Monday, December 20, 2010

Mike Huckabee on taxes

I'm sure this is old news to some of you but Mike Huckabee is not exactly the champion for lower taxes that he claims to be. The following is a video of then Governor Huckabee pleading for a tax increase.

The Club For Growth had this to say about Huckabee's record on taxes:
The Cato Institute just released their 2006 fiscal report card for all 50 governors. Not surprisingly, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had a failing performance. Excerpt: bq. "Mike Huckabee of Arkansas also went from being one of the best governors in America to one of the worst. He receives an F for his current term and a D for his entire tenure. The main reason for the drop was his insistence on raising taxes at almost every turn throughout his final term." According to the Cato data, Huckabee's most recent score was broken down into 3 parts: * 'F' for revenue variables (he was dead last among all 50 governors) * 'C' for spending variables (he was 16th) * 'F' for tax rates (he guessed it...dead last again) To put this into perspective, Huckabee had a worst score than Ohio Governor Bob Taft (he got a "C"), who is normally considered the worst governor in the country.
I suspect that his history of raising taxes may have something to do with his constant promotion of the Fair Tax. Much like Obama appointing a Deficit Commission, he's attempting to divert attention from his less than stellar record on the issue at hand.

Update: He was later caught being less than truthful about the reason for the tax hikes.


Ann said...

Huckabee truly is a smooth talking snake oil salesman.

Anonymous said...

Huckabee is a serial liar!


BOSMAN said...

You're on a roll today zeke.

GetReal said...

I wish I could find video of my favorite 2007/08 debate moment. They were discussing government programs, and Romney nailed Huck with that "its not your money, Mike, its the taxpayer's money" line.