To Huckabee or Not Huckabee, that is the question.
Or at least that's the question facing Republicans. Should they choose Mike Huckabee as their presidential nominee?
Here's the answer: no.
To be blunt, Huckabee would be a disaster.
The American-based free-market group Club for Growth recently published a report on Huckabee which found:
* By the end of his ten-year tenure, (as Governor of Arkansas) Huckabee was responsible for a 37% higher sales tax in Arkansas, 16% higher motor fuel taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes
according to Americans for Tax Reform (01/07/07), garnering a lifetime grade of D from the free-market Cato Institute.
* Under Governor Huckabee’s watch, state spending increased a whopping 65.3% from 1996 to 2004, three times the rate of inflation (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07). The number of state government workers rose 20% during his tenure (Arkansas Leader 04/15/06), and the state’s general obligation debt shot up by almost $1 billion, according to Americans for Tax Reform.
* Governor Huckabee has consistently supported and initiated measures that increase government’s interference in markets, thereby impeding economic growth.
Oh, and Huckabee's foreign policy ideas also leave a lot to be desired.
So Republicans, choose whoever you want as your next leader as long as its not Huckabee.