Rick Santorum Made $3.6 Million As Washington Consultant

So much for the humble grandfather story working in Santorum’s behalf.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, whose humble coal-country biography is central to his political message, made more than $3.6 million in recent years as a Washington consultant and claimed a German luxury sedan as a business expense, according to tax returns released by his campaign.

Santorum’s growing wealth after leaving Congress could complicate his attempt to focus on his history as the grandson of a hardscrabble coal miner, particularly as the GOP nomination race narrows to a contest between him and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a former private-equity manager.

Santorum has sought to play down the money he made as a Washington consultant-for-hire after his time in the Senate, focusing instead on his working-class background and socially conservative beliefs. The strategy helped produce a spate of primary victories and a rapid rise in the polls, leaving him as the main rival to Romney in Michigan and other upcoming contests.

New Jersey Passes Gay Marriage Bill…

…but Governor Christie will play the role of bigot and veto the measure.

Recall when conservatives stated they wanted gay marriage not handled by the courts, but by legislative bodies.  Now that a legislative body has made a decision to allow gay marriage the rules change.

Now Christie wants the average joe on the street to decide in a referendum what merits full civil rights in the state.  Someone who has likely never ventured mentally beyond his bowling ball is supposed to decide who gets full legal benefits with marriage.

Good Lord!

The Assembly vote of 42 to 33 followed Senate approval on Monday and increased the scrutiny on Christie, a supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who has attempted to deflect controversy by saying the matter should be settled by voters in a referendum.

Both chambers lack the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto by Christie blocking gay marriage, a hot-button social issue that is gaining traction in the 2012 U.S. presidential election campaign.

Interracial Marriage Grows, Tolerance Grows

In a number of years we will look at gay marriage in the same context as this story, and wonder why there was such a storm about it.

Interracial marriage in the USA reached an all-time high in 2010: 8.4% of all marriages, compared with 3.2% in 1980, finds a Pew Research Center study, released today, that analyzes unions between spouses of different races or ethnic groups.

Among marriages in 2010, 15% of couples married outside their race or ethnicity.

“Interracial marriage has gone from taboo to a rarity, and with each passing year, it’s less of a rarity,” says Pew’s Paul Taylor. Pew reviewed Census data from more than 850,000 people in the American Community Survey between 2008 and 2010.

In addition, Pew surveyed 2,003 adults in September and found more tolerance: 43% agree that “more people of different races marrying each other has been a change for the better in our society.” Another 44% say it made no difference; 11% say it’s been a change for the worse.

Pew found that minorities, younger adults, the college-educated, those who say they’re “liberal” and those who live in the Northeast and the West are more likely to view intermarriage positively.

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