Nobody has written more about or railed more against big government statism than conservative radio host, Mark Levin. He argues that we are all “under attack from big government regulations and the redistribution of wealth that the statists love and preach.”
In early December, when they were both in the back of the pack, Levin said that if the primary were being held in his state, today, it would come down to two people, Santorum or Bachmann – “the most consistent conservatives in the race – people he would trust – without thought in the oval office”.
Now that Bachmann has bowed out, that leaves Santorum.
Here’s some thoughtful analysis from James Pethokoukis on the different economic visions of Romney and Santorum.
Whom should the U.S. economy—and U.S. economy policy—revolve around, the entrepreneur or the family? That is really the core economic debate between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney (and Jon Huntsman, too, for that matter). Not that there isn’t plenty of overlap between the two conservative economic visions, but embracing one or the other does lead down different policy paths. Think of it as traditional conservatism vs. modern, free-market conservatism. Edmund Burke vs. the Austrians, Friedrich Hayek, and Joseph Schumpeter. Tradition and order vs. creative destruction.
Read it all, and read also First Left-Wing Talking-Point Against Santorum: He’s ‘Big Government’ at Right Pundits, where Warner Todd Huston asks, “is Rick Santorum a big government Republican?”
Sort of. But not really. You see, Santorum’s focus is in assuring the integrity of the traditional, nuclear family and he’s not averse to using government to secure those ends. He most certainly is not a Republican that leans toward a libertarian interpretation of what government should do — i.e. operate in a hands-off policy.
He places the family much higher on the list of things conservatives should conserve and this might make him a bit distasteful to laissez faire economists. I feel his stance is a legitimately conservative view, too.
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Oh, and the gay mafia is weighing in now with typical subtlety.
And just what you were waiting for – Meggie weighs in:
From the likes of people like you, right?
Check out Santorum on the Issues.
No, he’s not a big government Republican.