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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:57 am
"Electability" is a tricky thing to consider. If Ron Paul finishes high enough in the middle, he will have delegates to use as bargaining chips in order to brought on board. It wouldn't be unusual for the party nominee to acknowledge his power and strong fundraising by appointing someone with a libertarian perspective to the cabinet or in helping to influence policy. Honestly, I'm going to switch my affilation to vote for the guy, he is just too good of a candidate to pass up. The others have their own flaws and I'm not too impressed with any of them.
For the most part, the issue is about state control. It would do us all well to join HSLDA and keep our eyes really peeled towards our state legislatures. It wouldn't hurt to have a statewide:"Take a senator to homeschol" day. Such efforts would do us well when some nanny-state utopican gets in their head that: "All kids will....."
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:03 pm
[quote]Legislative Forecast for 2008 by Ron Paul.
Congress is re-convening this coming week and I would like to take this opportunity to give my legislative forecast for the coming year. Here are a few things we can expect to see from Washington .
First and foremost, we will see ramped up spending for the warfare/welfare state. There is no resolution or end in sight on the Iraq occupation. While the American people try repeatedly to communicate to Washington that enough is enough, there still remains little political will in Washington to bring the troops home. The war will continue to require mountains of taxpayer and newly printed dollars, and our economy will sink under the burden. If we are manipulated into a second war, the effects on our economy will be truly devastating. Welfare and entitlement programs will also be ramped up as the economy flounders and budgets in American households are strained.
This leads me to my next forecast of more federal bailouts for the housing sector. Efforts by the Federal Reserve to stave off recession will have the net effect of only blowing the bubble bigger, making the crash that much more painful when it inevitably comes. The malinvestments caused by easy credit in the housing industry will be prolonged by more easy credit. New programs and laws will be enacted to prop up housing, all with a falling dollar, devalued by continued foreign interventions. The crisis in the housing market will spread and Iâ€™m afraid we are in for some rough economic times.
Moreover, the government will require more money than ever this year, and as funding options run out, taxes will go up. Expect stealth tax increases on consumer goods, perhaps airline tickets or cigarettes, and increased government fees here and there. Ironically total revenues will probably fall due to a weakened economy. The new programs started to â€œhelpâ€
Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:45 pm
I'm afraid Gov. Huckabee's homeschool record has been maligned by many who use distorted facts to create a false impression. There are very good reasons that Mike Farris endorsed Huckabee. He proved to be a champion of homeschoolers in Arkansas, and in fact, sided with them on the very law that some use now to say that Huckabee has a poor record on homeschooling! Please read the FACTS about Huckabee's homeschool record, from Mike Farris:
http://www.hsldapac.org/dnn/Home/Govern ... fault.aspx
Questions have arisen regarding Governor Huckabeeâ€™s commitment to homeschooling. HSLDA-PAC is confident that Governor Huckabee is a strong supporter of home education, and we stand by our endorsement.
As discussed in this article, the Arkansas legislature passed a homeschool law in 1999, which was signed by Governor Huckabee. The law represented a step backward for homeschool freedoms.
Arkansas' homeschool law was enacted in 1985 when Bill Clinton was governor. It was one of the most restrictive laws in the nation. After Bill Clinton was elected president, Jim Guy Tucker, another Democrat, became governor. Unfortunately, homeschoolers were not able to roll back this terrible law during his administration. After Governor Tucker resigned from office because of legal difficulties, Mike Huckabee became governor in 1996.
Prior to the 1997 legislative session, the Arkansas Christian Home Education Association and HSLDA approached Governor Huckabee about supporting changes in the homeschool law. Governor Huckabee actively supported and lobbied legislators to get a bill passed which transformed Arkansas into a much more favorable state for homeschoolers. HSLDA attorney Dewitt Black wrote Governor Huckabee a thank-you letter. He replied, "Dee, it was my pleasure and privilege to get behind this effort on behalf of home school students in Arkansas, and I sincerely appreciated the backing of the Home School Legal Defense Association and the Arkansas Christian Home Education Association." HSLDA still has the original of this letter from the governor.
Only two years later, however, during the 1999 legislative session, two bad bills were introduced to impose restrictions on the homeschoolers. There was a great deal of momentum to get these bills through.
To avoid a major step backward for homeschool freedom, local homeschool leaders worked with a homeschooling father in the House of Representatives to sponsor a bill which would place some additional regulations on homeschoolers but would avoid the much worse provisions of the other two bills. HSLDA could not support this compromise bill because we always stand on the side of homeschool freedom and against government regulation. We opposed the bill and urged our members to lobby against the bill without success.
The political reality, however, was that the homeschoolers were going to have to give the opposition something or they were going to get something much worse. As far as Governor Huckabee was concerned, it was a bill the homeschoolers wanted. It was sponsored by a homeschooling father in the legislature and had the support of the Arkansas Family Council. The bill was enacted and became Act 1117.
HSLDA-PAC has spoken directly with Governor Huckabee and we believe that by his words and actions he is a firm supporter of homeschooling.
This video discusses more of Governor Huckabee's relationship with homeschoolers.
Many of us live in states where we have been in the unfortunate position of having to support one law that may not be ideal, to avoid the consequences even worse laws. The situation in Arkansas was such a case.
I'm a conservative Christian who is in my 12th year of homeschooling. One of the reasons I began homeschooling was to teach my children how to discern truth, and defend it. We as Christians are bound to uphold the truth, and should make every effort to do so in ALL aspects of our lives. I ask you, as fellow homeschoolers, to be wise, and not fall prey to rumors and false information. It takes a lot of work, but we ALWAYS need to search for the truth, and be careful that we are not guilty of spreading rumors.
Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:35 pm
Are any of those Democrats?!
Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:07 pm
No. Our homepage poll has a complete list, however.
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:53 am
I think there are really only two people running who are "homeschool friendly". Ron Paul is without a doubt a man who is as consistent as a straight line on this issue. I do not know if he is "homeschool friendly" or just consistent in his political ideology.
Mike Huckabee, with one exception as noted above, is the only one who has been a very active supporter of us in the past. Others have given us a bone or two here and there (and some have not even done that) but they were never active.
I endorsed Huckabee.
Yet, let me say something about Ron Paul. I saw a couple of people who said they are struggling with whether to vote for Paul or another candidate. Let me encourage you to vote for Paul unless it is going to be close in your state. Why? This is not just about getting Paul elected but about influence in the long run and forming a coalition that would be taken serious. I love Paul on many issues (and disagree with him on many). Yet, he is not taken serious because there is not a "large coalition". I do think he has changed the debate and proven that there are people who will support a candidacy like his. This is important to keep going if you are a Ron Paul supporter.
I actually did some work for the Paul campaign this year and was asked to be a delegate for Paul. I did not endorse him but am sympathetic to him.
Huckabee's Homeschool Record
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:31 pm
I wanted to add a fact that seems to be missing when discussion of the homeschool laws in Arkansas are discussed. In Arkansas, a veto by the governor can be overturned by a simple majority. So it is essentially useless. Many blogs have questioned why Huckabee didn't just veto the bad homeschool bills that were brought up in the legislature. If they had enough votes to pass them, then the veto would stand. The key was to pass a bill that home schoolers could live with because the veto is useless there. I live in North Carolina and we are the only state in which the governor doesn't have the power to veto legislation so we have to keep the bills from being passed to begin with. Folks who blog really need to do a little more research before making assumptions about policies in different states. Each state is unique and that wasn't taken into account when folks were criticizing Huckabee's record.
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:44 pm
Thank you for your further clarification of the homeschool situation in Arkansas, brownkb.
The truth is, Mike Huckabee is a homeschooler's dream when it comes to a Presidential candidate! Never before, have we homeschoolers had the opportunity to affect policy at such a high level!
Mike Huckabee is poised to do very well next week on Feb. 5th (Super Tuesday). This will be our chance to put a true friend of homeschooling into the White House!
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:10 pm
If you assume for the sake of argument that Huckabee is a good candidate for homeschoolers, is it worth it to elect him and have the economy go into a death spiral? Balancing the budge by raising taxes is only a temporary solution, and leaves the next guy holding the bag.
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:16 pm
Personally, I do not think there is remaining a true economic conservative. Yet, if the Free Trade agreements Bush is pushing (and a couple more I hope get approved) are approved, this could be a huge boom to the economy without tax cuts. Granted, both would be good but with enough free trade this could help the economy more than any series of tax cut measures without revitalization of the entire tax code.
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:57 pm
The idea that Huckabee would be a tax-hiker is another falsehood put out by his rivals, especially Mitt Romney, who donated thousands of dollars to the Club for Growth to trash Mike about this. Actually, Mike has a very good economic record in Arkansas, and left with a VERY high approval record. Here are some facts about Mike's record from Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost, who has spent much time digging into Huckabee's record:
[quote]One of the things that is most often reported inaccurately is Governor Huckabeeâ€™s tax record. There will always be groups like The Club for Growth, and Cato Institute who will never be satisfied, and who will continue to attack Governor Huckabee.
These groups like to oversimplify an issue, and while Governor, Mike Huckabee learned that many issues were not cut and dried. State government's job is to provide prisons and state police for public safety, good roads for transportation and public education.
As Governor, that is what he did while being responsible with the revenue and state budget. Keeping the state budget balanced and spending as low as possible wasn't easy because he also had to deal with a state legislature that had the largest percentage of Democrats of any in the country as well as court mandates from judges who think spending more and more tax dollars is the only solution to any problem.
Mike Huckabee is a fiscal conservative who cut taxes almost 100 times in the state of Arkansas.
Mike Huckabee returned almost $400 million to Arkansas taxpayers. He believes it is immoral to take more money from taxpayers than is needed to run the government, and if a surplus occurs because of growth in the economy and good fiscal policy, it should be returned to the people.
He was the first Governor of Arkansas to pass a broad-based tax cut in the history of the state.
He also doubled the standard deduction to $2,000 for individuals and to $4,000 for married couples, as well as the child care tax credit and eliminated the marriage penalty.
He eliminated the capital gains tax on the sale of a home.
He eliminated the state income tax for families below the poverty line.
He reduced the capital gains tax for businesses and individuals.
He indexed the income tax to protect people from paying higher taxes because of "bracket creep."
Governor Huckabee left the state with almost a $1 billion surplus- a state record, setting the stage for further tax reductions. The â€œHuckabee Surplusâ€
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:30 am
Arkansas is a heavily liberal state, I'm not sure the fact that he had a high approval rating there is a good thing. Didn't Bill Clinton also come from Arkansas with a high approval rating?
Given, if what the site says is true, Romney has more or less the same fiscal record. Darn it! Now I have to chuck him and start back at square one again.
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:56 am
Yes, Arkansas has many liberals and Mike has his share of liberal enemies there. Huckabee became Governor because he was the Lt. Gov. when Gov. Jim Guy Tucker was convicted in the Whitewater scandal and sent to prison. As you know, Arkansas is notorious for dirty politics, and Mike has been on the receiving end many times (even now!). When he tried to enter his office as Gov. for the first time, he found that his enemies had bolted it shut, and it was several days before he was able to enter. Nevertheless, Mike's integrity and character earned him the respect of fair minded Democrats. They may not have agreed with his conservative politics, but they came to respect him as a man.
Keep in mind, that even the most liberal states have their share of conservatives, and Arkansas is no exception. Just because you live in a liberal state, that doesn't make you one. The reason Gov. Huckabee left with a high approval rating was that the majority of Arkansans were sick of the dirty politics that they had lived with for so many years. Mike was a breath of fresh air, who came in and tried clean things up, and get Arkansas moving forward. He made many enemies along the way (who, by the way, are trying to derail his Presidential bid now), but he also earned the respect of decent people from all walks of life.
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:28 am
Theodore wrote:Given, if what the site says is true, Romney has more or less the same fiscal record. Darn it! Now I have to chuck him and start back at square one again.
I know the feeling!
I, too, once considered Romney. He sounds good when he's speaking, but I followed the advice I've given my kids: when looking at a candidate, don't go by what they say, or how good their commercials sound. Really look at their past, their record, and at the kind of person they are. To put it bluntly, the Romney I discovered is far different from the Romney he presents himself to be. A thorough examination of him will show that, despite his facade as a social conservative, he most certainly is NOT! I'm not going to go off on Romney here...there's plenty about him you can discover if you Google. This website is also a good place to start:
However, since you brought it up, here's a link to a Jan. 21, 2008 Boston Globe article about his economic record:
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/artic ... uestioned/
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:11 pm
I saw this post on another thread and thought it might be good to post it here as well. I always appreciate reading first-hand accounts:
http://www.home-school.com/forums/viewt ... 3848#13848
Hi, My name is Cathy and I'm a homeschool Mom of nine children. I have been homeschooling for about 20 years. I live in Florida and my eldest son
Patrick worked with Governor Huckabee as a homeschool volunteer helping
with Tornado relief work with Alert. Alert is a boyscout type group formed by
ATIA, one of the largest homeschool programs for families ever started. Mr.
Bill Gothard is the founder and worked extensively on projects for many years back and forth with Governor Huckabee. He would be the ultimate homeschool president. Just ask The Duggar family from Arkansas who is also volunteering on their campaign. All 19 of them! Seems like Along with Mr. Farris , Governor Huckabee has some great support amongst noted homeschool greats. He's been working for many ,many years with homeschoolers, Just check personally with these authorities or one of the many thousands he's blessed from homeschool backrounds in Arkansas.
My son was named honorary citizen of Arkansas for his assistance at the time. Through the facilitation of the Governor, a training center was set up in
Arkansas for homeschoolers! Go to wwwmikehuckabee.com and check out his special video addressing homeschoolers under video clips! I doubt you will find that on any other candidates site! There are a lot of lies out
there right now. Please don't fall prey to them! Mike has a chance if you and I work hard to get him in the southern states by super Tuesday! Check out his site to see what you can do! He will help our cause and has the
experience working for homeschoolers all these years!!
Thank you for reading,