By The Right Scoop


Last night Santorum gave a speech in Idaho and parts of it were very compelling, especially the parts where he told the truth about these entitlement programs. He said things you will never hear from the lips of Mitt Romney.

Here is a partial quote from the clip below where he is defining the problem – not just in fiscal terms, but in terms of our vanishing liberty:

And now 4 years in a row we’ve seen almost 25% in GDP spending. We’ve seen trillion dollar deficits. President Obama in 4 years is going to add over 5 trillion dollars to the national debt.

Oh it doesn’t cost us that much now because interest rates are so low. Our national debt costs us 7% of the overall budget. Imagine when interest rates double…and then triple…imagine what that does to the deficit of this country once this economy with a new president starts growing.

We are going to be in a HUGE problem.

That we are just twiddling our thumbs with this president. He’s ignoring it and he’s telling you all it doesn’t matter. In fact he’s telling you that we need government to run these huge deficits in order for us to have a strong economy.

This president is leading us down a road – it’s right out of the FDR playbook – to continue to grow government to get more and more people on government programs. More and more dependency. We have almost half of the people in this country that don’t pay taxes and almost half now receive some sort of government benefit.

We’re reaching a tipping point folks.

When those who pay are the minority and those who receive are the majority, freedom in election process is not something that people will care about. They’ll care about whether they get their piece. This is what it’s all designed to do – gradually slowly erode your freedom and increase your dependency on government.

That’s why this election is the most important election in your lifetime. This is a chance for Americans to stand up and say we will be free!

There’s more in the video below:

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  • kessi7

    The other truth that must be told about Santorum is that his candidacy is not inspiring the Right. Your personality, candidacy and rhetoric must inspire the ground troops who will do anything like suicide soldiers/bombers, for the cause. The guy who became the nominee because every one else fell along the way, will find it almost impossible to beat Obama. What it takes to be the GOP nominee is not what it will take to be POTUS. And that is why even though Rick Santorum has my heart and my vote, since Rick Perry left, I am yet to give him my legs, my hands, my head and my other anatomical entities. And since my heart cannot vote unless my leg walks, and my leg will not walk unless my head is inspired, and my hand will not pull a lever unless these guys do their part, I think that the Government should bring the ballot box to my house, no all the way to my couch maybe. Don’t even try emailing my voters card or ballot to me. UPDATE: ROMNEY WINS FLORIDA, GAME ON

    http://fathersmind.blogspot.com/#!/2012/01/if-mitt-romney-wins-pt-3.html

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      If you don’t think this is inspiring, you might be a little too dead inside.

      Also, I love it when I post something so compelling and then you Romney trolls just want to come poo poo all over it. Getting kinda tired of it.

      This man is for real and this election is far from over.

      • wodiej

        Everyone is not inspired by the same things. I truly hope you are not going the way of other blogs and are going to ban people who don’t agree w you on everything. It’s obvious you are a Santorum supporter. I do not support Romney, I support Gingrich as others do. I typically do not see the blog owner/moderator responding to every criticism either.

        • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

          resonds to every criticism?

          LOL Give me a break.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randall-Pickard/100003011397298 Randall Pickard

          “Others” supporting Gingrich is becoming a lonely bunch.

          Santorum – West.

          Palin for Secretary of State or Solo Czar – replacing all those little czars appointed by Obama.

          That would shake it up.

          • nibblesyble

            I think you will find that what you wrote about Newt supporters being a lonely bunch is dead wrong…I do believe we out-number all of the Santorum supporters, if not by much.

            • orthodoxyordeath

              Yep. That’s why Newt has won 1 state!

              • nibblesyble

                Well it was a pretty big state, considering that SC has picked the nominee for ages. It also increased the % of voters by 33% in comparison to both Rick and Mitt. Newt will rise again….

                • orthodoxyordeath

                  It’s picked the nominee since ’80. To say that’s “ages” is a gross over-exaggeration.

                • nibblesyble

                  er-okey dokey then….

        • DavidRobertson

          My how the tides have receded…It wasn’t more than a week or two ago that I was getting barraged by every post I put here about how Santorum needs to step aside for Gingrich. Now, the shoe is WAYYYY over on the other foot (if you buy into polling and count delegates) and the other foot doesn’t seem to like the same shoe. It’s too bad. You know what they say “what’s good for the goose..”

          For the record, I’m not calling on Gingrich to leave. I think that Santorum or Gingrich should be able to overcome Romney’s vote all on their own without depending on the other to leave. THAT would be a true sign of someone rallying the base….and Santorum is getting there quick.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/K2KWQKCL33S577SI4NXYIVTCQI jose

            I was always under the belief that two conservatives was not going to beat Romney and one needed to get ouy and support the other. Romney did a hit job on Gingrich that I think he is not going to recover. And if Santorum isn’t inspiring to some he is all we have. Romney doesn’t inspire me, Gingrich he is a good debater but then he falter in the last debate with Romney. So what do we do? We stop fighting among ourselves and start rallying around a conservative and stick with him. Liberals don’t have problems sticking together as conservatives do. There is one goal and that is to defeat Obama and after that is to defeat those Republicans would are weak knee that they have allowed Obama to trample on the Constitution with his non recess appointments without the objects of the Republicans leaders nor their non attempt to stop him because they want to be able to do the same thing when they are in power. Power corrupts

            • DavidRobertson

              I do agree Jose. I think when and if Gingrich runs out of money, he will throw his weight behind Santorum. I believe Santorum has the ability to unify the conservatives.
              Conservatives are far different from Liberals. I don’t see it as a weakness that we don’t unify as quickly. Contrary to popular belief, Conservatives are more independent-minded than Liberals and base a lot of their belief on principle over statist policy. When you are built on the rock of principle, you do not compromise easily. We get called sheep all the time, but the reality is far different. Alas, we could do a better job of looking at the broader picture. We get hung up on whether the candidate has the right swimsuit on more than if they can swim.

        • Reckoner_3

          You need to stop having Santorum living in your head. Unless you’re that insecure about his candidacy. You support Newt. We get it.

          No matter what you post, you aren’t going to force people into holding your opinion.

          And RS has been pretty even handed to all the conservative Republican candidates. I know this because that treatment extended to even Herman Cain until he had that Libya Answer….

        • stage9

          True Conservatives are inspired by the same things.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Dias/1680711668 Chris Dias

        First I supported Sarah, then Caine, and now I!ve stuck with Santorum all the way. He is very inspiring. Newt believes in Global Warming and that the gov. should pay for it = come to Hungary and Spain to see how it feels {Climategate}. ..and I don!t need to explain Mitt. So, what, you need to be filled with emotions, or facts? The Dems would say emotions, so are you one of them {kessi7}?

    • Amy

      Speaking for myself here….

      There is no human on this earth that will cause me to behave like a freaking homicide bomber for a cause. I value my individualism and will not ever ‘group think’ and act like a progressive robot. I vote for a candidate who I’ve evaluated and looked at facts about. I don’t jump on a cult like bandwagon for a candidate.

      • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

        A homicide bomber for a cause? Um, you are thinking of Islam. No one has asked or is asking or will ask you to do that.

        And there’s no cult of bandwagon here by any stretch. I don’t think any of our candidates are capable of generating that kind of following.

        That being said, Santorum is perhaps the best of the final four remaining and right now he’d be the one to get my vote.

        • Amy

          I was responding to kessi7’s premise that Santorum doesn’t inspire and her/his description of what that inspiration would look like (a suicide soldier/bomber???). To me (and that was my point) that type of inspiration is more of what the left looks for.

          We have personality in the White House now. That’s not doing anyone any good. I for one, am not looking for a bandwagon to jump on or to be inspired. I’m looking for someone with ideas on how to fix the mess.

          And yes, Santorum & Newt are the two remaining who would at least point us in the right direction.

          • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

            I’m following now. Wasn’t sure where you were coming from but that is more clear.

            :-)

          • PFFV

            There is no better plan than Newt’s. Santorum is a nice guy but I don’t hear solutions as I do with Mr. Gingrich. I understand people hate Newt for whatever percieced reasons they have fixated upon. On the issues no one can compare to Gingrich, period.

            • Psyphurr Lock

              The commenter that said Newt followers are becoming a smaller and smaller crowd is not in tune with what is really going on. There are a lot of us out here, being silent, letting things play out. The race is far from over. We are tampering down our presence. We do not expect a quick win so are taking it slow, but sure. The Tortoise and the Hair approach. Yes, clearly I prefer Newt over the others, a given. Santorum second, but he has no fire in my eyes. Nothing to make people sit up and listen. Just is what it is. I will never vote for Ro-money tho. He’s just trying to buy the election. Following the BAIN playbook of divide and conqure.

            • stage9

              You don’t hear solutions??? That’s all the guy ever talks about is solutions! I mean he’s not pushing moon colonies are anything, but he is the most practical of all the candidates on the issues.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Agreed. Wholeheartedly.

        I think Kessi’s point was that we don’t have anyone (including Romney) who stands out and is solid in every way – no one who truly inspires us (like Allen West, Marco Rubio, maybe Sarah Palin)… but I feel that of the four candidates, that Santorum is probably the closest to that ideal… Newt is in the ballpark too (he has great plans).

        • wodiej

          maybe Sarah Palin? LOL….she got more applause and excitement than anyone else at CPAC COMBINED. Santorum doesn’t inspire me. Gingrich’s vision inspires me.

          • Sober_Thinking

            That was my point. West, Rubio, Palin – these are people we all likely would have aligned behind because they inspire and are MUCH closer to Tea Party ideals.

            If Sarah was running or any of these other guys… that would change everything.

            Santorum was a little flat and yes, Gingrich has a great message and plan. I like Santorum for other reasons but still like Newt. But frankly, none of these guys really inspires me.

            • WordsFailMe

              We need to look at how we can get the tea party on this ticket. West, Rubio, Palin.

              These libs are really going to hammer West in FLA.

              • Sober_Thinking

                I agree but fear it’s too late for 2012. Unless any of these 3 gives in and accepts the Tea Party invitation – and boy we need them now – I fear they won’t be on the field when it comes time to vote, which is indeed a huge shame and a disappointment.

                The current candidates that are running are lightyears better than Maobama (well, with the possible exception of Romney)… but any of those 3 mentioned above are heads over tails better imo.

                And yes, West is going to be hammered. He should accept a VP invitation. It’s the least position he can hold where he’ll start to make a real difference for this country.

          • stage9

            We’re not electing inspiration, we’re looking for a competent President.

    • Beak86

      Grow up. We are facing a serious decision point and need to put a person of integrity and courage in the White House. It sounds like you need to get yourself together – you seem to be somewhat dismembered.

    • Major914

      UPDATE: WILLARD M. ROMNEY INSPIRES NOBODY, never has, never will…

    • Sober_Thinking

      Santorum continues to inspire more and more people all the time – note his rise in state and national polls. This was a good speech – spot on.

      No matter who wins the GOP nomination, I will vote for that person – we HAVE TO throw Maobama out of office. He’s a lying monster.

      • Psyphurr Lock

        … but so is Ro-money. Just saying….

    • SineWaveII

      That’s ridiculous. We’ve had many uninspiring boring presidents. How did they ever get elected?

      Most of the time we just shrug and vote for the guy we hope will do the least damage.

      The last “inspiring” president the country elected was Obama, how did that work out?

      The only exception was probably Reagan in his second election.

      ABO 2012

    • TJinNJ

      If you’re worried about “personality” at this point in time move to Iran. They got plenty, not sure you’d like it though. If the end of America doesn’t motivate you…

    • Reckoner_3

      Tell that to Idaho, Oklahoma.

      Santorum is inspiring and I initially dismissed him. I liked him or had respect for him in his candidacy but I dismissed him in the crowded field and he began his campaign in an unpolished manner on the debate stage. Started out impatient…

      The more familiarity with Rick, he is a stand up guy and someone who is a Republican you can be proud of…. There is a reason why Mark said he has enormous character. His interaction with voters is great and he is very intelligent and philosophically grounded in conservatism. Rush is right, he doesnt’ have to fake it when he talks the issues. It’s already ingrained in him.

      He isn’t some one dimensional guy. He’s gotten better on the trail.

      Rick and Karen Special Needs Child

      He also can be funny. His wife, Karen is really admirable.

      There is a reason why he got standing ovations yesterday, he speaks from the heart. Not just from the head or memorized lines nor does he have a shallow understanding of how people, governments function in relation to conservative principles.

      Sarah was my first pick. He’s not a rock star like her. I liked Rick Perry somewhat too who was more overt.

      But Rick S has an understated charm, respectability that grows. It extends to media people who have sat down with him.

    • stage9

      Romney is a two bit liberal. Nothing more. He couldn’t win if his life depended on it. True Conservatives know a lying hack when they see one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CapAdamsCapitalist Cap Adams

    Glad he is focused on the problem. But he spent 4:19 seconds on the problem and zero seconds on how he would solve it. What would he do? How would he get the spending down for the long term? Big miss.

    • sDee

      There are two “dimensions” to the “problem”. The surface dimension is what politicians always do, pontificate about “too much debt”, “wasteful spending”,”socialist central control” “incompetence”, “experience”, “bad policy”, “poor leadership” blah blah blah.

      The other dimension is the one very few in America see, or want to see….that these “problems” are, in reality, the intended result of a coordinated effort by a bi-partisan political class to cement an autocratic oligarchy by breaking the nation and destroying the Constitution.

      So it is the second dimension of the problem that I hear Santorum exploring. People need to grasp that reality first yet very few do. These will lead us to a very different root cause than if we stay an the Surface dimension: government itself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

      well his debt plan is to cut 5 trillion over 5 years, He starts by:

      Implement Strong America Now reform through Lean Six Sigma management process as a key engine for cutting government waste and improving efficiency.
      Immediately reduce federal (non-defense discretionary spending) to 2008 levels through across the board spending cuts.
      Freeze defense spending levels for 5 years and reject automatic cuts.
      Freeze spending levels for social programs for 5 years such as Medicaid, Housing, Education, Job Training, and Food Stamps, time limit restrictions, and block grant to the States like in Welfare Reform.
      Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with market based healthcare innovation and competition to improve America’s and Americans health, control costs, improve quality and access, and to keep and create jobs which provide resources for healthcare.
      Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution capping government spending at 18% of GDP so that Congress and the President will need to balance the budget like Governors are required to do.
      Pass legislation to reform the Congressional Budget Process and support legislation to require Congress to pass constitutionally required spending bills on time or not get paid the next fiscal year.
      Implement Medicare Reforms and Innovation proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and speed up their implementation to control healthcare costs and improve quality.
      Reform Social Security and place on a sustainable path by a combination of reforms such as addressing adjusting CPI, dependent benefits and disability income benefits reforms, moving back the retirement age for younger workers, means testing benefits, annual adjustments as needed, and dedicating Social Security payroll taxes to Social Security.
      Implement reforms and cost savings of up to $100 billion in March 2011 GAO report requested by Senator Coburn listing 34 areas of duplication and waste.
      Stop implementation of any remaining federal stimulus spending.
      Freeze pay for non-defense related federal employees for four years, cut workforce by 10% with no compensatory increase in contract workforce, and phase out defined benefit plans for newer workers.
      Eliminate all energy subsidies and most agriculture subsidies within four years.
      Eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and use half of the dollars to support adoption instead.
      Cut EPA resources for job killing regulations and return focus to commonsense conservation and safe and clean air and water.
      Cut in half the number of State Department USAID employees and US funding for United Nations programs.
      Eliminate funding for implementation of Dodd/Frank regulatory burdens.
      Eliminate funding for implementation of ObamaCare.
      Cut funding for National Labor Relations Board for decision preventing airplane factory in South Carolina.
      Eliminating funding for United Nations’ agencies which oppose America’s interests and promote abortion and cut the US contribution to the UN in half.
      Phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac within five years.
      Sell unproductive and wasteful federal properties.
      Transition Team will review all spending cut proposals and restructuring reforms of the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and the Simpson-Bowles Commission for additional savings.

      • sDee

        That is getting at the root causes.

      • wodiej

        I’ve never heard him talk about any of these things. Are they posted on his website?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

          yup, and he does talk about it from time to time, just wish he’d talk more about it.

          • DavidRobertson

            I here him refer to a lot of this from time to time. I think it may be intentional that he doesn’t get in the weeds. When campaigning, you want to keep your message succinct and simple. In debates, this stuff should come out more. However, the debate formats have had him in the peripheral with minimal air time–only enough to defend, answer a question, or go after the guys they placed in the middle. In short, I think we’ll here more as he gets the chance to say more.

          • CBDenver

            I think that is why Palin says she wants the process to continue longer before we declare a winner of the primaries — so that the candidates can talk about real issues and not the manufactured stuff the media wants us and them to focus on.

      • WordsFailMe

        I recommend firing all federal employees who will vote for or were hired by or during OBAMA, and all officials of any public union but that probably won’t get me elected.

        A methodical, emotionless and measurable approach to re-organizing and re-prioritizing the funding and the efficiency in all federal agencies charged is the only approach that will sustain this government. This house must be cleaned every decade or so

        Neither Mitt nor Santorum have any idea of how they will make changes other than through royal edict. Other than using the elected boot lickers that exist everywhere, how will Mitt gain the confidence and support of the houses of C? As for Rick, Rick’s work, management and administrative experience doesn’t even come close Romney’s.

        If there was an application for the job of President, Rick couldn’t even get an interview. He’s nice, charming, good presenter, good speaker but he does not possess the requisite experience.

        Newt has a vision of the future, but, more importantly he understand and can articulate and demonstrate the path he will use to bring about change.

        Newt/Any Tea Party Member/Supporter/Candidate-2012.

  • sDee

    Much of the blame lies with us citizens who ignore the truth or cling to the media narrative.

    What Santorum is doings is what every candidate and politicians must start doing – leveling with the American people. The ones who do fail to lay out the ugly reality and truth, are either clueless or complicit.

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      Glad you get it. And that’s exactly what he’s doing here. It must be done.

      Solutions are great and we need them. But we need this kind of truth telling because all we’ve had over the last 3-4 years is a mountain of lies being told over and over and over again.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Agreed.

      • MiketheMarine

        Which also explains a lot of the anger from the right. We (me) see the truth without our fearless leaders telling us the truth. When one of the sheeple that believe the lies engage us with talking points and platitudes occasionally make us a tad angry.

        • sDee

          Some are natural slaves. Some are stupid. Many are just uninformed. The first two are just not worth getting angry about.

      • hbnolikeee

        Well it’s easy to tell when Oh Bumbler is lying… his lips are moving.

        • DavidRobertson

          It is freaky scary how easy it is for him to look at the American people and do it with such a straight face (although he often strikes the smug, looking up and to the left pose).

      • Psyphurr Lock

        RS… Newt has been doing this too. You know that. Both are much better options then Ro-money. If only the two could work out an arrangement and build a coalition together. They represent the vast majority of active conservative voters. Just imagine….

  • Trust1TG

    Santorum is a nice Christian family guy, but….

    Santorum has not talked about going deep and releasing the US currency and economy from the manipulations and money games of the FED, Soros and other big entities and backing the dollar with precious metals.

    Santorum has not talked about restoring and protecting our national sovereignty (legal, financial and trade) as Newt has.

    Santorum has not talked about supply-side economics vs Keynesian economics.

    Santorum has not talked about stopping the power-games and corruption and changing the way things are done in DC…amongst the political elect elite.

    Neither has Romney.

    These are things that have to be fixed if our nation is to survive.

    Only Newt, Palin (and Perry) are willing to face the lions in the den…clean out and unplug the Jacuzzi.

    That may be why Santorum is getting ‘press’ and ‘poll numbers’ ‘good interviews’ and ‘flattering photos’ right now because Soros owns the press and other means to manage our elections. Soros has invested in every interest group that backs Obama from the environmentalists to the LBGTs.

    Notice how Gingrich gets ugly photos, negative adjectives, negative headlines, innuendos, slurs, smears, etc. all the time – but especially when he rises in the votes or debates?

    Keep your eyes on the big issues.

    Look at what Obama is doing and what our elected officials are NOT DOING to stop him.

    The president and legislators are sneaking in a lot of government control and thievery in under the radar while our eyes are on the elections.

    Don’t jump on any bandwagon just yet.

    • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

      He has talked about some of these things, the just havent been shown by the MSM and others.

      He does not just talk about social issues , but the press want to pigeon hole him with it. So thats all you will know unless you go out and LOOK for and listen to his town halls and speeches.

    • puma_for_life

      You left off Ron Paul who started all of those conversations. Now, the others are picking up his ideas as if they were their own.

      • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

        Sad isn’t it? Ron Paul’s been talking about these things for decades and the other Republican pundits and candidates are talking about them as if they’re new and fresh ideas.

      • hbnolikeee

        Whenever anyone says something like “all” or 100% they’re spinning. You must be a Paul Bot. You’re wasting your time. Paul is unelectable unless you’re an ostrich and think that sticking your head in a hole will keep you safe.

  • Sober_Thinking

    This is among his better speeches. It allays some of my fears – that he is for big government. I believe he has turned the corner on that one – I hope I’m right. Now, if he’ll signal an aversion to blood-sucking unions, I’d be a whole lot more excited about him as a candidate. I deeply hate the parasitic public sector unions… they MUST go away.

    Rick is still my number 1, with Newt a close 2nd. Romney must not win.

    • JimCohen

      I still don’t trust the guy. He will say anything today…judge him buy his past voting record. It ain’t pretty.

      • hbnolikeee

        So who is a better choice?

        • JimCohen

          Of the four remaining…Paul. The others are just pretenders.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Well, then that would invalidate all of these guys if you looked at their past.

        If you accept that Newt has changed (and I think he has), then you have to accept others have too. They are all politicians and will likely say anything to get elected. But what motivates them is what differentiates them to a degree. I won’t share my thoughts on this – too lengthy. But I choose to take Santorum at his word and he remains my first choice.

        Cheers.

        • JimCohen

          No change…thay all just want to be pres. Just wait until one of the three stoogies is the nominee and see how quickly they monderate their tone.

          You are going to be very dissappointed.

          • Sober_Thinking

            Lol… I’m already disappointed. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjanway Patrick Janway

    He is talking tea-party lingo if ya ask me. Some kinda dog wistle stuff or somthing. He did a great job pointing out the truth. The sad thing is that a good number of people (even conservitives) won’t face the truth about what they are doing to this country. At least Mr Santorum gets it. As for me I shure would like a true conservitive running and if he does’t win the whitehouse we conservitives know where we stand. Up a creek. But to vote for Mitt just becouse he is electable is not very sane and you would deserve his liberal ways. Kinda odd how we (USA) are just throwing our long held beliefs out the window at this time in history.

    • MiketheMarine

      I don’t think that is the problem. The problem is about 52% of our population recieve benefits and only vote that subject. The 48% of us tax payers stand no chance.

      • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

        This might seem like a radical idea, but perhaps we should go about restricting participation in Federal elections based on whether you paid any taxes. In other words, those who were refunded every penny they paid to the US Treasury (or more) should not be permitted to vote in a Federal election. Also make it conditional on whether you file your tax return every year.

        It might be constitutional to do this as well as the various voting rights Amendments say only that your right to vote may not be restricted [i]on account of[/i] race, sex or age (if you’re at least 18). It would likely be very unpopular, given the large bloc of society that seems exempt from Federal income taxation, but it would definitely things pick up economically very quickly…

        • MiketheMarine

          I’ve suggested that if you receive entitlement checks of any kind you can’t vote while on the public dole.

        • DavidRobertson

          The statists would have fun making a PR circus out of that proposal

          • Psyphurr Lock

            But its true none the less. Conflict of interest. Remove the conflict and watch what happens.

            This may sound weird, but it struck me just now. The movie Starship Troopers. I remember something where you had to earn the rights of citizenship by contributing first. Weird, but not really that far off from the tought of only those who pay taxes can vote.

      • DavidRobertson

        Just finished my 2011 tax filing Mike. Amen, brother. I’m going to need some quiet time the rest of this week to shake off the frustration.

        (not that anyone cares, but typing the following will help ease the pain) Has anyone noticed how many more freakin forms you have to wait on AND fill out every year? My return looks like it could have doubled for Obama’s fairy tale budget they just printed! I’m ready for some 9-9-9 or a 3×5 card. Hey Perry, Cain, HELP!

  • MiketheMarine

    Well said, Rick. Ok, ok, I’m starting to like him more and more with each word uttered.

  • grizzlybear71

    Santorum spent us into oblivion!!! Wake up people! Senator Santorum voted FOR the $16 TRILLION unfunded entitlement that is Medicare Part D!!!!

    How can any of you possibly take this guy seriously?!

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      Santorum isn’t perfect, but he’s not nearly as bad as you claim. He is the best of those that remain.

      And the anti-Israel Ron Paul is most certainly a no-go.

      • PhillyCon

        Thanks RS, for pushing back on this stuff.

      • JimCohen

        Anti-Israel my foot. I believe Paul has said Israel should be allowed to make decisions for themselves…rather than having the U.S. hovering all over them all the time.

        I will take Paul over the three clowns anyday. If you look at Paul’s voting record in the House over the long haul…he and he alone is the ONLY ONE that gives me any hope that if elected he would actually do something to stop the bus from going over the cliff…turn it around…and head in the right direction.

        The others are just pretenders…cut from the same cloth as Daddy Bush, Dole, Baby Bush and McCain. Don’t. Be. Played. For. A. Fool.

        • Major914

          “I will take Paul over the three clowns anyday.”

          Please do take Uncle Martin…drop us a line sometime when you get there…

          http://kougarkisses.blogspot.com/2011/08/space-alien-card.html

          • JimCohen

            Is that you in the photo…you have been drinking the Kool-Aid haven’t you.

        • K-Bob

          You can have him.

        • hbnolikeee

          You must be a Paul Bot. You’re wasting your time. Paul is unelectable unless you’re an ostrich and think that sticking your head in a hole will keep you safe.

      • DavidRobertson

        RS rang the dinner bell!!!
        here come the Paul voters!

  • grizzlybear71

    Right out of the FDR playbook? Get more and more people dependent on government?

    YOU VOTED TO DO JUST THAT, Senator Santorum!

    WTF?!

    • wodiej

      His record is unknown to many but that will not be the case much longer.

      • grizzlybear71

        If the GOP nominates him, Obama will have a field day (just as he would with Newt Romney). Their records alone make that a certainty.

        • Major914

          This is great comedy…you guys are actually pretending that Ron Paul has chance at the nomination…?!?!

          • grizzlybear71

            I never mentioned Ron Paul. This is about the ridiculous notion that Santorum (and Newt and Romney) are in any way conservatives. Their records document otherwise.

            • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

              But we know you are a paulbot. Careful how you tread here.

              Paulbots that flame threads aren’t welcome.

              • grizzlybear71

                Not everyone here realizes I am a Paulite. Someone just accused me of being a Romney SuperPAC troll.

                I am not trying to flame this thread, but the hypocrisy is just astounding with Santorum. Conservatives must demand better.

                • PhillyCon

                  It’s like you stalk every Santorum thread and bash him. We get it: you don’t like him, but some of us do, is that still OK?

                  Geez.

                • grizzlybear71

                  You can like whomever you please. In my opinion, you should demand better. Much better.

                • PhillyCon

                  Thats your opinion, last I checked I still have my freedom to choose whom I deem acceptable. I thought that was the beauty of a democracy. Freedom to choose.

                  Tip: brow beating people you don’t agree with won’t win you any converts. FYI.

                • JimCohen

                  Some folks do not have very high standards…I’m sure some of these folks though Baby Big Government Bush was going to be a good pres.

                • hbnolikeee

                  And you think Frank Purdue is better?

                • grizzlybear71

                  Hey, Frank Perdue was a savvy businessman (and from my state of Maryland too).

                • hbnolikeee

                  You have to admit he does like like him. And his ideas are mostly just as fowl.

                • grizzlybear71

                  Hee Haw!

                • Psyphurr Lock

                  This is not a flame….. but I have to ask. If we must demand better, then you should have zero comments when we state how we dislike/will not vote for RP. He is not better either, and IMHO even less so.

                  However, you are correct. We should demand better. I personally don’t see anyone that is really interested that IS better then the current breed of candidates. None of them are perfect; some far, far below perfect. It is what it is at the moment.

                • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

                  But I know you are and if you flame threads, you’ll be banned.

                • hbnolikeee

                  You’re wasting your time. Paul is unelectable unless you’re an ostrich and think that sticking your head in a hole will keep you safe.

                • Psyphurr Lock

                  Share a brief (but true) story….

                  I was sitting in a GP Large at a large air field in southern Iraq 12+ years ago, chatting with my fellow soldiers (96B3). It was less than a week after the Gulf War cease fire had been announced and things were being negotiated. We were asking ourselves when the countries surrounding bad countries like Iraq would shoulder the burden of cleaning up the messes in their regions. Why did it always seem to fall to the U.S. to do it? Why did we (us soldiers) have to sacrifice so much for so many, including those who hated us (and still do)? Why? When was it their turn to sacrifice…

                  We all got kind of depressed there for a while and got quiet. Then I remember someone breaking the silence and saying something along the lines of “Guess we’re supposed to light the way….”

                  I reflect on that and other similar moments whenever I think of RP. I remember feeling the lure of isolationism…. “Let someone else deal with it. Not our concern.” It was strong at times. But I keep coming back to that statement “Guess we’re supposed to light the way…” It also reminds me of that quote from Spiderman. “With great power comes great responsibility.” How could we, as honest, moral people, look at ourselves in the mirror every morning, shrug our shoulders and say “It’s not our business” knowing just how many people in the world are suffering and we are the only ones who care enough to help?

                  I believe RP cares nothing for the world outside our borders, and he makes the world stage sound like the boogie man. “It’s none of our business” he would say… as if we were living in the stone ages or something and didn’t have to interact with anyone else in the world. Well, I believe that one day if we are not vigilant enough, that that boogie man will visit us whether we like it or not. It would make 9/11 seem like a sunny weekend trip to the beach.

                  We cannot close our doors and pretend that the house next door is NOT on fire. It would only a matter of time before it reached our house if we did nothing. That is unless we have the courage to “light the way” and help put it out.

                  Something to think about…..

        • DavidRobertson

          Well, I guess we should just go for people who Obama can’t have a field day with…..let’s see…..nevermind.

  • wodiej

    As usual, Santorum has the talking points down-no great feat. But where’s the beef? He is not offering any solutions on how to fix these things. He just does not have the vision for what this country needs.

    • MiketheMarine

      Let’s not forget that the budget and spending money is supposed to be the job of CONGRESS, not the president. I would think you Paulites would already know this.

      • grizzlybear71

        That is why I look at Santorum’s record as a member of Congress. On budgets and spending money…not too good.

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      It’s a 4 minute clip of truth-telling. Sorry you jump to conclusions on such a short clip.

      And this is very beefy imo.

      • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

        Ditto scoop

      • JimCohen

        Looks like the scoop is a shill for Santorum the statist.

        • K-Bob

          Looks like you’re done here.

          • DavidRobertson

            LOL.

            It is interesting that people would come to that conclusion. I think RS does a good job of getting press to anything any of the candidates do that is positive (outside of Romney or Paul–does counting a Libertarian who is running Republican count?). I’ve supported Santorum for some time, and for a while there thought this was a pro-Cain site, then a Pro-Perry site, then a Pro-Newt site, etc.

            • K-Bob

              Exactly! Scoop has been totally open about his thought process during this primary. He’s not a Romney guy, and not a Paul guy, but even with all of the dropouts, we still have two decent choices.

              It’s way too early to settle for either one.

    • DavidRobertson

      Did you skip over all the links and paste ins above on Rick’s platform? shake the sand out of your ears.

  • denbren52

    Clark Durant, candidate for US Senator from Michigan, said pretty much the same thing last night at our local Tea Party meeting. This election is about freedom. We the people are responsible for electing, or not doing enough to prevent the election of, big-government politicians from both parties. We need people with the courage that Santorum displayed in that speech. People who will tell the truth about the entitlement-craving society we have become and willing to fight the battles when they get elected.

    • grizzlybear71

      Santorum voted to decrease your freedom repeatedly while a member of the Senate. From voting to create the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA to voting for the largest entitlement program since the days of LBJ (Medicare Part D) to the Patriot Act, Rick Santorum has diminished your freedom. He is a big government candidate masquerading as a conservative. Obama will expose him. It is too easy.

      • Major914

        No voter in either party will doubt that Rick Santorum is infinitely better than Obama on both controlling spending and government intrusion issues–the recent assault on the Catholic Church and religious liberty more generally being only one current example where Santorum will easily outshine Obama…

        • grizzlybear71

          Why would they? All Obama has to do to discredit Santorum on controlling spending and government intrusion is hammer on his voting record as a Senator.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

            I don’t think Obama will purposefully go into the debt battle, even if he did, Santorum would still cream him on the issue. His spending was a drop in the bucket compared to Obama’s

            • grizzlybear71

              I beg to differ. Santorum’s vote for Medicare Part D alone ($16 trillion unfunded) is hardly a drop in the bucket. Santorum does not have the record to back up his rhetoric, and Obama (and his ruthless attack machine) will capitalize on that weakness.

              • Major914

                Obama wants to spend more, not less….

                Who are those (imaginary) voters that Obama gains by attacking Santorum on spending,… of all things?

                • grizzlybear71

                  The issue for Santorum is the hypocrisy. He is portraying himself as a fiscal conservative and defender of freedom, but his record says the opposite.

                • Major914

                  The issue for anyone with principles is always hypocrisy–especially according to the left.

                  But these issues won’t help Obama one bit.

                  Newt would be great at restructuring government, and Santorum wants to cap spending at 18% of GDP–no problem with that…

                • grizzlybear71

                  I have a big problem with basing anything on GDP, given it is a very misleading and generally worthless statistic. Did you know GDP was made up by a Russian during the FDR era?

                  http://www.kitco.com/ind/katz/nov112010.html

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                And who do you think as the best chance to combat Obama on the Issue?

                • grizzlybear71

                  On the issue of spending and the erosion of freedom? That choice is obvious to me.

              • hbnolikeee

                Really, Santorum’s vote cost us 16 trillion? You’re and idiot. At best or worst that’s a projection over some number of years. Whereas Du Bumbler has spend how many trillion in 3 years?

                Need some help with the numbas?

                • grizzlybear71

                  No need for namecalling.

                  “The unfunded portion of Medicare part D, which was rammed into law by George W. Bush and a Republican Congress in 2003, is also covered by general revenues under current law and has a present value of $15.5 trillion or 1.2% of GDP forever (p. 127).

                  Thus federal income taxes for every taxpayer would have to rise by roughly 81% to pay all of the benefits promised by these programs under current law over and above the payroll tax.”

                  http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/14/taxes-social-security-opinions-columnists-medicare.html

                • DavidRobertson

                  An embarrassing time indeed for the Republican Party. I think several if not many of them have seen the error. Santorum has said as much.

                • grizzlybear71

                  It is a very large “error” and a significant factor in the economic destruction of our republic. He may sincerely regret his vote, but to correct it will require either eliminating the entitlement he once voted to create, or raising taxes significantly to pay for it legitimately.

                • K-Bob

                  HB, note that while you were gone, Scoop has put up a comment policy.

              • DavidRobertson

                You act as if M part D was led and sponsored by Santorum. Not hardly, and the true costs were hidden from the legislators by the ones that actually were leading it who then jumped ship and became high-paid pharma lobbyists. It doesn’t excuse the vote, but I hardly think Obama is going to go after the medicare benefit. Not in his game plan.

          • K-Bob

            Now that’s funny! Obama, discredit someone on spending?

            Right up there with “pull my finger,” that is.

            • grizzlybear71

              I don’t disagree that it is ridiculous for Obama to call anybody out on spending, but that won’t stop his nasty machine from ripping Santorum apart on his considerable hypocrisy (as they will with Romney or Newt as well).

              • K-Bob

                “Considerable,” my eye. We aren’t nominating a Saint. We don’t have Saints running. And Sainthood isn’t on the list of useful requirements at this point in time.

                It’s all relative. Newt and Rick have congressional baggage, as would any member of congress. Ron Paul’s own collection of hypocritical votes are evidence of this. Mitt has progressive-itis, and can’t seem to shake it (because he won’t). And Ron Paul is still Ron Paul.

                From that list, I see Newt and Rick as the only possible candidates that can beat Obama. The good news is, they are both solid, movement conservatives.

              • FreeManWalking

                Grizz, I haven’t researched this because all-in-all I don’t think Dr. Paul will go very far, but it has been pointed out several times that Paul loads up bills with PORK & BEANS for his district he knows will pass then votes against the bill.

                How will a record like this not receive the same scrutiny showing blatant hypocrisy?

                • grizzlybear71

                  That is a fair enough question, FreeMan. Ron Paul does request earmarks within appropriations bills (spending bills) for his district. He argues that ALL spending should be earmarked, because if it isn’t, it goes to the executive branch where it is spend by the administration on things like Solyndra. He reasons that earmarks, which do not add any additional spending to an appropriations bill, represent transparency in government.

                  You are also correct that he votes against the entire appropriations bill. He does this because he does not find authority in the Constitution for the bill. His reasoning for requesting (earmarking) money within the bill he votes against is that it is his duty to represent his constituents and get as much of their hard-earned money back from the federal bureaucracy as possible, and if his colleagues in Congress pass the unconstitutional spending bill, at least his constituents will see some of the money back rather than it going to Obama and his bureaucratic minions.

                • FreeManWalking

                  LOL, would this be classified as “Release 22″ ? Because if I understand this correctly RP is doing the opposite of “Catch 22″.

                • grizzlybear71

                  The problem is that, while I don’t have a problem with what RP is doing, it would be easy to portray him as a hypocritical porkbarrel spender in a 30 second Obamabot ad spot. If he got a chance to explain in the language I just did, such as in a debate, I think he could help people understand where he is coming from. But you don’t get that chance in smear ads.

      • denbren52

        Are you paid by the Romney SuperPacs to troll or are you just a brainwashed troll?

        • grizzlybear71

          Romney is a disaster.

          I support Ron Paul.

          • hbnolikeee

            You’re wasting your time. Paul is unelectable unless you’re an ostrich and think that sticking your head in a hole will keep you safe.

          • DavidRobertson

            I can respect the support for Ron Paul. I can’t respect how his followers come out guns blazing on anyone who stands in his way. Ron Paul supporters could use a lesson in respect for others and a little fairness in judgement. I’ve met a few, by the way, that do just that…and I have very enjoyable and educational conversations with them.

            on the lighter side…do you think he could hack two terms? He would be nearly 90 by then, wouldn’t he? If he actually got the nomination, I could see the ageists coming a mile away.

            • grizzlybear71

              I realize I’ve been harsh in this thread. No disrespect intended. It’s just that I watched the video above of Santorum speaking, and knowing his record in Congress, my head exploded with incredulity. This forum is full of smart people who I know genuinely love this great country. I know I have been blunt, but I think I have struck a nerve with many because Santorum is the one most here are rallying behind and I am going after him (based on his record alone, not personally).

              Ron Paul is 76 currently, and would be 77 upon inauguration next January. That is fairly up there chronologically, but if you have seen his answers in the debates, particularly on the subject of economics, it is clear he has full acuity upstairs. Physically, he is an exercise junky, which is why nobody took him up on his offer to ride 25 miles in Houston in the middle of the summer. :)

              • DavidRobertson

                Yes. I hear he could hold his own in a mountain bike run with W.

      • DavidRobertson

        So, Obama plans to expose Santorum for voting for Medicare Part D? How does that fit in to Obama’s playbook of “Rebublicans don’t care about old people”? Obama would have a better shot if Santorum DIDN’T vote for it.

        My point is that whether or not it is policy or spending, Obama will try to have a field day with whatever record is in front of him. He could find dozens of ways to tear down Paul.

        We can’t sit here and argue about how “Obama will do…” whatever with the candidate. That’s ridiculous. He would have equal red meat with Romney, Newt, and Paul if not more.

    • K-Bob

      We have a train of folks declaring with gusto that Santorum just isn’t much of a conservative, and he’s a really a, a.. Big Spender, and, and why, he’s almost as bad as can be!!

      What are they basing it on? Simple… the usual dreck any member of congress faces after a long career. Specifically: cherry-picking votes that make him look HoRrIbLe and somehow managing to overlook the vastly bigger set of votes that confirm the reputation the man has already earned.

      “Why, this horse has dirt under his hooves!”

      Here’s the big set of problems you “Santorum isn’t conservative” folks have failed to overcome:
      1) His well-earned reputation as one of the most conservative members of congress. Hey, don’t take our word for it. Just google “Santorum” and see who hates the man for being such a “far right” conservative.
      2) Context is everything – Part A. Since you know so very much about the man that you are dying to tell us, you must also know that he represented a majority Democrat, Pittsburgh area district while in the house. Tell us that means nothing. Go ahead. We need the laugh. (Hint: he won election there over a seven term Dem incumbent).
      3) Context is everything – Part II. He won his Senate seat running as a conservative in a state that is very competitive, but predominantly votes Democrat in Presidential elections since 1960.
      4) Context is everything – Part 3. “Review the current Republicans in the Senate: do any of these blue-state senators have a conservative voting record that even remotely approaches the 88% ACU rating of Santorum? No. In fact, there are many Republicans from red states with lower ACU ratings than Santorum’s. In ideological terms, Santorum votes the right way, even when it may cost him an election.”
      5) About that “hasn’t fought corruption” claim: “As a freshman congressman, Santorum became part of the so-called “Gang of Seven” of new GOP lawmakers (as did future Speaker of the House John Boehner); the group made its reputation by fiercely attacking corruption in the Democratic-controlled House, focusing in particular on the House banking scandal and the Congressional Post Office scandal.”

      So go ahead and tell us how very “progressive” the man is. It’s good, clean fun.

      I may still vote for Gingrich. I don’t know. I think Newt would do better, warty excrescences, alligator baggage, and all. But I promise you the claims Santorum isn’t conservative enough will have nothing to do with my decision, other than to make me laugh.

      • DavidRobertson

        Great pots K-Bob. He had tons of votes that earned him his rep. Here are some on taxes:
        Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
        Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
        Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
        Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
        Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
        Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
        Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
        Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

        Social Security – constant advocate of personal savings accounts and overall SS reform

        Supported and voted for Welfare Reform

        Ethanol subisides – mixed – pre 9/11 he was against. post 9/11 he was for. draw your own conclusions

        Education – FOR school choice, sponsored bills to do so. For getting rid of DOE (in fairness, he used to support DOE and he did vote NCLB–but has moved position on both).

        Excellent Free Trade record

        AGAINST McCain-Feingold, TARP, Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare

        FOR – Drilling in ANWR and offshore, Keystone, Tort reform, reform Fannie/Freddie

        In all, he has HUNDREDS of votes that people can cherry pick. Has he earned his reputation as a conservative? YES. Has he made some mistakes? who hasn’t?

        • K-Bob

          I think the Republicans who voted for the Ethanol subsidies were caught up in a rush of fake science (understandable back then, but NOT now), and the general fear of drilling in the face of enviro-activism. So they did like John McCain and glommed on to alternative energy as a way to try and “do something.”

          Now things are different. Anyone for ethanol subsidies today needs a thorough head exam.

      • Major914

        Amen and pass the ammunition!

        • K-Bob

          Sorry. Boating accident.

  • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

    WOW big crowd and a standing O !
    Rick is doing his thing .
    He is reaching the people who so desperately want America’s restoration

  • NCHokie02

    He is absolutely right about when th majority of the country recieves benefits from the government that is all they will care about and will vote that way. Once that happens the decline of America is almost guaranteed.

  • JimCohen

    To bad that as a Senator…he did not practice what he is preaching now. I just can not trust this guy.

    I wish there was someone else running. How sad.

    • grizzlybear71

      Finally…somebody who actually sees reality.

    • K-Bob

      Awww. That’s terrible. I would be sad, too if I had to crank out that rhetoric.

  • frontierwoman
  • http://onthemark1.blogspot.com/ On The Mark

    RhetoRick: Rick Santorum channeling Newt Gingrich.

  • blueboypink

    This article in the Harrisburg, Pa. Patriot News back in January, might be a reason to wonder if Rick could win his home state. I heard Terry Madonna who is the Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College say, who ever the nominee is, they will have to carry PA to beat Obama.

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/01/pennsylvania_gop_leaders_santo.html

    • mjs_pa

      “republican” “leaders” like state GOP chairman gleason have this attitude but in my opinion grass root republicans, conservatives and tea party supporters will definitely get behind Santorum if he is the nominee.

      This is how conservatives and tea party folks are treated in PA republican circles:

      Dear Conservative,

      If I told you that the Pennsylvania Republican Party threw members of the Tea Party out of the PA State Convention, threatened those Tea Partiers with arrest, threw their petitions in the trash, and then endorsed a recent Democrat who voted for Obama as our candidate for Senate, you wouldn’t believe it.

      But that’s exactly what happened last weekend at the Pennsylvania Republican Convention.

      You see, here in Pennsylvania, the GOP often makes a formal endorsement before the Primary. Essentially, they try to tell primary voters who to vote for. Then they deny all the other candidates access to party voter lists and opportunities to speak to or to circulate literature at party events. They even use party money to run negative ads against other “non-endorsed” Republicans that dare to run against them. Worst of all, the Republican County Committees are told that if they don’t enforce all of this, they’ll have their charter revoked from the Republican Party!

      For America,

      Sam Rohrer
      Conservative Republican, Pennsylvania

    • PhillyCon

      Of course, the RINO state party thinks that. They were against Santorum from day one, and don’t forget they never wanted Toomey either. They were trying to recruit Tom Ridge instead … these people are country club through and through, and its amazing that R’s are even elected here in PA, that’s how inept these “leaders”/ GOP party hacks are, trust me on this. I have seen it first hand, they have no idea what GOTV is, and are usually out manned by the Rendell ground operation.

      • blueboypink

        I agree with you in part. But, there are many conservatives/tea party people who became upset with Santorum as well, because of poor choices in the past.

        I always admired his stand on the moral issues, but question his judgment on other issues.

        As I said I’m not thrilled with any of the four candidates remaining, it will come down for me where they stand today, not their past baggage–the one with wisdom in knowing how to lead as the President of our country today.

        • PhillyCon

          You are right, but remember there will never be a perfect candidate. That’s the stuff of unicorns and rainbows.

          Michelle Malkin outlined it well.

  • mjs_pa

    Any chance you can post the entire speech?

  • joyfulgiver

    http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/commentary/7-responsibilities-you-have-as-an-american/

    This article comes from a site for middle school/high school students, but considering that our Presidents SOTU address was aimed at 8th graders, I don’t think RS readers will have any problems relating to it.

    Our nation is on a slippery slope to entitlement and it MUST stop here! This election will determine our future. So, do your homework, don’t wait around for the media to do it for you. Get educated! Know your candidates! Be a RESPONSIBLE voter.

  • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

    This was a great speak….Rick Santroum really fired me up!

    Go Santorum go!

    I can really see why he is 17 point over Romney…..Now if only the other Republicans would see the RINO Romney is, as George Soros puts is, really no different than Obama.

    The GOP needs to put a Conservative as head of the ticket not some moderate like Romney…..that will just be another McCain or Dole….DOOMED TO FAILURE.

  • hbnolikeee

    Great idea, but it will never happen. The people that can fix it are part of the problem.

  • hbnolikeee

    No where near as accurate as Duh Bumbler boasting an 8.3% unemployment rate. Can you say COOKING THE BOOKS?

    Oh right, you’re not too good with numbas.