Santorum’s ugly line: Wow! As the day of reckoning drew near, the other tribe has gotten ugly!
Luckily, Al Sharpton blew the whistle at the start of last evening’s show:
SHARPTON (1/2/12): It’s a race to the bottom in Iowa.Good grief! Rick Santorum said he doesn’t want to give black people somebody else’s money! We put down everything else we were doing. Soon, we got the full tale:
Tonight, Rick Santorum says he doesn’t want to give black people somebody else’s money. An ugly line from a season of ugly campaigning.
SHARPTON: Tonight’s lead: Playing ugly in Iowa. Just a day from the first voting of 2012 and the candidates’ appeals just getting uglier.For our money, Santorum’s presentation was basically dumb, though Obama has added millions of people to the number who get government help with their health care. (We support that approach.) But when Santorum said, “They are just pushing harder and harder to get more and more of you dependent upon them so they can get your vote” (our emphasis), he was speaking to a room that was full of Iowa’s famous white people.
Rick Santorum, the GOP’s newest flavor of the month, is surging, but his words on government and African-American are offensive to watch.
SANTORUM (videotape): What President Obama wants to do, his economic plan is to make more people dependent upon the government, to grow the government to make sure that we have more food stamps and more SSI and more Medicaid. Four in 10 children now are on government-provided health care.
It just keeps expanding. They are just pushing harder and harder to get more and more of you dependent upon them so they can get your vote. That’s what the bottom line is.
I don’t want to make people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.
SHARPTON: The opportunity to earn their own money? Wow. What a concept!
Are black people the only ones to receive federal aid, Mr. Santorum?
There’s so many things wrong with what Santorum said, starting with the facts. Most Americans on food stamps, 34 percent, are white. Twenty-two percent of food stamp recipients are black and 17 percent are Hispanic.
He said nothing about black people or Hispanics. The people he spoke to were white.
Sharpton could hear the whistle, and it was ugly. Or does he just believe you’re dumb? That you are hopelessly tribal?
The plutocrats win when we work to divide. Though cable ratings may rise in the process, allowing more bucks to be stuffed in the pants of some of our very best friends.
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