Rick Santorum: Obama Sounds Like a Two-Bit Dictator

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Rick Santorum was interviewed by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, where Santorum went after Obama’s abuse of power via the executive order.

When you look at this President going out and saying, “I’m gonna change the law on welfare. I’m gonna change the work requirement.”  Something we fought for, President Clinton signed, this was a huge transformation on the welfare rolls, dramatic reductions, increase in employment, reductions in poverty, probably the single greatest accomplishment social-welfare-wise of the last 20 years, and President Obama gets up and says, “Nope, I’m gonna change the law by speaking.” This sounds like a two-bit dictator, not a president of the United States.  You do not change the law by speaking.

This is a president who has put way too much authority in the President’s office….

… (Mitt Romney) also has to talk about this imperial presidency. My grandfather left El Duce in Italy, who could get up and change the law by giving a speech.  We do not need another person who thinks they can simply get up, give a speech, change the law and then dare Congress….

(Karl responds “you’re comparing the President of the United States to Mussolini.”)

… What he is doing is out there.  He is abusing power like I’ve never seen a president do.

He also discussed Romney’s VP pick, and said having a prolife running mate is a “non-negotiable.”  You can watch the full interview here.

Update: Heritage has an informative article on Obama’s move to bypass the welfare reform law.

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Comments

  1. says

    For Rick Santorum to call the President of the United States—any President of the United States, including this one—reveals him to be poorly raised, badly educated, and capable of nothing positive in the way of civil discourse.  He apparently never learned any manners, including the ones that suggest there should be some respect shown to the office, even when one disapproves of the occupant.  He also needs to study history a whole lot more critically before he starts throwing around the names of dictators he is too young to remember and too uneducated to understand. In addition, this author’s commentary about the authority of the office, or the effect of Presidential decisions, also reveals little critical thought.

  2. says

     Rick Santorum again proves his brain is rarely engaged when his mouth is in gear. There is no point in linking President Obama to “El Duce” beyond slandering the president.  Santorum’s ignorant and intemperate comments should be laughed into oblivion, but in some segments of the population and on some media outlets, he is given a measure of credence and credibility.

    The HHS memorandum explicitly states that the agency “is interested in more efficient
    or effective means to promote employment entry, retention, advancement,
    or access to jobs that offer opportunities for earnings and advancement
    that will allow participants to avoid dependence on government benefits.” It gives states flexibility which is something conservatives loudly endorse and relentlessly promote when they see or seek a chance to impose their preferences on people unlikely to vote for them.

    Santorum is a hypocritical buffoon!

  3. technaut says

    How little respect people like Santorum have for the American public. They depend on the public’s ignorance to not know what going on so they can say anything about this president and expect us to believe them.  This is why education is so important, because if most of the population had a good education, people like Santorum would be wallowing in obscurity hoping anyone would listen to him.

    • says

      Your comment shows me that you’re pretty ignorant and haven’t kept up with the news. What do you think Obama is doing when he issues executive orders that bypass Congress when they don’t do what he wants them to do?

  4. Chisna says

    States will still be required to meet the work requirements of the 1996 federal welfare reform law..It’s just that Obama is giving the states the approval to try and accomplish the same goals by using different methods than those spelled out in the legislation.

    Several republicans asked that they be given this leeway. But now Santorum is calling Obama a two bit dictator for giving the states more freedom to put together their own welfare to work programs ?
     
    Wow !!! Talking about being damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.  
     
    http://articles.boston.com/2012-07-14/nation/32664307_1_welfare-reform-state-experiments-welfare-waivers

  5. Springdale says

    Contrary to the comments of Obama supporters who have linked to this post, Santorum is correct about Obama abusing his power. It goes along with his Marxist/Chicago style of culture and politics. This abuse of power has been evident in numerous ways from the beginning of his presidency. If Obama should win a second term the abuse can be expected to increase.

  6. says

    Santorum is right about Obama, of course, but it all rings rather hollow because now he’s touting  Romney as the solution.  No, thank you.     

    Besides, it really doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to see the truth about Obama–it’s painfully obvious.