Monday, October 22, 2007

GOP Field Weak; Huckabee NOT the Answer

After watching the so-called debate last night, and recovering from the disgust I felt thereafter, I began to realize that Mike Huckabee is really being pushed as the answer to the perceived liberalism of the Fox Frontrunners. He's supposedly the social conservative answer to the good-time politicians who are atop the polls.

Well, the facts point to something totally different. Mike Huckabee increased state spending 65.3 percent from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure, the number of state government workers in Arkansas increased over 20 percent, and the state’s general obligation debt increased by approx. $1 billion. And that's AFTER Bill Clinton was governor! How can you increase spending AFTER a tax and spend Democrat bloated the Arkansas state government to astronomical proportions?

And that's not all:

Huckabee signed a gas tax hike in 1999
He called for a state sales tax hike in 2002
He signed a 25-cent cigarette tax hike in 2003
He publicly opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002
He increased state spending 65.3% from 1996 to 2004
He allowed a major tax hike package to pass in 2004
He received a "D" grade on fiscal issues from the Cato Institute in 2004
He raised the minimum wage
He favored amnesty for illegal aliens back in 2001, and as recently as 2006
He called No Child Left Behind the greatest education reform effort by the federal government "in my lifetime."

Most frightening to me is the fact he supports the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, saying its prisoners are treated well and it is better to make mistakes there than risk the safety of American citizens. The people there have not been given any legal rights, other than basic humanitarian aid. Basically, if the administration deems you to be anti-American, or a 'risk', they can lock you up indefinitely. This is the most dangerous precedent you can set. It attacks free speech, and denies the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the core reasons this country was founded in the first place! Who's to say what kind of people Huckabee might find offensive enough to categorize as a 'risk'?

Huckabee is a liberal who used to be a preacher. That's all. He talks the talk of a good ole' boy, country conservative when the cameras are on him, but his record shows the high-contrast liberal streak running up his back. Well, he can continue his quaint country sayings... as for me, I smell a skunk.

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