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. (more…)

Obama Says Americans “Lazy”, Romney Disagrees, Speaks to SC Workers (AUDIO)

We’ve been a litle bit lazy over the last couple of decades.” ~ Barack Obama speaking to CEOs at annual APEC meeting in Hawaii. Nov 12, 2021

Mitt Romney strongly disagrees with President Obama’s questionable campaign messaging that we Americans are ‘lazy’, have ‘lost our ambition’, and have become ‘soft’.

Workers at Colite International, an international sign-producing company in Columbia, South Carolina, heard Romney’s strong objections to Obama’s new campaign meme yesterday when he and wife, Ann, toured the facility.

Romney was introduced to employees by wife, Ann:

We need a leader who knows how to turn things around,” she said. “Mitt’s a turnaround guy.”

It was that simple exchange, their well-worn lines about being high school sweethearts and the details about their five children and 16 grandchildren that allowed Justin Mims to see the former Massachusetts governor as more than a two-dimensional political candidate.

Mims, a junior economics major at the University of South Carolina, said Romney seems to be a family man, and he likes that.

After the introduction from his wife at Colite International, Romney jumped into all the missteps he said President Barack Obama has made. Romney said they include the $787 billion federal stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation, new regulations on the banking and finance industry, the federal health care law and appointing pro-union “stooges” to the National Labor Relations Board.

As president, Romney said he would repeal the heath care law signed by Obama in 2010, cut the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, and hand over control of Medicaid to states, among other measures he said would restore America to a “job-creating machine” and cut spending.
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Mims was one of several college students and new graduates who came out to support Romney. Matt Mancini, a 23-year-old new University of South Carolina graduate, said he likes that Romney comes from a business background. Romney’s plan to downsize the government is something that will bring him a lot of support in South Carolina, Mancini said.

The White House hopeful spoke for about 15 minutes and was swarmed afterward by the press and supporters. He signed signs and bumper stickers and posed for pictures before heading off to the next stop on the campaign trail.

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After touring the production floor at Colite, Intl in Columbia, SC, Mitt Romney speaks to employees. Nov 15, 2021 (AP photo)

A few highlights from Romney’s excellent speech (no teleprompter needed):

“The things we make per person in America exceeds that of any other country in the world.”

“Our problem is not that the private sector isn’t productive enough. The problem is the government sector is too heavy and too burdensome and is keeping the private sector from growing and thriving like it should.”

“President Obama doesn’t understand it is NOT government that makes America strong. It is the free people of America that provide our future and our strength.”

American workers deserve a number of rights:
1. Right to a secret ballot
2. Right to at least 30 days notice before a union election
3. Right to work in a non-union state
4. Right to know if they are members of a union, they shouldn’t have dues taken out their paycheck to go to politicians they disagree with.


Listen to Romney’s complete speech (13:36):



Poll after poll in South Carolina reveals Romney in first or second place. A few days before his visit to Colite Intl, The Gov was in Mauldin, SC where he held a roundtable for veterans and he recently participated in the GOP debate in Spartanburg.

Here’s more on Obama’s attempts to draw attention away from his miserable job performance by claiming that we’re lazy Americans…

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