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Rick Santorum Strangely Singles Out Blacks on Welfare

| On 03, Jan 2012

GOP presidential hopeful (and rising star) Rick Santorum recently fanned the flames of discontent on the campaign trail in Iowa.

Speaking in Sioux City, Santorum discussed welfare reform and called black people out on why the system needs changing nationwide. He says it’s unfair that Iowa may be fined for not signing up enough people in the state’s Medicaid program. He used this example to push for more jobs to keep people employed and off of assistance.

There’s one little point he missed, though. The percentage of white people on welfare has historically been higher than that of blacks. The “stereotype” of black people getting assistance, however, has always made this seem untrue. I’m not saying that black people don’t get welfare. I just didn’t see the need for that squiggly line to be drawn just to one group in a larger field of those seeking assistance.

And damn, Ricky was in IOWA of all places! The state is 91 percent white, so I know the people in the background aren’t clapping to get blacks off of THEIR welfare rolls. The math just doesn’t add up.

Still, I’m trying to keep Santorum’s comment in a larger national context. Oh well…

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