Rick Santorum: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better”

Despite his late surge in the Iowa polls, culminating with an apparent endorsement from Rupert Murdoch himself,  Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum felt the need to cement his credentials as a true social conservative yesterday.

Clearly some voters think that despite his record of homophobia and attacks on womens rights, he’s just not racist enough to be Commander-in-Chief. Eager to ease their worried minds, Santorum turned to the issue of welfare dependency at a campaign event on Monday.

While British leaders tiptoe around discussion of “benefit scroungers”, Santorum was refreshing in his honesty, telling voters:

“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money”

Of course, as The Raw Story point out, Santorum’s position overlooks the fact that white Americans account for the largest percentage of welfare payments each month.

But why let the facts get in the way?

5 Comments

  1. Arieh Kovler says:

    But why let the facts get in the way?

    Good question. So did he actually say “black”? Because I sounds like he just got tounge-tied trying to say “people’s lives”.

    Seems that others agree. Just googled and found this: http://www.mediaite.com/online/did-rick-santorum-really-talk-about-making-%E2%80%98black-people%E2%80%99s-lives-better%E2%80%99-with-%E2%80%98somebody-else%E2%80%99s-money%E2%80%99/

    I’m no Santorum fan, but this time the facts got in the way.

  2. Keeg Lars says:

    I agree with Arieh.
    He doesn’t say “black” at all. Plus the quote is incredibly misleading when you hear it in context. He wants to make people self-sufficient, not reliant on the government. Is that a bad thing? I’m definitely no Santorum fan but come on… Let’s be fair.

  3. Anonymous says:

    it actually sounds more like he is saying white peoples lives, i’ve listened a few times, not once can i hear him say they work black

  4. Joe Buckley says:

    Agree with the others, i cannot see it that way at all: that may be what he nearly said, but since we are not right wing dickheads we belive in giving people a fair chance. I was trying to research Carlos Galindo, who is apparently the originator of this, but his website is down. I guess being a liberal in Arizona you could easily lose your perspective. That said, assuming the worst of them all won’t be too far wrong…

  5. Yeah I agree with this guys above. Of course he doesn’t say black. AS IF… Could you imagine him being that stupid? Actually what he really says is “I am a really lovely and liberal guy who isn’t racist at all. And I am not stupid either for being racist on TV and exposing myself for a racist bigot. And I am actually a really nice guy who wants a fair system in which the money doesn’t just flow upwards, but in fact sometimes flows sideways and even (God forbid) trickles down a little. You know what I am just a great liberal guy who wants the world to be a better place. And I love those black guys”

    You know the power of denial is an incredible thing. It’s more powerful than you would think. It allows the most

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