Rick Santorum compared with Catholic and American Social Doctrine


The article, “A Catholic voters guide for Reno Nevada, part 3,” begins, by quoting Deuteronomy 4:5-9. The essence of this passage is that we should create a society that others want to emulate. The article “A Catholic voters guide for Reno Nevada, part 3,” also quotes our Declaration of Independence and the Preamble of our Constitution.

A founding principle of our republic

These state, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (Muslim and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, immigrant and native born, Anglo-Saxon and minority) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…”

The Preamble states the reason for our government is to, “Form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

The program of Rick Santorum, from his webpage is to:

  Consolidate duplicative programs and agencies

  Promote competition for provision of essential services

How does Rick Santorum plan on both promoting competition while phasing out duplication of services. Competition implies two agencies providing the same service and competing with each other for the right to provide the stated service.

  Immediately reduce federal (non-defense discretionary spending) to 2008 levels through across the board spending cuts.

  Freeze defense spending levels for 5 years and reject automatic cuts.

  Freeze spending levels for social programs for 5 years such as Medicaid, Housing, Education, Job Training, and Food Stamps, time limit restrictions, and block grant to the States like in Welfare Reform.

  Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with market based healthcare innovation and competition.

  Cut EPA resources for job killing regulations and return focus to commonsense conservation and safe and clean air and water.

  Cut in half the number of State Department USAID employees.

  Cut funding for National Labor Relations Board.

As we look at these programs, one item becomes clear. All of these proposals focus on the process of government, not the goal of government. The proposals do not show any clear understanding of what the role of government is as spelled out in our Declaration of Independence and the Preamble. “Cut in half the number of State Department USAID employees?” How many USAID employees are required to fulfill our heritage as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the mandate of the Preamble.? The proposal does not define this or why USAID has too many employees as defined to meet the needs of the above documents. This does not mean USAID has too many or too few employees. We simply do not know.

This process puts the cart before the horse. Instead of finding the need as defined by the above documents, we first decide how much we are willing to spend, then make the need meet the spending. If people die, at least we are pro-life? No!  This is not pro-life, and Catholics only vote for people who are pro-life.

The same applies to the proposal to reduce federal non-defense spending. How much is required to fulfill the legacy of our Declaration of Independence and the mandates of our Preamble? How are we defining how much is required? Freeze spending levels for social programs for 5 years such as Medicaid, Housing, Education, Job Training, and Food Stamps? How much is required to fulfill the mandates of the above documents? How are we defining that?

Our republic is founded upon principles. We must follow those principles if we expect others to take us seriously!

A Catholic voter’s guide for Reno, Nevada, part 5 clearly shows how it very much is the role of government to protect the poor from the ignorance of the rich. Catholic social teaching is teaches us that we are made in the image of God, and as such, God obligates us, as individuals, and as nations, to treat each other as being made in God’s image. We also have Original Sin. We are all imperfect human beings. As John Locke states in his Second Treatise on Government, “No man is a fair judge in his own case.” Business and government needs regulation external to itself to protect those weaker then itself.

We are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…” It may well be that Social Spending needs to be frozen. Some 8,000 babies die in the first year of life, half of which are pre-born due to negligence on the part of our society. This does not include abortion.  Before the implementation of so-called “Obamacare,” 45,000 total human beings died each year from a lack of health care. There are 5,000 worker related deaths and 1.2 million industrial accidents each year. Fifty.2 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 17.2 million children. Of these individuals, 12.2 million adults and 5.4 million children lived in households with very low food security.

These figures and much, much more, imply that we as a society are not spending enough on social programs. We need to be addressing our problems, as our starting point, not on reducing numbers. There is nothing in the Rick Santorum plan to fix these numbers. The article, “The Catholic Case Against Rick Santorum, also has much to say on this issue.

How does Rick Santorum define the problems government is supposed to address? How does he define the role of government? What will the spending needs of our republic be, this year, next year, in five years as defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble? What programs does Rick Santorum plan on having in place to meet those needs? We do not know. He is not addressing these issues, only the issue of spending cuts.

Instead, we have a program, which opposes labor unions to regulate big business and opposes government doing the job. We must ask ourselves, in this plan, where is the regulation for the corporate executive and his original sin, his being an imperfect human being?

That is why other nations do not look to emulate us. We start with the budget cutting formula, and then try to make the need fit the formula. Until we put the horse in front of the proverbial cart, we cannot expect other nations to emulate us. Until we find that regulatory force, we must look for another candidate for the job of president.

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