Monday, November 12, 2007

Just another tax-and-spend liberal "Republican"

I was sent a link to a post on the blog Arkansas Journal this morning which contained this video clip of Mike Huckabee begging the Arkansas legislature for a tax increase, any tax increase:

This was Arkansas Journal's commentary:

May 5, 2003-Governor Mike Huckabee addressed the Arkansas General Assembly, pleading with them to pass a tax, any tax. He ticked off a list of various taxes that he would find acceptable, a tax on tobacco, a surcharge on the income tax, a sales tax... "I will very happily sign that," he proclaimed.

Jump forward to the present day, Mike Huckabee running for the Republican presidential nomination has signed a no-tax pledge and jumped on the Fair Tax bandwagon.

You'd never know that as governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee's solution to every government spending "need" was higher taxes. He never suggested using funds we had from the tobacco settlement. He never suggested cutting wasteful spending. To him, most of the time, there was no such thing as wasteful spending. In fact, there wasn't enough spending. He pushed hard to make sure that the state would keep giving taxpayer funded benefits to illegal aliens and even advocated giving illegal aliens college scholarships. The list is goes on and on.

All of this is a far cry from the image of the Mr. Conservative that candidate Huckabee is trying to create. "I want to get it on the record," he said then. Well, he got his wish. I bet he wishes it wasn't on the record, now.

This video is exclusively available as a service from the Arkansas Journal, Arkansas's #1 Conservative Blog.

Many thanks to Arkansas Jorunal for posting this clip to YouTube.

Clearly Huckabee is no more a conservative than Rudolph Giuliani and for him to be out there laying claim to that title makes him a hypocrite as well as a liberal.