The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Principled Senator

Two bits of Santorum news today.

The Beaver County (PA) TIMES reports today that Sen. Santorum is backing off his earlier stance in favor of teaching "intelligent design" in public high schools. In 2002, Santorum wrote a piece for the WASHINGTON TIMES stating that "intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes." Now, Santorum has seen a different kind of light, or maybe he's just now paying attention to election results in Dover, PA, because this weekend, in a visit to Geneva College, Santorum backed away from his earlier position. "Science leads you where it leads you," he told his audience. Apparently, he saw it leading him away from Capitol Hill and back up 495 to I-70 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike...

An older story has seen the light of day, as well. Santorum has been very vocal about what he calls "medical lawsuit abuse," and has called it the #1 health care crisis in Pennsylvania. In 2003 Santorum supported a bill that would cap medical malpractice awards at $250,000. Turns out, though, in 1996 he testified on his wife's behalf when she sued a chiropractor for $500,000. She won, and got $350,000. "Of course I'm going to support my wife," he said in his defense. Funny—I thought that these guys felt that wives need to get their husbands' permission before making serious decisions.


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