Friday, May 04, 2007

note to henry martin--huckabee answered my big question, and i liked what i heard!

Those of you who have been regular readers of this blog know that Henry Martin (Thoughts From Upstate SC ) and I have had something of a disagreement about GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Henry has always been a big supporter of Huckabee, while I have had some serious reservations concerning the man's fiscal/economic/tax record. Gov. Huckabee went a long ways towards answering the questions I had in last night's debate:

Moderator Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "I want each candidate to mention a tax you'd like to cut, in addition to the Bush tax cuts, keeping them in effect."

Gov. Mike Huckabee: "I cut taxes 94 times as Governor, but I realize tinkering with it doesn't work. I'd overhaul it. I would work for the Fair Tax, which meets the four criteria: Flatter, fairer, finite, and family-friendly. We'd get rid of the IRS. We'd get rid of all capital gains, income, corporate, and we'd have a consumption tax. The Fair Tax proposal I believe offers the best opportunity for all levels of Americans."

That sound you hear right now is me cheering while I go on my roof to hang up the "Huckabee in 2008" banner! What a fantastic answer!

Many of you may have noticed that I have a link on the sidebar to Americans For Fair Tax. I am a big believer in the Fair Tax. I believe that the IRS is an evil, thoroughly corrupt institution and that it should be abolished. I believe that taxing a person's income is immoral, particularly when you consider that in our "all are equal under the law" society the top 5% of American wage earners pay 53% of the taxes. The top 50% of American wage earners are forced to pay 96% of the taxes! This is socialistic income redistribution, and it is wrong. Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo were the only two serious candidates to tout the Fair Tax. All of the others blathered about tinkering with this tax and tweaking that tax, but Tancredo and Huckabee were the only serious candidates who proposed a tax overhaul that makes sense (For the record, I don't count Ron Paul as a serious candidate.).

Now, in all seriousness, I think it's way too early to endorse one candidate or another. I have favorable impressions of several of the candidates (Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Jim Gilmore, Huckabee) and two of the "ghost candidates" (Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson). None of the above is a perfect candidate, but they are a whole lot better than any of the Liberaliar candidates, or the Rudy McRomney Triplets. I still have some concerns about what kinds of increases in "consumption taxes" we would see under a Huckabee administration, but I feel better about the man today than I did yesterday. As we slide through spring and through the summer, I will print a whole lot of info on all of the candidates. As we move along we can discuss who Christian conservatives should endorse.

How'd I do, Henry?


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