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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Huckabee keeps crowd laughing and rockin'

While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama thrills his crowds with eloquent oration, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee pleases his supporters with humor and music.

He packed a ballroom at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason Tuesday afternoon. Organizers said they had to expand the room to a 500-person capacity in order to fit the expected crowd.

Huckabee took a bass guitar and jammed with the band to Born to be Wild, then joked that at his age it should be called “Born to be Mild.”

He cracked jokes throughout the rally. At one point he said he’d considered going down the water slides at the indoor water park in his suit. Then the national media can’t pretend he doesn’t exist, he cracked.

He’s way behind the expected GOP nominee, John McCain but said he won’t bow out until McCain seals the nomination. That could happen Tuesday when Ohio and Texas go to the polls.

When Huckabee talked about throwing out the tax code, he put it like this: “We say in the south if we can’t fix it with duct tape and WD-40, it can’t be fixed. Our tax code can’t be fixed,” he said. “I say, let’s get rid of the current tax code and let me be the one that nails the ‘Going out of Business sign on the doors of the IRS.”

He later told the press that getting rid of the tax code is about as realistic as putting a man on the moon or building the atomic bomb. Difficult, but something that can be done if the American people decide that’s what they want to do.

Renee Galvis
, 36, of Sunman, Ind., brought her mother-in-law who is visiting from Columbia and three children ages 2, 3, and 6 to see Huckabee. Son Niko, 6, was on sign duty, holding up a blue and white Huckabee sign.

“I attended the same seminary as he did. His platform, pro-life, is huge. That’s No. 1 for me,” Galvis explained. “The Fair Tax is also huge. Just the fact that people have a choice and we have the opportunity to have our voice heard.”

She was thinking about going up to Columbus, where he held a rally earlier in the day. She was happy when she heard he was coming here.

Barbara Wilson
, 61, of Dayton and Bonnie Grooms, 59, of Springboro, held up “Fair Tax” signs, sported similar hats and T-shirts and buttons that said “I like Mike.”

“(The Fair Tax) is the biggest selling point for me,” Wilson said. Other selling points: “He’s a conservative. He’s the only true conservative running,” she said. She said the Fair Tax has a bad rap because people don’t really understand it. “It’d be the best thing that could happen to the country.”

(For more about the Fair Tax, visit www.fairtax.org.)

If Huckabee drops out, the pair said they’d support McCain over a Democrat.

“As long as it’s not a Democrat," Wilson said.


at 10:19 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee has a closet full of skeletons from ethics complaints to illegal immigration to tax increases to his son’s torture of a dog and his support for releasing convicted rapist Wayne Dumond who then raped and killed a woman. Please do your homework if you are thinking of voting for Huckabee!

Mike Huck's Skeleton Closet:

And also many facts and articles at:

at 10:32 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Huckster needs to just go away. Mitt Romney showed class by stepping aside once it was obvious McCain would win.

at 10:33 PM, February 26, 2008 Blogger Shelby said...

From: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/the_whoppers_of_2007.html:

"FairTax" Falsehoods

Proponents of the so-called "FairTax," prominently including Huckabee, claimed that a national sales tax of 23 percent could replace both the federal income tax and Social Security taxes, and eliminate the Internal Revenue Service.

In truth, the actual rate of the proposed tax would be 30 percent, when calculated the same way as state and local sales taxes. And it would have to be 34 percent to raise the same revenue as the taxes it would replace, according to a bipartisan presidential commission. The FairTax would, for example, raise the price of gasoline by roughly $1 per gallon at today's prices and cause a $150,000 new home to cost at least $195,000 including the 30 percent tax.

And while the Internal Revenue Service might disappear, two new federal bureaucracies would be needed: one to administer the sales tax and another to keep track of sending out hundreds of billions of dollars in checks every year to compensate taxpayers for the regressive nature of sales taxes. The proposal calls for "prebates" to all taxpayers of all taxes paid on purchases up to the poverty level. That of course would require an IRS-like system to validate each person's income and the amount of "prebate" they are due.

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