CAMERON: Now that Huckabee is within striking distance, an old video has emerged from before his 100-pound weight loss, when he called for tax increases as Arkansas Governor.
HUCKABEE: The surcharge on the income tax. That’s acceptable.
CAMERON: This morning, he said those tax hikes were in response to a court decision.
HUCKABEE: That was in the context of the Supreme Court order that we had to fund education at a higher level.
CAMERON: In fact, that’s not true. In a Huckabee campaign statement this afternoon, they acknowledged that the tax hikes were to cover a general revenue shortfall in the state budget.
Just like Republicans are more damaged by “scandals” than Democrats because of the “Family Values” label . . . Huckabee is going to be overly damaged for dishonesty since he’s the candidate claiming to be most aligned with and supported by the Christian Right.
More detailed info confirming this dishonesty on this issue comes from Huck's home state (Arkansas Journal). Lot's of facts and details there.
However, there's a BIGGER PICTURE here . . .
What is being overlooked is potentially more damaging to him than dishonesty. It's his blatant fiscal liberalism.
Even if he really was facing a "court-ordered $100 million funding of education" budget gap HIS IMMEDIATE AND KNEE-JERK REACTION WAS TO RAISE TAXES!
How about CUTTING SPENDING MIKE?!
Now a quick game of compare and contrast:
- Huckabee's only solution to a $100 budget deficit: "RAISE TAXES . . . ANY TAXES, PLEASE."
- Romney's solution when faced with a figure THIRTY TIMES THAT ($3 Billion) in the state budget deficit: Balance the budget WITHOUT RAISING ANY TAXES!