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Rick Santorum’s Bizarre and Hypocritical Endorsement of Marco Rubio

Former Senator Rick Santorum’s campaign for President never got off the ground this year, but beyond his signature advocacy for the Right to Life, Santorum had two solid issues that at least made him worth a look to many conservative voters; opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens and opposition to increasing foreign guest worker visas. 

Despite taking up those two issues, and often attempting to present himself as an advocate for the all but forgotten interests of America’s working men and women, when Santorum exited the campaign he hypocritically chose to endorse Senator Marco Rubio – the leading advocate of open borders and amnesty for Santorum Rubioillegal aliens. 

One can only conclude that Rick Santorum’s endorsement of Marco Rubio wasn’t about policy, it was personal pique at being displaced in Iowa (and everywhere else) by Ted Cruz as the movement conservative choice in this year’s Republican presidential contest. 

That’s a harsh judgement on Rick Santorum, who we used to respect as a politician and like as a person, but how else can you explain endorsing a candidate who has views on immigration that are the same as Barack Obama’s, Hillary Clinton’s and Jeb Bush’s and the polar opposite of yours? 

And the difference between what Marco Rubio has done and said on amnesty for illegal aliens and bringing in foreign “guest workers” to displace Americans from their jobs and what Rick Santorum allegedly stood for isn’t some fine nuance of where the commas go in a bill – it is the difference between night and day. 

Marco Rubio was THE prime force behind the hated “Gang of Eight” amnesty for illegal aliens immigration bill that passed Harry Reid’s Democratic-controlled Senate with strong support from President Barack Obama. 

Marco Rubio voted NO on an amendment requiring the border fence to be built. 

Marco Rubio was, as Erick Erickson of RedState observed, an active participant in the attacks on conservatives as “racists, slavery supporters, bigots, haters, baby killers, un-Christian, etc. They are waging a coordinated attack between Senator Rubio’s office and others against conservative stalwarts like the Heritage Foundation and Jim DeMint.” 

The “they” to whom Erickson refers was the unholy alliance of establishment Republicans, business interests and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin and a host of other left-leaning political operatives and interest groups. 

And in what was perhaps Marco Rubio’s greatest betrayal of what Rick Santorum claimed to stand for, and the interests of the voters he claimed to speak for, Rubio has callously called for more foreign “guest workers” even as workers in his own state of Florida were being fired and forced to train their foreign “guest worker” replacements. 

As Breitbart’s Adelle Nazarian reported, even after Microsoft’s announcement that it would terminate another 7,800 U.S. workers in order to replace them with cheaper labor — this on top of the 18,000 it had already laid off – Rubio continued to support expanding the H-1B “guest worker” program . 

Rubio’s I-Squared bill would effectively further the plight of American STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and IT workers. Computer World notes that during a speech in Chicago, Rubio emphasized the false narrative that a lack of skilled American workers is the cause of massive layoffs in the tech industry, using the phrase “skills gap” as his hook; a code phrase which is also employed by Microsoft, Southern California Edison and other companies that have laid-off American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign “guest” workers. 

In reality, reported Nazarian, there is a surplus, not shortage, of skilled U.S. workers and not enough STEM jobs to accommodate these citizens. 

Even in the face of harsh criticism Senator Rubio doubled down on his support of the H-1B program, even as workers he allegedly represents in Florida are being laid-off, forced to train their foreign replacements and allegedly being blacklisted by their former employer – Disney. 

Of course Rubio’s support for expanding the H-1B visa program that Disney is apparently abusing probably has nothing to do with the fact that H-1B visa expansion is endorsed by Disney CEO Bob Iger, who serves on the board of the Partnership for the New American Economy, arguably the largest immigration lobbying group in the nation in terms of its reach. PNAE has strongly endorsed H1-B increases and legislation to that effect.  

Some 250 Orlando-based Disney workers were not only let go and replaced by cheaper (and younger) foreign workers – they were also required to train their foreign worker replacements. Disney has laid-off hundreds of American workers, forcing them to train their H-1B visa-holding replacements. 

"I just couldn't believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly," one former worker, who wasn't named and is now unemployed, told The New York Times. "It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can't grasp it." 

Neither, apparently, can Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio.

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RV is 100% correct in his assessment of Rubio and Santorum.

While Cruz has good ideas and is very smart, I still worry about his staying power.

Regardless of Trump’s petty mistakes now in dealing with his loss in Iowa, I just can’t forget Phyllis Schlafly’s endorsement and her stated reason, which actually reaffirmed mine. Otherwise, I’d be good with Cruz.

John Wagner
Ann Arbor