Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum is the uber-conservative former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania who lost the seat to Democrat Bob Casey, Jr in the 2006 midterm election. The third most powerful Republican in the Senate conceded defeat before 10 pm: "I congratulate him and I mean that wholeheartedly," he said as he stood next to his wife and six children, some of them crying. "This was just a little too steep of a mountain to climb, but it was not for want of people helping us climb." See 10:30 p.m. Update: Santorum Concedes. In the end, Santorum's money advantage in the most expensive Senate race in Pennsylvania history, Santorum raised $25 million to Casey's $15 million, wasn't enough to outweigh popular anger over the War in Iraq.

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Quotations

"And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold — Griswold was the contraceptive case — and abortion. And now we're just extending it out. And the further you extend it out, the more you — this freedom actually intervenes and affects the family. You say, well, it's my individual freedom. Yes, but it destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that's antithetical to strong healthy families. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family.

Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be." - Interview, April 23, 2003

From Catholic Online, concerning liberals' effect on Catholic Priests' morality: "It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior[pedophilia], since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

In his book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, Ricky opines that "The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low skilled unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong."

On the floor of the Senate during the "Iraq War Resolution" debate: "In plain terms, the threat posed by Saddam Hussein is analogous to the threat posed by a drunk driver. The drunk driver is a threat to all on and in close proximity to the road. Behind the wheel of a rolling weapon, it is only a matter of time before the drunk driver crashes into another car, kills an innocent bystander or causes immense damage to someone's personal property. Saddam is this drunk driver careening along the road, a threat to all those innocents who have the misfortune to cross his path. It is time to get Saddam off the road before he can kill or injure innocents who cross his path."

Residency

Five Santorum children have been home-schooled at their house in Leesburg, Va., through the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, an education paid for by the Penn Hills district at a cost of $38,000 a year, until it became apparent recently that they don't live in Penn Hills.

The two-bedroom house at 111 Stephens Lane in Verona, PA that the Santorum children called home for education purposes and that gives Mr. and Mrs. Santorum the right to vote in Pennsylvania lacks an occupancy permit. And the property tax break from the homestead exemption claimed by the Santorums on the Penn Hills house is allowed under law only if the dwelling is their "permanent home."

When pressed by the School District to prove recidescy, the senator's office issued a statement on Wed Nov. 17, 2004 saying he and his wife, Karen, are withdrawing their children from the cyber school.

Sen. Santorum and his wife claim to pay taxes on the house at 111 Stephens Lane in Penn Hills, although this article suggests that Santorum is habitually delinquent in paying his local property and, ironically, school district taxes. Apparently, the Senator claims never to have received mail notifying him of the taxes or the delinquency, an excuse he also used when the same paper cited his failure to respond to a summons for jury duty in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The Santorums also use the address for voter registration, but so do two other people, Bart and Alyssa DeLuca, both 25, according to Allegheny County records and are Sen. Santorum's niece and nephew. When a PA Post-Gazette reporter visited the house on Friday Nov. 12, 2004, a young man came to the door and declined to comment. He wasn't Rick Santorum. Apparently, Sen. Santorum, his wife, their six children and the unknown adult male all "live" in a 2 bedroom house.

For more info, see: Post-Gazette Editorial and story

Rick Santorum lives in Leesburg, VA, about 35 miles from his birthplace of Winchester, VA.

Hypocrisy

Santorum supports capping lawsuits for pain & suffering at $250,000. Yet his wife sued her chiropracter for pain & suffering in the amount of $500,000 (winning $350,000).

Santorum wants to bar the taxpayer-funded National Weather Service from providing its data for free on the web, ostensibly because he feels that government-funded entitites shouldn't compete with private business. But he voted against relieving the requirement for the Department of Defense to buy goods and services from Federal Prison Industries (FPI). So, it is okay for the government to obstruct competition when it involves prison labor; but not okay to give taxpayers what they already paid for, because it might reduce the potential profits of a private enterprise? (Not to mention that there are plenty of small business entrepreneurial uses for NWS data).


Legislative Paybacks

Santorum introduced a bill to stop the National Weather Service (NOAA) from providing data for free over the internet. This bill is favored by commercial weather services such as AccuWeather; Santorum has at least one significant campaign contributor who works for AccuWeather. See also these Daily Kos diaries:

Santorum wants to shut down the National Weather Service by Geotpf Thu Apr 21st, 2005 at 18:16:56 EST

Santorum to Control Weather by pyrrho Thu Apr 21st, 2005 at 19:46:46 EST; cross-posted at Red State for the conservative viewpoint.

Jeb Bush in the Closet

On October 6, 2006, Jeb hid in a supply closet in order to avoid antiwar protesters during a campaign trip on behalf of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. (Source: Jeb Bush hides out in a closet - really). The protesters were from POG, the Uprise Counter Recruitment Tour, and Iraq Vets, who had joined together to shut down the the local blood for oil military recruitment station. Chancing upon Jeb and a campaign aide and security hire they seized the opportunity to communicate with a member of the Ruling Class. Several members of the United Steel Workers of America joined the impromptu communication effort. Jeb fled with his aide and security hire a blok down the street and down an escalator and into a utility closet. Port Authority police tazed and attempted to arrest one of the members of UPRISE, but he was successfully unarrested. Pittsburgh: Jeb goes into the cloest, Recruitment Center Shutdown

External Links

Alan Sandals for Senate
Bob Casey Jr. for Senate
Chuck Pennacchio for Senate
All you really need to know about Santorum
Dump Santorum activist website
Rotten.com's analysis
Penn Hills studying Santorum residency issue
Is the senator an 'inhabitant' of Pennsylvania?
Taxes pay Santorums' tuition costs

Personal Senate webpage Congressional Office website

Scatology

Pronunciation: san-TOR-um
Function: noun
Etymology: Savage Love - 05/29/03

1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.

2. Rick Santorum is a man concerned about the legal ramifications of man-on-dog sex. He has nothing against homosexuals, but is strongly opposed to homosexual acts, favoring criminal penalties for convicted sodomites. Oh, right, he's also a US Senator (R - PA).

Rick Santorum has been the target of a successful campaign by a sex columnist to redefine his last name, changing the meaning to definition 1 above. The campaign is described in more detail at Santorum (neologism).

Related dKos Diaries

How did Santorum pay for Schiavo Fundraisers? by ttagaris Tue Apr 19th, 2005 at 20:38:07 EST

Santorum wants to shut down the National Weather Service by Geotpf Thu Apr 21st, 2005 at 18:16:56 EST

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