The Senate unanimously approved yesterday $1.5 billion in emergency funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care programs. The bill's main sponsor was Rick Santorum, and we commend him for that.
So why is this post in the "Rick's Hypocrisy" category? Well the problem is Rick had previously voted against increased funding for the Department of Veteran's Affairs at least 3 times. So why did he suddenly change his tune? From the Washington Post:
The Senate vote yesterday was on a bill sponsored by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who had opposed a past Democratic amendment to raise VA spending. He was given the honor of becoming lead sponsor because he faces one of the toughest reelection fights next year among incumbent Republicans.
Senate Democratic leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), who is orchestrating the party's campaign efforts, refused to give Santorum a free ride, noting that on three previous occasions, "Senate Republicans, including the lead sponsor [Santorum] . . . voted no. No to additional funding for our veterans. No to giving them the quality health care they have earned. No to keeping our nation's commitments to those who have served."
I guess the real question is, why did he vote against increased funding 3 times? Was it based on any sort of principle? If it was, he certainly seems to have abandoned it for expediency's sake.
Today, the Senate approved a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from using tests that intentionally expose people to pesticides when considering permits for pest Killers. As the AP reports:
New EPA rules under development envision permitting the agency to accept data from human tests on children, pregnant women, newborns, infants and fetuses. Even newborns of "uncertain viability" could be tested under the draft EPA rule.
This bill is meant to stop those human tests from happening.
Guess who voted against the bill... That's right, Rick Santorum!
Judging from today's vote, Rick doesn't have a problem with pregnant women, newborns or even fetuses being exposed to pesticides that are not known to be safe. So fetal stem-cell research is wrong, but testing potentially dangerous chemicals on fetuses is okay?
So, by his own admission, what Rick said was that Democrats were doing something that not even Hitler would have had the audacity to do. Hmmmm, does that mean that he was really saying that Democrats were behaving worse than Adolf Hitler?
Rick went on to tell Imus that he was just trying to make a joke. Somehow it must have gone over our heads.
Last Thursday, Rick made an appearance on "Imus in the Morning" to discuss whether Senator Dick Durbin had properly apologized for his recent remarks regarding possible prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay. In a stunning show of hypocrisy, Rick told Imus that Durbin had not apologized satisfactorily and used his own "apology" for his recent remarks comparing democrats to Hitler as an example of how to say you're sorry.
Let's look at the two apologies, shall we?
Senator Durbin put his statement of regret on his Senate web site and read it on the floor of the Senate. Here is an excerpt:
Mr. President, it is very clear that even though I thought I had said something that clarified the situation, to many people it was still unclear. I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy.
I'm also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military. I went to Iraq just a few months ago with Senator Harry Reid and a bipartisan Senate delegation. When you look in the eyes of the soldiers you see your son and daughter. They are the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them.
In case you missed it, last week Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer wrote an interesting piece entitled, A Look into Santorum's Brain. Here's an excerpt:
Speaking of news, I also ask about a New York Times Magazine cover photo last month in which a smiling Santorum, hands folded, eyes heavenward, appears transfixed in prayer.
"Yes," he says, he posed for it.
Uh, what were you thinking, I ask?
He says he was told to do something with his hands, then look here, look there, you know, like a kid at a K-Mart photo shoot following a stuffed toy in a photog's hand. That's his story.
As you can see in the picture, I say he's practicing for his holy card.
I'd remind you this is the same Senate leader who recently likened Democrats fighting to save the filibuster to Nazis, who once equated homosexuality with bestiality and who claimed the Catholic priest pedophile scandal in Boston should be no surprise since Boston is "a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America."
In other words, Harvard, the Kennedys, Kerry and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts are to blame for priests preying on altar boys.