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Issue Position: Defender of the Taxpayer

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From the moment he was elected to public office, Rick Santorum worked tirelessly to ensure the hard-earned tax dollars of all Americans were being spent wisely.

Along with John Boehner and Jim Nussle, Rick was a member of the "Gang of Seven" who targeted the waste and fraud of the House Post Office and Bank. This did not make Rick Santorum a popular man in an old boy's club like the House of Representatives, but Rick knew that the only way to make a positive difference in the lives of his constituents was to challenge the corrupt norms that had seeped into the People's Body.

Being elected to the upper-chamber of the United States Senate did not slow down Rick's passion for government reform. Two of the first bills Rick sponsored were the "Balanced Budget Amendment" and the "Line Item Veto," because Rick knew the importance of reigning in a government drunk on spending.

Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our nation's entitlement programs were the cancer to the long-term fiscal health of our nation. This is why he was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform law that has helped more Americans transition from the government welfare rolls to work than any legislation before or since.

In 2005, seeing our Social Security system on the brink of bankruptcy, Rick led the charge to reform the broken entitlement system. Along with South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, Rick was one of only a handful of legislators who stuck their head out of the foxhole and fought to save the Social Security system for future generations by offering creative reforms focused on empowering the individual.

Rick also fought to ensure that all Americans kept more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He spearheaded the passage of President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, because he believes that reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals is the key to spurring economic growth.

Since leaving Congress, Rick has been a vocal opponent of the Wall Street bailouts and stimulus programs instituted by both President Bush and Obama. Rick believes that by having our government choose winners and losers, both Administrations are setting America on a course to crony western European capitalism that will lead to a weaker future for our children.

Rick was rewarded for his hard work on behalf of the American taxpayer, consistently being named as a "Friend of the Taxpayer" by the National Taxpayers Union and endorsed by pro-business organizations like the National Federation of Independent Business and the United States Chamber of Commerce during his political campaigns.


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