Where he stands: Rick Santorum

Richard John “Rick” Santorum (born May 10, 1958, in Winchester, Va.), a Republican, is an attorney who served as a U.S. Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. He was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, finishing second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum received an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law (now part of Penn State).

While serving as a senator, Santorum was the author of what came to be known as the Santorum Amendment, which promoted the teaching of intelligent design. In 2005,

In the years following his departure from the Senate, Santorum worked as a consultant, private-practice lawyer and news contributor.

http://www.ricksantorum.com/

Economic agenda

His “20/20 Flat Tax Plan” is the centerpiece of his Economic Freedom Agenda. These are they key points:

  • Abolish the federal income tax code and replace it with a simple, fair rate system – 20% flat tax on individual income / 20% flat tax on business income.
  • Dramatically downsize, restructure and reform the IRS.
  • Aim to make the U.S., once again, the world’s leading manufacturer by providing companies a 100% income exemption to be phased out over two years and tax deductions for capital investments.
  • Negotiate free-trade agreements with the goal of expanding access to foreign markets for American products and services.
  • Audit the Federal Reserve and appoint a Fed chairperson committed to maintaining sound money and a strong dollar.
  • Increase the minimum wage by 50 cents per year for three years.
  • Fully repeal Obamacare.
  • Call on Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, limiting federal spending to 18% of GDP.
  • Submit to Congress a plan that balances the federal budget within five years.
  • Approve the Keystone Pipeline for jobs and energy security.
  • Open up market access to all forms of domestic fuel production.
  • Give states the freedom to choose where they want to explore for oil and natural gas and to set their own regulations for hydrofracking.
  • Introduce work requirements for means-tested entitlement programs, including the federal food stamps program.
  • Cut means-tested entitlement programs by 10% across the board, freeze them for four years, and block grant them to states.
  • Reform and strengthen Medicare and Social Security.
  • Seal the Mexican border with an American-made wall.

Immigration

  • Implement a biometric tracking system for every immigrant who enters the United States. Anyone apprehended who has overstayed his or her visa should be subject to fines and then subsequently removed.
  • End the practice of sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds from any city that refuses to cooperate with federal authorities.
  • End amnesty.
  • Push for congressional action to require all businesses use e-verify for all employees to assure those who play by the rules are rewarded and employers who hire illegal immigrants are held accountable.
  • End automatic citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants.

Common Core

Santorum is opposed to Common Core and any other top-down nationalized education standards. While some states are beginning to retreat on implementation of these standards, many are not, and many Americans don’t know what the Common Core standards are since there was little public debate in their adoption.

Debt

Santorum has long supported a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and a line-item veto. He proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending and developed a “spendometer” that added up the cost of amendments to spending bills.

In the early 1990s, Santorum was a member of the “Gang of Seven” that exposed the banking and post office scandals. Santorum also was an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act of 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

Santorum is a strong supporter “No Budget, No Pay” legislation that would require members of Congress to forgo pay for every day after the beginning of the government’s fiscal year that they don’t adopt a budget and pass all of its spending bills.

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