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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Santorum vs. Gingrich On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org



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  • Rick Santorum (2)
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BOOK SUMMARY by OnTheIssues.org:

This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.

  • Domestic Issues
  • Economic Issues
  • Social Issues
  • International Issues
  • Book Reviews
  • VoteMatch questionnaire
  • Other books in this series


    Domestic Issues

    Rick Santorum

    Newt Gingrich

    Mandatory Sentencing:Allow felons to vote again after 5 years crime-free3-strike laws are constitutional; enforce courts compliance
    Death Penalty:YES on limiting death penalty appealsVoted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment
    Gun Rights:YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturersDon't redefine Constitution with no individual right to arms
    Drugs in Society:Kids living with married parents less likely to use drugsDrug-free society focuses on both drug supply & demand
    Environmental Protection Agency:NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulationsReplace EPA with new Environmental Solutions Agency
    Environmental Risks:Nature is a subtle web of intricate connectionsGreatest enviro dangers are poverty & command bureaucracy
    Nuclear Waste:YES on approving a nuclear waste repositoryPut nuclear waste in deep storage for 10,000 years
    Environment vs. Economy:Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votesCombine healthy environment and a healthy economy
    WikiLeaks:Prosecute WikiLeaks on terrorism chargesTreat WikiLeaks as enemy combatants engaged in terrorism
    Electromagnetic Pulse:Scale of potential destruction from EMP demands actionPrepare more for electromagnetic pulse attack
    Transportation Policy: Fund reverse-commuting for distressed suburbsEstablish three high-speed rail corridors; NY-MA; FL; & CA
    Television Censorship: Make "airplane" edited movie versions with advisory labelsTelevision is the wasteland of cynicism
    Health Mandate: If we let states mandate insurance, sterilization is ok tooIf you mandate healthcare, you mandate everything in life
    Medicare: Give Medicare same options and opt-out as CongressBlock grant Medicaid; create individual incentives & bonuses
    ObamaCare:Liberal states won't waive ObamaCare; we must repeal itRepeal ObamaCare; sign tort reform instead


    Economic Issues

    Rick Santorum

    Newt Gingrich

    Financial Bailout: TARP was biggest government intrusion into private sectorInsure banks rather than pass out checks
    Mortgage Crisis: 2005: Fannie & Freddie should create housing affordabilityDon't bail out Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae; break them up
    Size of Government: Gov't has averaged 18% of GDP and we're now at 25%The era of big government is over, and I mean it
    Regulatory Reform: Overturn & freeze all Obama regulations in processAbolish all White House Czars
    Federal Reserve: Audit the Fed; but no gold standardThe Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society
    Balanced Budget: DC doesn't work; ratify the Balanced Budget AmendmentDemand a Balanced Budget amendment
    Campaign Finance Reform:Campaign finance should be purely voluntaryIncrease federal limits on individual campaign contributions
    Government Spending:Spend-o-meter: track spending on all Senate amendmentsDemocrats say they oppose earmarks, but proposed 8,000
    Right-to-Work: Unions good community members but we need right-to-workDefund National Labor Relations Board; favor right-to-work
    Offshore Jobs: Offshore jobs return if you repeal manufacturing regulations2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act drives IPOs out of the US
    Social Security Privatization: Supports privatization if voluntaryTake Social Security off federal budget; give young a choice
    Retirement Age:Raise retirement age? Maybe. Private investment? YesTake away politicians' power & control over our retirement
    Death Tax:Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730BDeath tax is a direct assault on civil society
    Tax Simplification:Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goesAdopt a single-rate tax system
    Corporation Policy:Cut all corporate tax rates to zeroBusinesses focus on customers; apply Lean Six Sigma to gov't


    Social Issues

    Rick Santorum

    Newt Gingrich

    Birth Control: States have the right to ban contraception, but shouldn'tReward high-school girls who graduate as virgins
    Abortion Funding: FactCheck: Under 1/4 of pregnancies end in abortion, not 1/3Immediately cease public funding for abortion providers
    Abortion Morality: Scientifically, embryo is human from moment of conceptionStop forcing pro-choice morality on religious organizations
    Welfare State: Poverty is not a disability; believe in ability to workWhen free welfare is provided, people choose not to work
    Welfare in Contract With America: Drafted 1994 Contract with America Welfare ReformWelfare vouchers allow choice & reduce bureaucracy
    Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell: Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; punish behaviorArmy & Marines wanted Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell
    Defense of Marriage Act: Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50I helped author DOMA; if it fails, amend Constitution
    Churches and Same-Sex Marriage: Right to gay sex implies right to bigamy, incest, & adulteryStop forcing same-sex marriage on religious organizations
    Affirmative Action: Affirmative program for minority business-buildingAffirmative action OK individually, but not by group
    Homeschooling: Home-schooled six children with wife KarenLet parents choose public, private, parochial, or homeschool
    School Vouchers: Rich people already have school choice; give it to the poorVoucherize inner-city programs from schools to groceries
    Religion in Schools: Expose kids to legitimate debate of evolution & creationismVoluntary school prayer creates bond between you & Creator
    Church-State Separation: Church-state "neutrality" is not in US ConstitutionDeclaration assumes God created man
    American Faith: Govern via both faith & reasonFive habits of liberty sustain American Exceptionalism
    The Tea Party: Tea Party is now the backbone of conservative movementTea Party prevents mistake of electing conservative Dems
    Conservative Values: I'm a conservative but not a libertarian; some government OKLiberals exploit weakness; conservatives offer strength


    International Issues

    Rick Santorum

    Newt Gingrich

    Global Warming : Out of office, I stayed in the fray to defeat cap-and-tradeKyoto treaty is bad for the environment and bad for America
    Oil Drilling:Sagging economy caused by stop sign on oil drilling 2008 book: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less
    China Trade: I'm for making US more competitive than ChinaProtectionism helps China & India challenge US supremacy
    Border Security: Finish the border fence; make English the official languageReview all illegal aliens & if you have no ties, go home
    Guest Workers: No tricks like 1986; secure the border firstI voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program
    Pakistani Nukes: Deal with Musharraf in Pakistan in advance of troubleContain nuclear threats: China, Russia, Pakistan, North Korea
    Israel/Palestine: West Bank residents are Israelis; there are no PalestiniansTell the truth: Palestinians are an "invented people"
    Iranian Sanctions: Iran's theocracy encourages use of nuclear weaponsSabotage Iran's oil refinery
    Foreign Aid: YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion1993: $1.6B Russia aid package was "great defining moment"
    The Patriot Act: War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in AmericaDefend America & allies with information policies
    Defense spending: Don't cut one penny out of defense spendingDefense as percentage of GDP is lowest since WWII
    Sources of Terrorism: Jihadists want to kill us for what we areThe "Irreconcilable Wing of Islam" threatens our way of life
    Unconventional Weapons: Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide basesBiological threat bigger than nuclear threat
    Iraq War: We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victoryGoal was to liberate Iraq from Saddam, not to occupy
    Afghanistan War: Stay in Afghanistan until security of our country is secureWe have mismanaged region-wide crisis in Middle East
     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Abortion
        Rick Santorum: Gingrich's abortion stances compared to Santorum's.
    Budget & Economy
        Rick Santorum: Newt Gingrich's economic stances compared to Santorum's.
    Health Care
        Newt Gingrich: Rick Santorum's healthcare stances compared to Newt's.
    Immigration
        Newt Gingrich: Santorum's immigration stances compared to Newt's.


    The above quotations are from Santorum vs. Gingrich On The Issues:
    Side-by-side stances on the issues

    by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



    VoteMatch Social Issues


    Rick Santorum

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Abortion is a woman’s rightstrongly opposes strongly opposes
    Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesfavors strongly opposes
    Same-sex domestic partnership benefitsstrongly opposes opposes
    Teacher-led prayer in public schoolsstrongly favors strongly favors
    Parents choose schools via vouchersstrongly favors strongly favors

    VoteMatch Domestic Issues


    Rick Santorum

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    More federal funding for health coveragestrongly opposes strongly opposes
    Death Penalty strongly favors strongly favors
    Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing lawsfavors favors
    Absolute right to gun ownership favors favors
    Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against itstrongly favors strongly favors

    VoteMatch Economic Issues


    Rick Santorum

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Privatize Social Securitystrongly favors strongly favors
    Make taxes more progressivestrongly opposes opposes
    Stricter limits on political campaign fundsstrongly opposes strongly opposes
    Allow churches to provide welfare servicesfavors favors
    Replace coal & oil with alternativesstrongly opposes strongly opposes

    VoteMatch International Issues


    Rick Santorum

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Illegal immigrants earn citizenshipstrongly opposes Neutral
    Support & expand free trade strongly favors favors
    The Patriot Act harms civil libertiesstrongly opposes strongly opposes
    Expand the armed forces strongly favors strongly favors
    US out of Iraq & Afghanistanstrongly opposes favors


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