Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security
March 29th, 2011
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Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security

(CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the "abortion culture" in America is to blame for the failing Social Security system.

In an interview with WEZS Radio in Laconia, New Hampshire, Tuesday, the former Republican Pennsylvania senator said abortion rates are influencing the number of children born in the United States and there are therefore not enough children to support the program long-term.

"The Social Security system in my opinion is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends," Santorum said. "A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion."

Santorum, an outspoken opponent of abortion, made the comments in response to a caller who said abortion rates are to blame for the problems with Social Security and Medicare.

"We have seven children so we're doing our part to fund the Social Security system," Santorum said. "I want children to be living in America and contributing. America's greatest resource is our people and we're denying America what it needs, which is more Americans."

Santorum was in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday to meet with voters and headline a GOP dinner in Concord.


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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Terry T

    Santorum for the Sanitorium!!! What an idiot. SS is going down because the zillions of children that are being born with the unchecked welfare breeding program DONT WORK AND DONT PAY TAXES. SS is going down because the people that run it are giving money away to cons faking injuries, and using the money for purposes other than what it was supposed to be used for. If "congress"was spelled MAFIA, they would be under indictment for misusing pension funds.

    March 30, 2011 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  2. TampaMel

    Is he kidding or is he insane? Either way this is a dangerous person to be even running for president.

    March 30, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  3. wjk

    I ve got a better idea.... make capable old people work, instead of getting a free ride. Why should you get any more than what you paid in plus interest? It would also be interesting to calculate what it cost to educate and provide services for his seven spawn, and then compare it to what he paid in in taxes.

    March 30, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  4. Andrea

    "We have seven children so we're doing our part to fund the Social Security system," Santorum said...
    Yes... seven children who have to contribute to fund YOUR social security, while being told that the program will be bankrupt before THEY retire... and besides, how many kids will the next generation need to have to fund the Social Security for your seven children?? Insane... and to pretend this problem is at all related to abortion is absolutely ubsurd and manipulative!

    March 30, 2011 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  5. mike

    hey ricky boy let me give you a reality check if the mothers were force to have these babies and they put these babies up for adoption who would adopt them and if not then the state would have to take care of these kids and if they had special needs who would pay for that the tax payer people who are pro life like to talk this crap of saving babies then they should adopt every unwanted baby that is born in this country and stop forcing the tax payer to foot the bill

    March 30, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  6. Jonathan Graham

    How many of them have jobs to pay into social security. You would sure get more than your share of free public education. Children are not free they do cost society money. You should thank President Obama because all seven of your children will be on your health insurance until they are 26.

    March 30, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  7. Amy

    So if a woman is poor and this guy takes away her rights to an abortion, she ends up on welfare. I can see how that would greatly increase the financing for social security. lol

    March 30, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  8. wayne s

    "A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion." ?????? LOL ha,ha,ha,ha. Are there any intelligent Republicans? I wish people would stop saying "having said that". The last thing the world needs right now and forever is a shitload of more people. Stop having so many babies.

    March 30, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  9. max

    Why is it that when lil ricky and the republicans were in charge of congress and the white house they didn't do anything about abortion? They would be lost if they didn't have this red flag to wave in front of their minions every 4 years or so.

    March 30, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  10. kramses86k

    ???? I wonder if he know's he's not going to be elected?

    March 30, 2011 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  11. Abbie

    Oh, for heaven's sake. That's the same kind of nonsensical argument that people used to use as opponents to the draft (that the draft would deplete the gene pool). Santorum doesn't choose to see that there are fundamental problems inherent in the structuring and funding of Social Security that have nothing to do with population numbers. He should be ashamed that his "contribution" of seven kids is instead contributing to the overpopulation of the planet and depletion of resources. And this guy wants to run for President? Scary, scary.

    March 30, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  12. David L.

    Isn't making kids for the purpose of generating more government revenue to be spent on an "entitlement" the equivalent of "tax and spend"?

    March 30, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  13. Chris

    This one of the most twisted reasonings I've heard of. First of all, while it is true that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during their life time, that does not translate into 1 in 3 pregnancies are being aborted. Most mothers will have more than just one pregnancy during their lifetime. Furthermore, a number of abortions are performed due to problems with the health of the fetus or mother. In these cases, even if the baby is carried to term, it is unlikely that it will live for any length of time, or will be severly disabled. So from the stand point of SS – the child would actually more likely to be a drain on it instead of contributing to it.

    Secondly, the lower population growth is also a result of the responsible use of birth control. If you elimnated that, you would have an explosion of unwanted pregnancies, not to mention the spread of STD's.

    Third, lets say you do promote a steady demographic growth by having multiple children. Then you create a situation of rapid over-population and depleted resouces.

    You are just exchaning one set of problems for another.

    March 30, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  14. Fred

    Is he insane? What about blaming the program who takes your money without your consent then gives it back to you in minimal payments when your almost dead in hopes that you won't collect it? I for one would rather keep my money and invest it for my retirement how I see fit. This guy is a republican? No way..must be a neoconservative and not a true conservative.

    March 30, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  15. p

    What a twisted way of thinking. He is evil.

    March 30, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  16. TheTraveler

    Yeah, we wouldn't want to blame the decades long trend of declining jobs in the US due to businesses moving and outsourcing overseas ...

    March 30, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  17. mb2010a

    What an idiot...he has seven children. That is the problem with Social Security, too many children on Social Security. Social Security would be solvent if the government would quit borrowing from it and not paying it back. Typical Republican crap...

    March 30, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  18. sunstar

    I seem to remember when I was in high school my social studies teacher warning that we would have problems with social security because the baby boomers were going to be getting older and the rest of the population wouldn't be able to support them. Baby boomers were called that because there was a BABY Boom after WW2. This is a common trend in cultures that have been through a traumatic event such as world war for everyone to come home and make babies.

    We have not seen such a boom since WW2. So naturally there will be a problem supporting these boomers as they get older. If this was predicted back in the 80's, blaming abortion rates on generation X seems completely ludicrous.

    March 30, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  19. Amanda

    If this guy becomes POTUS, I am going to move to Canada. The problem with Social Security does not lay with abortion statistics, but with the fact that the population is getting access to SS easier and having a drain on other systems that pay out to Americans- More people on disability, more people claiming survivors benefits, and more people reaching that golden age of 65. Even if children weren't being born, kids don't pay for SS, adults do and by the time those kids become tax payers SS will be gone anyways. This man has no social bone in his body and lacks a sense of empathy and censure. Lame!

    March 30, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. Barry from Wisconsin

    Santorum is a complete right-wing "religious wacko." He is obviously pandering to a certain segment of our society. Fortunately, we live in an America that permits even demagogues free speech. Also fortunately, the law of the land allow people to make choices about their own lives. The "state" should not EVER be permitted to impose any religious point of view on our society.

    Before I am "flamed," I should point out that I respect the beliefs of others. For example, I would NEVER support forcing anyone to have an abortion because of my personal beliefs.

    March 30, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  21. Roy

    He needs to remember that there are a lot of people out there that have no jobs which caused them to lack in supporting social security.....

    March 30, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  22. Stanchman

    you have to be kidding... so the billions of dollars transferred from the program over the past decades to fund who knows what had no impact?? he's playing to the ignorance of his potential supporters..

    March 30, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  23. flagirl

    "abortion rates are influencing the number of children born in the United States and there are therefore not enough children to support the program long-term"... what?

    March 30, 2011 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  24. patty

    Whydon't we blame the jobless factor and the raiding of SS funds.

    March 30, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  25. michael , MN

    He should just come out and say God is punishing us and we need to sacrifice a virgin in Mt St Helelens to cure our economy – and to think people will follow him and hinge on every word he says – hey Tea Party – want to know why 68% think your inbeciles ? Because you are

    March 30, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
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