Sunday, March 18, 2007

Candidate Mike Huckabee - fiscal conservative?

Considering his past support for tax increases, I'm suspicious.

From Forbes Magazine

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is paying a tax penalty - not the kind you get from the IRS.

During his 10 years as Arkansas governor, Huckabee supported numerous tax increases. Now that he's left office and is running for president, the Southern Baptist minister is struggling to convince fiscal conservatives - who wield significant sway in the GOP nomination race - that he can be trusted not to sin again.

Huckabee recently signed a no-tax pledge, but anti-tax activists remain wary of his claim to have reformed his ways.

The Club for Growth, which advocates limited government and lower taxes, has repeatedly criticized Huckabee since his formation in January of a presidential exploratory committee. It notes that as governor, Huckabee increased taxes on sales, gasoline, cigarettes and nursing homes.

"I'm glad to see he signed the pledge, but as a given matter what politicians have done is a better indicator than what they say they're going to do. His record clearly does not indicate a strong commitment to limited government," said Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth


Keith Richards said...

Just what we need, another Republican candidate running around who says one thing but who has a long record which says the opposite.

I heard the other day that most conservatives have not yet committed themselves for '08 because they are waiting for a better choice to come along. I don't think the entry of Huckabee will help this problem any.

Keith Richards said...

After working in government for many years nearly all politicians forget why they orginally got involved and begin devoting their energies to staying employed, i.e. getting reelected. Big government is evil when you are a businessman trying to survive high taxes and budensome regulations or an average guy trying to keep from getting crushed by a massive uncaring government, but it is a wonderful thing to a politician who gets to help run it and benefits $$$ from having that power.

This is a big part of why I oppose lifetime politicians and support candidates entering from the private sector who have a lot of experience outside of government.

Much of the current problem with the national Republican party comes from our politicians forgetting why they went to Washington originally to instead focus totally on trying to retain power. Unfortunately, they do this by focusing on polls and chasing popularity numbers, which is the exact opposite of good leadership.

Republicans will not regain a majority until they once again begin providing leadership based on traditional values like fiscal responsibility, strong defense, secure borders, and law and order.

I support term limits as a way of ensuring that a steady supply of fresh blood and fresh ideas keep flowing in via people with private sector experience, people willing to serve only long enough to accomplish a certain job before returning to the private sector.