RINO = Republican In Name Only
When Republicans un-apologetically embrace conservatism with the time-proven Reagan-Bush Sr. approach, they win by landslides. It happens every time. When they “reach across the aisle” and vote like Democrats on issue-after-issue with the failed Dole-McCain-Romney approach, our right-of-center electorate doesn’t show up and they always lose.
The following is a list of Mike Huckabee’s liberal RINO policy positions and red flags from his background:
-In January of this year, he advocated a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants, scholarships for illegal immigrant children, and insisted that deportation is “not realistic or practical.” In December of 2006, he likened illegal immigration to slavery and claimed that amnesty is America’s “second chance” to prove that we aren’t racist. In February of 2005, he absurdly trashed an attempt to ban illegal immigrants from getting taxpayer-funded benefits and voting rights as “racist” and “un-American.” In May of 2007, he even advocated changing the Constitution to allow foreigners to run for president.
-He signed a sales tax increase into law (1996), supported an internet sales tax (2001), opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine (2002), signed bills raising taxes on gasoline (1999), cigarettes (2003), and private nursing home patients (2001), proposed another sales tax hike (2002), opposed a congressional measure to ban internet taxes (2003), and allowed a 17% sales tax increase to become law (2004). His actions increased sales taxes by 37%, fuel taxes by 16%, and cigarette taxes by 103%.
-He increased spending by more than 65% (between 1996 and 2004), the overall Arkansas tax-burden increased 47%, and the total net tax increase was an estimated $505.1 million. The number of government workers increased by 20%, and the general debt obligation rose by nearly $1 billion.
-In 2007, he publicly endorsed the left’s economically-suicidal “cap-and-trade” insanity on video, and then lied about it.
-In February of 2011, he said he would still have released Maurice Clemmons from prison, even after he went on to murder four police officers. He was also instrumental in releasing serial rapist Wayne Dumond, who went on to rape two more women. He released more than a thousand convicted felons from prison overall.
-He has been widely condemned by everyone from the Cato Institute (which gave him an ‘F’ on fiscal policy during his final term), to Jonah Goldberg (who denounced him as an open ‘statist’), to the Club for Growth (which blasted him for tireless ‘big-government liberalism’), to Bob Novak (who called him a ‘false conservative’).
-In January of 2008, he perpetuated the outrageous Democrat falsehood that the Constitution is a “living document,” which is liberal-speak for pretending to “update” the Constitution by reversing everything it stands for.
-He repeatedly stabbed the Republican Party in the back in Arkansas, sometimes even backing Democratic candidates against the GOP. As Phyllis Schlafly put it, “he destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas and left the Republican party a shambles.”
-In December of 2007, Judicial Watch placed him on their “Top 10 Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list due to his extensive track record of highly questionable ethics.
-In 2006, he signed a Minimum Wage increase into law, making the poor less employable while skyrocketing costs for everyone…as forced, artificial wage increases always do.
-In 2001, he advocated a nationwide smoking ban.
-In November of 2007, he lied about having a degree in theology.
-In June of 1998, he declared that it is the role of government to legislate morality, even in victimless crimes. In June of 2007, he explained that people are naturally selfish, and that only God or punishment from the government can change that.
-In November of 2007, he asserted that states shouldn’t get to determine their own laws on moral issues like abortion.
-In 1999, he signed a bill severely restricting homeschooling, and has fought against school choice.
-In September of 2007, he ludicrously claimed that blacks still face racism and unequal opportunity in job market (despite them receiving racist preferential treatment at everyone else’s expense in the workplace, school admissions, housing, etc.).
-In February of 2008, he supported big government “stimulus” projects.
-In September of 2001, he supported increased federal involvement in local crime initiatives.
(He was born in Arkansas, as were both his parents. Click here for the definition of ‘natural-born citizen.’)