Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Santorum Quote-mine: “I Don’t Want To Help Black People”

I don’t like Rick Santorum. The man claimed that John McCain, A POW who suffered at the hands of Vietnamese torturers, didn’t know anything about “enhanced interrogation techniques.” In short, he’s an idiot!

That being said, I also don’t like people being quote-mined in order to make them look bad, as was the case with the moonbat blogosphere making Santorum look racist by quoting him as saying “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better.”

Here’s the CBS News video and transcript showing the entire quote in context (emphasis mine):

[Welfare] just keeps expanding - I was in Indianola a few months ago and I was talking to someone who works in the department of public welfare here, and she told me that the state of Iowa is going to get fined if they don't sign up more people under the Medicaid program. They're just pushing harder and harder to get more and more of you dependent upon them so they can get your vote. That's what the bottom line is. I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money, and provide for themselves and their families. The best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again.
So Rick does want to help black people (or rather, poor people), he simply wants to do so by giving them jobs rather than welfare. You know the old saying: “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” Sadly, in our current welfare state, this saying has long been forgotten, and we are worse off because of it, especially the poor and minorities.