Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made some interesting comments during a Town Hall Meeting in Ottumwa, Iowa, Friday, November 18<sup>th</sup>. Santorum believes low-income Americans get too much government assistance and the solution to this crime of poverty is to suffer in the "Christian tradition."
"If you're lower-income, you can qualify for Medicaid, you can qualify for food stamps, you can qualify for housing assistance." Santorum continued to say that suffering was "a part of life," "essential," "good for everyone," and most important, "the Christian tradition."
Yes, the young Republican that has provided much of Saturday Night's material since he entered the race believes that a person getting help with the basic necessities of lifeÂ—food, housing, and medical careÂ—is getting too much and needs to suffer more. This does back up his stance on taxes only going up for the middle class. After all, less money to fund social programs and help the needy would put more money into the pockets of the corporations funding his and his fellow candidates' own pockets.
Rick Grew Up in Subsidized Housing
The comment Santorum makes about housing assistance is interesting. Santorum grew up with his parents in Veterans housing, for employees that worked at the hospital. This housing was labeled subsidized because it was provided through the government or a non-profit organization. This benefit provided through his parents' employer and the government was just that, a benefit provided to his family that allowed his father to complete his education and helped his parents better provide for him.
So what is wrong with helping people who need it with basic necessities; is that not also a Christian tradition?
Â©Christine M. Dantz