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-- recess but the focus -- those bush tax cuts now set to expire ten of 2012.
This whole thing continues to heat -- we have former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
He's live from DC.
Senator you know I -- introducing -- so many different groups are coming out talking about the morality.
Of the bush tax cuts not the economic part of it.
But the morality of -- the top 2% of the population.
Get such huge breaks.
What do you think about this in -- by the way.
I'm gonna ask you are you going to be able to defend them.
If you run for president.
Well you know look the morality is of the issue is pretty clear if you ask the American public how much they think that you should take on a moral basis from peoples income out of -- the federal government.
The vast majority of Americans I forget what the number is exactly but it's over 70% will say it should be a third or less.
And so what -- -- the moral issue is -- -- how much money should the federal government take of anybody end.
And most -- say a third to pretty fair number -- and that's the moral issue on the on the other side the economic issues pretty clear.
-- and we make it here all the time when you're taxing people who are creating jobs you're taxing people who are.
The ones that are -- making this economy grow your -- the economy hurting the you know the rest of America so it makes no sense.
Either morally or economically.
To do that.
Senator Santorum would you be willing to say also taken a step further and say.
All of this stuff that divides Americans rich vs core.
You know one race vs another all the things that we've seen from the administration so far.
Have been very very divisive it's it's it's -- civil animosity.
That I think.
Makes it almost impossible for the entire nation to climb out of this -- Well atrocity you really hit the nail on the head here because we have we have a we have the president we have a Democratic Party that that -- America up into groups whether you're right it's either black or white or rich or poor class vs class.
Ethnic group for his ethnic group religious group purses were if it was -- -- the one thing they don't do they don't talk about religion but everybody else they break apart and and it to -- it's -- it's not it's not the vision of America it's -- I understand the politics behind -- because -- -- these political games with different groups of people.
But the but Americans I think and have grown tired of it that's what -- -- -- -- -- of -- the rhetoric on the -- on the economy just tired of of this president of Democrats pitting one group against another.
They want -- -- -- gonna unite America someone who sees us for who we are which is a melting pot not one group or another group but.
People who try to who worked to get the magic of America.
Is the fact that we are diverse but we see we see things and we try to work things together we don't approach things from these it's suited these balkanized ways.
That is I think what you like about 2012.
That's what we're going to be looking for -- going to be needed out of a leader in 2012.
Who sees things a little differently than this president does.
You know it's interesting Rick -- speaking to some uber wealthy folks.
Actors and athletes in -- they actually go almost to a person said look I don't mind paying a little bit more in taxes it was very interesting -- maybe just did that group of people that I'm talking to.
But it did to charles' point about -- be divisive.
What what are your thoughts on a flat tax meet -- do you think that sort of -- the weight with that sort of -- it did dividing up the different classes in terms of taxation.
Lot of say on on the -- wealthy if you look at the twenty richest zip codes in America.
Eighteen of the twenty voted Democrat the last two alliance -- all this idea that the Republican Party is the part of the rich is a bunch of baloney that's just simply not true in fact I would argue that.
Certainly certainly since I've been a running congress for the last you know fifteen or so years that wasn't true where it.
That the Republican -- -- party is small businesses the entrepreneur or some people who are trying to get ahead on American people who see.
America as a place of opportunity so there's a big big difference on -- -- that that to me is.
It is is the most important thing to focus on is that we need to -- to create.
Jobs we need to create opportunity and we need people in there we're gonna bring us together instead of trying to.
To separate us for political advantage.
But I think we're getting close today giving -- yea and -- -- -- 2012.
Certainly would god platform down we appreciate that about.
I appreciate that drug that we're gonna organize you know we're gonna give us some time and we're gonna start walking before we run and and and see -- all works out we're just sort of testing things out and and see how loud and see what your action is particularly in.
-- in key states like Iowa and then New Hampshire and South Carolina and then you know sort of kick the tires a little bit and -- -- goes all right.
Thanks a lot to join us this morning really appreciate your time thank.
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