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DID THE IOWA CAUCUSES MEAN ANYTHING!

October 27, 2015

But, are the Iowa Caucuses much ado about nothing?

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In 1976, Gerald Ford defeated Ronald Reagan before being defeated by Jimmy Carter in the General Election. Ford Was not elected Vice President, he had been appointed by President Nixon after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in light of a scandal that implicated him in receiving illegal bribes as Governor of Maryland, imagine that!

In 1980, Ronald Reagan lost Iowa a second time, this time to George “Read My Lips” H.W. Bush. Reagan lost Iowa but went on to defeat Jimmy Carter with 489 electoral votes to 49. Turns out, Iowa was not much of a predictor of things to come.

Last time the 99 counties in Iowa Caucused, Rick “Who” Santorum was pronounced winner and before that, “Big Government” Huckabee floated to the top.

In 2004, George W. Bush was unopposed after winning in 2000 with 41% over Steve Forbes (31%), Alan Keyes (14%), Gary Bauer (9%), John McCain (5%), and Orrin Hatch (1%). The Iowa residents did figure out John McCain, the Hanoi Songbird who made at least 32 anti American propaganda broadcasts for the Viet Cong and reportedly designed the air defense system for Hanoi.

Most Americans still think McCain was tortured when all of his injuries were caused by his low altitude ejection. In fact, McCain was treated like royalty and received treatment at the best hospital in Hanoi where NO OTHER POW EVER received treatment. The top POW, Colonel Ted Guy was preparing charges against McCain when Nixon pardoned him. Other POWs, who did not collaborate with the enemy, sought to bring these things to light until they died with little or no success. John McCain received preferential treatment as the son of the Four Star Admiral who commanded the Pacific Fleet. Kudos to the good people of Iowa for figuring this out.

Here is a quote from VETERANS TODAY: “If our news media can go thru a presidential election hiding all of this from the American people, nearly putting someone like this in office, what else are they capable of? What else have they done? What else are they hiding?

Vietnam veterans are requesting that the records of the debriefing of all POWS be made public. Those who were heroes need real recognition and shouldn’t have to hide behind a presidential pardon they never needed or wanted.

Those who betrayed their country, some to sit in public office, on corporate boards or to travel around the country basking in glory and pointing fingers at others need to get the homecoming they earned. We spent the last 35 years honoring ALL the POWs while 58,000 dead and another 200,000 plus dying were neglected and abused, denied jobs, denied medical care and hated by their fellow Americans.”
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In 1988 Bob Dole won Iowa with Pat Robertson second and George H.W. Bush, the eventual winner, coming in third 18 points behind Dole.

In 1992, George “Read My Lips” H. W. Bush was unopposed before handing the keys to the White House to Billy “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton. Billy Clinton more than doubled the electoral votes received by Bush 370 to 168. The popular vote looked like this: Clinton 44,909,806, Bush 39,104,550 and Ross Perot 19,743,821. In a two way race, it is not hard to figure out who would have won with either Bush or Perot versus Clinton. Clinton didn’t exactly WOW the Iowa Democrats who picked Tom Harkin by 76% in ‘92. Clinton finished fourth like this: “Uncommitted” (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%).

There is a lot of criticism against the Iowa Caucuses, especially the Democratic version. Democratic caucus participants must publicly state their opinion and vote, leading to natural problems such as peer pressure from neighbors and embarrassment over who his or her preferred candidate might be. This is a tactic Democrats want to use to taint Union elections. On the other hand, Republicans use the Secret Ballot in Iowa. Another criticism involves the amount of participants’ time these events consume. Participants are often required to listen to long ranting speeches from local political leaders.

An Iowa caucus can last around two hours, preventing people who must work, who are sick, or who must take care of their children from casting their vote. ABSENTEE VOTING IS ALSO BARRED, SO ACTIVE-DUTY IOWAN SOLDIERS LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE, AS DO LOCALLY-REGISTERED COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO LEAVE THE STATE DURING WINTER HOLIDAYS. The final criticism is the complexity of the rules in terms of how one’s vote counts, as it is not a simple popular vote.

Iowa is a great state with great people but do the Iowa Caucus results actually reflect the will of those people?

Another factor in Iowa is The Des Moines Register, the largest daily Iowa newspaper with a circulation of 85,000. The Register called for Donald Trump to drop out of the race and, like most liberal media, has hit Trump with one barrage after another. So much so that Trump barred the Register from a campaign event; they showed up anyway.

 

By now people are wondering what just happend in Iowa?  The Democrats claim the final tally was 50% to 50% with the guy who dropped out getting 1%.  Gee, that’s 101%.  Then there is the coin flipping to decide who gets the undecided vote.  Seems like, defying all the odds, Hillary won six of six coin tosses.  I defy YOU to flip a coin six times and get it right 100% of the time.

Without a secret ballot, the Iowa results mean nothing to me.  With a secret ballot where nobody knows who you voted for, a fair election is possible.  That’s why unions hate private ballots because they cannot intimidate and threaten members.  Bosses can’t tell employees to caucus with them or else.

So Iowa is history but some candidates have a bad taste in their mouths.

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REPUBLICANS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

July 7, 2015

~Gold

I know most Republicans are industrious hard working folks who can’t possibly keep up with the devious conniving antics of the Republican Party. If we are to have any possibility of saving the Party of Lincoln and Reagan, we must first become informed about the Liberal Radicalization of Party leaders. I believe about 80% of the GOP members are conservatives who support less taxes, smaller government, the Constitution, secure borders, legal immigration, strong national defense and less regulation of business and industry. I am speaking to the 80% who are being drowned out by the aggressive determined minority.

I hope the Dede Scozzafava election is burned into your memory forever! The special election for Congress in New York’s 23rd District was between Liberal Republican State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Polls showed Doug Hoffman would likely win with support from the TEA Party. The Republican National Committee gave Scozzafava close to a million dollars but a billion dollars would not have saved her campaign. Just three days before the election, Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat although her name remained on the ballot. The final vote tally was 48.3% for the Democrat, 46% for Hoffman and 5.7% for Scozzafava. The million dollars from the RNC and Scozzafava engineered the defeat for the conservative.

Dede Scozzafava announced that she would not run for re-election to the State Assembly in the 2010 election cycle and endorsed the Democratic nominee Brian McGrath. McGrath, however, lost the election and Scozzafava was succeeded by a Republican. Scozzafava was then appointed New York Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government by Democratic Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Hoffman, on the other hand, is public enemy number one to the RNC.

I think it is important for Republicans to know how our money is spent by our Liberal Republican leaders including John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Kit Bond, Peter King, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Chuck Hagel and many more. At least Chuck Hagel had the decency to officially switch parties.

Let me take you back to the Virginia Governor’s race of 2013. Three candidates appeared on the ballot, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia; Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a lawyer and businessman. I worked hard to get Cuccinelli elected; we follow each other on Twitter. Cuccinelli should have been elected but lost by 2.5% of the vote. Are you strong enough to understand the workings deep down in the bowls of the Republican Party?

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling made a deal with Governor McDonnell whereby Bolling would run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2009, enabling McDonnell to run for governor without a primary, in exchange for McDonnell’s support in 2013. After the 2009 election, Bolling made no secret of his intention to run for governor in 2013, while Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli openly stated that he was considering three options: a run for re-election as attorney general, running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and running for governor in 2013. Cuccinelli announced to colleagues on December 1, 2011, that he was indeed running for governor. Bolling responded on the same day that he was disappointed that Cuccinelli decided to challenge him (the very idea!).

Bolling, who was polling poorly against Cuccinelli, withdrew from the race on November 28, 2012. He ruled out running for another term as Lieutenant Governor and refused to endorse Cuccinelli. Bolling considered running as an independent, but decided against it. Bolling also rejected the possibility of a write-in campaign. Cuccinelli was clearly the choice of the Tea Party but got very little help from the Republican Party. Still, Cuccinelli only lost by a tiny margin even with no GOP support. The Independent received 6.5% of the vote. That is often the consequence Independent candidates have, they ensure victory for Democrats. Thanks to the RNC, the Republican Party lost a Governor’s seat.

Cuccinelli was a great public servant worthy of support from the RNC. He advocated for a wrongfully convicted man who served 27 years in prison and then hired him to work in the AG’s Office. He fought sex trafficking and fought to preserve Virginia’s anti-sodomy law saying repeal “threatens to undo convictions of child predators that were obtained under this law after 2003.” Cuccinelli said the law was important for prosecutors to be able to “obtain felony charges against adults who commit or solicit this sex act with minors,” and noted that the law “is not – and cannot be — used against consenting adults acting in private.” Of course, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Cuccinelli’s appeal.

Then there is Ted Cruz. The Republican Primary for U.S. Senator in Texas was something else! Declared Candidates were Glenn Addison, funeral home owner; Joe Agris, plastic surgeon; Curt Cleaver, owner of a hotel management company; Ted Cruz, former State Solicitor General; David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor; Ben Gambini; Charles Holcomb, retired judge; Craig James, sports commentator and former professional football player; Tom Leppert, former mayor of Dallas; and Lela Pittenger, mediator.

Several withdrew, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Florence Shapiro, Michael Williams and Roger Williams.

Some well known names declined to run including Kay Bailey Hutchison, incumbent U.S. senator; Robert Paul, doctor and son of Ron Paul; Ron Paul himself, U.S. Representative and Dan Patrick, Texas state senator.

So here is how the race of the decade shaped up, David Dewhurst was the darling of the Republican establishment. He was endorsed by Governor Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, most state organizations and several Liberal Newspapers. Ted Cruz was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Of course, I also did what I could for Ted Cruz and still do, we followed each other on Twitter from the beginning when Cruz was polling just 4%. The Primary ended up with David Dewhurst 44.6%, Ted Cruz 34.2% and the rest from 13% on down. The runoff resulted in 56.8% for Cruz and Ted cruised to a 56.5% win in the General Election. Cruz’s election was described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

Yes fellow Republicans, miracles do happen!

We can’t forget Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Rand’s Primary opponent was the darling of Republican Elites Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State. Senator Jim Bunning decided not to seek reelection because his poll numbers were so low. Grayson garnered endorsements from Senator Mitch McConnell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Senator Rick Santorum, Representative Hal Rogers, and several members of the Kentucky State Legislature. Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul and, of course, I worked hard to get him elected against the wishes of my Kentucky relatives.

Rand Paul defeated Grayson 58.8% to 35.4%. Even with VERY LITTLE GOP support, Rand Paul won the General Election with 55.7% of the vote.

During the 2014 Senate election, Rand Paul was visibly embarrassed to have supported Mitch McConnell for re-election against a conservative challenger Matt Bevin. Bevin was endorsed by the conservative Madison Project, the Senate Conservatives Fund and conservative talk radio hosts Mark Levin and Glenn Beck. In a radio interview posted to YouTube, the conservative freshman was asked by an incredulous Glenn Beck why he’s endorsing the Senate Republican leader. After an awkward pause, Paul tried to change the subject. “Um … I’m here in Texas today to endorse Don Huffines,” he said. Beck burst into laughter. Paul laughed with him, and then took a stab at answering the question. But he couldn’t muster up a single nice thing to say about his fellow Kentuckian and leader of his party. “Uhh, because he asked me,” Paul said. “He asked me when there was nobody else in the race and I said yes.” I think maybe Paul did it to prove he does not hold a grudge against McConnell for endorsing his opponent? After trashing Matt Bevin, McConnell finally endorsed him for Governor of Kentucky this year.

The likes of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Reince Priebus have literally declared war against conservatives by creating well funded PACs to support liberal Republicans. McConnell chipped in $50,000 to help Thad Cochran defeat a conservative Republican challenger. Several other Senators chipped in including my own Senator John Boozman. That wasn’t enough, the Republican leaders then sought black Democratic ministers to urge their church members to crossover and vote in the Republican Primary for Thad Cochran so they could continue to receive FREE STUFF! Still, in the primary Chris McDaniel defeated Cochran 49.5% to 49% with Thomas Cary receiving 1.5%. In the runoff election with some help from Democrats, Cochran won 51% to 49%. Clearly the Republican leaders dislike TEA Party Conservatives much more than Democrats. Almost $18 million was spent during the Primary Election in tiny Mississippi.

I could go on and on with races like Liberal Republican Lamar Alexander’s race in Tennessee. Even Mike Huckabee’s most loyal army went crazy when Huckabee indorsed Lamar. In December 2012, Alexander announced he would be seeking re-election to a third Senate term in 2014. Alexander’s campaign had a war chest of $3.1 million in cash going into his 2014 re-election bid.
In an August 2013 letter to Alexander signed by over twenty Tennessee tea-party groups, the groups called on Alexander to retire from the Senate in 2014, or face a primary challenge. The letter stated: “During your tenure in the Senate we have no doubt that you voted in a way which you felt was appropriate. Unfortunately, our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous. America faces serious challenges and needs policymakers who will defend conservative values, not work with those who are actively undermining those values.”

Although Alexander was initially thought to be vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right, he worked to avoid this and ultimately did not face a high-profile challenger. He declared his intention to run early, quickly won the endorsement of Governor Bill Haslam, every living former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman and the state’s Republican congressional delegation. He also raised a large amount of money and worked to avoid the mistakes of ousted Senators Bob Bennett and Richard Lugar by trying to stay in touch with his constituents, especially in East Tennessee. Moreover, out-of-state conservative organizations such as the Senate Conservatives Fund made little effort to defeat Alexander.
Alexander won the Republican primary, defeating Tennessee Representative Joe Carr, though he recorded the lowest winning percentage (49.7%) and lowest margin of victory ever in a primary for a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Carr won a larger percentage of the vote than the previous 11 challengers to sitting Republican U.S. Senators in Tennessee history combined.

I wonder if you have learned ANYTHING about Mike Huckabee yet? If trying to reign in Democrats wasn’t hard enough, we now have to purge these radicalized Liberal Republicans!

Can you imagine what the Republican Party could do if it embraced the TEA Party instead of rejecting it? I am here to tell you the TEA Party is not the enemy of the GOP, the TEA Party is the enemy of Liberalism, Big Government, Socialism, over taxing, wasteful spending, amnesty for illegal aliens, unsecure borders, weak national defense, giving away our sovereignty, taking guns away from law abiding citizens, removing God from our culture, abortion on demand, Obamacare, lifetime welfare for able bodied people and dumbing down and indoctrinating our children.

We want America to be competitive again instead of shipping our jobs and our factories overseas. America cannot compete because our government has hog tied our industry with the highest taxes in the world, tons of regulations, minimum wages ten times higher than MOST of the world and laws that favor unions and importers. Add the 30 million illegal aliens taking our jobs and we have a recipe for destroying the American Dream. Unemployment for black male teens in Chicago is 94% while Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving city intern jobs to illegal aliens.

The totality of the insanity gripping my once great country is mind boggling! America is teetering on the brink of collapse and our Republican leaders are too lazy to even fiddle! I doubt that my tiny voice crying in the wilderness will have any appreciable effect but I simply cannot set on my thumbs and keep silent.

When Ted Curz fought against raising the debt ceiling, Republican leaders criticized him for SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. Somebody needs to shut down about 50% of the government if we are to have any chance of digging out of our black hole.

When Donald Trump exposed the atrocity that is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, the Republican leader’s shrill twisted rhetoric could be heard as far away as the old Belgian Congo.

Mayday, mayday, mayday!

HERE COMES HUCKABEE, AGAIN

January 5, 2015

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I was driving to have coffee with some friends when the Huckabee Report came on the radio. Huckabee was telling about ascending to the office of governor and inheriting a lopsided government more lopsided than Massachusetts. He then bragged about making the best of it and getting tax cuts passed along with positive legislation. What Mike neglected to mention is that he kept all the Democrat Cabinet Members and his very first appointment as governor was ANOTHER DEMOCRAT. In fact, after ten years in office his Democrat Cabinet members were attending campaign events for the Democrat candidate for governor. Huckabee did cut some taxes but the net effect was that he increased taxes half a billion dollars more than he cut taxes while he increased spending by 65% and the number of bureaucrats by 20%.

Huckabee became governor when the Democratic governor was indicted. He called a meeting with the few Republican legislators but refused to attend his meeting. Instead, he had his Chief of Staff make a simple announcement that Huckabee would support those who support him and would not support those who would not support him. Nobody was going to defeat Huckabee during his first election after becoming governor by default but I ran to have a voice to expose his transgressions.

The second time he ran was a different story. No serious Democrat would challenge a man who had been so good for the Democratic Party; however, a little known token female did run. If 1.5% of the voters had changed their votes, she would have defeated Mike Huckabee. At the end of his last term he destroyed all the hard drives in his office and left the Republican Party in shambles. Not one Republican was elected to a statewide Constitutional office and the Republican candidate for Governor, Asa Hutchinson was defeated by double digits. Eight years later Asa was elected by double digits. Rebuilding after the Huckabee tsunami has taken a long time.

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Mike Huckabee’s political endorsements get a lot of attention. During the Texas Senate primary, Huckabee was one of David Dewhurst’s most prominent backers. “Plenty of candidates say they’re conservative, but the only proven conservative in this race is David Dewhurst,” Huckabee said in a campaign ad.

Earlier, in an ad released a mere hour and a half after the announcement that Sarah Palin was endorsing another candidate, Ted Cruz, Huckabee remarked, “David’s conservative leadership helped Texas pass more pro-life legislation than any state in America.” In an ad released after Huckabee endorsed Dewhurst, Huckabee criticized the “Washington insiders [who] have come to Texas falsely attacking David Dewhurst.” Ted Cruz, in spite of polling only 4% in the beginning, went on to soundly defeat Dewhurst.

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The real firestorm came when Huckabee endorsed Lamar Alexander. This is quoted from Breitbart: “Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee angered his Facebook fans after endorsing Sen. Lamar Alexander against conservative state Representative Joe Carr last month.

Carr has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham for the August 7th primary. And Carr has been relentlessly hammering Alexander for voting for the Senate’s amnesty bill even after law enforcement officials warned Alexander that it would lure more illegal immigrants from Central America.

Nearly every one of close to 450 comments beneath Huckabee’s announcement on his Facebook page blasts Huckabee for supporting Alexander. One Huckabee fan said, “We supported and worked hard to get Governor Huckabee delegates when he ran in TN. His endorsement of Lamar with his liberal voting record is both an insult and disappointment.” Another supporter wrote, “With this endorsement, you lose my support and funds!” The Huckabee fan said that “Alexander has repeatedly proven himself … to be as bad a rino and sellout to the conservative cause as” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and singled out his support for “amnesty over simple enforcement of existing laws.”

Here is a sampling of the blowback from Huckabee’s own supporters in the past month, exactly as they appear on Facebook:

-Are you serious? You are not the conservative I thought you were. Lamar Alexander is the most liberal republican in the state of Tennessee.
-We supported and worked hard to get Governor Huckabee delegates when he ran in TN. His endorsement of Lamar with his liberal voting record is both an insult and disappointment.
-I guess your true colors are now showing. Supporting a liberal, which ever the way the wind blows part of the problem, Republican. Sorry can’t trust who you are supporting.
-NO NO NO NO NO NO!
-With this endorsement, you lose my support and funds! Lamar Alexander has repeatedly proven himself proven himself to be as bad a rino and sellout to the conservative cause as Mcain in Arizona! Alaxander supports the presidents anti gun agenda. He has come out in favor of amnesty over simple enforcement of existing laws. And finally his voting record on Obamacare is despicable!
-Well, Mike, I just lost some respect for you; lamar alexander is far from the type of candidate I want to support, and I hope you come to your senses too — check his record, and compare it to the ideals I’ve witnessed you promote on so many occasions.
-Joe Carr not Lamar!!!
-Voted for Carr not Lamar… Disappointed in you Huck !
-Very disappointed in you, Mike! Alexander has voted too many times with Obama . . . -Amnesty, etc. Can’t vote for him this time. Besides, he’s the one who said terms should be limited to two.
-No, no, no. He hasn’t listened to his fellow Tennesseans.
-Gov, Huckabee I don’t think you realize how much Lamaur has hurt Tennessee and he is far from conservative. There are very few times that I’ve disagreed with you on political issues, but we are definitely on a different page concerning Lamar. I am very surprised and disappointed you are supporting a man who voted with Obama on —-Healthcare, war on coal , cutting veterans benefits and higher taxes in Tennessee, just to namea few.I really hope Joe Carr replaces him and his liberal agenda.
-Huck, explain yourself here. What about Lamar makes sense and tell us what about Joe Carr doesn’t?
-Mike how come you are endorsing a man who has forgotten our platform .and voted for cloture on the veterans loosing benefits budget. Someone forgot to tell him is is the only power we have to stop in this administration and his lack of controlling illegals and amnesty puts him as a democrat.and you have lost any credibility as far as us combat vetetans in tn are concerned
-What the hell?? Have you been drinking from their river of money too?
-Huckabee is just another establishment hack. So is Lamar. Out with Lamar and vote for a real conservative, Joe Carr.
-No we will not vote for Lamar Alexander. Disappointed to see you endorse him.
Lori G Lockhart Mike Huckabee, I respect all that you are doing and have done for our country, however I am shocked you would support Lamar! As a lifetime Tennessee resident it’s time for Lamar to go! He has went against the “We the People” to many times! He has supported obuma and his policies to many times. After seeing all the negative comments on this status I hope and pray you change your decision.
-CARR NOT LAMAR!!
-You are better than that, Mike. Alexander has long out lasted his orange checkered shirt and his admirable walk across TN. Personality has gotten him more than he deserves. We need someone who will lead. Alexander spent the entire LAST election trying to discover just the right portrait blending determination and compassion … And none of his revised portraits hit the mark. We need someone who DOES … Not poses! -Have a great retirement, Lamar.
-I respect you governor but I will not vote again for Lamar. My vote will go to a real Conservative, Joe Carr.
-WHAT are you thinking????
-Mike, we in TN. know you backed the WRONG HORSE in this race!!!!!!!!!! -We Don’t need OUTSIDERS telling us how to vote. SHAME on you Mike!
-Mike, you are backing the wrong man
-I’m losing all respect for Mike Huckabee….
-Lamar has sold out bad endorsement
-I always thought Huckabee was too liberal for me.
-Yeah, the ole Huckster lost me on this one.
-Well, Mr. Huckabee, I can’t believe you support this Rino. He voted against the people and with Obama every time.
-So…Mr. Huckabee, after reading all the comments offered here, I am leaving you with one Big Question ! Why are you endorsing Lamar “rino” Alexander ? I am sure everyone would like to hear your answer…
-Sorry Huck, Lamar has gone liberal on us Tennesseans, voted for more gun control, and backed Obama’s liberal choices for offices. Vote Joe Carr!!!!!
-Mick Hartley Our founding fathers wanted “the butchers, the bakers, and the candlestick makers” to serve their country and then come back and live under the laws that they enacted . We don’t need career politicians, we need patriots.
-I dont stand with Huckabee on this.
-I used to admire your commentary and thought you stood to the right to the middle or the left…so for mr. Huckabee you have endorsed every incumbent in my district….just how much money are they lining your pockets with to endorse them?? I am afraid you are becoming a right hand rino…
-Governor, you just lost me as a fan. I cannot believe you would endorse Alexander after his voting record! You should be embarrassed! -#VoteCarrNOTLamar!
-Gotta do homework here,Lamar is supporting Reid and Obama on to much…Tennessee needs Better support…
-Have you lost your mind? He’s about as two faced as you can get….. Lamar has to go….. Joe Carr for US Senate
-Huckabee, This shows just how out of touch you are. Keep your nose out of Tennessee politics. You obviously know nothing, so shut up!
-I was a Huckabee fan until you made that endorsement. Carr not Lamar!
-Ok mike you just lost my vote
-Big time disappointed that Mike Huckabee would support Lamar. Lamar needs to go. -Time for a change to a true conservative.”

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Well, well, even after Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and others spent whole programs exposing Huckabee, the Huckabites still clung to him like a drowning man clings to a floating blow up doll. Even Fox News had an article on their website for about a decade titled, “Huckabee, the Biggest Big Government Conservative.”

After Mike Huckabee raised taxes in Arkansas, the poorest state in the nation, he moved to Florida where he pays no state income tax. As Glenn Beck said, the only effect Huckabee will have in the Presidential race will be to take some evangelical votes away from Ted Cruz. I say, since Huckabee’s candidate could not defeat Cruz in Texas, maybe Huck can spoil Ted’s run for President? Cruz is the closest thing we have had to Ronald Reagan since Ronald Reagan. Remember, Reagan won reelection by carrying 49 states.

DEAR GOP: THE TEA PARTY IS NOT THE ENEMY!

April 10, 2014

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Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for Congress who dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat after the RNC gave her a million dollars, is just one of the candidates foist upon us by the Republican Elites. You know the ones of which I speak, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Kit Bond, Peter King, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Chuck Hagel. At least Chuck Hagel had the decency to switch parties.

What’s wrong with our Republican leaders? Let me take you back to the Virginia Governor’s race last year. Three candidates appeared on the ballot, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia; Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a lawyer and businessman. I worked hard to get Cuccinelli elected, we follow each other on Twitter. Cuccinelli should have been elected. Are you strong enough to understand the workings deep down in the bowls of the Republican Party?

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling who was elected in 2005, made a deal with Governor McDonnell whereby Bolling would run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2009, enabling McDonnell to run for governor without a primary, in exchange for McDonnell’s support in 2013. After the 2009 election, Bolling made no secret of his intention to run for governor in 2013, while Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli openly stated that he was considering three options: a run for re-election as attorney general, running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and running for governor in 2013. Cuccinelli announced to colleagues on December 1, 2011, that he was indeed running for governor. Bolling responded on the same day that he was disappointed that Cuccinelli decided to challenge him (the very idea!).

Bolling, who was polling poorly against Cuccinelli, withdrew from the race on November 28, 2012. He ruled out running for another term as Lieutenant Governor and refused to endorse Cuccinelli. Bolling considered running as an independent, but decided against it. Bolling also rejected the possibility of a write-in campaign. Cuccinelli was clearly the choice of the Tea Party but got very little help from the Republican Party. Still, Cuccinelli only lost by 2.6% even with no GOP support. The Independent received 6.5% of the vote. That is often the consequence Independent candidates have, they ensure victory for Democrats.

Then there is Ted Cruz. The Republican Primary for U.S. Senator in Texas was something else! Declared Candidates were Glenn Addison, funeral home owner; Joe Agris, plastic surgeon; Curt Cleaver, owner of a hotel management company; Ted Cruz, former State Solicitor General; David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor; Ben Gambini; Charles Holcomb, retired judge; Craig James, sports commentator and former professional football player; Tom Leppert, former mayor of Dallas; and Lela Pittenger, mediator.

Several withdrew, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Florence Shapiro, Michael Williams and Roger Williams.

Some well known names declined to run including Kay Bailey Hutchison, incumbent U.S. senator, Robert Paul, doctor and son of Ron Paul, Ron Paul, U.S. Representative and Dan Patrick, Texas state senator.

So here is how the race of the decade shaped up, David Dewhurst was the darling of the Republican establishment. He was endorsed by Governor Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, most state organizations and several Liberal Newspapers. Ted Cruz was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Of course, I also did what I could for Ted Cruz and still do, we followed each other on Twitter from the beginning. The Primary ended up with David Dewhurst 44.6%, Ted Cruz 34.2% and the rest from 13% on down. The runoff resulted in 56.8% for Cruz and Ted cruised to a 56.5% win in the General Election. Cruz’s election was described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

We can’t forget Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Rand’s Primary opponent was the darling of Republican Elites Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State. Senator Jim Bunning decided not to seek reelection because his poll numbers were so low. Grayson garnered endorsements from Senator Mitch McConnell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Senator Rick Santorum, Representative Hal Rogers, and several members of the Kentucky State Legislature. Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul.

Rand Paul defeated Grayson 58.8% to 35.4%. Even with VERY LITTLE GOP support, Rand Paul won the General Election with 55.7% of the vote.

Rand Paul is embarrassed to be supporting Mitch McConnell for re-election, and can barely hide it. In a radio interview posted to YouTube, the conservative freshman was asked by an incredulous Glenn Beck why he’s endorsing the Senate Republican leader. After an awkward pause, Paul tried to change the subject. “Um … I’m here in Texas today to endorse Don Huffines,” he said. Beck burst into laughter. Paul laughed with him, and then took a stab at answering the question. But he couldn’t muster up a single nice thing to say about his fellow Kentuckian and leader of his party. “Uhh, because he asked me,” Paul said. “He asked me when there was nobody else in the race and I said yes.” (I think maybe Paul did it to prove he does not hold a grudge against McConnell for endorsing his opponent?)

“Well, Al Gore has asked me to change my opinion on global warming and I did not do that,” Beck quipped.

Can you imagine what the Republican Party could do if it embraced the TEA Party instead of rejecting it? I am here to tell you the TEA Party is not the enemy of the GOP, the TEA Party is the enemy of Liberalism, Big Government, Socialism, over taxing, wasteful spending, amnesty for illegal aliens, unsecured borders, weak national defense, giving away our sovereignty, taking guns away from law abiding citizens, removing God from our culture, abortion on demand, Obamacare and dumbing down and indoctrinating our children.

Do You Know the Presidential Contender?

January 31, 2014

~~~~~~~~Huckabee

 

Mike Huckabee is making noise again about running for President and a poll mentioned by Fox and Friends this morning has him leading with Jeb Bush and Chris Christie second and third. He has the gift of gab and loves to talk about restoring America’s Greatness. Most of us here in Arkansas would be happy if our state was restored to the condition it was in before his pitiful reign.

Mike Huckabee hilariously claimed that he would base part of the decision on whether to run for president on how his book sold. The returns are in and his book has bombed according to USA Today. Make no mistake, Huckabee still has his fawning fans who only know what he says, not what he actually does. In his get-even book, Huckabee blasts Mitt Romney, his principal rival in Iowa.

Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a congratulatory phone call after Huckabee beat the odds to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes. I believe Romney and Huckabee are both woefully lacking in conservative credentials.

As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent. The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state’s debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. The annual state budget in those days was about $3 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 had said he would eliminate sales tax on groceries during the campaign. A Democratic State Senator introduced a Bill to do just that but Huckabee fought the Bill tooth and nail. Keep in mind that Arkansas is a poor state with per capita income at the very bottom of the barrel. By the time Huckabee was finished, Arkansas had the highest per capita taxes in the South. At this time his supporters will say, “Yeah but he is such a sweet righteous man!”

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. That’s right, Blago did a better job handling money and he’s in prison. But Huck’s Army members still dote over the jolly old fellow who lost 120 pounds, wrote a book about losing 120 pounds and then put all the weight back on. He has not written a book about putting the weight back on yet, maybe we can look forward to that in the future?

Huckabee was, incidentally, the only Republican candidate for president who opposed school choice. He is proud of his record in Education. Most politicians promise to improve Education. After attending the National Governor’s Association Convention Huckabee learned about his state and sent out an e-letter saying, “some startling statistics last year… took my breath away.” The fact that these statistics were breath-taking to the governor made me catch my breath as well. You see, the Governor has, for 10 years, been pushing educational reforms (to the tune of $1 billion in just his last three years as governor) but did not know what the college remediation and dropout rates were in Arkansas and the nation. He was shocked to learn that ” twenty percent of Arkansas ninth graders do not stay in school until graduation …and more than 50 percent of Arkansas students who go straight to college require remedial courses in both math and English.” I have always said that Education is not about money, it is about learning. Huckabee might have been better off buying magic beans with that extra billion dollars?

Arkansas’ Ethics Commission admonished Mike Huckabee for violations five times, once for taking money from an organization whose donors have never been listed. Here are the most serious violations:

• $43,150 from his lieutenant governor’s campaign for use of his personal airplane. As I recall he rented his campaign his own airplane at a rate much higher than a plane could be rented from any Rental Company.

• $14,000 Janet Huckabee received from his U.S. Senate campaign, and

• $23,500 from a tax-exempt organization he incorporated with others, but whose funding source isn’t known. The Action America organization, Huckabee said, was set up to coordinate parts of his private-sector speaking schedule during his three years as lieutenant governor.

He jokingly attributed his weight loss to a “concentration camp” diet and once called Arkansas a “banana republic.”

Huckabee lashed out after reporters questioned wedding-gift registries set up to furnish his new $525,000 home in North Little Rock. The wedding account was set up for Mike Huckabee and his wife Janet, who have been married since 1974.

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

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. 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. What other candidate for President could go to Iowa and preach in local Baptist Churches. That, of course, would not be campaigning. Huckabee raised taxes in Arkansas, not Iowa.

Under the Bush administration, the Republican Party increasingly drifted away from its limited government roots. 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 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.

On election night in 2006, 55 percent of voters leaving the polls said they believed the Republican Party had become the party of big government. Mike Huckabee is doing his best to convert the other 45 percent.

Mitt Romney, Huckabee’s principal rival in Iowa, receives the roughest treatment. Huckabee writes that the former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” He notes that Romney declined to make a congratulatory phone call after Huckabee beat the odds to win the Iowa caucuses, “which we took as a sign of total disrespect.” He mocks Romney for suggesting, during one debate, more investment in high-yield stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes.

His treatment of former candidate Fred Thompson, a rival who helped sink Huckabee’s upstart ambitions in South Carolina, is somewhat more favorable, if only because it is less personal. Huckabee maintains that Thompson’s biggest mistake was strategic: he didn’t understand the need to expand the Republican Party beyond its base. “Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy,” Huckabee writes.
Many conservative Christian leaders — who never backed Huckabee, despite their holding similar stances on social issues — are spared neither the rod nor the lash. Huckabee writes of Gary Bauer, the conservative Christian leader and former presidential candidate, as having an “ever-changing reason to deny me his support.” Of one private meeting with Bauer, Huckabee says, “It was like playing Whac-a-Mole at the arcade — whatever issue I addressed, another one surfaced as a ‘problem’ that made my candidacy unacceptable.” He also accuses Bauer of putting national security before bedrock social issues like the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.

Huckabee describes other elders of the social-conservative movement, many of whom meet in private as part of an organization called the Arlington Group, as “more enamored with the process, the political strategies, and the party hierarchy than with the simple principles that had originally motivated the Founders.” Later, Huckabee writes, “I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices — like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ‘Thou art the man!’ — to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ‘You da’ man!’ ”

He calls out Pat Robertson, the Virginia-based televangelist, and Dr. Bob Jones III, chancellor of Bob Jones University in South Carolina, for endorsing Rudy Giuliani and Romney, respectively. He also has words for the Texas-based Rev. John Hagee, who endorsed the more moderate John McCain in the primaries, as someone who was drawn to the eventual Republican nominee because of the lure of power. Huckabee says he spoke to Hagee by phone before the McCain endorsement while preparing for a spot on Saturday Night Live. “I asked if he had prayed about this and believed this was what the Lord wanted him to do,” Huckabee writes of the conversation. “I didn’t get a straight answer.” Months later, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because of controversial remarks the pastor had made about biblical interpretations.

In a chapter titled “Faux-Cons: Worse than Liberalism,” Huckabee identifies what he calls the “real threat” to the Republican Party: “libertarianism masked as conservatism.” He is not so much concerned with the libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s Republican supporters as he is with a strain of mainstream fiscal-conservative thought that demands ideological purity, seeing any tax increase as apostasy and leaving little room for government-driven solutions to people’s problems. “I don’t take issue with what they believe, but the smugness with which they believe it,” writes Huckabee, who raised some taxes as governor and cut deals with his state’s Democratic legislature. “Faux-Cons aren’t interested in spirited or thoughtful debate, because such an endeavor requires accountability for the logical conclusion of their argument.” Among his targets is the Club for Growth, a group that tarred Huckabee as insufficiently conservative in the primaries and ran television ads with funding from one of Huckabee’s longtime Arkansas political foes, Jackson T. Stephens Jr.

The national media gets no pardon either. “Reporters facilitate the greedy and grubby process whereby too many elections go to the highest bidder and his sharpie hirelings,” he writes. He remains sore about the degree to which a candidate’s credibility is judged by his or her bank account and notes that during the debates, he was often asked about religion while the other candidates dealt with questions of government policy. Why, he asks, was a “floating cross” in the window of one of his ads such a media controversy when reporters gave a pass to a Barack Obama direct-mail piece that obviously photographed the Democrat before a large Christian cross?

But for all the sharp words Huckabee has for his fellow Republicans, score-settling is not the major thrust of the book, Huckabee’s sixth. Rather, Huckabee, who now hosts a weekend show on Fox News, spends most of the pages celebrating the grass-roots success of his surprisingly successful campaign and laying out, again, his vision for the future of the Republican Party, which includes instituting a national sales tax to replace the income tax and renewed focus on health-care prevention and education. He mentions McCain only in passing, and with praise, calling him a “true statesman and a man of honor.”

Huckabee also has some fun along the way. We learn that the actor Chuck Norris, a prominent Huckabee supporter, actually does use the Total Gym at home. (Norris hawks the Total Gym in a well-known late-night infomercial.) In the middle of a disquisition on libertarianism, Huckabee pauses to praise the musician Cher for tours that are “an amazing blend of rock concert, circus and fashion show.”

He also returns again and again to stories of his supporters, like the woman who gave him her wedding ring on a rope line in Michigan because she could not afford to make a contribution to his campaign and the truck driver who appeared on his behalf at public rallies. “I was only carrying mail to the mailboxes,” he writes. “It was the salt-of-the-earth types like my unknown angel in Michigan who actually wrote the letters.”

Yes, Mike Huckabee is a different kind of Republican, after doing a number on Arkansas, he moved to Florida where there is no State Income Tax.  Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck have spent hours exposing Governor Huckabee, is anybody listening?

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!