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Now that Herman Cain has dropped out the landscape of Republican candidates has gone from ridiculous and disturbing in a way that made me think Dave Chappelle was actually behind it all, to just grimly ridiculous and disturbing with very little humor to be found. I am a liberal, so most of the saner things that the Republican candidates have said seem poorly founded anyway.

But Rick Santorum took the cake this week with a set of comments that make me feel like I must be living on a different planet than everyone else. Santorum is a former senator from my home state of Pennsylvania and has never seemed wound too tightly, but now that he’s entered the presidential race he’s letting it all hang out.

During an appearance in Iowa on Monday, the candidate said that the first thing he would do as president is cut federal funding for food stamps. He reasons that “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?

Wait, what? That’s the most childlike reasoning I’ve heard in a long time. Is he saying that people who are unable to afford feeding themselves should not be allowed government assistance because there are too many overweight people out there? As if the obese are going out there and stuffing themselves with food stamp spoils? As if not eating at all is a solution to obesity? Wow.

Santorum was also asked about health care and how, as a Christian, he could allow 50 to 100,000 uninsured Americans die due to a lack of health care every year, he responded: “I reject that number completely, that people die in America because of lack of health insurance…people die in America because people die in America. And people make poor decisions with respect to their health and their health care. And they don’t go to the emergency room or they don’t go to the doctor when they need to.”

Ok, but…if you don’t have insurance many emergency rooms won’t even treat you. If you know that you can’t afford a doctor you’re not going to go to one, especially for preventative care. People die in America because people die in America? I know you are but what am I? This guy is alarmingly out of touch.

Please make sure to keep an eye on the candidates this year and what they stand for. And above all else, VOTE.

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