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Santorum Says Single Mothers Are Breeding More Criminals and Threaten to Destroy the U.S. From Within, War on Women Continues

Santorum Says Single Mothers Are Breeding More Criminals and Threaten to Destroy the U.S. From Within, War on Women Continues

Santorum apparently told voters that single mothers are a growing menace who are breeding more criminals and threaten to destroy the United States from within.

"Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country," Santorum told a town meeting in Clairton, Pa., in February 1994, according to transcripts of the appearance obtained by Mother Jones. "We are seeing it. We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it's falling apart because of single moms."

Santorum is said to have bragged about his role in reforming welfare and that he created a chart tracking the increase of welfare recipients since 1965 along side the increase of children born out of wedlock.  He also stated that the States needed politicians who are not afraid to “kick single women in the butt” and called welfare reform a public safety issue.

"Open up the current periodicals—study after study, article after article, children having children is destroying the fabric of our country," Santorum said. "If you want to close your eyes to it, if you don't care about it, if you don't want to solve it, if you want to continue the system, to let people stay and spiral—go ahead. Not with me." Single mothers, Santorum argued, needed politicians who weren't afraid of "kicking them in the butt."

"What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals," he said.

He told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1994 that "we will never solve the crime problem unless we solve the welfare problem. They are deeply intertwined."

Santorum made single women the focal point of his proposed welfare reform which would have required them to work at least 35 hours per week and to identify the father of their children or they would not receive welfare benefits. Under his welfare plan, which did not pass, unwed teenager mothers were ineligible for welfare.

"If they don't give the name, they don't get any welfare," Santorum told the Inquirer.

Huffington Post quoted Santorum from a 1994 speech when he suggested that before receiving Medicaid, single mothers must tell the government who the father of their child is or they receive no benefits.  He claimed that such a measure would cause women to “slow their sex lives”, which would decrease children born out of wedlock.

"What we say is that in order for Mom to be able to go on welfare if she has a child out of wedlock, you have to tell us who the father is," Santorum said at an event in Carlisle, Pa., on April 1, 1994. "If you don't tell us who the father is, you're not eligible for any welfare benefits, none, not even medical care. You tell us who the father is or you don't receive benefits."

"If Mom knows that she isn't gonna receive welfare if she doesn't tell us who Dad is, y'know maybe she'll be a little more careful, maybe," he said.  "Or maybe she gives us a list, say 'Well it could be one of five,'" Santorum went on. "I mean, y'know, I don't know what she's gonna do, but at some point we're gonna see her cooperate."

If she does not tell them the name of the right man, Santorum wanted to continue demanding the name of the father, until they finally establish, with blood tests, who the father of the child is. Until they find the right man, the mother would receive no benefits, not even health care for her children.

He is quoted as saying in 1994, “We have programs which pay children to have children”.  He alleged that mothers school their children to act as if they have Attention Deficit Disorder so that they could continue to collect benefits.

In an effort to encourage people to marry, he proposed eliminating the head-of-household exemptions for unmarried parents and tripling the value of the exemptions for married parents, stating, “We shouldn’t have incentives for people not to be married”.

"This approach can be described as 'tough love,'" he said of his welfare reform proposal in 1996. "But the operative word is 'love.'"

Santorum lost women voters to Romney in both Ohio and Michigan.

Santorum lost women voters to Romney by five percentage points in Michigan and three percentage points in Ohio and faces a real challenge in turning that tide. That’s because Santorum’s women problem is not campaign-related but, rather, due to a long history of theorizing about women’s sex lives and attempting to turn those theories into law.

In his book, It Takes a Family, he stated that “radical feminists had essentially brainwashed women into thinking work was the only arena where they could find happiness.”

J. Hogan Gidley told Huffington Post that it is only a matter of time before his candidate’s support by women voters will increase.

"Nobody has a better record on supporting women's issues than Rick Santorum," Gidley added, "whether it was legislation to allow women to work from home or [hiring] women from the welfare rolls to work in his Senate office."

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

    Single mothers, Santorum argued, needed politicians who weren't afraid of "kicking them in the butt."

    We always hear from the religious right how unborn children/fetuses should not be "punished" for the "crimes (like rape) of the parents." Apparently, this goes out the window when they take their first breath.

    Deborah

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      It only gets worse, in regards to the Religious Reich, after a person is born.

  • http://www.justfilm.co.uk ChrisP

    Just as well Joseph did the honorable thing then! But, come to think of it Jesus was a 'criminal' according to those in power.

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