Friday, February 01, 2008

Tsunami Tuesday is coming: have you picked a candidate yet?

I know many of you have been tuning in recently to the Presidential campaign, since both the Alabama and Tennessee primaries are this Tuesday, February 5. For my friends who are Democrats and progressives, I encourage you to switch while there's still time (just joking). For everyone else, I'd like to take this time to lay out, point-by-point, the reasons that I support Mike Huckabee, and I think you should, too.

These are only "talking points," so to speak; but if you'd like more information about the Governor, there's a lot more where this came from on his website, MikeHuckabee.com.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1. With ten-and-a-half years of experience running state government, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has more relevant executive experience than any candidate in the race – either Republican or Democrat.

2. Recognized and tapped by his peers for leadership, the National Governor’s Association selected Governor Huckabee as it’s Chairman.

3. TIME Magazine honored him as one of the five best Governors in America.

4. Governor Huckabee is a fiscal conservative who cut taxes almost 100 times in the state of Arkansas, including the state’s first broad-based tax cuts, and turned a $200 million deficit into an $850 million surplus.

ISSUES

1. TAXES/ECONOMY – Governor Huckabee supports The FairTax because it will restore the “Made in America” label, making American goods 12-25% more competitive, boosting economic growth, increasing our exports, and securing American jobs. It also prevents criminals or illegal aliens from avoiding taxes, and makes the taxes we all pay 100% transparent.

2. GOVERNMENT SPENDING – Governor Huckabee is committed to reducing government spending. One way he’ll do this is by reducing the cost of welfare. Governor Huckabee will work with states to reduce welfare roles through programs like the one he implemented in Arkansas, which reduced welfare roles by 50%.

3. HEALTH CARE – Governor Huckabee will implement a consumer-based healthcare system that emphasizes preventative medicine and wellness. Because 70% of our $2 trillion dollar healthcare costs is spent treating chronic, preventable diseases, this approach will make healthcare more affordable for everybody while keeping us healthier.

4. FAMILY VALUES – Governor Huckabee supports a federal constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. He Successfully fought for Arknasas’ marriage amendment and strongly supports a similar, federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

5. IMMIGRATION – Governor Huckabee will secure the border (with physical barriers, electronic surveillance, and more border-patrol personnel and detention facilities). He will also end sanctuary cities and increase penalties on, and enforcement against, employers who hire illegal immigrants. Governor Huckabee will make sure the border patrol has adequate funding to end our “catch and release” system so that everyone caught trying to enter illegally, overstaying their visa, or committing a crime will be held until they’re tried, convicted, and deported. Gov. Huckabee has also signed the Numbers USA "No Amnesty" Pledge.

6. WAR ON TERROR AND IRAQ – Governor Huckabee knows it takes a large, well-equipped military to ensure our national defense and to deter conventional military confrontations. He also knows we need large, well-equipped intelligence and Special Forces operations for our national offense – so we can effectively find and eliminate terrorist threats at home or abroad. Governor Huckabee will be a Commander in Chief who knows that IF WE HAVE TO FIGHT A WAR, our President has to fight it the way our GENERALS tell him it can be won, not the way we wants it to be won.

7. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE – Governor Huckabee will implement a program to end the import of foreign oil in the next ten years by increasing domestic oil production in the short term, and then replacing oil-based energy infrastructure with alternative and renewable energies.

8. CLEMENCIES – Arkansas Governors grant clemency, but the parole board grants parole. Wayne DuMond’s parole was granted by the board and NOT Governor Huckabee.

9. TAXES – When Governor Huckabee left office, the tax rates remained exactly the same as when he first came into office. Governor Huckabee returned almost $400 million to Arkansasf taxpayers, and he also DOUBLED the standard deduction for individuals and married couples, DOUBLED the childcare tax credit, and eliminated the marriage penalty. He also repealed capital gains taxes for home sales, lowered the capital gains rate by 25%, expanded the homestead exemption, and set up tax-free savings accounts for medical care and college tuition. Gov. Huckabee has also signed the Americans for Tax Reform's pledge not to raise taxes.

10. SECOND AMENDMENT -
• Lifetime member of the NRA, member for over 15 years
• First Governor to have concealed-carry permit
• Removed restrictions on carry permit holders
• Protected gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits
• Opposes reauthorization of the Assault Weapon Ban
• Opposes expansion of the unconstitutional “Brady Bill”
• Opposes waiting period for purchase of firearms
• Opposes background checks on private firearms transactions at gun shows
• Will nominate judges who interpret the constitution as the Founders intended, rather than as a “living document reflecting current political trends or opinions”
• An avid hunter and conservationist, and a member of the Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and BASS.

If you like what you've read here, be sure to check Mike out on his website at MikeHuckabee.com. And remember, vote this Tuesday, February 5.

1 Comments:

At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fair tax looks good on paper. I agree. Who doesn't recognize the need for greater brand recognition for American brands. And who wouldn't stand for a tax system that applies to criminals and illegal immigrants. It's effect, however, is less appetizing. Take for example, an American taxpayer who earns $25,000. Let's say that this individual is a single parent of two small children. Since $25,000 is a meager income, the taxpayer is likely to spend the majority, if not all, of her earnings on food, a home, and goods like clothing and school supplies. Unfortunately for this taxpayer, the fair tax means that 100%, or very close to 100%, of her income will be taxed. Contrast our single parent taxpayer with an upper-middle-class taxpayer. Let's suppose that this individual earns $100,000. Let's also assume this taxpayer is a single parent of two young children. Finally, let's pretend that, in the course of a year, this individual spends $50,000. The fair tax set up would effectively tax one-half of this individual's income, leaving one-half of her income untouched. She is free to invest it, save it, or blow it in Atlantic City. The point of these examples is to illustrate the point that the fair tax will keep poor people poor and keep the rich people rich. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for brand recognition and all for everyone that benefits from federal system paying taxes. But, I have a hard time stomaching the idea that the fair tax is the best way to get this done. Surely, there has to be another option out there to accomplish the same good parts of the fair tax while avoiding the worse parts. I don't have the answer. I'm holding out hope that someone with a brain bigger than mine will step up to the plate. It is time for Congress to stop building fence around our ghettos. This blogger supports a man who shares his same theological values, and I respect that. Still, the big picture says there is more to leading a nation--the greatest nation. I cannot support an individual, however good at heart, who ignorantly touts a destructive tax agenda.

 

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