Skip to comments.GOP Governors Grit Teeth and Raise Taxes (2003 Huckabee Archives)
Posted on 10/22/2007 9:28:06 AM PDT by pissant
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, a proudly conservative Republican, was determined to solve his state's fiscal crisis without raising taxes. Last year, he pulled it off, but the pain was everywhere: large layoffs and tuition increases at state colleges; reduced child-care subsidies for parents among the working poor; an end to dental care for adults on Medicaid.
This year, facing another 10 percent budget gap, Kempthorne said these were his only options left: Close the state parks; end state aid to public health clinics; abolish state support for community colleges and student financial aid; cut public education; slash Medicaid and programs for seniors and veterans.
When Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) of Arkansas earlier proposed a sales tax increase to help close that state's budget shortfall, the idea received an icy reception from lawmakers. So when Huckabee went before those lawmakers earlier this month to deliver his State of the State address, he told them, in effect, he didn't care whether they adopted his proposal or came up with their own, but that Arkansas needed to raise more money to balance the budget.
"And if you deem that all new revenue sources, your proposals or mine, are indeed dead on arrival, then you'll be saying that teacher pay increases are dead, scholarships are dead, medicine for the elderly is dead, that long [prison] sentences are dead, and that we'll have to have a massive early release of thousands of inmates from the system," Huckabee said. "To be blunt, our problems aren't that simple, and the answers aren't either."
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A Republican is never so brave or admirable as when he is raising taxes... At least according to the MSM.
It apparently works. The Values Voters though the was the cat’s meow.
The Values Voters do not care so much about taxes. They keep a different list.
Dude, I’m still moving to WY instead of ID or MT because of taxes. I vote with my feet.
I hear Wyoming is 140 degrees in the Summertime and covered by 20 feet of snow in the Wintertime, and has flies as big as crows, that carry off small unattended chidren.
At least that’s what all my friends in Wyoming say...
They claim they do care. But Huck has been giving him the “i’m a tax cutter” line of baloney as well. They believe him, even when he claims he’s gonna get tough on illegals. LOL
That’s the land of Brokeback Mountain, according to hollywood. LOL
So Huck had to brow beat a Democrat legislature into raising taxes.
You know how every Democrat demonstration starts about one thing, and then every stupid little interest group horns in until the whole thing collapses of it's own weight on internal conflicts? Same deal here.
The Values Voters care about one thing a great deal. They care about a few other things, but not quite as much.
Taxes and fiscal conservatism are way down on the list.
Fiscal cons will bolt. Huckabee is as divisive as Rudy.
Hucksterbee is a fraud...a tax raising illegal-alien loving liberal.
The Value Voters need to recheck their “values”
Who’d of thunk it?
Surely he was forced into it by circumstances beyond his control, kicking and screaming, etc...
You should see their “skeeter’s”, Grizzly Bears and Wolves.
Know how to tell a cowboy from Wyoming from a cowboy from Texas? The cowboy from Texas has $h!t on his boots and an cowboy from Wyoming has wool in his zipper.
Teton County has the largest per capita (or household, I don’t quite remember) US total tax (income, death, personal corporate, etc.) in the whole US. Other than Teton County, WY is not too likely BM oriented. ;-)
I’ve found that to be true and would recommend that no one from CA, OR, MA, NY, etc. could possibly survive there. Heck, I’m going to be homeless when I get there.
Yep. That’s what my Wyoming friends keep telling me. So I guess I will have to stay here in New Jersey...
From: The Washington Times
Date: May 17, 2006
Huckabee ‘serious’ about presidency
Mr. Huckabee said he approved of virtually everything in the Monday night speech on immigration by Mr. Bush, including his National Guard and guest-worker initiatives, even though that agreement put Mr. Huckabee at odds, he said, with some fellow conservative Republicans.
“I do believe some of it is driven by racism or nativism,” he said of the opposition within his party to Mr. Bush’s view that illegal aliens should not be deported but rather fined and eventually allowed U.S. citizenship.
“It’s not amnesty to make people pay for breaking the law,” Mr. Huckabee said.
As president, he said, he would have no problem working on common goals with fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton or with other Democrats for that matter.
On the environment, he said: “We have done more to abuse than use the planet.” He added that it’s better for Americans “to act as if global warming” is a scientific fact because there is “no downside in conserving our resources.”
Pawlenty pulled it off in MN and nobody suffered at all. He stood up to democrats and RINOS who howled for giant increases.
A flashback from one of Giuliani’s “Fruitless Five”
I don’t think I would stay in New Wave Oh Hersey. Maybe some more could be convinced to move to those socialist havens like Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Cuba.
Is he trying to antagonize us? Calling us racists, looking forward to gleefully working with Bill Clinton, treating global warming as real because “there is no downside” (to expanding government power)...
Huckabee 2008: for the children - if you don’t support me, you are probably a racist, and women, children, and minorities will be hit hardest.
That is a Kiss Of Death, right there.
The Democrats are not interested in us conserving our resources. They are interested in the dismantling of our industrial economy. If we "act as if global warming is a scientific fact", we are giving them license to do whatever they think needs to be done to save the planet.
It is not just the camel's nose, but the entire FReepin' camel standing in the middle of the damn tent.
This kind of attitude is just too cute by half. If Huckabee is willing to base national energy policy on a convenient lie, what else is he willing to lie about?
I just gotta make my pile, then I'll get out. Everybody in New Jersey is saying pretty much the same thing.
Of course, an fortunately for the rest of the country, that piling-up process can take a lifetime. That pile never does seem to be quite tall enough...
When he called the Club for Growth the Club for Greed, I knew he was bad news.
I know Rudy is no so con but atleast he doesn't attack em and name call em.
Yup. They always cut parks, schools, fire and police FIRST. Whatever is the most visible and painful. They never fire the armies of unionized fat-assed useless eaters in the civil service bureaucracy.
Huck is the darling of the "establishment" religious right--I still am not convinced he is that popular with the average religious conservative...
Some detect bigotry in immigration debate.
From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
Date: June 4, 2006
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2008, told a group of reporters here recently “that some anti-immigration Republicans are guilty of demagoguery and racism.”
“I’m not saying everybody who is very, very angry (about immigration) is a racist. I want to be very clear about that,” he said. “But I’ve had conversations with people, and it became evident what they really didn’t like is that people didn’t look like them, didn’t talk like them and didn’t celebrate the holidays they do, and they just had a problem with it.”
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada raised the issue when legislators took up an amendment to the Senate immigration bill it approved last month to mandate that English be the nation’s official language.
“While the intent may not be there, I really believe this amendment is racist,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I think it is directed basically to people who speak Spanish.”
Hey, at least he is in tune with Dingy Harry....
Yep. I guess they are unaware of his history, or don’t mind being labeled as racists.
Good job shedding the light on this guy.
I suspect you’ll now get swarmed by Huck supporters or as I call them Huckaberries.
So, basically what you’re saying/doing is that Hunter is going nowhere and you’re trying to tear down one of the remaining credible alternatives to Rudy and Mitt.
Unlike Thompson, who I do not support (see tagline), at least I understand why others DO support him. Huck, as someone earlier quipped, was ‘more slippery than a greased pig’
It’s his record and words, not mine.
I admire your support for your candidate.
My anti-Huckaberry comes from not wanting a 5 man race, as Rudy911 would win that.
I like Fred, I’d settle for Mitt, if Hunter gets the nomination I’d be shocked but pleased but the one thing that scares me is a Rudy911/Huckabee combo. The only thing they agree on is banning smoking.
Never said it wasn't. Just still fascinated at the people who think the way to build up their own candidate is to trash the others.
What else are we to judge a man on? His words, votes and deeds in office are pretty much it. If we base it on current rhetoric, we would have 7 Ronald Reagans and one Ron Paul.
Not my point. But carry on.
I do not think Huckabee helps either Fred or Hunter with his presence. All he needs to do is bite his lip and say “I feel your pain” and the mushy conservatives will start swooning.
Huckabee is the compassionate conservative. I have a severe case of compassionate conservative derangement syndrome.
That and all he does is split the vote, helping the New York mayor in a dress....
Than what is your point. I have posted literally scores of articles on Hunter, his record, speeches, press releases, etc.
Do you not want to know Huck’s weak sister record?
Lemme see, now. When was Dirk Kempthorne governor of my current home state? Dirk Kempthorne took the oath of office as the 49th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on May 26, 2006. Prior to this date Kempthorne served nearly two terms as Governor of Idaho, elected first in 1998 and reelected in 2002. C. L. Otter has been governor since Jan. 1, 2007. During the interim Jim Risch served as Governor.
The facts are friendly.
We need to know all we can about each and every candidate. We should not be overlooking anything because we are trying to support "our guy".
Huckabee supporters should be talking about his Padlock the Parks trick, and explaining it. But they should not be ignoring it or attacking others for bringing it up. Thompson supporters should not shy away from talking about their guy's support for CFR. They need to explain how it is not a disqualification to the rest of us. Rudy supporters... Well, they should just run and hide!
The REAL problem for Idaho.... and every
other state in the Union!
>Unlike Thompson, who I do not support (see tagline), at least I understand why others DO support him. Huck, as someone earlier quipped, was ‘more slippery than a greased pig’.<
Hey pissant! Trying to get a rise out of me? :) The more I see of Huckabee, the less I think of him. I’ll even go so far as to say Huck is a honey coated phony. The greased pig comment could also describe Mitt Romney.
Let’s see, in my book that leaves what you see is what you get, tell it like it is, no fluffy stuff, straight shooter and right on, Rep. Duncan Hunter! Faux polls be hanged! There is only one number one! See MY tag line. :)
What particular courage or intelligence does it take to raise taxes?
That’s always the easy way, the coward’s way, and is equally true if done by a Dimocrat or a Republican.
As to the 7 candidates...
The only serious question to consider at
this point is...WHO is going to drop out
of the race between now and February, 2008.
The first primary will be held in January.
You might want to keep this list on hand:
I’m with you, doll. But this Huckabee ‘surge’ from starry eyed values voters needs to be nipped in the butt.
Somehow we always hear about the terrible pain experienced by the taxeaters, whenever their benefits don’t rise quickly enough, but seldom about the pain experienced by taxpayers, as they are robbed of more and more of their hard-earned money every year.