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Comments on Santorum

I just finished reviewing Rick Santorum's record and he is what he says he is. Santorum to his credit is consistent.

He is also completely unelectable. A characteristic, if you believe the polls reported on Real Clear Politics, he shares with every other Republican candidate other than Romney.  Santorum is unelectable because he is a social conservative first and a fiscal or economic conservative second. If he wins the Republican nomination, which seems unlikely despite his surprising showing the the Iowa caucuses, it will be a Pyrrhic victory for the social conservatives.

His proposal on a lower corporate income tax on just "manufacturers," is illustrative of his light weight status as a fiscal conservative. He seems to be oblivious to the practical difficulty of implementing a tax change of this kind. He also seems to miss that fact that in the modern era many service industries can be outsourced rather easily. Philosophically, he seems to have adopted a social engineering approach to economic issues rather than accepting that the tax rates need to be low enough not to distort economic activity and allow markets to make judgements about the allocation of resources. Santorum acts like non-manufacturing activity is an externality, like pollution, that we somehow need to discourage.

I am not impressed.

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