Santorum, the Marxist who called himself a conservative

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Rick Santorum knows even less about economics truths than he does about everything else–which is a big problem as he knows nothing about any of those other topics.

 

“Business leaders are more richly rewarded in America than in almost any other country, and it’s hard to believe that that many of them are that good,” [Santorum] writes.
Honestly does that sound more like a conservative or socialist politician?

 

So we all know Santorum doesn’t understand why he lost and that he loves to continue the liberal lie that Romney wasn’t a good candidate and the delusion that he in any way, shape, or form is electable.  But what about his economic ideas?  Well, they’re possibly the only thing worse than his self-assessment.  Now honestly a waste of oxygen like Santorum would probably not be worth the time I’m about to spend on him, and he’s not, but the problem is that while he himself has no chance of ever getting into power, the fact is that his is a walking symbol of everything wrong with the Republican Party—unlike a real conservative he has risen to prominence by claiming to be a conservative, and his ideas have nothing to do with being a conservative, but you hear them in the words of other idiots within the party (former governors from Arkansas and Alaska come to mind) but Rick states these errors in logic and ideas so clearly (because he’s more clueless than most) so he makes an easy target.  The point here is that Rick Santorum isn’t the problem, he’s an annoying idiot who at most does the conservative movement a little PR damage, the real danger are is his ideas which regrettably have made some inroads with the Populist factions of the party—these ideas need to be shown to be to the lies they are, confronted, and ripped from this party, this nation, and this world before they do more harm.

 

 

Let’s go to earlier this week when Santorum said that the Republican Party doesn’t care about the poor. I don’t quite know what Rick means. You see for a real conservative and capitalist when you put in low regulations (which Rick has never been in favor of), low taxes (which we’ll get into later, but Ricky isn’t in favor of those), and low trade barriers (again another thing Ricky is against) and mix them with a little individual ingenuity (individualism and ingenuity also being things that Santorum is against) and competition (he’s not too hot on that either) you get an economy that works. Yes Republicans may not grovel and whine about how much they care about the poor like liberals seeking votes, but in policy conservatives have always supported the policies that bring about prosperity to everyone as seen that when Republicans passed welfare reform more people got off welfare and under the policies of LBJ and Obama the number of the poor have just skyrocketed. But as Rick Santorum is against every single thing that a conservative believes in it’s become very hard to take this man seriously as a Republican.

 

Think I’m being too hard on him? Okay let’s deal with one point at a time.

 

“He added that though a rising tide should lift all boats, millions of Americans, especially the 70% of Americans without college degrees, “have large holes in their boats,” and their boats just sink “deeper under water” as the “rising tide goes up.”

 

So Rick Santorum wants you to believe that if the economy rises and does better that it won’t help everyone? That the liberal lies of income inequality and mobility are true and that a better economy, the rising tide, will only help the rich. Let’s ignore that such a thing has never happened in history over a long period of time.   This is just a flat out lie, if the economy was doing better than a pathetic .1% growth rate then everyone would be doing better overall. When growth is there people get hired. Yes the educated (be it a college degree or a technical degree) get hired first but when they have jobs companies will begin hiring people and training them because if they need someone to expand they will train for those skill (also the market will respond by having more people train for those skills on their own). So when the tide rises it does rise for everyone…and while you can point to short term exceptions here or there, there has never a long term sustained period of growth that has not benefited all levels of a society.

 

But let’s also look at the 70% of those who don’t have a B.A. or higher, Rick Santorum wants to highlight as he plays the populist/leftist class-warfare game in his comments. Well many of them have trade skill or have gone to places like DeVry or ITT Tech and gotten skills that can make them marketable. So they certainly rise when the economy goes up. Others have gone into other trades. Others still have made themselves marketable in other ways through education or learning some skill that people need. So they go up too. But at the key to this is everyone has a choice they can invest in themselves, they can constantly learn, they can in the hallmark of capitalism “adapt or die.” So the question is whose boat has holes in it that a rising economy wouldn’t help them? The only answer is those who not only don’t possess a skill but those who refuse to gain any skills, those who refuse to adapt at any level to the changing needs. Those who say “well I wanted to work on an assembly line, because it was good enough for my father, and I don’t care if the economy no longer needs people like me, the economy, society and the government have to provide me a job on an assembly line with the same union created salaries my dad got even though I will no longer produce anything that is remotely as valuable as my father’s work did.” Those are the only people whose boats don’t rise in a rising tide, the ones who have not only punched holes in their own boat by not acquiring a useful set of skills, but the ones who refuse to patch those holes when the supplies to do so are readily available. Luckily for all of us Rick Santorum is wrong to say that this is 70% of the population…it’s far closer to 7% (probably much less). The rising tide of a growing economy always helps the vast majority of people. So Rick I would really like to thank you for engaging in Obama’s class-warfare bullshit, it’s so becoming of a Republican.

 

So how do we get an economy to grow? Well an intelligent economist would tell you that one of the first things we can do is reform the tax system: go to an individual flat or sales tax, get rid of corporate taxes, capitals gains taxes, and the mass of deductions. Why? Because all of this will spur spending, personal savings, and investment and the economy will grow and people will do better. But this is what an intelligent person would tell you. Rather Rick Santorum (seeming to channel the demonic and mentally challenged words of Paul Krugman) has this view of cutting taxes:

 

 

“He said that individual taxes, beginning with former President Reagan’s efforts, have been cut so much that further reductions won’t have much of an impact.”

 

So we’ve cut taxes enough and they don’t need to be cut more? Really? Okay Rick, I’m glad that you’re in agreement with liberals on this, but perhaps you might want to remember that you claim to be a conservative, you know an intelligent person who deals in reality…and this statement that cutting taxes won’t help anything are so preposterous that it’s hard to believe that this man isn’t laughed out of every single conservative gathering he attempts to get into. Cutting taxes would stimulate the economy. Reforming the tax code to not have loopholes (loopholes you’re famous for exploiting to your advantage Rick) would not only save individuals money and time in figuring out their taxes, but it would save companies billions which they would either pass to consumers through price cuts or consumers through economic expansion (either way everyone benefits).

 

Also any intelligent economist will tell you that trade is good. All trade is good, and all barriers to trade are bad. Because even if trade and competition forces an industry to leave one area and go to another it’s a good thing because it forces economic reform on bad policy, encourages people to move to places that have better economic opportunities, and allows for new industries and skills to come into it’s place. But in Ricky’s world:

“I am a free trader, but we have to look at the effect of free trade on the average person,” Santorum explains. “Are importers following the same rules that govern domestic manufacturers? Are existing trade laws fair and properly enforced?”

 

 

That’s right free trade is only good if it protects your people. That isn’t free trade that’s called economic isolationism and has been the doom of every economy since the dawn of time. Now ignoring that most economic isolationism is motivated by racism, let’s just say that this is nothing but the incredibly stupid statement that “foreigners are stealing our jobs” that has been uttered by the ignorant for generations. No, foreigners, in this case, understand capitalism better than you do. Other nations have found a way to offer a service or good at a cheaper rate or a higher quality (or both) than their American competitors (or regulations have shut down companies here and only poor quality cheap items are now allowed in its place). And that’s a wonderful thing. If you wanted America to be competitive you would lower taxes, you would reduce regulations, you would end trade barriers to ensure that other nations would be doing well so that they can have more money to buy American goods…free trade is always good, because it has no long term down sides. Yes of the “average people” Santorum refers to might find they have to learn a new skill but that skill will almost certainly pay more and be something that other nations can’t do as easily. But Rick in his love of trade barriers is actually saying he doesn’t think Americans can do better than working on an assembly line and doing manual manufacturing jobs, he says that we can’t compete, that we can’t do better or cheaper and thus we need to put up barriers to save the jobs that others can do better, faster and cheaper (quality will always win out in the long term). Great going Rick, not only do you say the average person is incapable of growth but that America can’t survive in a fair competition. If you think that this statement is anything but Rick Santorum not believing in America, you’re wrong (but then again this is the Rick Santorum who actually implied Satan may have had a hand in the creation of the Declaration and Constitution).

 

But of course Rick Santorum repeats other liberal lies like:

 

“Republicans should resist the temptation to dismiss all the talk about declining mobility as another hyped-up crisis – like global warming – and settle back to our old economic polices,”

 

 

Ummm…first off economic mobility hasn’t been hurt too much. The biggest barrier to mobility is education (but given how he was so dismissive of that earlier, I doubt he’s going to be in favor of anything in the way of school choice….you know unless he can commit tax fraud in a school choice scheme and pocket some money and slowing economic growth (which he was also dismissive of)…but more importantly both of those problems, bad schools and slow growth, are caused by the old economic policies of Democrats not Republicans. So like Harry Reid or Barrack Obama, Rick Santorum says we need to embrace liberal ideas because liberal ideas don’t work, but blames the Republicans for them not working.

 

Oh but wait Rick Santorum has the answer how to get us out of our economic problems.

 

 

“We can reignite the American economy with 4% growth and create millions of new, high paying jobs — especially in manufacturing.”

 

Manufacturing. Yes, that’s it, let’s become a manufacturing power again. I’m so glad that Rick Santorum is using an economic playbook from 1880. Meanwhile here in the 21st century there is a little development that is about to make most of manufacturing obsolete as a major. It’s called 3D printing, and while it’s not quite ready for producing all of our needs right away, if Obamacare doesn’t kill us all, we will probably all live to see a time when almost all of the simple (and some not so simple ones) products are made on a 3D printer. Don’t believe me? Watch this video.

 

 

Now read this article about the development of a 3D printer for houses. Now with this knowledge in your mind go through Walmart and Target and IKEA and Sears…and tell me exactly how much of those shelves couldn’t be replaced by a bank of 3D printers. Yes technical products will still have to be made in a factory, as well cars, and few other things…but because our regulations, subservience to unions, and taxes we certainly aren’t competitive there. The fact is that within a generation most manufacturing will be done by machines. This is a good thing as it will drastically raise the quality of life the world over. And while manufacturing isn’t going away tomorrow, it is a terrible idea to think that you can plan for the future of a nation on an industry whose time is rapidly coming to a close. No you want to see people prosper, make sure they know how to fix those printers, how to design the programs that will be used to create the things made by those printers, how to modify those printers. I’m sorry Rick but the era of the low skill worker is over, and it’s not just over here in America, it’s over just about everywhere as driving force of an economy. And your proposal for manufacturing is wishing to take America and the world by generations backwards. And that’s more mentally challenged than liberals usually get.

 

But keep in mind that Santorum has always misunderstood economics, has always lacked even a basic clue about capitalism, and has certainly never understood America. For instance take a look at this statement.

 

“Our nation was built on the family, not on the individual.”

An interesting statement from a man whose family always appears next to him at events looking like they’re being held hostage at gun point (but then again would you like to spend time next to a father who treats his daughters like nothing more than chattel and brings home human corpses for the kids to play with). Really Rick? Was it Jefferson’s family that wrote the Declaration? Was it Hamilton and Madison’s family that wrote the Federalist Papers? Perhaps it was the Washington family that made the hard choices that needed to be made in the early days of the Republic. Was it family who first pushed into the West and opened it…or was the individualist mountain men? Perhaps it was J.D. Rockefeller’s family who created a fortune. Or maybe it was Ford’s family that had the bright idea to use the assembly line. Maybe it was Tesla’s family that came up the alternating current that still powers our lives.   History has and will always be driven by individuals. Yes, ethical individuals are driven by their love for their friends and family, but also by their love for themselves (something a self loathing homophobic closet case probably doesn’t have the first clue about). Because it is only individuals who come up with the innovations to make society better, and only individuals who create value in work and idea. It is only individuals who can think, who can act and who can build. Yes groups and families can work together to achieve more than a single individual might be able to do, but first and foremost they are individuals.

 

Rick Santorum has not the first clue what it is to be conservative. His idea of conservative extends no further than abortions and gays must be outlawed (which is odd because no real conservative would believe in this extension of government power). There is not one policy held by Rick Santorum that the Founding Fathers would not not have drawn lots over to see who would shoot this worthless excuse for a human, this disgrace to America, and this imposter of a Republican.

 

 

 

 

 

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