David Gregory Rick Santorum: Grilled on Earmarks and Romney Endorsement?

Liberals and Conservatives like to think they do a good job of catching our candidates in an oops! This week it’s David Gregory on “Meet the Pitiful Press.” Santorum is harangued for supporting Romney in 2008, and for earmarks during his time in Congress. Neither is a good argument and if he “grilled” Santorum, Santorum then flipped Gregory’s behind to the griddle with his no-nonsense answers, and did it politely – without attitude. Note in the video below, Gregory thinks the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was democracy at work.  These people know nothing! Listen also that Santorum talks about working with the members of Congress and making “compromises.”

Rick Santorum

I supported Romney over McCain. Many, many did. Santorum’s options were the same as mine. We wanted just about anyone but John McCain. Then when McCain became the nominee and especially when he chose Sarah Palin, Santorum got behind McCain. That’s exactly what a Republican should have done, just as Hillary supporters eventually promoted Obama.

In 2008 we knew little about health care legislation, with the exception of dim, unpleasant memories of HillaryCare. No one was talking about ObamaCare then as it was just an evil gleam in the eye of Obama – a note tucked away in his Alinsky Bible (actually it was already written by Tom Daschle and Ted Kennedy). Most of us hadn’t a clue what was coming our way. So Romney got Santorum’s endorsement.

Gregory thinks he “grilled” Santorum over earmarks, but as always, Santorum held his own. He cited the Constitution, and just as Ron Paul said previously, it was Santorum’s job to bring some of Pennsylvanians tax money back home to the people. When your legislator does not bring home money for your state, the money DOES NOT GO back in the Treasury to pay down the deficit. What is it about earmarks that voters don’t get?

What they don’t get is that Congress has the solemn job of authorizing spending and appropriating it (choosing how it authorized spending will be paid for). But today it’s an I scratch your back and you scratch mine – good old boy party. All integrity is gone from the Halls of Congress.

In the months leading up to 2010 elections, Republicans told us they would make sure spending bills and earmarks were clean, made it to the Floor representing legitimate expenditures for earmarking, and unencumbering important bills such as funding the military. We were told these bills would be properly authorized and appropriated. According to my Senator Jim Inhofe, that often doesn’t happen. A pox on John Boehner for not talking about this.

This is important to know: If your state does not get the earmark you need or asked for, it will go back to the Executive slush fund – then to be used in a variety of ways, but mostly to fund the wants and needs of UNELECTED bureaucrats. It’s that simple, so we need to change the rules, and we must charge Congress with spending our money wisely, which does not mean every legislator gets play money because he voted for yours.

In 2008, the modern day TEA Party was just a babe, but with their founding, we quickly lost our naivete. It took nothing more than the extraordinary Obama claim, standing on the grandstand, talking about electricity bills “skyrocketing” and  redistribution of wealth. John McCain didn’t much care. Santorum tried to help Romney win the nomination in 2008. It wasn’t a bad thing then.

Today, Santorum is showing us he is far more Conservative than Mitt Romney. That’s what he should be doing. And before you ask me, I don’t know why Santorum voted for the “bridge to nowhere,” but I do know that we are all paying attention now and if similar legislation (and there has been a boatload of it) appears, we will try to take it down. Remember that for many, many years we held Congress accountable for nothing. Not so today.

A last word: many of my blogging friends tell me the problem with Rick Santorum is that he has no charisma, no spark, but the man knows his stuff. Isn’t that important? He isn’t boring when he speaks, and thank goodness he isn’t “elegant.” He would slay Obama (figuratively speaking) in a debate because he makes the Conservative argument so concisely. He doesn’t stutter and he doesn’t need a teleprompter. He is never at a loss for words, AND he is passionate. I hear complaints that Santorum is a bit aggressive. Perfect for an Obama debate. The only valid problem I concede to with Santorum is the problem of getting the Independent vote. A last minute reminder: Stacy McCain is reporting live from Iowa

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David Gregory Interviews Rick Santorum (video)

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