Mike Huckabee: A Simple Government: Book Review. Preface Statement; Introduction

February 27, 2011 by
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Huckabee has written a book criticizing the Obama Administration’s policies on financial matters and health care. In the prefatory remarks he states he won’t sink to personal attacks or “snarky” comments.
He begins by noting that Obama ran for office on the philosophy of hope and change which has now become tax and spend.
Obama according to Huckabee has shown himself to be the most partisan president in his lifetime by assuming his election was a mandate to establish socialized medicine and financial reform that will saddle future generations with a “mountain of debt.” (Huckabee seems to equate the Affordable Health Care Act with socialized medicine and forgets that 48.6 million Americans lacked heath care costing the tax payer 125 billion a year before Obama took office. Socialized medicine is when the government owns the medical facitities and employs the personnel. The cost of healthcare as a percentage of GDP is increasing and was among the highest in the industrialized nations. Further when Obama took office the economy was in deep recession from the “free market” policies of the Bush Administration and headed towards a depression.)
He alleges Obama has loaded the government with “policy wonks and Ivy League professors because he speaks their language. Virtually no one on his team has experience running anything; they probably couldn’t even run a lemonade stand. Their abstract theories, abstract promises, airy platitudes, and unrealistic promises may sound nice on paper or in a Congressional debate but in reality these politicians are just trying to cover up their own ignorance. ” (This sounds snarky. Are Secretaries of Defense and State Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton policy wonks or Ivy League professors for instance? Look at the bios of the others in the Obama Cabinet and you will see just how unjustified and wrong is this comment )
He then points to his experience as Governor of Arkansas where he had to balance the budget. (All states are not allowed to run a deficit except to issue bonds for long term projects to finance bridges, schools, ports etc. So he couldn’t borrow if he wanted too and he was Governor during a peoriod of prosperity.) He doesn’t mention his own shallow educational background or beginning as a Baptist preacher in backwater towns and cities.
Huckabee doesn’t seem to realize he is now trying to play to a larger, better educated audience by saying things like he would “simplify government” and balance the U.S. budget by virtue of his down home personality and his past experience as a minister and Governor of one of our smaller states population wise and in the size of its economy.
One of the Bush Administration’s policies was to simplify government by advocating free markets and by downsizing regulation which led to the bond market bubble and near collapse of the financial system. So Huckabee from the beginning of this book is either a deceitful politician talking down to the reader or is another naïve but telegenic man.



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