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Mike Huckabee’sVoting Record On Taxes,Amnesty Criticized

Former Arkansas governor has consistently supported tax hikes so you can pay for benefits and welfare for illegal aliens

By Julia Foster

For 10 years, as governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee supported amnesty and taxpayer-financed welfare and health care for illegal aliens and increased taxes numerous times. Now, after sniffing the political winds, he poses as tough on illegal aliens and a tax-whacker.

His recent conversion has inspired many evangelical Christians to flock to his support, as they did to President Jimmy Carter in 1976—with disastrous results. Many are unaware that Huckabee’s record betrays his new-found words.

As a born-again, ordained Southern Baptist minister, it would behoove Huckabee to explain his late life conversion to his sheep, who see him as their shepherd. If elected, will Huckabee stick to his present position or revert to coddling criminal aliens and raising taxes?

It is common for promises made in presidential campaigns to be broken once the office is won. President Bush the Elder promised, “Read my lips: no new taxes” in the 1988 campaign and raised taxes as president. President Bill Clinton ran as a “peace” candidate and ordered the invasion of Serbia, Kosovo, Haiti and Somalia. Truth is more easily found in records than in words.

To deny illegal aliens tax-paid welfare and health care, plus low in-state college tuition rates, would not be “Christian,” Huckabee said many times,.
The Arkansas Journal blog has uncovered a video showing Huckabee begging the state legislature to raise taxes. He says:

“Some have suggested [increasing the tax on tobacco at the retail level]. If that ends up being your preference, I will accept that. Others have suggested a surcharge on the income tax; that’s acceptable; I’m fine with that.

“Others have suggested, perhaps, a sales tax; that’s fine. Yet others have suggested a hybrid that will collect some monies from any one or a combination of these various ideas, and if that’s the plan that the House and Senate agree upon, then you will have nothing but my profound thanks.”

(Issue #1 & 2, January 7 & 14, 2008)

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