In the body of the letter, they say,
"Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a 'food stamp president' and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment."No citation or link is provided. I found this example of what Rep. Gingrich has said.,
"You don't get out of 9.2% unemployment, you don't get out of -- today it was announced [that] the largest number of Americans [are] on food stamps in history. I've said now for six months, this is the most effective food stamp President in history. That sounds like it is an attack, it's just a statement of fact. It's just that his administration kills jobs. They are driving Americans onto food stamps. Most Americans would rather have a paycheck."The "open letter" then goes on,
"Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: 'I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.'"The Faith in Public Life press release linked to a report of Sen. Santorum's statement at Think Progress. Note its ellipsis "[...]". If you compare the report of the same statement at Gateway Pundit, you will see the portion omitted by Think Progress, which I have bracketed.
"I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; [I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.]"Signers include our Archdiocese's own Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University, which might be why a Catholic News Service report of the open letter was picked up by the Milwaukee Catholic Herald, where I read it.
P.S. Mickey Kaus from 2010 on missing Gingrich's point. "...Gingrich was charging that the Democrats, and the Obama administration specifically, are too comfortable with a society in which citizens rely on government handouts."
P.P.S. "References to a lack of respect for the 'Founding Fathers' and the 'Constitution' also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core 'old-fashioned American values.'