Friday, November 30, 2007

Why I Could Never Support Mike Huckabee for President

The following is a link to the Washington Times that I got from Drudge, but it couldn't be more right on about why I could never support Mike Huckabee for President. He's soft on immigration and harsh on raising taxing to raise revenues. Taxes rose an astounnding 47% in Arkansas when he was governor.

That's 47%.

During the Bush years with lower and lower taxes, federal revenues have expanded tremendously as personal and business incomes have risen in this climate. Raising taxes only brings economic slowdown. But I digress from illegal immigration. Men like Mike want to legislate weight loss, and being nice to others, even if it's against the law:


Immigration group: Huckabee a 'disaster'
By Stephen Dinan
November 30, 2007

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is up in the polls, is starting to take shots from his opponents on immigration.

Groups that support a crackdown on illegal aliens haven't settled on their champion in the race for the White House, but there's little doubt which Republican scares them most — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"He was an absolute disaster on immigration as governor," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that played a major role in rallying the phone calls that helped defeat this year's Senate immigration bill. "Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens."

As Mr. Huckabee rises in the polls, his opponents are beginning to take shots at him on immigration. Just as problematic for the former Arkansas governor, however, is that the independent interest groups that track the issue are also giving him the once-over, and don't like what they see.

"Huckabee is the guy who scares the heck out of me," said Peter Gadiel, president of 9-11 Families for a Secure America, a group instrumental in fighting for the REAL ID Act that sets federal standards for driver's licenses.

Some leaders said Mr. Huckabee reminds them of President Bush, who pushed for legalization of illegal aliens and a new supply of foreign guest workers, despite his base calling for better border security and enforcement.

"I would say that Huckabee comes from the same perspective on the issue that George W. Bush came from — that out of a strong sense of compassion, he tries to identify with someone who comes to the United States, even if they came illegally," said Steven A. Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies.

Mr. Huckabee yesterday defended his record, but he said if voters are looking for the toughest guy, he's not their man.

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John R. said...

We can always recover from bad tax policy.

It is more difficult to regain freedoms once they are lost (REAL ID--national id card.)

I'm perplexed at conservatives who promote big government--as long as taxes are "low."

How about low taxes and expanding freedom?

There is nothing "conservative" about REAL ID.


Webutante said...

Gosh, I haven't thought much about this. Will put my thinking and reading cap on. Thanks for your comments, John.