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April 12, 2009

Astroturfing Republican of the Day Award

by Stephen Gordon

Big-government Republican hypocricy knows no limits, it seems.  Here’s the latest tweet from Mike Huckabee:

Pls support HPAC today, my 3 reasons for $3: rising taxes, deficits, massive exp. of govt Plse RT #tcot

Let’s see if I understand this correctly: Tax Hike Mike wants us to give money to the Huck PAC because of taxes, deficits and expansion of government?

I seem to recall the Club for Growth setting the record straight on just how big Tax Hike Mike would really like the government to be.  Huckabee’s response was to call the organization the Club for Greed.

I also recall Huckabee lambasting libertarians. There’s this sentence from his book.

The real threat to the Republican Party is something we saw a lot of this past election cycle: libertarianism masked as conservatism.

There is also this quote from a HuffPo interview:

The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it.”

Huck PAC will be going without my $3, as I certainly don’t want it to be used to expand the size, scope and expense of government.

Here’s the response back to Huckabee from my Twitter account:

@GovMikeHuckabee Astroturfing Tax-Hike-Mike asking for $ to fight taxes & spending #tcot #tlot

UPDATE: The retweets begin

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  • persnickety curmudgeon

    There is a larger issue here…Conservatives (even religious traditionalists and GASP – the Religious Right) and Libertarians ( along with small “l” liberals) are the natural rulins coalition here and cede the Government to the Liberals, Radicals, and Statists of all parties as long as they snipe at each other…

    There must be a viable compromise bewteen to should bridge the chasm between irrational Libertarian fears of Governemnt coerced religion and The Right’s irrational fear of Libertarian persecution of Religion, neither of which would likely happen any way…

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