Huckabee and Santorum: Liberals Hiding Behind Skirts of Social Conservatism

Huckabee and Santorum: Liberals Hiding Behind Skirts of Social Conservatism Image

Scrolling through my social media news feeds often makes me want to bang my head against my computer screen.  I don’t know what’s more painful…a group of people actually thinking Huckabee and Santorum are viable candidates, or so many well intentioned people full of passionate opinions but shockingly unwilling to even do a little research regarding these two that they’ve throw their weight behind.

Most people know the good, the bad, and the ugly about most of the candidates on the right so I don’t feel it’s necessary to spell it out for each individual candidate.  However, there are two running that I’m constantly agitated to see get a very false conservative A+ from voters on the right-and it’s because nobody is looking at the records that these men attempt to hide behind the pillars of social conservatism.  These men have records and they are largely terrible in regards to the conservative agenda.

Huckabee.  Yes, Huckabee was a baptist preacher.  His good ol’ boy persona and speaking skills come from years and years of practicing behind a pulpit.  And outside of his staunch stand for life, upon which I vociferously agree with, I bet many of you couldn’t give me one clue inside his record as Governor of Arkansas and his stances on fiscal policies.  What would you think about Huckabee if you knew the following? (gathered by CATO):

  • During his tenure as Governor, spending increased by more than 65%— three times the rate of inflation.
  • Government workers increased by 20% and state debt services increased by $1 Billion.
  • Under his watch, Arkansas tax burdens increased by 47% (state’s gas, sales, income, and cigarette taxes).
  • He increased state taxes by more than 500%.
  • He raised minimum wage.
  • He increased business regulation.

On its annual governor’s report card, Cato gave Huckabee an “F” for fiscal policy during his final term, and an overall two-term grade of “D.” Only four governors had worse scores, and 15 Democratic governors got higher grades, including well-known liberals like Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.

And as for freedom?…Well, he’s not much into that either and here are just a few examples.

  • Wants a national smoking ban
  • Wants more school subjects like art and music to be federally funded.
  • And even more shockingly, OPPOSES school choice.
  • He wants more regulation to fight “climate change.”

Huckabee has called for increased federal spending on a variety of programs from infrastructure to health care. He wants more energy subsidies, including, naturally, more subsidies for ethanol. In fact, he supports increased agricultural subsidies generally. He is the only Republican candidate who opposes President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and he is skeptical of most conservative proposals for entitlement reform.

Santorum.  Another “conservative” who keeps his finger on the hot button of pro-life and pro-family in an enormous effort to distract from his real record of a tax and spend, big government Republican who voted to double the size of the Department of Education, backed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey, supported raising minimum wage, and supported expanding Medicare and every other major spending bill.

And as for the libertarianism/conservatarian view that many of us share, he says “true liberty”  is not “the freedom to be left alone,” but “the freedom to attend to one’s duties to God, to family, and to neighbors.”  Wait. What?  He goes further to say,  “This is the mantra of the left: I have a right to do what I want to do”…“We have a whole culture that is focused on immediate gratification and the pursuit of happiness … and it is harming America.”   I’m not sure what he believes that America was founded upon…but, quite frankly, it was largely to do with being “left alone” in one’s “pursuit of happiness”- as long as it wasn’t harming anyone else.

This echoes of a big government Statist who would feel very comfortable colluding with the mentality of the left.  And his disastrous voting record solidifies that he’s just that.  RedState put together an exhaustive list that you can read here, but I’ll provide some bullet points.

Foreign Policy:

  • Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
  • Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
  • Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
    Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.

Labor:

  • Voted against National Right to Work Act
  • Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
  • Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
  • Voted for minimum wage increases six times
  • Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
  • Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
  • Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.

Immigration:

  • Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
    Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
    Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
    Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
    Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

Taxes:

  • Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
  • Voted twice for internet taxes.
  • Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
  • Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
  • Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
  • Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.

People, do your homework on these candidates.  Quit jumping on the closest Rah-Rah bandwagon.  These two candidates are two in a crowded field that are sucking up resources from candidates that not only stand a chance, but are far more qualified and solid in their conservative principles.  No, I’m not going to agree with any of them 100% of the time, nobody should be naive enough to be an absolute purist– but with records like these two men have, they have no business wearing the conservative colors and representing our principles.

And for those of you who have friends who are blindly supporting either of these, do the country a favor– share the facts.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • Norm

    Brittany, when are you going to lower the prices of the books in your store? They are all selling on Amazon for as little as a penny each! I’m trying to build a library but all I have is ten dollars to spend!