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Santorum says cut taxes, rules to lift economy


This news story was published on January 9, 2012.
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Tim Buckland, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester –

GOFFSTOWN — The economy would be better boosted by trusting business owners to use lower tax rates and fewer regulations to create jobs, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said during a Saturday morning forum at St. Anselm College.

“Putting money directly in someone’s pocket does not create manufacturing jobs,” Santorum said when asked by Ron Fournier, editor-in-chief of National Journal, whether his economic platform included anything that directly helps the middle class.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, said his economic plan would eliminate corporate taxes for manufacturers who produce goods in the United States, saying businesses would be less likely to operate in other countries, such as China, if they weren’t burdened by taxes and regulations in America.

“Eliminating the corporate tax on American manufacturers creates a ready source of capital” to create jobs, Santorum said. President Barack Obama isn’t doing enough to reduce “the number of regulations that cost a huge amount to business owners. It’s crushing risk-taking. It’s crushing innovation.

“Government needs to be a referee who runs up and down the sidelines of the economy and doesn’t throw a flag for every little penalty,” he said. “A ref could throw a flag for holding on every play in a game. They don’t because then it wouldn’t be much of a game.”

The forum was intended to feature a question-and-answer session, but Santorum left after fielding just two questions. He had events scheduled in Amherst and Hollis leading up to Saturday night’s debate.

Santorum, who came in second during Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses after receiving eight fewer votes than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said Romney’s time leading the investment firm Bain Capital was a legitimate business career, but it didn’t prepare him to become President.

“We don’t need a manager. We need someone who is going to fundamentally change the way things are done in Washington. We need someone who is going to inspire us,” he said. “Mitt Romney managing the economy is not what this country needs.”

He said he would revamp Medicare to allow for more individual choice, saying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” does the opposite.

“This President doesn’t trust you,” he said. “He doesn’t think you’re smart enough to make your own decisions. He wants to make the decisions for you.”

He also bristled at Obama’s assertion, made in 2009, that everyone should attend at least one year of college. He said he “would be proud” if one of his sons decided not to go to college to instead become an auto mechanic.

“The hubris of this President to say that,” he said. “This is the kind of snobbery we see from those who think they know how to run our lives.”

Santorum will participate in this morning’s debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, which is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader and is the final debate before Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary. For a list of polling places, go to unionleader.com/polls.

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