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Rick Santorum Compares Entitlement Programs To ‘Guy With A Dime Bag’

Rick Santorum is worried about how entitlement programs are affecting Americans. And to make his case, he’s comparing them to drugs. Speaking at a church in Oklahoma on Sunday, Santorum likened President Obama (and his health care plan) to a drug dealer who wants to get Americans addiction to entitlement programs.

The comparison Santorum made:

“That’s how they see you, as people, to get hooked like a drug dealer — someone to become dependent on them. And once that happens, they got you […] America is changed forever. No country that has socialized medicine has ever gone back the other way, no country that has lost its freedom has ever regained it.”

Incidentally, it’s not the first time Santorum’s used this rhetoric. As BuzzFeed pointed out, in 2010, Santorum made a similar remark (video below) at Pennsylvania Republican State Committee’s annual dinner. “Americans love entitlements,” he said. “And once we get you hooked on the entitlement, you’ll never go back. Now I closed my eyes and thought, I’m standing in front of the school yard with a guy with a dime bag, saying, ‘once I hook you, once I numb you, once I stop you from reaching great heights and protect you from falling, we gotcha. We’ll hook you.'”

Just say no, kids.

Take a look:

(H/T National Journal)

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