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Presidential buyer’s remorse

by Chuck Norris
Presidential buyer’s remorse
Posted: January 28, 2008
1:00 a.m. Eastern

This past week investors experienced a sizable economic tremor as Wall Street’s fortress shook. From a Dow that dropped more than 200 points in the first 10 minutes of trading to the Federal Reserve’s biggest “emergency” slash of interest rates in a quarter of a century, even the experts are confused if these are signs of an unhealthy economy or birth pains of an American recession.

Just as fluctuating and fickle is this presidential election. With political surges, primary bypasses, midstream start ups and blended politics, there are still no clear front-runners in either party. Super Tuesday is on the horizon, and most are still speculating about who is leading the pack.

Who’s your daddy now?

Speaking of presidential ebbs and flows, I believe many are now suffering from a type of presidential buyer’s remorse.

On the one hand, I commend those who early on stuck their necks out in favor of a candidate’s platform, values or principles over another. (There are still far too many who wait in hiding for a clear leader, out of fear of being aligned with a loser.)

On the other hand, I’m sure many are now silently sorry that they’ve backed certain presidential hopefuls because of new revelations or reactions on the campaign trail.

The bases for political remorse are varied:

1. Realizing that all the Democratic candidates would raise taxes, expand big government oversight and waste and increase national security risks by reducing roles of the military.
2. Discovering Rudy Giuliani wouldn’t start his primary political engine until Florida, ignoring early and minor states and so sending a non-committal and undervaluing message to middle America.

3. Awakening to the reality that Mitt Romney has and will flip-flop on issues more than International House of Pancakes turns pancakes.

4. Learning as David Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan noted this week that John McCain is respectfully not a full-fledged conservative.

Of course, it’s never too late to change before one casts the actual vote. But then again, pride is often a formidable foe to overcome on the way to the booth.

What I will never regret

When I backed Mike Huckabee as my choice for president, I didn’t do so because he was a front-runner, could beat Hillary, had lots of money or because his presidency would advance my humanitarian efforts or increase my pocketbook. I endorse him because I agree with his platform, trust in his integrity, relate with his poor upbringing and support for average citizens, value his 11 years of service as governor of Arkansas and believe in his vision for a better America.

I want Mike to win – the nomination, then the presidency. But whether or not he does, or is offered by another a vice-president or cabinet position, my wife Gena and I can sleep at night and move forward into the future because we’ve lived true to our convictions, principles and beliefs. We cannot experience buyer’s remorse with Mike Huckabee, because we know, win or lose, he could lead our nation into a better and more prosperous tomorrow. And he will continue to do so, as he’s done for the last 20 years, whether he’s the president or not.

A recent sign of future economic stability

This past week news agencies reported how some of the presidential candidates’ campaigns are running into financial hardships. Huckabee even grounded press airplanes and asked staff to assume volunteer positions. While many have interpreted those as signs of Mike’s demise, I see them differently. They are sureties of his stewardship. He’s being fiscally frugal as he always has in office.

Mike has arisen as a front-runner from obscurity on a shoestring budget, being outspent by his rivals by at least 10-to-1, proving it’s his message not money that matters. He doesn’t have a personal account of multimillions like Romney, nor does he think it’s good stewardship like McCain to borrow what one doesn’t have to gain what one might not win.

For Mike, handling campaign finances is a microcosm of managing the national budget. If he doesn’t have the money, he’s not going to spend it. He’s made this commitment on a number of occasions, and he lived it out in his gubernatorial service in Arkansas, bringing in a balanced budget for 12 straight years and ending his term with a surplus of $844.5 million.

I ask again, are those not the types of figures we want to see at the bottom lines of the future executive fiscal leadership of America?

Mike is a leader we all can trust and financially back, and will be a president with whom this nation will not experience buyer’s remorse.

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Huckabee presents the best choice for Reagan supporters

The following is an editorial written by US Rep John Linder (GA-7) that appeared in the Gwinnett Daily Post on Sunday:

Huckabee presents the best choice for Reagan supporters

By John Linder

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives 34 years ago. I have watched this party change for a long time. Some changes have been better than others.

Two years after that first election, I went to work on the Reagan campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. I was one of the leaders of that campaign in Georgia, and my friend, Paul Coverdell, led the establishment’s efforts to nominate President Ford.

It was the typical establishment-versus-interloper campaign. Most of the friends I had made in the party were in the establishment. Most of them thought the nomination of Ronald Reagan was not only impractical, but would destroy our party.

Reagan had just served two terms as the governor of California. His record was not all that conservative. He signed the biggest tax increase in the history of the state. He got the best he could get with a Democrat-dominated general assembly. He signed a bill legalizing abortion. But governors have different challenges than presidents.

Frankly, most of the establishment couldn’t have cared less about abortion. They thought the discussion of it was, well, tacky. But we were, at the time, the party that Barry built, and the new foot soldiers cared about abortion.

Their concern with Reagan was that he just wasn’t up to it. What did he know about foreign policy? How could he stand up to the Soviets? Did he understand detente?

During that campaign, as in all campaigns, the establishment sat at the head table, and the rest of us milled around the small round tables below.

Coverdell approached me, after Ford had won the first several primaries, and urged me to switch sides. Paul was convinced that Ford had the best chance of winning. Paul recited all of the reservations mentioned above and then said, “John, Reagan cannot win. No one will take him seriously.” That was also the consensus of the Republican writers and commentators.

I said, “Paul, I think politics is all about what you believe. I know what Reagan believes. I have no idea what Ford believes. But you need to watch Reagan connect with the people. He is the best communicator I have ever seen. He is bringing new people into the party. And these are folks you won’t be meeting at the club for lunch. They carry a lunch bucket to work. Or a brown paper bag.”

Four years later, I worked again for Reagan and Paul worked for George H. W. Bush. Again, the Wall Street crowd sat at the head table, and the Main Street crowd sat at the small round tables on the floor.

The same arguments came from the establishment. His tax cut idea was a “riverboat gamble.” In fact, his tax cuts doubled the size of the economy and doubled revenues to the treasury. Unfortunately, they spent that and more.

Reagan didn’t understand that the world is a dangerous place and dealing with the Soviets required a more “understanding” policy. It also required a willingness to sign more treaties. They didn’t know that Reagan had no interest in understanding the Soviets. He wanted communism consigned to “the ash heap of history.”

It was a neverending series of put-downs until New Hampshire. Then it was over.

Reagan won that election with the support of Larry Lunch-bucket and Betty Brownbag. They were called the Reagan Democrats. When we celebrated that victory, I asked some of them why they chose to join us. They said, “When he talked, we felt that he was talking to us.” The Reagan Democrats believe they have been ignored since 1988.

The establishment doesn’t like change. They have always felt that their seats at the head table were threatened by those new to the club. The establishment that so ardently opposed Reagan’s nomination in 1980 crawled all over each other to chair his 1984 race.

Today they now see themselves as those who put Reagan in power. His presidency was their presidency. They believe they are the keepers of the flame.

Today’s establishment includes elected officials, consultants, lobbyists and even conservative writers and commentators. Unless you allow them to write the rules and approve of your positions you are unwelcome. Anyone who does not genuflect before their altar is “not conservative.”

When you look at the many fine candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president, who do you believe can best speak to those Reagan Democrats?

I believe that candidate is Mike Huckabee.

When Reagan became president, one of his first moves was to reduce income taxes from 70 percent to 50 percent and ultimately down to 28 percent. As pointed out above, both the size of the economy and the federal revenues doubled in eight years.

Huckabee doesn’t want to lower income taxes. He wants to abolish them – along with the IRS, the most intrusive, coercive and corrosive federal agency ever. Mike would replace those taxes on income with a sales tax – the FairTax. Every American will become a voluntary taxpayer paying taxes when you choose, as much as you choose, by how you choose to spend. How conservative can one get?

Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, has served in the House of Representatives since 1992.

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Ways to Help Gov Huckabee in South Carolina

We need your help in South Carolina.  If you live in South Carolina and want to help the campaign please do the following:

1.  Contact one of our South Carolina campaign offices:

The Midlands and State Headquarters are located at 1722 Main Street, Ste. 104 in Columbia, SC. You can contact our Columbia office at: 803.733.5510

The Lowcountry Headquarters are located at 8310 Rivers Avenue in N. Charleston, SC. Our Charleston office can be reached at: 843.576.2534

The Upstate Headquarters are located at 101-A Regency Commons in Greer, SC. The phone number for the Greer office is: 864.469.0270

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Five Principles of a Mike Huckabee Stimulus Package: Family, Fed, Fight, Fuel, Fair

Five Principles of a Mike Huckabee Stimulus Package:
Family, Fed, Fight, Fuel, Fair.
I know that the American people are hurting. Traveling this country, I hear their stories; I know that Main Street, as well as Wall Street, is threatened by a weakening economy.  But we are all in this together. 
We are coming off the weakest holiday shopping season in five years, with consumer spending slowing, housing starts fell in December to their lowest annualized rate since 1993, and foreclosures on subprime mortgages might reach two million by the end of next year.  Washington needs to do more to help American families as they struggle to stay in their homes and put food on the table.
Two factors affect Americans’ spending. First, they have to have money in their pockets to spend.  Consumer spending is expected to grow only 1.6% this quarter, compared to 2.6% in the last quarter of 2007.  Second, they have to have the confidence to spend it. When people feel good about their prospects, our economy expands; when people feel anxious, our economy contracts. Washington needs to immediately address both concerns.   That’s why I am putting forward a long-term plan, as well as a short-term plan, so that we can boost confidence RIGHT NOW, while adding to our national strength for the 21st century.   Americans want to work, and they want to work hard. They want to compete, and to compete hard.   They want to win.
Now is the time to unleash the economic power of the United States of America.   We  need a new generation of leadership to take us forward into the 21st century.
There are many ideas under discussion in Washington right now, and I hope that our incumbent officials will take responsible action. But as I travel through the Heartland, I just have one urgent message to Washington: Hurry Up! 
Here are the five principles that would guide my economic policymaking on behalf of all Americans.  
#1 Family: Focus on Middle Class Families: More Income, Better Jobs, More Secure Homeownership.
–  Our economy is weakening and families are hurting; Jobs are being lost, many to offshore companies.
–   In Arkansas, I cut taxes on working families; I eliminated the marriage penalty, and cut taxes on savings.  
–  Too many American families face the real prospect of losing their homes as a result of the ongoing subprime mortgage situation.  The federal government needs to immediately begin a second round of negotiations with subprime lenders with an eye toward expansion of the “Hope Now” program.  We should strive to find ways to preserve American home ownership.
–  I will cut burdensome red tape that drives up the cost of products and keeps employers from hiring more workers or raising wages.  We want bosses signing pay checks, not filling out government forms.
–  In Arkansas, I signed a bill that would reduce frivolous lawsuits which drive up costs of products and medical care. We need more doctors not fewer; we need more new products, not fewer. 
–  I believe in free trade, but I also believe in fair trade.  We will expect our trading partners to live up to their obligations-everyone must play by fair rules.  If you want access to the world’s largest economy, don’t send us your lead toys or your poisoned pet food. We will not outsource our safety. 
–  We will also open new markets for American products. 
–  And there is more: I will preserve and expand President Bush’s tax cuts, which are set to expire in 2010; I will ensure higher-education becomes attainable for more American families by making all tuition deductible.
#2 Fed: Work with the Federal Reserve for a Pro-Growth, Low Inflation Economy
–  The greatest source of short-term stimulus is the Federal Reserve.  I believe that it’s time for the Federal Reserve to adopt a pro-growth, low-inflation policy.  
–  But at the same time, we must always be fiscally prudent.  I will make sure that unnecessary spending is under control in Washington.  Republicans have lost their reputation for fiscal discipline. As Governor, I had to balance the budget by law every year. I will have my veto pen out in Washington.
–  Monetary policy must be aggressive enough to stave off recession, but always mindful of inflation and its tax on our economy.
#3 Fight: Create Jobs as We Build Up Our Defenses and Build Up Our Infrastructure
–  I have pledged to increase defense spending to six percent of GDP as President.  That’s roughly a $200 billion increase.  That’s a lot of money, but we need it because the security threats to America today are enormous. We need this increase so that we can be safe and secure. However, this spending will also create jobs for vital strategic industries and, in addition, provide spinoffs to the civilian sector. 
–  America must always be the Arsenal of Democracy. We will build new planes, new armed vehicles, new robotic land and air vehicles, and new ships all RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA.
–  After years of war, our heroic warriors are strained to the limit and our equipment is worn out by repeated deployments.  I will recruit and train thousands of new troops and bring our National Guard and Reserves back home.  We must quickly expand our Army and Marine Corps to help continue our fight against the agents of terror.
–  Much of our country’s roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems were built generations ago. Our country is now over 300 million people strong and still growing.  
–  We need a national mission to return our critical infrastructure to readiness for the 21st century.  We don’t need earmarks and bridges to nowhere when we have critical needs.
–  We can’t have our interstate highway bridges falling down, our levees breaking, or our water systems collapsing under our streets.
–  As Arkansas Governor, I took our state highways from the worst to the most improved in five years.  As your president, I will work with the Congress and we will rebuild our great nation.
–   We will build a homeland security fence along the US-Mexico border, and we will build it with American Labor and American Materials.
#4  Fuel: Invest in Energy Independence — A Great Nation Must Be Able to Fuel Itself, and Defend Itself
–  Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coast Guardsman and Marine will earn a Veteran’s Bill of Rights.  They, along with their families, have sacrificed so much in defense of our Nation.  We will not turn our backs on them or their families.  One way we can support our servicemen and women in their overseas missions is with implementation of a sound energy policy back here at home.
–  With oil prices touching near $100 a barrel and prices at the pump pushing past $3.00 per gallon across the nation, we must remember that these rapidly rising fuel prices put a great strain on the budgets of American families.
–  Every time we fill our cars up, we fill up the pockets of Middle Eastern countries.  That is going to end.  We will have national energy security policy and we will end our dependence on Middle Eastern oil within ten years of my inauguration.
–  We are going to unleash the American ingenuity and we are going to conserve, explore and invent our way to independence in energy.  Right in Little Rock, Arkansas is the North American headquarters for the largest manufacturer of windmill blades in the world. We will do that all over America and right here in Michigan.
#5 FAIR: Move Toward FAIR TAXation
–  My short-term economic policies will move us toward our long-term economic goal: Simply put, America’s federal tax system is broken.  What we have now is a system that is failing American families and businesses.  Our tax system burdens low and middle-income families, robbing them of the chance for upward mobility.
–  Our tax system encourages outsourcing of American production overseas and the dismantling of our industrial base.  It wastes hundreds of billions in useless tax preparation, paperwork and confrontation.  It pits industry against industry, class against class. 
–  My FairTax proposal allows American workers to keep their entire paycheck, allows American businesses to compete on a level-playing field with their foreign competitors, and brings jobs and investment that are currently parked off-shore back to the United States. 
–  However, I recognize that passage of the FairTax will not happen overnight. In the meantime, I will eliminate the Death Tax, and seek to reduce counterproductively high personal and corporate marginal tax rates.