Wednesday, September 07, 2005

"Compassionate Conservative" Santorum Mulls Penalties For Those Who Rode Out Katrina

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) considered in front of reporters' microphones that Gulf Coast residents who did not heed evacuation warnings may need to face "penalties."

What a compassionate conservative.

Santorum, as recorded by WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh: "I mean, you have people who, who don't heed those, those, uh, those warnings and then put people at risk, uh, as a result of not heeding those warnings. So there's, there may be, uh, a need to look at, uh, tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and, uh, and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."

14 Comments:

Blogger Damned Dissenter said...

Bill "The Loofa" O'Reilly has posted his wingnut take on this issue. According to this right, white, millionaire:

New Orleans is not about race. It's about class. If you're poor, you're powerless, not only in America, but everywhere on earth. If you don't have enough money to protect yourself from danger, danger's going to find you. And all the political gibberish in the world is not going to change that.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should be taught in every American school. If you don't get educated, if you don't develop a skill, and force yurself [sic] to work hard, you're most likely be poor. And sooner or later, you'll be standing on a symbolic rooftop waiting for help.


So you see, it's their own fault because "they don't have enough money", they won't get educated and won't work hard. Clearly not racism.

Now, if all these lazy, ignorant people are too poor to pay, maybe Santorum can come up with a way to enslave them--just so they can pay off their "penalties" to the guv'ment.

Welcome to Republican World, kids!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous lindacooks said...

I see that he's as 'silver tongued' as chimpy.
uh uh uh uh uh What a dipshit.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous pigwidgeon said...

It Takes A Jackass
--p!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Skittles said...

PENNSYLVANIA PLEASE DUMP THIS SOCIOPATH ASAP - HE IS BEYOND EMBARASSING

10:37 AM  
Anonymous texpatriot2004 said...

cold-blooded, hateful comment by Santorum who should be publically shamed for this.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous hopein08 said...

I just read somehwere that he has now backtracked on that comment....
not to anything better, of course.

But Casey made such a fuss about the comment that Ricky Boy was forced to go out and say that the fault lies with.......you guessed it THE LOCAL OFFICIALS.

Squirm, Santorum, Squirm.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Feles Mala said...

Maybe he'll begin by flogging the corpses of those
unable to get out...

4:02 PM  
Anonymous David Gaffen said...

So in the span of like, a week, I can count off the top of my head at least 10 really infuriatingly stupid statements:

1. Santorum's amazingly stupid statement about blaming victims.

2. Mike Brown saying that they had NO IDEA there were people dying at the Convention Center.

3. Chertoff saying things were "going well," and suggesting that the reports people were hearing were "rumors."

4. Bush's whine about people not playing politics.

5. Hastert saying the city should be bulldozed.

6. Barbara Bush somehow thinking that this actually works out "well" for these people.

7. Bush saying to Nancy Pelosi, "What didn't go right?"

8. Mike Brown also blaming the victims.

9. Bush: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

10. Mary Landrieu effusively thanking people on Anderson Cooper.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what do nine of these people have in common?

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, first poster, I linked to BO's column and couldn't make it past "ground zero for Bush haters..." ie the first sentence.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Ditto said...

10. They all breath air.
9. They have all slept in warm beds over the past week.
8. For a week now they've managed to work hot meals into their busy schedules.
7. They're workin' hard.
6. They're doing the hard work.
5. They are all to receive medals for their hard work.
4. They'll all be out of work soon.
3. They are Republicans.
2. They all have summer homes.
1. They are "The Base" of W.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Ditto said...

Mary Landrieu is a D not an R.

Sorry, my mistake. (I admitted it, and my pee-pee didn't fall off - take note, leaders.)

But she may still be out of a job soon.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Ditto, that reminds me of the old Cheers episode when Cliff Clavin was on Jeapordy and was given three Hollywood stars with the answer: "These three people have this in common."

Cliff didn't know, and wrote "They haven't eaten in my kitchen." Then he argued with Alex Trebek that he was right and should win the show.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This evening on WTAE, Santorum clarified his comments.

"Obviously most of the people here in this case, an overwhelming majority of people just literally couldn't have gotten out on their own," he said. "Many didn't have cars ... And that really was a failure on the part of local officials in not making transportation available to get people out."

10:32 PM  

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