The anti-tax fat cats at the Club for Growth continue to dog The Huckster. Its blog notes the recent Washington Examiner interview with The Huckster that we linked on account of his criticism of John McCain; his seeming agreement with the notion that the Republican Party is a party that supports tax breaks for the rich, and his suggestion that a bad 2006 election for Republicans would be good for The Huckster 2008 campaign. The Club for Growth's blogger thought The Huckster got off too easy and elaborated for Examiner readers in a letter to the editor today:
On the surface, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee may come across as a sensible lawmaker with a silver tongue, but if one takes a closer look at his record, you’ll see a hornet’s nest of fiscal liberalism.
In the 10 years that Huckabee has been governor of Arkansas, he has raised gas taxes, the state sales tax, and excise taxes. From 1996 to 2004, he has recklessly enabled state spending to increase by 65.3 percent. Earlier this year, he proudly signed a bill into law that would raise the minimum wage, adding that it should be done at the national level as well. It’s no wonder that the Cato Institute, a fiscally conservative think tank, gave him a “D” grade on fiscal issues in their 2004 scorecard.
And not only is Huckabee’s record on taxes very troublesome, it’s also contorted and confusing. Huckabee stated several days ago that he supported a nationwide flat tax. But then recently, he flip-flopped by arguing for a more progressive tax code. Which is it, governor?
Thanks to term limits, Huckabee is leaving the governor’s mansion this year. Let’s hope he avoids public office in the future so that taxpayers can have at least one less thing to worry about.
Director of Government Affairs
Club for Growth