Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says President Barack Obama is "a bully" for threatening to use executive action to improve the nation's economy.
"He's a bully . . . [from] a long line of bullies," Santorum, now CEO of Echolight Studios, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"You have folks who believe in government and that government is the tool . . . to accomplish what they want to accomplish what they think is good . . . and you see an authoritarian president like I really never have witnessed," Santorum said Tuesday.
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Earlier Tuesday, Obama said he can help boost the economy without the cooperation of Congress.
"We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen, and -- and I've got a phone," the president said.
"So, overall, the message to my Cabinet, and that will be amplified in our State of the Union, is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we're already seeing. The economy is improving, but it's in need of improving even faster."
Santorum told Malzberg:
"I mean, people talked about FDR, they talked about [Abraham] Lincoln, but that was during major wars.
"We're talking now a president who is just wielding authority and ignoring the Constitution and just that, bullying people into trying to get them to do what he wants them to do."
Santorum also criticized the Obama administration's embrace of government handouts.
"One of the things that I strongly believe, and you see it on a variety of different fronts, is that earning things is important for not just making money, it's important for self-worth, it's important for dignity, it's a sense of accomplishment," he said.
"When you get something for nothing, it's different than when you work hard . . . You'd crash and burn because you didn't earn it, you didn't learn the lessons that are important to learn along the way.
"And that's what we do with welfare and food stamps and a whole bunch of others. There's no work requirement, there's no sense of earning or obligation to those who helped you."
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