15 January 2012

Mitt Santorum

It turns out that the current not-Romney is just like Romney:

He [Santorum] sponsored at least two Senate bills and pushed to amend a mammoth Medicare overhaul to include the extra spending, which would have benefited Universal Health Services, a Pennsylvania-based hospital management company with facilities in Puerto Rico. If it seems at odds with the small-government philosophy Mr. Santorum now espouses in his presidential campaign, it was in line with his legislative efforts to help businesses in his state.
And some of those businesses were happy to return the favor.
Within months of leaving the Senate, Mr. Santorum joined the board of Universal Health Services, where he collected $395,000 in director’s fees and stock options before resigning last year. He also became a consultant to Consol Energy, after years of advocating drilling and extraction policies helpful to the company, a Pennsylvania gas and coal producer. And he consulted for the American Continental Group, a lobbying firm whose clients won earmarks he sponsored.

As long as Republicans continue to ignore Ron Paul, they will have a choice between the big-government loving, crony capitalist Mitt Romney and the big-government loving, crony capitalist Rick Santorum.  Which is to say that as long as Republicans continue to ignore as Ron Paul, it doesn’t actually matter which of the other candidates they choose, as they all have basically the same principles (big government and crony capitalism) and the same actions (lying, talking out of both sides of their mouths, and capitulating to liberals).  As such, there’s no point in trying to distinguish between any of the Republican candidates, so it is easiest to simply refer to all of them as Mitt Santorum.

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