Why I Like Mike

I’m watching the presidential campaign from a distance so far, but I have to say I like Mike Huckabee.  He is having more fun than most of the other candidates, and he also seems to be unafraid to speak his mind.  And unlike Dennis Kucinich, he can speak his mind without strange things coming out.

When Michael Moore’s Sicko came out, the conservative temptation was to attack Michael Moore’s accuracy, and generally come off as a sourpuss who supports the big evil health insurance companies.  Gov. Huckabee’s response was far wiser:  he suggested that Michael Moore take better care of himself.

“Frankly, Michael Moore is an example of why the health care system costs so much in this country. He clearly is one of the reasons that we have a very expensive system. I know that from my own personal experience,” said Huckabee, who lost more than 110 pounds and became an avid runner after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

“I know how much more my health care cost when I didn’t take care of myself than when I do take care of myself, not only in terms of doctor visits but regular diseases, illnesses, chronic things that come up, monthly prescription bills,” Huckabee said. “All of those things have gone dramatically down since I’ve taken care of myself and worked to live a healthier lifestyle.”

It is also nice to know that Mrs. Huckabee  is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — During an afternoon tea party at the elegant governor’s mansion in the capital of South Carolina, former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee told CNN she is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.

Huckabee, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said in an interview that she once shot a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp in Arkansas.

“I have fired a grenade launcher and hit the target two out of three times, so I think that’s pretty good odds for me,” she said, noting that she had a special interest in military matters and has also jumped out of an airplane, flown in an F-16 and shot an MP5 submachine gun.

“I just was at the National Guard training camp at Camp Robinson and they just said we just want to, you know, introduce you to some of the equipment and some of the military guns that they have. And so one of them happened to be a grenade launcher, and so I shot it, and they said, ‘You’re good.’ And I said, ‘Thank you.'”

This is an interesting topic to bring up at a tea party.  I suppose if Hillary Clinton had  grenade launcher skills, Bill Clinton would not have survived the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Another thing to like about Mike is that unlike most people with an opinion about education, he sees education as more than math and science.  He actually thinks that art and music are not merely important, but an essential part of education.   [Warning:  This video contains a middle school band, and white middle school girls singing Motown.  It is not for the musically faint of heart.]  Not only that, but he plays a pretty good bass.  Here are two videos of him playing:

Mike Huckabee Plays “Jailhouse Rock” With Mama Kicks

Mike Huckabee Plays “Sweet Home Alabama” with Mama Kicks and Barry Goudreau of “Boston”

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5 thoughts on “Why I Like Mike

  1. Mike is generally an OK guy & is a good presidential candidate. However, he did make a “suicide” joke during one of his televised interviews, which he has still not apologized for.

    I was a little surprised that Barry Goudreau didn’t bring this up, after the recent suicide in March of his good friend and band mate Brad Delp.

    George
    Boston Rocks Yahoo Group

  2. Mike Huckabee’s ardent support ( http://snipurl.com/fthuckabeeonirs) for the FairTax sets him apart from all other viable presidential candidates. The FairTax Act of 2007 (HR 25 / S 1025) ( http://snipurl.com/irsgone ) represents a prospective power shift of massive proportions in America. It lays out a practical ideal of voluntary tax payment, based on a substantial level of taxpayer choice that the plan affords. Since FairTax untaxes basic necessities (up to socially-accepted levels of poverty-level spending), what is taxed is marginal, and/or desired or preferred, on a broader base of retail products and services. This is to say that the taxpayer may, under the FairTax, choose to purchase used products and avoid paying the tax. And, to the extent desired, the taxpayer may choose to self-perform certain services rather than pay for them. This will stimulate do-it-yourself education, improve citizens’ self-reliance; indeed the FairTax represents the possibility of ushering in a new “can-do citizen psychology” that would accrue to greater demands for government accountability – truly, a cultural sea change.

    Government is the “necessary glue” that enables the social fabric to cohere. It does this by effecting “rules” that ostensibly provide members with equitable access to wealth and resources. It also must provide ostensibly equitable enforcement of those rules in order to mitigate threats to the social fabric. It is unrealistic to believe that the structures of a national government can be supported on donations, thus the need for taxes. Naysayers love to characterize anything purporting to be a “fair tax” as an oxymoron – but it is not true. The idea of fairness has to do with equitable sharing in the cost by all members who depend upon the social fabric for food, shelter, clothing and post-necessity economic enterprise. And, because of the shift of power from politicians and special interests under an enacted FairTax, the elected will find it more difficult to both enlarge government, and implement any dual system of taxation. FairTax strategist, Dennis Calabrese, discusses how the FairTax repeals the income tax ( http://snipurl.com/repealsinctax ), how it does away with the IRS ( http://snipurl.com/doesawaywithirs ), and how it addresses other aspects ( http://snipurl.com/ftvideofaqs ) of frequent concern to skeptics.

    The FairTax has a much greater opportunity for success to operate as a “self-regulating” mechanism because of increased visibility. One finds that the current system, ostensibly regulated by the Internal Revenue Code, is in fact poorly regulated because of continually increasing complexity (the effect of “tax favors” from politicians, through lobbyists, to favored corporations and other special interests) stemming from the desire by those holding government position to steer public behavior using tax code “carrots.” We have seen how 100 years of this type of behavior has eroded the Nation’s currency and the purchasing power of working family incomes. “Visionist,” Tom Frey believes the current tax system will soon simply collapse ( http://snipurl.com/incometaxcollapse ); and economist Laurence Kotlikoff heralds that – short of enactment of FairTax (or an otherwise unlikely change in spending habits) – the U.S. will shortly facing an irrevocable economic breakdown ( http://snipurl.com/meltdowninprogress ). (Kotlikoff believes that passage of the FairTax can stave off the economic ruin we’re facing, but would be surprised to see it happen.)

    Frey and Kotlikoff may be right on both counts, and we may not be able to successfully evoke change; but shall we not try?

    Mike Huckabee believes we should. ( http://snipr.com/scrapthecode )

    (Permission granted to republish, in whole or part. -Ian)

  3. Usually one to stand back from the political arena, it is hard not to see that Huckabee is embracing at least two areas that need to be addressed aggressively – at least if we wish to remain one of the greatest countries on earth.

    With health care, Huckabee is looking at prevention. Why is that important? We are currently spending 25 percent more on health care than any other country on the planet – yet, we don’t make the top forty in life expectancy. Due to obesity, our life expectancy is expected to decline – those of us baby boomers are expected to live longer lives than our children.

    We hear several of the candidates talk about universal health care and increasing the budget for spending on cancer research. Why are we not looking at prevention? The American Institute for Cancer Research states that 30 to 40 percent of cancers could be prevented by dietary and changes and exercise alone. Add in tobacco, and the majority of cancers are preventable. The World Health Organization has predicted a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by the year 2020. What will that do to our health care budget unless we look to prevention.

    Oh – and Huckabee not only tells us preventative actions can make a difference. He gave us a living example in himself! I like Mike for his conservative Christian values, but I like him even more knowing that he practices what he preaches.

    With regards to education, most who have spent time in Asia will understand his desire to devote time to the arts and music in schools. Despite high test scores in math and science – those in most Asian countries view us as a “smart” country. Why? Because of our creativity – something that is fostered by the arts. Just look at a few examples of college dropouts among us that used their creativity first – begin the list with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates!

    Lynne Eldridge MD
    Author, “Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time”
    http://www.avoidcancernow.com

  4. I like Mike because as governor of Arkansas he raised taxes more times than Clinton. He also paroled dangerous criminals so they could commit even more crimes.

  5. Hi Sean,

    Yes, I am sure that since Gov. Huckabee is rising in the polls, that we will hear more negatives about him. Until October, he could almost be ignored. I have heard that his record of pardons will become an issue, and I knew about the taxes in Arkansas. However, he also faced an extremely Democratic legislature there, and a court decision that forced major tax hikes, so he may not have had the freedom to do as he wished. (Much like Gov. Romney had to face a lot of liberalism in MA.)

    In a sense, although I like Mike, I wish he was the Democratic nominee. I would love to have certain aspects of social conservatism be just plain accepted (i.e., abortion on demand should be unthinkable in a civilized society), and have the major policy debates be in other areas.

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