Don’t Claim Huckabee’s Not a Progressive

Here’s jus’ a sampling (with sourcing) of GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Progressive activities and stances:

  • signed a sales tax hike in 1996 to fund the Games and Fishing Commission and the Department of Parks and Tourism (Cato Policy Analysis No. 315, 09/03/98)
  • supported an internet sales tax in 2001 (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07)
  • publicly opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002 (Arkansas News Bureau 08/30/02)
  • signed bills raising taxes on gasoline (1999), cigarettes (2003) (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07), and a $5.25 per day bed-tax on private nursing home patients in 2001 (Arkansas New Bureau 03/01/01)
  • proposed another sales take hike in 2002 to fund education improvements (Arkansas News Bureau 12/05/02)
  • opposed a congressional measure to ban internet taxes in 2003 (Arkansas News Bureau 11/21/03)
  • allowed a 17% sales tax increase to become law (The Gurdon Times 03/02/04)
  • opposed a congressional measure to ban internet taxes in 2003 (Source: Arkansas News Bureau, 11/21/03)
  • supported an internet sales tax in 2001 (Americans for Tax Reform 01/07/07).
  • raised at least nine (9) different taxes: A 47-percent increase in taxes totaling $505 million on middle-and-lower income Arkansas citizens (Source: The Leader, 08/30/2006).
  • raised the minimum wage in 2006 from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour and encouraged Congress to take the same initiative on a national level (US Newswire 08/03/06)
  • opposed a bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote in his own state (Source CNS NEWS, Some GOP Concerned about Huckabee’s Immigration Views, Fred Lucas, 12/04/2007)
  • received 14 ethical violations and five (5) resulted in findings that he violated ethics guidelines (Associated Press, 11/23/06)
  • criticized opponents of Common Core, saying “parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of — they are something to embrace.” (The Mike Huckabee Radio Show May 6, 2013)

A Progressive will always be a Progressive first.

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