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Rick Santorum Fell Flat
TEA Party Candidate
Did you feel that Rick Santorum had the credentials to be a TEA PARTY candidate?
Does He Really Believe What He's Saying...
better, yet, did he believe that the American people were that gullible?
Santorum picked up some momentum, but he quickly lost it with his distortion of the facts, especially in today's Internet world where facts are within the reach of your fingertips.
Santorum said that the GOP plan: Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan is the same as the health care program that Congress has. So, just sounded like a challenge to me.
- Medicare: 65 and up; single payer plan. Government pays for hospital and doctor, with fees set up for benefits by government.
- GOP- Paul Ryan Plan: 55 and up would not get standard Medicare benefits, but instead get "help" to pay for their premium, like a voucher program without the paper, purely semantics. So, if you have serious health issues, you pay more, the "help" amount doesn't increase though.
- GOP- Paul Ryan Plan: would "require" private insurance companies to accept "all" new comers. ***Wait, isn't that "forcing" the insurance companies---unconstitutional, or was that an issue that only worked when it was against their so called "Obamacare" issue. So now Ryancare wants to force companies to do something....
- GOP- Paul Ryan Plan: Unlike Congress' plan that pays 75% of their health care plan regardless of rate costs. Ryancare does not. So, with medical cost inflation being the problem that it is; the government would not cover the growing rate of medical expenses like it does in Congress' plan.
In a word, "no" the Ryancare plan does not offer America's Senior Citizens the same plan that Congress has. Congress members make nearly $200,000 a year and their medical costs are covered, the average senior citizen makes extremely less than that and vouchers never guarantee payment, just ask the educators who are still waiting for funding.
Rick Santorum may be biting off more than he can chew
Rick Santorum gained momentum in one state and then began to fire off accusations that came back to haunt him. He all but accused the President of the United States of taking payoffs and stalling economic recovery because of it.
Rick Santorum was quiet and his presidential campaign seemed to be going nowhere, that is until Iowa; but in all his quietness, he was actually very active.
From 2001-2006, Rick Santorum received quite a bit of money from big corporations and sat on quite a few committees.
- Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
- Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
- Finance and Real Estate
- Rules and Administration (Control the rules of floor debates and contested elections. Senate Rules Committee has oversight duties on campaign funding regulations)
- Special Aging--several committees within this committee. (Main goal---oversight of fraud and waste).
- Leadership PAC--Republican PAC, of course gave 100% of it's donations to other Republicans, the troublesome thing with this PAC that he belonged to is that they raised $511,000, but spent $585,000. If they can't stay within the budget that they have of less than $1 million, is this someone that America wants to trust with trillions of dollars?
For a candidate that ran under the guise of the Tea Party candidate, constitutional and family values. One main question came to mind, where was he during all the fraud and wasteful spending that he was shouting about? He sat on the committee himself for several years and for election reasons it quickly becomes an issue.
HIS DONORS: From 2001- 2006; Leads one to look at the old adage, "those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".
- Federated Investors, Inc. -$79,000 (Large financial services company, headquarted in PA and looking to expand to London as of Dec 2011.)
- Exelon Corp- $75,300 (Energy services company- electric, natural gas; largest nuclear operator in U.S.)
- Comcast Corp- $75,000 (Leading media, entertainment and communicaties corporation.)
- Consol Energy- $59,000 (Leading energy producers)
- Securities and Investments- $1,185,000
- Law Firms--$1,288,000
- C&C Shorelands (Was a developer in Florida and is now listed as a Real Estate Agent in New York)
- The Templeton Foundation- $10,000 (Fund interdisciplinary research about human purpose.)
- Four Seasons Produce- (Largest Independent Produce Wholesaler)
- AMK Concepts, Inc. (in 2006- this company was established and listed as a Foreign Profit Corp in Florida, today it is inactive; then it moved to CA, where it was listed in filings as Statement And Designation by Foreign Corporation- also listed as inactive today; then in 2011 it was relocated to King of Prussia, PA., where it remains active with no other information available.)
In the year 2010, the average Senate member raised less than $5 million, Santorum raised nearly $25 million; through campaign committees and PAC's, alone.
If I was able to locate this much information in a few short minutes, imagine what the pros will come up with. Mr. Santorum has just put himself and his family under a bright spotlight.
For a Tea Party candidate, one would think that he would have had to a answer many questions before getting their backing. It was apparent that there was as much of a veting process with Santorum as there was with Sarah Palin.