[We the jury] find the defendants incredibly guilty.
~ from Mel Brooks’ The Producers
By Gary P Jackson
In a recent article Supporting Sarah Palin’s Mission to Eliminate Corruption vs Presidential Politics I wrongly implied Presidential candidate Rick Santorum voted for TARP. Not only was I wrong, I was really, really wrong.
I pride myself in doing the research before I go off on one of my long tangents, and have links to back things up. It seems I failed Rick Santorum, and his supporters, spectacularly.
Much of that article talked about Sarah Palin’s record, as well the records of the candidates for president. Most of that text was devoted to candidates other than Rick Santorum, if for no other reason than I agree with Santorum on most of the issues, and the rest have so many problems I felt more compelled to discuss those candidates. I felt it was enough to say Santorum was the one candidate I could vote for and not have to take a hot shower afterward.
Going from what I thought was memory, rather research, I stated Santorum backed TARP. That was sloppy and as it turned out, incredibly wrong.
I’ve corrected the text, but that isn’t nearly enough.
Santorum has been outspoken against TARP.
At CPAC 2010 Santorum said this:
Whether TARP was the right thing to do for the economy at the time, it was the wrong thing to do for America, because it set a precedent of crony capitalism and government involvement in the private sector that will ultimately destroy this country.
In March Santorum spoke at the Woodbury County Republican Party forum:
From The New Hampshire debate:
At the Dartmouth University Economic debate:
Though we’ve rarely had to correct articles on our blog, this was such a glaring mistake it simply had to be addressed by more than just a change in the original text.
I sincerely apologize for any problems this may have caused Senator Santorum, or our readers.