So if you’re really, really stupid and want to suggest a way to revitalize the economy, what do you do? As our most prominent stupid candidate proposes, incentivize marriage! It’s stupid as it gets, but it’s just what you’d expect of Rick Santorum(R-PA) and exactly what he proposed the other night at Bloomberg/The Washington Post Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth College.
I know…take a deep breath.
Yes, incentivizing marriage will fix the economy and put an end to poverty. And here we thought all we had to do was kill all the gay people and a wholesale genocide of the middle class. Who knew?
But no, says the anti-genius: He told debate moderator Charlie Rose that “the biggest problem with poverty in America, and we don’t talk about here, because it’s an economic discussion — and that is the breakdown of the American family.”
“You want to look at the poverty rate among families that have two — that have a husband and wife working in them? It’s 5 percent today. A family that’s headed by one person? It’s 30 percent today. We need to do something, and we need to talk about economics. The home — the word ‘home’ in Greek is the basis of the word ‘economy.’ It is the foundation of our country. We need to have a policy that supports families, that encourages marriage, that has fathers take responsibility for their children. You can’t have limited government — you can’t have a wealthy society if the family breaks down, that basic unit of society. And that needs to be included in this economic discussion.”
In the long, long history of stupidity, this proposal has to be one of the most absurd and it cements Santorum’s place at the bottom of an already dismal Republican heap. The Democrats offer Barack Obama, and this is the best Santorum can come up with? Incentivize marriage? Really?
Given the Republican inability – and complete lack of desire – to create jobs, it’s difficult to imagine adding a jobless mate to an already jobless mate and expecting that a small monetary incentive will revitalize the single family in question let alone the entire economy. Low wage Republicans don’t seem to realize that 0+0=0. Nothing plus nothing is still nothing. It will always be nothing. And nothing is all they want us to have.
But hey, we’ll be married!
And as they say, misery loves company.
And of course, Santorum isn’t proposing gay folks get married. We’ve seen how he feels about marriage equality:
- “We have made the decision that the best way to raise a family is with a man and a woman.” – On CBS’s Face the Nation
- “Marriage is not about affirming somebody’s love for somebody else. It’s about uniting together to be open to children, to further civilization in our society.” – On Fox News Sunday.
- “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality.” – AP interview
In fact, according to Santorum, speaking earlier this year, same-sex marriage actually destroyed the economy. Somehow, a principle of morality comes into play here – a moral marriage will be good for the economy but an immoral marriage won’t – you have to wonder where Santorum studied his economics because they didn’t discuss that when I was studying economics in college.
Republicans, including Santorum, can’t admit that class warfare is the problem, that our economy was destroyed by unregulated moneyed interests, and not by single-parent families. He’s right in saying families need to succeed but he can’t seem to wrap his feeble little mind around the idea that maybe giving people jobs would actually accomplish that – even for single parent families. And it’s incredible that if his thesis is that marriages will fix the economy that he isn’t also supporting marriage equality.