Monday, January 29, 2007

Caucus Calendar

Here’s who’s coming to Iowa this week.

Sam Brownback- Tuesday he will hold a fundraiser for the Linn County Auditor Candidate in Cedar Rapids

Mike Huckabee- Tuesday, Town Hall Meeting in Urbandale. Wednesday, Campaigning in Tipton and Davenport

If you know of any other contenders coming to town this week that we’ve missed, let us know and we'll add them to the list.

And if you are only a weekday viewer of the Cooler, make sure to scroll down and check out all of our weekend content.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the real difference between these two?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. I'm serious when I ask that.

12:36 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Brownback has a fairly descent fiscal record. He's also about as interesting as dried paint.

Huckabee's got a record for big government and ballooning deficits a mile long. He's also a motivating speaker and plays in a band.

Both of them are great guys on pro-life and traditional marriage issues. Unfortunately they're both also pro-amnesty.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murphy, you're right on all counts. But, they are similar in that they won't raise enough money to be competitive, so it's kind of a wasted vote.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murphy you are not right on all counts. Huckabee is not pro-amnesty, nor is he a ballooning deficits guy, since the budget has to be balanced every year in AR. Also, he worked very hard to streamline government and consolidate the over 300 agencies in AR into 10. But the democrats in the legislature would not have it. He saw and spearheaded the first and largest tax cuts in AR history. So you can say what you want about him, because you boy Romney is scared or you are scared for him, but the truth will come out.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you said Huckabee would be a wasted vote. You are the problem with politics today, 3:21. Politics should not be a horse race. You should not vote for someone because you think they'll win, but rather who represents your values and beliefs. You should be ashamed of yourself for thinking that way. You disgust me.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's going to have to answer for Wayne Dumond being released from prison early. The guy was a psychopath murderer and rapist and reoffended when he was released from prison.

Now obviously it's not Huck's fault that the guy is a pathetic human being and reoffended. It's it Huck's fault that Dumond was allowed to released from prison early.

I don't buy Huck's passing the buck to Jim Guy Tucker and the parole board. Huck could have publicly pressured the parole board not to release Dumond. But he failed to.

We all know that a Gov can't replace parole board members but we know that he can use the bully pulpit to speak out against what a state board is about to do. Huckabee failed to do so.

No Governor should stay silent when he knows that a parole board is considering parole for a vicious psychopathic murderer and rapist, ever.

5:41 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

anon 4:27,

While Huckabee was forced by law to balance the budgets, he did so using general obligation bonds. In fact, during his administration more bonds were sold than during all previous Governors combined. That's a gimmick. It's debt financing and selling out the state's economic future, it's not a balanced budget.

From what I understand, his administration oversaw the expansion of government employees by 20% and the increase in spending by 65%. Although he did in fact sign an income tax cut for people below the poverty line, he also spearheaded lots of other tax hikes such as gasoline (1999) and the general sales tax (2002).

As for Huckabee and immigration, he is on record supporting the Senate amnesty bill. In 2005, he opposed a bill that would deny state benefits to undocumented immigrants.

Unfortunately, whenever I mention Huckabee's record, his supporters get strangely quiet. Can you cite any sources to your claim that he tried to consolidate state government but the Dems wouldn't have it? Do I have any of my facts wrong? Believe me, I'm all ears.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I think it is great to compare records, but we need to make sure we have accurate comparisons. I appreciate you being all ears. I actually lived in Arkansas during some of this time period and can speak to a few of the misleading statements on Gov. Huckabee's record.

Well the bonds you are referring to were approved by the voters of Arkansas by 80% vote. He did support that, however it resulted in that state going from one of the worst roadways in the nation to among the best. The people of Arkansas were grateful for such a creative system of highway funding and strongly supported it instead of continuing to pay big bucks for car repairs and more gasoline due to poor roads and an increased accident rate.

As for state government reorganization, you can go back to his legislative package of 2003. I believe the bill was actually Senate Bill 45 and can probably still be found by visiting the AR legislative website and searching previous sessions. It proposed the consolidation of state government down to 10 departments. Darn near made it if a few democrats hadn't stonewalled it at the last minute to keep the GOP governor from getting credit. To Huckabee's credit, he was able to continue pushing the concept and was able to do some streamlining later. The merger of the Health Dept. with the Human Services Dept. resulted in several millions of dollars just in administrative costs. Too bad the democrat dominated legislature didn't go along with it.

7:40 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Hmm, 7:40, I'll have to look up the Bill 45. Thanks for responding on that point.

Regarding infrastructure investments, I love them. Really, they're great. But one of my big pet peeves is listening to politicians tell me that I can get something for free. In the end, it comes right back out of my taxes ten years later and for twice as much, and it's a drag on the economy. I actually prefer new taxes over bonds...it's more honest.

That 80% of the voters approved this ballot measure doesn't surprise me, considering the average American spends more than he earns. The fact that Huckabee went along with the charade shows that he (like most politicians) can't resist "free" taxes.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney:

"I love going along with the status quo, especially if it's on abortion!!!"

Mitt Romney Supporter:

"Just another example of why the governor's clear and principled leadership is just what this country needs."

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee would be like another Jimmy Carter-- nice guy no brains!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, oh why, must we elect somebody who's an old pandering hack?

1:44 PM  

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