Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Huckabee In The ATL (late edition)

Mike Huckabee was in Atlanta for a couple of days earlier this week. Yes, I realize that I am behind the curve on this but, as you are all well aware, there is more to life than blogging.

On Monday, the Governor attended the MLK Jr. memorial service at Ebenezer Baptist Church – as far as I know he was the only GOP candidate to do so – after which he was endorsed by a contingent of conservative black pastors.

Tuesday’s schedule included a fundraiser at the downtown branch of the Capital City Club and the “Together for Life” event held on the steps of the state capital, the latter being sponsored by Georgia Right to Life.

While in Atlanta, Huckabee also called in to the Neal Boortz Show. You can listen to audio clips of the conversation between the Governor and the Talkmaster concerning the FairTax and immigration.

Speaking of the FairTax, congressman John Linder, sponsor of HR 25, recently penned” Huckabee presents the best choice for Reagan supporters” for the Gwinnett Daily Post. The bill has 68 cosponsors.

See the guys over at the AJC’s Political Insider for a piece on Huckabee’s so-called “southern strategy, designed more to win delegates across the south on Super (Duper) Tuesday rather than the popular vote in Florida.

See here and here fora couple of other AJC staff stories concerning Huckabee and the Peach State, written by Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jim Galloway, respectively.

Of course, the purpose of any state’s primaries and caucuses is to win delegates to the Republican National Convention. According to Real Clear Politics, through the GOP contests in Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina, the delegate standings are

Mitt Romney 59
Mike Huckabee 40
John McCain 36
Fred Thompson 05
Ron Paul 04
Rudy Giuliani 01
Duncan Hunter 01

Of course, Thompson and Hunter have since bowed out of the race.

Since I originally posted the above, I came across a few other items of note. In no particular order, they are:

Michael Brendan Dougherty’s “The Audacity of Huck: The Religious Right roils the establishment by backing one of its own” in The American Conservative (with apologies to Barack Obama, no doubt)

Hunter Endorses Huckabee” from CNN’s Political Tracker

Perry Bacon Jr.’s “In Atlanta Huckabee Courts the South” on The Trail, a Washington Post blog

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1 comment:

Ian said...

Gov. Huckabee's advocacy of the FairTax is the single most important policy position in this election. Research findings explain why:

The FairTax rate of 23 percent on a total taxable consumption base of $11.244 trillion will generate $2.586 trillion dollars – $358 billion more than the taxes it replaces. [BHKPT]

The FairTax has the broadest base and the lowest rate of any single-rate tax reform plan. [THBP]

Real wages are 10.3 percent, 9.5 percent, and 9.2 percent higher in years 1, 10, and 25, respectively than would otherwise be the case. [THBNP]

The economy as measured by GDP is 2.4 percent higher in the first year and 11.3 percent higher by the 10th year than it would otherwise be. [ALM]

Consumption benefits [ALM]:

• Disposable personal income is higher than if the current tax system remains in place: 1.7 percent in year 1, 8.7 percent in year 5, and 11.8 percent in year 10.

• Consumption increases by 2.4 percent more in the first year, which grows to 11.7 percent more by the tenth year than it would be if the current system were to remain in place.

• The increase in consumption is fueled by the 1.7 percent increase in disposable (after-tax) personal income that accompanies the rise in incomes from capital and labor once the FairTax is enacted.

• By the 10th year, consumption increases by 11.7 percent over what it would be if the current tax system remained in place, and disposable income is up by 11.8 percent.

Over time, the FairTax benefits all income groups. Of 42 household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than they would experience under the current tax system. [KR]

Implementing the FairTax at a 23 percent rate gives the poorest members of the generation born in 1990 a 13.5 percent improvement in economic well-being; their middle class and rich contemporaries experience a 5 percent and 2 percent improvement, respectively. [JK]

Based on standard measures of tax burden, the FairTax is more progressive than the individual income tax, payroll tax, and the corporate income tax. [THBPN]

Charitable giving increases by $2.1 billion (about 1 percent) in the first year over what it would be if the current system remained in place, by 2.4 percent in year 10, and by 5 percent in year 20. [THPDB]

On average, states could cut their sales tax rates by more than half, or 3.2 percentage points from 5.4 to 2.2 percent, if they conformed their state sales tax bases to the FairTax base. [TBJ]

The FairTax provides the equivalent of a supercharged mortgage interest deduction, reducing the true cost of buying a home by 19 percent. [WM]

ALERT: Kotlikoff refutes Bruce Bartlett's shabby critiques of the FairTax.