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The Truth About Senator Santorum’s Fiscally Conservative Record

February 20, 2012
Hat Tip to Pekin’s Sheila Devall, A “Great American”:
SENATOR SANTORUM’S RECORD IS ONE OF MOST FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE OVER 20 YEARS.
The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has been rating members of Congress for 20 years. NTU is an independent organization that “mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise.” Steve Forbes serves on its board of directors.
For each session of Congress, NTU scores each member on an A-to-F scale. NTU weights members’ votes based on those votes’ perceived effect on both the immediate and future size of the federal budget. Those who get A’s are among “the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies”; they receive NTU’s “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” B’s are “good” scores, C’s are “minimally acceptable” scores, D’s are “poor” scores, and F’s earn their recipients membership in the “Big Spender” category.
NTU’s scoring paints a different picture of Santorum’s 12-year tenure in the Senate (1995 through 2006) than one would glean from the ad by the Romney campaign. Fifty senators served throughout Santorum’s two terms: 25 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and 1 Republican/Independent. On a 4-point scale, those 50 senators’ collective grade point average (GPA) across the 12 years was 1.69 — which amounts to a C-. Meanwhile, Santorum’s GPA was 3.66 — or an A-. Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50.   (This is from http://www.weeklystandard.com)
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