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I got this great tip from a reader. Our friend Mr. Huckabee is involved in even more shady dealings than we could ever hope to cover. There are some deep pockets creating all kinds of 527 special interest groups that can’t be traced thanks to McCain-Feingold. The other problem is that there are tax-exempt issues that disallow tax-exempt institutions from endorsing any candidate.

At Americans United for Separation of Church and State or AU, “Under the Radar: Secret Pastors’ Briefing Seem to Have a Partisan Purpose“, lists some of the slithery things the Huckabee/Evangelical camp are up to.

A shadowy collection of Religious Right fat cats appears to be working behind the scenes to encourage churches to promote the presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee.

For months, Americans United has been receiving reports about state-based groups with names that include words like “renewal” and “restoration.” The idea seems to be to bring together fundamentalist pastors for closed-door meetings that, organizers say, discuss social issues.

If that’s really all they are doing there would be no problem, at least as far as the tax question goes. Tax-exempt religious groups can take stands on political and social issues.

But there’s another wrinkle to this that is more problematic: These groups keep scheduling Huckabee to speak to them – Huckabee and only Huckabee. And Huckabee doesn’t seem to want it to be known that he’s speaking. The events don’t appear on his public schedule. They are not open to the media. Attendees say little or nothing about them in public.

The Eve Fairbanks, from The New Republic did attempt to “infiltrate” one of the ritzy but ever so secret meetings.

Fairbanks also noted the secrecy of the event, writing, “Roaming around the Metropolitan Convention Center after last night’s session was over, looking for the event’s principals, I felt like I’d accidentally wandered into a meeting of the Masons, where a hilariously intense aura of secrecy, whispers, and special handshakes is deliberately cultivated.”

So then Huckabee makes a little campaign detour to the Cayman Islands – staying at the Ritz Carlton –

The unusual detour in the middle of a campaign, on the weekend before the Wisconsin presidential primary, had raised many questions: Is it appropriate to take a speaking fee while running for president? Is it appropriate to pick up cash in an offshore tax haven when routinely criticizing that haven for putting a burden on the American economy? Was this detour more or less an admission that he was not serious about his campaign?

But when asked how much he made on this gig – he “didn’t know”.

Mr. Huckabee said the matter was simple: He came here because he needed the money.

Yet, when asked how much he received, he suggested that he did not know.

The he gets a little defensive and takes a poke at McCain:

“No taxpayers pay for me to have health insurance, to pay my mortgage, to pay my bills,” Mr. Huckabee said. “And so to me, it’s not just absurd, it’s beyond absurd — it’s insulting — to think that there’s something nefarious about my being here when nobody has raised the question about sitting U.S. senators taking their full paycheck and enjoying all the magnificent perks they get from the U.S. taxpayers.”

But in the middle of shoving Mitt Romney out of the race and blasting him because he is wealthy, get a load of this pile of doo doo:

Mr. Huckabee himself has never been rich, drawing a $74,000 salary as governor, though when he left office, he bought a house in Little Rock for $525,000. On his most recent federal financial disclosure form, for 2006, he valued his assets at between $318,000 and $895,000. He earned nearly $150,000 in book royalties and made approximately $50,000 in speaking honorariums that year. His highest speaking fee was $17,000.

Enough said, but I do know that he was charging $35,000 a speaking gig a few months back. I’m sure his fees are only going up as he milks the campaign for all it’s worth.

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Ann confirms George Soros is funding both Hillary AND McCain. I made this connection in my last post. Nice, oh so nice.

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Today, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Governor Romney announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign for the sake of Republican unity and the future of our country.  In 2008, Republicans must stand united if we are to prevent Senators Clinton and Obama from taking the White House.  As a nation at war and facing uncertain economic times, the American people cannot afford the Democrats and their agenda for retreat and economic slowdown.  With today’s speech, Governor Romney outlined the significance of this election and the need for the Republican Party to remain strong.  Here’s the link to the video on Mitt TV:

And here’s the speech as prepared for delivery.  On a personal note, it has been great to work with you all.  Thanks so much.

Governor Romney’s Address To CPAC:

http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/CPAC_Address

“I want to begin by saying thank you.  It’s great to be with you again.  And I look forward to joining with you many more times in the future.

“Last year, CPAC gave me the sendoff I needed.  I was in single digits in the polls, and I was facing household Republican names.  As of today, more than 4 million people have given me their vote for President, less than Senator McCain’s 4.7 million, but quite a statement nonetheless.  Eleven states have given me their nod, compared to his 13.  Of course, because size does matter, he’s doing quite a bit better with his number of delegates.

“To all of you, thank you for caring enough about the future of America to show up, stand up and speak up for conservative principles.

“As I said to you last year, conservative principles are needed now more than ever.  We face a new generation of challenges, challenges which threaten our prosperity, our security and our future.  I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st century – still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world, no longer the superpower.  And to me, that is unthinkable.  Simon Peres, in a visit to Boston, was asked what he thought about the war in Iraq.  ‘First,’ he said, ‘I must put something in context. America is unique in the history of the world.  In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land.  No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea.  America is unique in the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom loving people around the world.’  The best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America.

“And that is why we must rise to the occasion, as we have always done before, to confront the challenges ahead.  Perhaps the most fundamental of these is the attack on the American culture. 

“Over the years, my business has taken me to many countries.  I have been struck by the enormous differences in the wealth and well-being of people of different nations.  I have read a number of scholarly explanations for the disparities.  I found the most convincing was that written by David Landes, a professor emeritus from Harvard University.  I presume he’s a liberal – I guess that’s redundant.  His work traces the coming and going of great civilizations throughout history.  After hundreds of pages of analysis, he concludes with this:

“If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference.  Culture makes all the difference.

“What is it about American culture that has led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world?  We believe in hard work and education.  We love opportunity: almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity – opportunity is in our DNA.  Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith, typically believe in something greater than themselves – a ‘Purpose Driven Life.’  And we sacrifice everything we have, even our lives, for our families, our freedoms and our country.  The values and beliefs of the free American people are the source of our nation’s strength and they always will be.

“The threat to our culture comes from within.  The 1960’s welfare programs created a culture of poverty.  Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals haven’t given up.  At every turn, they try to substitute government largesse for individual responsibility.  They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever.  Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug.  We have got to fight it like the poison it is.

“The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless.  And tolerance for pornography – even celebration of it – and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today’s grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic children, and 25% of White children.  How much harder it is for these children to succeed in school and in life.  A nation built on the principles of the Founding Fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home.

“The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father.  Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation.  I wonder how it is that unelected judges, like some in my state of Massachusetts, are so unaware of this reality, so oblivious to the millennia of recorded history.  It is time for the people of America to fortify marriage through Constitutional amendment, so that liberal judges cannot continue to attack it.

“Europe is facing a demographic disaster.  That is the inevitable product of weakened faith in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human life and eroded morality.  Some reason that culture is merely an accessory to America’s vitality; we know that it is the source of our strength.  And we are not dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances when we stand up for family values, and morality, and culture.  We will always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principle.

“The attack on our culture is not our sole challenge.  We face economic competition unlike anything we have ever known before.  China and Asia are emerging from centuries of poverty.  Their people are plentiful, innovative and ambitious.  If we do not change course, Asia or China will pass us by as the economic superpower, just as we passed England and France during the last century.  The prosperity and security of our children and grandchildren depend on us.

“Our prosperity and security also depend on finally acting to become energy secure.  Oil producing states like Russia and Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran are siphoning over $400 billion per year from our economy – that’s almost what we spend annually for defense.  It is past time for us to invest in energy technology, nuclear power, clean coal, liquid coal, renewable sources and energy efficiency.   America must never be held hostage by the likes of Putin, Chavez, and Ahmadinejad.

“And our economy is also burdened by the inexorable ramping of government spending.  Don’t focus on the pork alone – even though it is indeed irritating and shameful.  Look at the entitlements.  They make up 60% of federal spending today.  By the end of the next President’s second term, they will total 70%.  Any conservative plan for the future has to include entitlement reform that solves the problem, not just acknowledges it.

“Most politicians don’t seem to understand the connection between our ability to compete and our national wealth, and the wealth of our families.  They act as if money just happens – that it’s just there. But every dollar represents a good or service produced in the private sector.  Depress the private sector and you depress the well-being of Americans.

“That’s exactly what happens with high taxes, over-regulation, tort windfalls, mandates, and overfed, over-spending government.  Did you see that today, government workers make more money than people who work in the private sector?  Can you imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for bureaucrats?

“It’s high time to lower taxes, including corporate taxes, to take a weed-whacker to government regulations, to reform entitlements, and to stand up to the increasingly voracious appetite of the unions in our government.

“And finally, let’s consider the greatest challenge facing America – and facing the entire civilized world: the threat of violent, radical Jihad. In one wing of the world of Islam, there is a conviction that all governments should be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate.  These Jihadists will battle any form of democracy.  To them, democracy is blasphemous for it says that citizens, not God shape the law.  They find the idea of human equality to be offensive.  They hate everything we believe about freedom just as we hate everything they believe about radical Jihad.

“To battle this threat, we have sent the most courageous and brave soldiers in the world.  But their numbers have been depleted by the Clinton years when troops were reduced by 500,000, when 80 ships were retired from the Navy, and when our human intelligence was slashed by 25%.  We were told that we were getting a peace dividend.  We got the dividend, but we didn’t get the peace.  In the face of evil in radical Jihad and given the inevitable military ambitions of China, we must act to rebuild our military might – raise military spending to 4% of our GDP, purchase the most modern armament, re-shape our fighting forces for the asymmetric demands we now face, and give the veterans the care they deserve.

“Soon, the face of liberalism in America will have a new name.  Whether it is Barack or Hillary, the result would be the same if they were to win the Presidency.  The opponents of American culture would push the throttle, devising new justifications for judges to depart from the Constitution.  Economic neophytes would layer heavier and heavier burdens on employers and families, slowing our economy and opening the way for foreign competition to further erode our lead.

“Even though we face an uphill fight, I know that many in this room are fully behind my campaign.  You are with me all the way to the convention.  Fight on, just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976.   But there is an important difference from 1976:  today, we are a nation at war.

“And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror.  They would retreat and declare defeat.  And the consequence of that would be devastating.  It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child’s play.  About this, I have no doubt.

“I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know.  But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror.  If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win.  And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

“This is not an easy decision for me.  I hate to lose.  My family, my friends and our supporters – many of you right here in this room – have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President.  If this were only about me, I would go on.  But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country.

“I will continue to stand for conservative principles.  I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe in.  And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next President of the United States to retreat in the face evil extremism.

“It is the common task of each generation – and the burden of liberty – to preserve this country, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.

“To this task, accepting this burden, we are all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed beyond our fondest hope.  America must remain, as it has always been, the hope of the Earth.

“Thank you, and God bless America.”

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This is a perfect example

Romney: McCain used Nixon-like tactics

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday accused his rival John McCain of adopting underhanded tactics from Richard Nixon, the GOP president who resigned in disgrace.

“I don’t think I want to see our party go back to that kind of campaigning,” Romney said in his most pointed rebuttal yet to front-runner McCain’s claim that the former Massachusetts governor favors a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. Romney denies this charge and most media analyses have concluded that Romney wasn’t using ‘timetable’ in the same way Democratic candidates have.

NOMINATION FIGHT: Completed contests and the road ahead

McCain’s decision to level the timetable charge this week without leaving Romney time to rebut it before Florida Republicans voted in their primary “was reminiscent of the Nixon era,” Romney said. McCain ended up winning the Florida contest Tuesday.

Despite the incendiary reference to Nixon, Romney said of McCain: “I think he’s a man of character.” But he added: “I think he took a sharp detour off the ‘Straight Talk Express,”‘ — the name of the Arizona senator’s campaign bus.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE VOTE
FOR GOVERNOR ROMNEY


Sean Hannity:  “I’ll tell you right now, and I’ve not announced this, but I will be voting for Mitt Romney in this campaign. It’s the first time I’ve stated it publicly.  I’ll state it now.”  (“Sean Hannity Radio Show,” 1/31/08)

I’d also like to say that a couple days ago, an Evangelical called Sean up with flaming Mormon Derangement Syndrome dripping in her voice. Se sounded like someone who was left having to clean up dog vomit. She was a Huckabee supporter ready to consider Romney. She hinted and evaded around her COMPLETE HATRED AND FEAR OF A MORMON and asked Sean if he was okay to vote for. Sean reminded her that he had spent a lot of time with Governor Romney and his family and was convinced he was a great guy and the “real deal”.

Thank you Sean. YOU MY FRIEND, ARE A GREAT AMERICAN.

 

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Go to CNN to see it all. See “Dial Testers On McCain”

 

Watch all of them to get a very clear understanding that McCain is wrong on so many levels. He fails miserably as any kind of leader for this American Nation.

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MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan: “I got to say that I think clearly Mitt Romney dominated tonight. His performance was flawless. He looked presidential.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

  • Buchanan: “I think Romney clearly won tonight.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)
  • Buchanan: “He looked terrific. He got off the best two lines of the night.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 1/25/08)
  • Buchanan: “I think he was crisp and strong.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 1/25/08)
  • Buchanan: “If Romney is in the lead tonight and people are looking at this, he looks to me like a man, quite frankly that can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton and can be president of the United States.” (MSNBC’s “Live,” 1/24/08)

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Romney, who is in a dead heat with McCain for first place in some recent polls here in Florida, had perhaps the best night, presenting a polished and confident demeanor.” (Jake Tapper, “GOP Debate: Not Quite A Smoka In Boca,” ABC News’ Website, www.abcnews.go.com, Posted 1/24/08)

The Washington Post‘s Michael D. Shear And Juliet Eilperin: “The debate offered Romney a chance to shine as he received several opportunities to discuss economic issues and his experience in the private sector.” (Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin, “Republicans Play To Right In Fla. Debate,” The Washington Post, 1/25/08)

The Weekly Standard‘s Dean Barnett: “With that preamble out of the way, I must unequivocally state that last night was an enormously successful evening for Romney. He’s a serious guy, and a capable one. That came through last night.” (Dean Barnett, “Boca Break Down,” The Weekly Standard, www.weeklystandard.com, 1/25/08)

Time‘s Mark Halperin: “… Romney came out strong, unapologetic and on message.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)

  • Halperin: “[Romney] settled comfortably into the ‘looks and sounds like a president’ zone that is one of his chief assets.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)
  • Halperin: “[Romney] Seemed to anticipate an eventual one-on-one contest with McCain, and displayed the confidence of a man who feels certain he has a spot in the finals. Bottom line: Benefited more than anyone else from the oddly low-key nature of a high-stakes.” (Mark Halperin, “GOP Debate Report Card,” Time, “www.time.com, Posted 1/25/08)

National Review‘s David Freddoso: “By the time he was done, Romney even demonstrated that he understands why a one-time rebate is not a real economic stimulant.” (David Freddoso, “The Debate Begins,” National Review‘s The Corner, www.corner.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/24/08)

Townhall‘s Jennifer Rubin: “Romney had perhaps his best debate performance… He was at his best when speaking on economics and he successfully ducked a question from Giuliani on his position on a national catastrophic insurance fund.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Republican Debates Offer Little Foresight,” Townhall, 1/25/08)

  • Rubin: “He forcefully rebuffed the moderator’s inquiries about how much of his personal fortune he has spent on the campaign. He too should be pleased that voters saw a confident, economically literate candidate.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Republican Debates Offer Little Foresight,” Townhall, 1/25/08)

Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Maxwell: “Overall, Mitt Romney had a good night. He sounded informed, human and comfortable. And he handled several tough questions with ease.” (Scott Maxwell, Op-Ed, “Debate Was A Good Night For Everyone But Pimps, Gamblers, Non-Republicans,” Orlando Sentinel, 1/25/08)

RedState’s Alexham: “There weren’t many fireworks between our candidates last night, but one did stand out in a big way: Mitt Romney. He was good. Very good.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)

  • Alexham: “I think we are finally seeing the real Mitt Romney: The smart, wonkish, well-mannered, technocrat, problem-solving businessman. That’s who Mitt Romney is, and he has finally revealed his true persona to the rest of us. And I, for one, appreciate it.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)
  • Alexham: “Romney is at his best when he is engaged in wonkish problem solving …” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)
  • Alexham: “Be who you are Mitt, and you may just become the next president of the United States.” (Alexham, “Romney Rising: And This Time, It’s For Real,” RedState, www.redstate.com, Posted 1/24/08)

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