The wisdom of Rick Santorum

The Pennsylvania Republican's new book is meant to "counter the worldview" of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Here's a look at what that means.

Published July 5, 2005 6:42PM (EDT)

Rick Santorum says his new book -- due out this week -- is meant to "counter the worldview" of Hillary Rodham Clinton. We don't know what that means, exactly, but we're starting to get a clue from the excerpts posted at CapitolBuzz. And one of the things it means, apparently, is that more working women ought to stay home with their kids.

"In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might confess that both of them really dont need to, or at least may not need to work as much as they do," Santorum writes in "It Takes a Family." "And for some parents, the purported need to provide things for their children simply provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home."

Santorum said he's heard from "many" women who tell him that it's "easier," "more 'professionally gratifying'" and "more socially affirming" to work outside the home than it is to take care of their own children. "Think about that for a moment," Santorum writes. "Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism, one of the core philosophies of the village elders."

How could government help women? We don't have the book yet, so we don't know what Santorum prescribes. But courtesy of CapitolBuzz, we do know what he opposes: More educational aid for poor moms. "The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong," Santorum writes.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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