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Alms for Santorum

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Happy is he who is gracious to poor Republican candidates
  • DonkeyHotey
  • Happy is he who is gracious to poor Republican candidates
A paradox about being a Republican politician is that unless you're independently wealthy, you have to beg for money so you can speak out against people who are begging for money.

Rick Santorum has been a strong voice for the voiceless, so long as they are unborn. For poor people, who don't vote Republican when they vote at all, he's offered the standard Republican tough love. During the primary campaign he said that if he were elected president, he'd "go after all of the means-tested entitlement programs—Medicaid, food stamps"—to make sure they were cut. This was not only fiscally prudent, it was for the good of the poor themselves.

Now that he's aborting his campaign, he's making it clear that his work's not nearly done. The work not done is raising yet more cash, because he needs a bailout.

"I am planning to do everything in my power to bring a change about in the White House," Santorum said yesterday on his website. "But our campaign has debt, and I cannot be free to focus on helping defeat [President Obama] with this burden. I am asking you to consider one more contribution."

His campaign has debt? A candidate who argues that government ought not spend more than it takes in has spent more than he's taken in?

Yes, he has. But if he's freed to "focus" without this "burden," he'll do everything in his power to defeat Obama, he said. True, if Obama's defeated it'll be eight years instead of four until Santorum can run again for president—but trust him, he really will work for Mitt Romney's election.

Provided he gets a little love, and not the tough variety. "I am proud of the race we have run," his website message said. "I want to continue to be your voice. Please CLICK HERE to contribute."

But I can't CLICK HERE because Santorum has convinced me of the need for even more welfare reform. "Creating dependency upon federal dollars is more harmful than not believing in people and their ability to work," he asserted.

I'd hate to foster his dependency. I believe in him and his ability to work. It doesn't even have to be real work; the lobbying firms have already been calling, I'm sure—or he can ask Newt to put in a word for him. In any event, my advice to him: Quit mooching, get a job, and pay off your debt yourself. It'll do wonders for your self-esteem.

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