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TARP–a litmus test–and another reason to support Santorum or Perry

Almost four years ago, the nation and our party faced a crisis.  After leading slightly in the presidential polls for a few weeks, the McCain-Palin ticket fell far behind as the financial crisis threatened, it was reported, to plunge our nation into a depression.

The insiders, the smart people, the New York-Washington Axis all concurred–the ONLY solution was for the American people to write a check to wealthy insiders because those people, and their PRIVATE institutions were just too darn important to fail.

Bush advocated the measure, Obama supported it, and so did our candidate, John McCain.

I think McCain’s decision was a critical failure.  It divided and demoralized conservatives.  It secured his defeat.

If McCain, however, had decided to launch a conservative campaign against the Bush-Obama bailout, he could have at the same time (1) distanced himself from Bush AND (2) rallied his base.  He could have even won the election.

Which leads me to to our current field.

Of the candidates, only Santorum, Perry, and Paul opposed the bailout.  Gingrich and Romney supported it.  They proved there. as elsewhere, that in times of crisis, they will follow the consensus of the elites–elites that have failed out country so badly.

Of the three who understood otherwise, I support Santorum.

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