What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/ Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary) Friday, January 6th at 12:13PM EST 180 Comments I’m rather tired of all the people who don’t like Romney trying to claim Rick Santorum is not a big government conservative, or not a pro-life statist. I would support him before I would support Romney too, but I have no intention of giving up ideological and intellectual consistency in the name of beating Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum is a pro-life statist. He is. You will have to deal with it. He is a big government conservative. Santorum is right on social issues, but has never let his love of social issues stand in the way of the creeping expansion of the welfare state. In fact, he has been complicit in the expansion of the welfare state. I and some friends, none of us Romney fans, have set about exploring Santorum’s record since Wednesday morning. Here now is a non-exhaustive list of what we have found. It does not even include his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, etc. This is not the record of a man committed to scaling back the welfare state or the nanny state Immigration Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens. Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors. Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants. Spending and Entitlements Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement. Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years. Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF. Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt. Health Care Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker. Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance. Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate. Education Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion. Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district. Welfare Voted against food stamp reform Voted against Medicaid reform Voted against TANF reform Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12. Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance. Sounds like a liberal to me! Here is some more of Sandorum. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFr8sbYlEgo]Rick Santorum 2006 Wrestling Ad on Compromising With Democrats. - YouTube[/ame] "I and some friends, none of us Romney fans, have set about exploring Santorum’s record since Wednesday morning. Here now is a non-exhaustive list of what we have found. It does not even include his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, etc. This is not the record of a man committed to scaling back the welfare state or the nanny state."