This wasn’t one of Rick’s better moves. The former Pennsylvania senator attacked conservative Ronald Reagan during a town hall meeting yesterday in New Hampshire.
The Daily Caller reported:

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum committed one of the gravest sins in Republican politics on Wednesday evening by knocking the revered former President Ronald Reagan at a packed town hall meeting.

While addressing America’s entitlement crisis at his first New Hampshire event since his stunning near-victory in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, Santorum said Reagan contributed to the entitlement crisis by pushing Social Security’s sustainability issues down the road instead of dealing with them head-on in the 1983 bipartisan deal to fix Social Security.

“If Rick Santorum gets elected and we do what I said that we need to do, which is to deal with the entitlement programs now, not 10 to 20 years from now,” Santorum said.

“You’ll know — unlike Ronald Reagan who maybe was a better politician than me — you’ll know that it was Rick Santorum that worked together and got the American public to gather together to fix this problem. Why? Because it is our problem.”

Santorum was walking the audience through what he called the “ancient days of yesteryear” in a interminable and incredibly detailed response to a questioner. He explained that in the 1983 deal Reagan brokered with Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil to fix Social Security, the retirement age was moved back to 67, but that change wasn’t slated to be enacted until the politicians responsible were out of office.

“This was the brilliance of the politicians that did this,” Santorum said sarcastically.

“They were absolutely brilliant. They passed a bill that didn’t take affect for 20 years so nobody blames them. It was brilliant. They increased the Social Security age by two years back in 1983 and it didn’t start phasing in, it doesn’t fully phase in for almost 40 years. And so Ronald Reagan did that. Most people have no idea — no one associates Ronald Reagan with raising the retirement age. Why? Because all of the people it affected were nowhere near retirement and they didn’t know about it.”

 

 

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  1. RICK IS A GOOD GUY. HE’S BEEN RIGHT ON MANY ISSUES.

    BUT WRONG TOO.

    HE IS ALSO DOUR, HUMORLESS, SANCTIMONIOUS, SELF-RIGHTEOUS.

    HE CAN’T BEAT OBAMA.

    THE TRUE TASK AT HAND IS NOT SELECTING THE MOST CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE.

    THE TASK AT HAND IS SELECTING SOMEONE WHO CAN DEFEAT OBAMA.

    RICK MIGHT ACCOMPLISH THE FIRST, BUT NEVER THE LATTER.

  2. I’m going for Santorum. Stalwart amnesty-blocker & blocker of bogus “guest-worker” schemes. I’ll take his checkered past on earmarks.

  3. I’m 42. Anyone my age who actually still believes that they will get one dollar of their Social Security is bonkers. And if was Reagan who raised the age to 67, who was it that raised it to 70? That’s right….70. IF there was a way to regain solvency of the Social Security system, I’m not to see a dime until I’m 70.

    So, you can freak out about something Santorum said about Reagan all you want. To people like me who are facing a retirement without any Social Security, it’s all about nothing. I’m paying for druggies, whiners, pretenders and lameoids to sit on their butts and collect more than they’ve ever paid into SS. I’ll get none of it that I’ve paid in.

  4. another usless socialist….god help us all with the dimwits running against ozero

  5. Bingo Liz! Forced to pay for it, and then it is given away for nothing, to people that paid nothing into it.

    And then they are baffled why Americans feel they already pay more than their fair share.

  6. Here we go again-”work together” We need someone who can lead.
    bg-here’s your cue to go into your “all slam Rick Perry, all the time” mode

  7. Rick is NOT a good guy.
    FIRST he caves whenever it counts the most – Supporting Arlen Spectre was only ONE of his MAJOR such moves.

    Now – attacking Ronald Reagan!!!!

    He is so dead to me. There is no consideration whatsoever, here. NONE!

  8. They each get a week or so before they crash and burn — usually based on their own actions. Where, or where, is a genuine conservative with a little courage? (Rick Perry, you still there?? Or, is someone else ready to jump in the race?)
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  9. The problem isn’t just Obama. The problem is spending and debt. SSI and the other entitlements will crush us in the relatively near future. The entitlements are popular Ponzi schemes that are beginning to crash.

    Obama just sped up the coming crash, McCain would only have sped up a little less. I don’t see anyone being able to stop this train wreck and I see many willing to hasten our crash. Paul has some of the right ideas but he would never be able to get anything that would solve the problem through Congress.

  10. jim you’re so lame

  11. It’s about GOP who throw Conservatives under the bus instead of the Democrat Marxist Programs.

    I.E., when he supported Arlen Spectre who voted with the DEMOCRATS all the time, it was AGAINST A CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE that he did so.

    NOW he is throwing Ronald Reagan under the bus BECAUSE HE IS PLANNING ON ANOTHER DIM “FIX” for things like Social Security – INSTEAD OF A CONSERVATIVE SOLUTION.

  12. All you Georgette Mosbachers out there can just relax. You have nothing to fear from Santorum or Ron Paul.

    *sigh*

  13. I know Ronald Regan, is the one who others are measured by in our party but when your wrong your wrong. I’ve been around for awhile, I first voted for Richard Nixon, in his second term. The idea that ANYONE is the perfect conservative in ALL ways is silly. Ronald Reagan, was the best so far in my lifetime if for no other reason then breaking the Soviet’s! But he still has faults and to gloss over them or pretend he was perfect is something I’ll leave to the Dem’s and their hero worship of FDR/JFK and now the Chosen One.

  14. More foot-in-mouth nonsense. Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney have all demostrated an annoying tendency to shoot from the lip.

    Think, then speak.

  15. Love a guy who can stand on his own two feet. Everyone knows Reagan wasn’t perfect and had flaws, shoot he raised taxes. I still love Reagan and Santorum. Perry isn’t even campaigning in SC until Sunday. He just isn’t serious. Go Santorum!!!!

  16. It’s obvious to me that the blinders come on for Romney, but everyone else is suspect. Santorum’s only bad mistake was being talked into backing Arlen Spector by the establishment. So now anytime this conservative opens his mouth, he’s suspect. And who the hell can say he can’t beat Obama, just how do you know? The answer is you don’t. For crying out loud stop with this doom and gloom. A watermelon could beat this pos. Who among us would vote for Obama because Santorum is the candidate, and if you say you will, well then this country doesn’t deserve to be saved.

    It’s fine to support another candidate, but gosh, wake up. Romney is simply the worst choice we could make. Why? Because in a lot of things he’s to the left of Obama and is just as big a liar. The Establishment backs him which means a Romney presidency would go down the same path towards destruction, but just a tad slower. No for me the line has been drawn in the sand, and I refuse to continue down that road.

  17. well surprise here we go again…………big establishment eating-it owns to help elect Romney…………..Rick and Newt need to team up together………..start pushing ahead ……..Romney is going have hard time here in deep South……….just sayin

  18. While I have preferences I plan to support whoever the nominee is. My first choice was Sarah Palin, second Michelle Bachman and now Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich, is to much of a weather vane, he goes however the wind blows or the money flows. But if he’s the nominee or even Mitt “Gag” Romney, I’ll still back them over the Socialist-In-Chief we have now.

  19. I’m not going to parse every word that Santorum says to show how he’s not Conservative, he and Bachmann were the most reliable conservatives in the race, I do’nt agree with everything he says, but he’s still going to be a better Pres than Obama is.
    Any of them, with the exception of Ron paul who is a Jew-Hating liberal(We have one of those in office now) would be better than Obama. Somehow I think Santorum would not make recess appointments when the Senate is in Pro-Forma session.

  20. Just saying Rick Perry is sleeping in until Sunday then going to SC He was too afraid to venture to NH, even though if you make it to the General you need all states.



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