Rick Santorum Compares ‘Social Welfare Programs’ Like Medicaid To Fascism In Iowa Speech

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"Rick Santorum Compares ‘Social Welfare Programs’ Like Medicaid To Fascism In Iowa Speech"

Rick Santorum delivered what sounded like a victory speech in Iowa last night, where he fell just eight votes short of victory to Mitt Romney. During his remarks, the former Pennsylvania senator said his grandfather’s decision to flee Mussolini’s Italy inspired him to enter the race and fight against President Obama’s reliance on government. The reference has become a staple of Santorum’s stump speeches, but on Wednesday morning, he went a step further, directly linking “social welfare programs” — the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and food stamps — to the fascism his grandfather left behind:

SANTORUM: [My grandfather] came after having fought in World War I because Mussolini has been in power now for three years and had has figured out that Fascism was something that would crush his spirit and his freedom….And we have two parties that are out talking about how they’re going to solve those problems. One wants to talk about raising taxes on people who have been successful and redistributing money, increasing dependency in this country, promoting more Medicaid and food stamps and all sorts of social welfare programs and passing Obamacare to provide even more government subsidies. More and more dependency, more and more government — exactly what my grandfather left in 1925.

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Santorum frequently bemoans the expansion of social programs has argued that as a result of the health care law, “every single American will have an IV hooked up to them and will now be dependent upon Washington DC for whether they get their tests, whether they see a doctor, whether they get their procedure done.” During a stop in Iowa on Sunday, Santorum “singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly white audience he doesn’t want to ‘make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.'”

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