited government to pose a legitimate threat to their chosen guy, Mitt Romsangrich. The last thing these people want is the voters of South Carolina, or anywhere else for that matter, to remember what this election is all about and discover a candidate who actually embodies those principles.
We here at DDR Global HQ and our readers all know who that candidate is. And that candidate recently posted a blog entry over at RedState demonstrating one aspect of what he intends to do when he’s elected to the White House. And, make no mistake about it, his plans do not sit well with the GOP establishment, nor its embeds in the conservative press.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune ran a little noted editorial on the insider trading scandal plaguing Congress, calling out phony efforts to reform the rules and demanding that we finally put a stop to this outrageous and unethical behavior.
If you haven’t read the editorial yet, I recommend you do because while the professional political punditry class is more interested in superfluous items like the political horse race and candidate attire, the reality is that members of both parties in Washington, D.C., are abusing their positions and ordinary Americans have had enough.
Given Governor Perry’s unabashed willingness to call out the iniquities on both sides of the aisle and draw attention to the daily fleecing of the American taxpayer while our representatives trade on their power and insider information, it’s little wonder he’s encountering so much resistance. People whose livelihoods depend on access to those who currently control the proverbial levers of power have little interest in upsetting the system as it’s currently set up. With “safe” candidates like Newt Gingromrum, there’s little chance that the “natural order of things” will be altered in any meaningful way.
And that brings us to this beautifully executed send-up of all the folks running interference for the powers that be brought to us by Dan Riehl. (Salty Language Advisory):