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December 1, 2007

Who Raised Taxes More: Bill Clinton or Mike Huckabee

by Kevin

An editorial in the Arkansas Leader reveals the truth

Mike Huckabee raised more taxes in 10 years in office than Bill Clinton did in his 12 years.

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So which raised taxes more? It is hard to quantify. If you measured the increases in the revenue stream, the Huckabee tax cuts far exceeded Clinton’s but that would be unfair because the economy had grown and the same penny of tax would produce far more under Huckabee.

But if you look at the major taxes, I see the aggregate Huckabee taxes as greater, especially if you deduct the 4 cent gasoline and diesel taxes that Clinton vetoed in 1985 and that the legislature enacted over his veto.

Anyway, the sales tax is the big revenue producer. Both raised it by 1.5 cents on the dollar and both expanded it to cover a myriad of services. Clinton raised motor fuel taxes a little more, Huckabee cigarette taxes a lot more.

Now, who cut taxes the most. After all, part of Mike Huckabee’s “fiscal conservatism” is that “he cut taxes 94 times”.

The 94 tax cuts that he said he fathered are similarly misleading. The vast majority of those were the usual exemptions and modifications of various taxes and fees that the legislature enacts every time it meets. They were not a part of Huckabee’s program with a few exceptions. Rather, Democratic legislators sponsored them, usually at the behest of whatever special interest benefited, and Huckabee signed them when they hit his desk. If you did a similar summary of Clinton’s years he could claim probably well over 100 tax cuts. Every Arkansas governor since World War II could claim dozens each.

If you counted all the tax benefits extended to corporations under the incentives enacted by the legislature under Clinton — and they were part of his programs, especially in 1983, 1985 and 1989 — the tax cuts would dwarf those under Huckabee.

Tax Hike Mike is lying about his record again.

Tax Hike Mike is easily the most dangerous Republican running for president. He combines religious fanaticism with socialism and populism which would wreck the country if he’s elected. As such, I cannot support any ticket with Tax Hike Mike on it.

h/t: Jason

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