Santorum doesn’t like mandates, except when he does

If you’ve been listening to Rick Santorum over the past few weeks, he’s been really hammering the Obama Administration over the mandate that would require religious organizations to pay for contraception even if it defies their teachings, rhetoric that is hypocritical given some of his past votes. He’s also been known to take a shot or two at ObamaCare, which includes a mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

However, Santorum hasn’t always been consistent on government mandates. Back in 2008, for example, Santorum gleefully expressed his view that the government should force Americans to buy flex-fuel cars:

What we need is a government mandate! We need to mandate that all cars sold in the United States, starting with the 2010 model year, be “flex-fuel vehicles” - that is, they should be able to run on a blend that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline (the so-called E85 blend), or even a coal-derived methanol/gas mixture. This mandate would cost a fraction of the new fuel economy standard with the added benefit of saving barrels more oil.

Granted, Santorum was probably paid to write that, given the he did work as a lobbyist. But it’s wholly hypocritical for him to complain about mandates when he was pushing for mandates like this.

H/T: Buzz Feed

 
 


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