The Anti Lincoln Bias of Rick Santorum

As presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is changing his focus on “Freedom…,” whatever that means to him, after his loss in Illinois, potential voters should know a little fact about one of his stunts.  I was reading an article in philly.com, by the Associated Press, that Rick Santorum raised $9 Million in February.  Of course, they didn’t say from where he raised it, but the article said that he went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to watch the results of the Illinois primary.  Illinois, of course, is the “Land of Lincoln,” so to speak.  So, Santorum was trying to make the connection of Lincoln and himself.  Nice try but there’s just one problem with that.

The problem is that Santorum is diametrically opposed to Lincoln’s policies.  That is, he is 180 degrees opposite of what Lincoln did on the economy.  Abraham Lincoln was opposed to Free Trade.  All of his policies were anti-Free Trade.  He used the power of the government to foster economic development and infrastructure (called internal improvements at the time).  He was responsible for the building of the transcontinental railroad, canals, industry and had the highest tariffs of all time.  The economic future of the U.S. was not left up to the private sector under Lincoln.

“As Illinois Republicans vote in the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday, Santorum is reconnecting with a son of Illinois remembered for one afternoon he spent in Pennsylvania. Santorum planned to watch the Illinois primary results at a campaign party in Gettysburg, Pa., the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Civil War address.  Santorum had campaigned in Illinois and looks to continue his trend of doing well in rural, conservative areas while largely ceding urban areas to Romney.”

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 The Anti Lincoln Approach

Rick Santorum, on the other hand, says the best thing to do is let the private sector handle the economy.  Now, maybe it’s just my perception, but didn’t the private sector get us into this economic mess?  Since the time of Jimmy Carter up until now, the economy has been deregulated, that is, privatized.  The government has been letting the private sector decide more about our economy while the government has stepped aside.  So, it’s a fact that we are pretty unregulated now.

And we are in an economic mess.  How would letting the private sector have even more say in economic policies affect a real recovery?  It simply can’t.  By the way, the private sector, read Wall Street, has made a huge fortune off the American people in the process of deregulation.  However, ironically, when the Wall Street financial Ponzi scheme crashed, the government rushed in to bail them out, several times, with taxpayer money.  The same taxpayers whom the government refuses to help with an economic recovery program.

This would never have happened under a Lincoln administration.  So, don’t be fooled by Rick Santorum’s stunts.  And, just because he wears a Republican label, like most of his party members do, don’t think that he has anything to do with Lincoln’s  economic programs which were specifically American System.  We can call them Main Street policies where Santorum is unabashedly Wall Street.

 

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