An Election Of Consequence For The GOP

Bobby Eberle of GOPUSA had a good article yesterday on the Republican candidates running for president. You can check out Eberle’s prognostications for yourself by accessing this link:

http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/…

Eberle isn’t comfortable with Huckabee & provides some background information on the former Arkansas governor that underscores his nervousness over what a Huckabee victory would portend for the GOP.

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  • Vote3rdpartynow

    The writer speaks of the tax increases under Huckabee, but fails to emphasize the point that Huckabee served for ten years.  Does anyone really think the budget for a state will not increase over a ten year period?  I would be interested to know how much the budgets increased under Giuliani and Romney extrapolated over a ten year period.  Of course he fails to mention that Huckabee was working with a very liberal legislature as well.  A Republican Governor in a Democrat state…  Of course there will be tax increases – just like Massachusetts.

    I won’t even try to tell you that Huckabee is the most fiscally conservative candidate on the menu, but his spending priorities are in line with his social values.  It is important that our money be spent on the right things.  In other words, Huckabee won’t be out financing abortions, turkey basters for lesbians or allocating funds to promote GLBTQ issues in public schools any time soon.  Huckabee might be the first President to come along and finally wipe out the NEA funding for artists who paint pictures of Jesus in a cup of piss.  I say, Amen to that….

  • The Angelic One

    Author & Cato Institute member Michael Tanner recently posted an article on Huckabee. He looked beyond the "misleading" stats & produced some hard facts such as:

    • As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent — at three times the rate of inflation.
    • The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state's debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. Huckabee financed his spending binge with higher taxes. Under his leadership, the average Arkansan's tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, including increases in the state's gas, sales, income, and cigarette taxes. He raised taxes on everything from groceries to nursing home beds.
    • Huckabee answers these complaints by pointing out that he "cut taxes 94 times" while governor. True. But most of those tax cuts were tiny, like exempting residential lawn care from the sales tax. Some cuts reduced overall state revenues by as little as $15,000. On net, Huckabee increased state taxes by more than $500 million. In fact, Huckabee increased taxes in the state by more than Bill Clinton did.

    "On its annual governor's report card, Cato gave Huckabee an 'F' for fiscal policy during his final term," wrote Tanner, "and an overall two-term grade of 'D.' Only four governors had worse scores, and 15 Democratic governors got higher grades, including well-known liberals like Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania."

    Tanner fears Huckabee's belief "that if something is a good idea it should be a federal government program." Here's what would be possible under a Huckabee presidency:

    • a national smoking ban
    • opposition to school choice
    • increased agricultural subsidies generally.
    • more energy subsidies, including subsidies for ethanol
    • public school art and music programs would be federally funded

    Tanner adds that the former Arkansas governor says it is "a biblical duty" to pass more regulation to fight global warming & that Huckabee "is the only Republican candidate who opposes President Bush's veto of the Democrats' proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and he is skeptical of most conservative proposals for entitlement reform."

    "Perhaps Huckabee's only claim on conservative credentials is that as a former Baptist minister, he is more anti-abortion and anti-gay than the other candidates," continued Tanner. "In many ways, he has been running an overtly religion-based campaign. But even here, his preference is to increase and centralize federal government power. Unlike Fred Thompson, John McCain, or Ron Paul, Huckabee rejects federalist solutions to these issues and would have the federal government overrule state abortion and marriage laws."

    Note: Huckabee recently apologized to Mitt Romney for baiting the former Massachusetts governor on his Mormon religion through an upcoming New York Times article ("Don't Mormons…believe that Jesus & the Devil are brothers?"). It was a coy yet supple way for Huckabee to appeal to Republican evangelicals by raising questions about Romney's faith. For me, it was a needless injection of sectarianism & obliterated whatever regard I might have had for Huckabee. It also legitimizes fears some people have about Huckabee that he might be a Christian Dominionist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism).

    "Under the Bush administration, the Republican Party has increasingly drifted away from its limited government roots," observed Tanner. "It has come to be dominated by a new breed of conservatives who believe in increasing the size, cost and power of government to achieve "conservative ends," even if that means limiting personal freedom in the process. Bush has brought us No Child Left Behind, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and a 23-percent increase in domestic discretionary spending, and Huckabee's been right there with him."

    I believe Huckabee as the Republican nominee would be a disaster for the GOP. It's incumbent upon Republican activists to see past the genial personality & examine the man's record & ideology. Like the portrait of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, it ain't a pretty picture.

  • Knightbrigade

    Immigration? GLO-BALL warming? Huckabee has great moral values, but ….geeez

    Thompson is still the best on ALL the issues for me. His campaign has been lackluster to say the least. That being said, if Huckabee, Romney, or a dead chipmunk wins the nomination my vote is theirs over ANY (D).

  • As for Rep. Ron Paul, he will not win the nomination either, and it remains to be seen what happens when he doesn’t. Paul may serve as a Republican in Congress and boast that he has won election after election as a Republican. It’s true. But it is true, because he knows he would not win running as a Libertarian. Paul is not a Republican. He is a Libertarian running as a Republican, and the coalition he has assembled will do nothing to help grow the Republican Party. Angry anti-war liberals do not help grow a conservative base.

    Ron Paul has run as a Republican because for most of the time he’s been in Congress the Republican platform has been in sync with what he professes. The Libertarian Party recently asked him to run as their candidate if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination and he declined.  He has made it clear repeatedly that he will not seek a third party run (even though he’s been given ample reason, it’s clear no one wants him in the Republican Party anymore).  The thinking that his coalition consists of primarily anti-war liberals is wrong, and it’s even more wrong to think that his supporters will fade away after the primary.  There are already candidates running for Congress as “Ron Paul” Republicans: http://www.paulcongress.com/Ca

  • Ron Paul is a Pro-Life version of Barry Goldwater on virtually every issue.  

    Gov. Huckabee is a Pro-Life version of Jimmy Carter.

    When controlling the White House, Senate and House the GOP increased domestic spending across the board, pass a new government entitlement program for prescription drugs, and exploded the deficit.  Governor Huckleberry will do much more of this and does not deny it.  All the Bible holding in the world doesn’t make him any less of a tax and spend liberal.