Santorum: Sold-Out The Working Man & Fiscal Conservatives — No Right to Work (Guest: Greg Stapley)

By Greg Stapley

Rick Santorum is not who he says he is.

Santorum has been loudly proclaiming not only that he is the one true conservative in this race, but that he’s the only candidate who understands and will fight for working Americans. To hear him tell it, you’d think he invented conservatism.

Greg Stapley

Not so fast, Senator. There are a few things that working people and conservatives alike should know about you and your record before they pull the lever.

I am certainly not a one-issue voter, but one principle is so fundamental in the raging battle for America’s soul that it has become the threshold across which all candidates must pass before they can legitimately claim the title and honor of Conservative. That principle is freedom from forced unionism.

There was a time in our nation’s history when unions helped and protected workers. However, today’s union movement has been largely co-opted by left-wing social engineers, who are using the economic engine of forced union dues to fund sweeping changes to American society, government and values — changes that are the antithesis of the conservative principles I hold dear.

Against the wishes of large swaths of their membership, today’s union bosses routinely pick their members’ pockets by using forced dues to support politicians and agendas that are have nothing to do with the workplace, and are often opposed to the values and philosophies of those members.

In 27 states (it was 28 until just last month — congratulations, Indiana!), union bosses have become so powerful that they have secured mind-boggling legislation which allows them to deny gainful employment to honest, hard-working citizens who want nothing more than to put bread on the table without funding some union leader’s social and political agenda. This keeps the bosses in power. More importantly, it keeps the money flowing from their unwilling members’ paychecks to union coffers and on to their cronies in government. They just need a few cooperative politicians to keep these laws in place for them.

And Rick Santorum — “Reliable Rick” — is Big Labor’s go-to guy on the “right.”

Denying a basic freedom like the right to work is about as anti-conservative as it gets. No politician can give lip service to the principles of individualism, self-determination or the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness while at the same time colluding with entrenched labor interests to compel workers into unions that forcibly take their money and do little to help them.

But remarkably, despite his claims that he is a champion of blue-collar America, Rick Santorum has done exactly that.

For example, in an astonishing effort to ingratiate himself to the union bosses who control the campaign purse strings in his home state of Pennsylvania, then-Senator Rick Santorum actively worked to defeat the federal right to work bill in the United States Senate. (104th Congress, S. 1788, the National Right to Work Act of 1995. (“On the Cloture Motion (motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to consider S.1788),” Senate Bill Clerk, Vote Number: 188, www.senate.gov, 7/10/2021)

Had it passed, millions of American workers who are currently trapped in union shops, compelled to follow union rules and forced to pay union dues against their will, would have been liberated from the clutches of their union overlords. Sadly, no thanks to Rick Santorum, these workers are still imprisoned in forced-union Perdition.

And in case your friendly neighborhood Santorum-apologist suggests that Rick has had a change of heart on the Big Labor issue now that he’s running for national — not state — office, remind them that in this very presidential campaign, an unrepentant Santorum refused to answer the National Right to Work Committee’s Presidential Survey.

This slap in the face of oppressed blue-collar conservatives everywhere is a tacit confession that he has not changed one whit in his Big-Labor leanings. Truly, Rick Santorum is the union fat cats’ Manchurian Candidate.

And that’s not all. During that same congressional session, Santorum also voted to retain the 1930s-era Davis-Bacon Act, which forces taxpayers to pay “prevailing” (i.e, “union”) wages in government-funded construction and contracts, giving Big Labor an unfair advantage over non-union companies and workers (“On the Motion to Table (motion to table Kennedy Amendment No. 4031 to S.Amdt. 4000 to S.Con.Res. 57),” Senate Bill Clerk, Vote Number: 134, www.senate.gov, 5/22/1996).

Again, no thanks to Santorum, Davis-Bacon now makes every federal project cost the American people vastly more than it would have in a free-market environment, bloating our deficits and adding to our debt. And it costs us not only money, but jobs — even uber-liberal San Francisco is buying its steel and having major portions of the new Bay Bridge manufactured in — you guessed it — China (“Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label,” New York Times 6/25/11).

Steelworkers of America, how do you say “goodbye decent manufacturing jobs” in Chinese?
And yet Santorum has the gall to call himself a fiscal conservative and a champion of working Americans, while the evidence shows that he quickly sold us out on both counts, when his election was on the line.

Notwithstanding Santorum’s very-recent endorsement of national right-to-work legislation (a position he conveniently adopted shortly before the South Carolina primary, when the NLRB/Boeing issue was all the rage), Patrick Semmens of the National Right to Work Foundation wrote: “Rick Santorum’s’ position on Right to Work should be deeply troubling to the 80 percent of Americans who believe workers should not be forced to pay dues or fees to a union just to get or keep a job.” (www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics)

For the record, neither I nor the Republican Party are anti-union; we are pro-right-to-work. Conservative-sponsored right-to-work laws rely upon and protect a critical Constitutional freedom: the freedom of association. These laws safeguard the freedom NOT to associate, by prohibiting employers from making union membership or the payment of union dues a condition of employment. However, these same laws are equally protective of workers’ freedom to voluntarily associate with each other and with unions, regardless of their employers’ wishes.

By contrast, today’s closed-shop unions are good at giving lip service to the needs of their members. But unless you are one of the “closed-shop red-hots” who keeps them in power, union bosses don’t care much for anything or anyone outside of their own agendas.

Rick Santorum has spent his entire career in bed with Big Labor. The blue-collar voters that Santorum says he connects with are the same voters he’s been throwing under the forced-unionism bus for years. They just want open-shop freedom and an end to the Union/Democrat dyad’s social engineering agendas and workplace tyrannies. But they’ve been sold out by Santorum, time and time again.

Santorum is not their friend, and he won’t be their candidate when they figure out where his true loyalties lie. Rick Santorum has done the unforgiveable, and voters who care about American jobs, fiscal responsibility and conservative values will remember his treachery when they go to the polls.

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Greg Stapley is an attorney and health care executive living with his wife Debbie and their family in San Juan Capistrano, California
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7 Responses to Santorum: Sold-Out The Working Man & Fiscal Conservatives — No Right to Work (Guest: Greg Stapley)

  1. RENEE says:

    Rick Santorum…a fiscal conservative?…NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE… http://www.realchange.org/santorum.htm

  2. freda hartman-gales says:

    there is no comparison…Mitt is our man for president….time will make that happen and so will the people!

  3. Jim Tills says:

    Almost unbelievable! What a two-faced candidate Rick Santorum is. No wonder he lies constantly about Mitt Romney and complains about negative attack ads. He doesn’t want these truths about his record to surface. He may have conservative social standing but economic conservative? No way! The economy is the main issue this time around and he is sadly lacking. Obama must salivate at the thought that Santorum might be his possible opponent.

  4. Michael Hope says:

    I Don’t know all there is to know on the subject, but here in Idaho we have been Right to work for several years and it has not helped to get more jobs, and the ones we do have are so poorly paid people are moving to where the unions keep the wage level up. I have seen jobs here paying half of what you can get in other states that are not right to work, and the better paying jobs were not union just forced to compete with the unions so workers had a better standard of living.
    Having said all that, I would sooner have a low paying job than no job at all. As for me I hate Right to Work. I think the unions need to be regulated to keep them from spending the dues for things the members have no say in. So lets not blindly jump on the right to work band wagon because we think of unions being connected to mafia. BTW I have never been a union member.

  5. RENEE says:

    Santorum is not a fiscal conservative and he’s a FAKE social conservative…I understand that people grow and change their minds about things, but it seems to me that some people just do so in order to advance their political careers…This is what Santorum said in 1995: ” I WAS BASICALLY PRO-CHOICE ALL MY LIFE, UNTIL I RAN FOR CONGRESS”…Gee, how convenient!… in essence, Santorum had to change his mind because he was running for congress as a ‘conservative’??…Google: Santorum was pro-choice and see how many news-sites reported on this (Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Daily Paul etc), yet I’ve never heard Sean Hannity, for example, ask Santorum about his previous stance on abortion. Hannity however asked Mitt why he changed his mind about abortion…double-standard??? Bias??? You got that right! I say it’s time for us to really vet Rick and let people (especially evangelicals) know that Santorum is NOT the only conservative in this primary race (everytime I hear Rick say that he’s the conservative alternative to Mitt, it makes me want to vomit!)…Before I forget, I read Rick Santorum’s bio on Wikipedia and this is what it says under Same sex marriage and reproductive rights: While prior to his running for congress Santorum considered himself pro-choice on abortion, he has since changed his position to pro-life…Ron Paul had it right, when he called Santorium a FAKE!!!…GO MITT!!!

  6. Doug Stevens says:

    Well researched and well put Mr. Stapley. I hope that the word will get out especially to those who know Santorum best in his own state of Pennslvania, where his true colors will be known.

  7. Nannette says:

    I have always said,”Icky Ricky(Santorum) is a little tricky. He is a fake from the word go and a wolf in sheeps clothing. The best call for Santorum is to wrap it up and go home. We don’t want you as our Prez. So go take a hike and whine all you want to the hills so we don’t have to hear you anymore.