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Monday, December 10, 2007

Worth its own spot

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 8:41 AM

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More morning Huck, but deserving of its own attention, I think, is more exposure for the Arkansas Tony Blankley. I refer to David Sanders, the Stephens Media columnist. He's landed a piece in National Review. It provides some rare insight into Jackson T. Stephens Jr., (pictured) who's been devoting a little of his inherited wealth to spreading the word about Mike Huckabee's unacceptable (to him) record on taxation.

Watching Mike Huckabee’s surge in Iowa, Jackson T. “Steve” Stephens Jr. is second-guessing his one-time flirtation with elected office. “If had it to do over again, I would probably challenge Huckabee,” he said of the short time in 2001 when he considered running against him for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

But he doesn’t have it to do all over again, which is why he now feels a heightened obligation. As an Arkansan who knows Huckabee well, he feels obliged to make sure the rest of the country knows much more about his former governor’s “taxing and spending” ways.

As we've told you before, a Huckabee renege on the Stephens-backed measure to repeal the grocery tax fuels part, but not all, of Stephens' campaign against Huckabee.

In spite of his pledge not to raise taxes in November 2001, in which he stated “additional taxes hurt the economy,” Huckabee increased taxes on numerous occasions; by the time he left office in January 2007 he had increased taxes by a half-billion dollars.

But that wasn’t the first time Huckabee has broken his word on taxes.

Stephens met with Huckabee in 2002 to talk about education and tax policy. During their conversation, Stephens told the governor that he was supportive of a new citizen effort to get rid of the sales tax on food and medicine. Huckabee responded that he supported getting rid of the tax in principle, and that he wouldn’t take a position on the citizen effort because he was busy focused on his own re-election. But later that same year, Huckabee began speaking out against the “Axe the Food Tax” effort, which Arkansas voters rejected at the polls.

As Paul Harvey might say: Now you know the REST of the story.


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