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Governor Mike Huckabee is a Tea Party Conservative, Right?

April 21, 2012

Huckabee is pro-life, that is the Alpha and Omega of his Conservatism. As Governor of Arkansas Huckabee increased spending by 65% while increasing the number of state employees by 20%. Arkansas already had too many employees. Kansas is the state with the closest population to Arkansas and employees 43,824 full time equivalent state workers. By the time the Huckabee empire beefed up Arkansas, the state had 63,484, a figure closer to Arizona with more than twice the Arkansas population.

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 half a billion dollars. In fact, Huckabee increased taxes in the state more than Bill Clinton. Arkansas soared from a low tax state to a high tax state. In fact, Arkansas now sports the highest per capita taxes in the south and even higher than Illinois. Speaking of Illinois, their embattled governor who is now in prison, Rod Blagojevich actually did better on fiscal policy than Governor Huckabee. On its annual governor’s report card, the Cato Institute gave Huckabee an “F” for fiscal policy during his final term, 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.

Huckabee doesn’t just embrace big government in the form of big taxes. He truly appears to believe that if something is a good idea it should be a federal government program. For example, having become health conscious while losing more than 120 pounds (a weight loss that didn’t last very long), he now calls for a national smoking ban. Because he believes that “art and music are as important as math and science” in public schools, he wants these programs funded — and thus, directed and administered — federally.

Huckabee was the only Republican candidate for president who opposed school choice.

Huckabee has called for increased federal spending on a variety of programs from infrastructure to health care. He wants more energy subsidies, including, naturally, more subsidies for ethanol. In fact, he supports increased agricultural subsidies generally. He is the only Republican candidate who opposed 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.

Calling himself “a different kind of Republican,” Huckabee rails against high corporate profits and attacks free trade agreements. As governor, he raised the minimum wage and increased business regulation. He says it is “a biblical duty” to pass more regulation to fight global warming.

Wipe the shocked look off your face! Don’t give me that, “But I didn’t know.” Who is running right now with a pretty face and a nice hairdo? If Mike Huckabee endorses somebody it means something to me, run from that candidate unless you do some in-depth research to indicate otherwise!