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Helping Americans Earn Their Maximum Wage

By Mike Huckabee

On Saturday at the Iowa Agriculture Summit, I called on Washington to put American workers first.

Critics say I’m a “populist,” but the truth is I’m a nationalist. I put America and its workers first. Too many in the political class put Wall Street and Washington elites first. They aren’t fighting for American workers.

Washington bails out “too big to fail” Wall Street banks while “too small to save” Iowa families, farmers and small businesses are punished with big government taxes and burdensome regulatory mandates.

Washington refuses to secure the border, endangering our national security and flooding our country with illegal immigrants who undercut the wages of American workers. We can’t be against immigrants because our nation was built by people who came here to join us. But we have to control our borders and ensure that those who come here do so legally and that they come because they love America and want to be a part of the American experience.

Washington’s attempts to address rising health care and education costs have made both more expensive, threatening the American dream for hard-working families.

And Washington discourages hard work with liberal policies that weaken America and add to our skyrocketing debt by punishing those who work and rewarding those who don’t.

Unlike many in the Washington political class, I actually know a thing or two about poverty. I’m a Republican not because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.

As governor of Arkansas, I turned my state around. I cut taxes and welfare, balanced the budget every year for 10 years, and raised average family income by 50 percent — despite facing the most Democratic legislature in the country.

It’s time for Washington to refocus its priorities, empower Americans with a hand-up rather than a hand-out, and finally break the cycle of poverty and government dependency. To accomplish these goals, politicians need to quit fighting over the minimum wage and focus on solutions that help each American earn their maximum wage:

-  Abolish the IRS and pass the Fair Tax to help Americans make a living, save, and invest tax-free. Washington should encourage hard work and productivity — not tax American wages.

-  Secure the border first, no amnesty. Washington’s No. 1 responsibility should be to keep Americans safe and protect American workers, their jobs and their wages.

-  Protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for seniors. It is immoral to change the rules at the end of the game and deprive seniors of their hard-earned benefits.

-  Repeal ObamaCare and lower health care costs by focusing on common sense preventive measures. It’s wrong to give free healthcare to those who could pay something, while so many hard-working families can’t afford to get sick because their costs are prohibitive.

-  Champion our farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. A free country must feed, fuel, and fight for itself. Free trade is only good for American workers if others play by the same rules Americans do.

By giving a hand-up rather than a hand-out, we can help each American earn their maximum wage, put our country on a path to balanced budgets and ensure greater prosperity for all.

To read my Op Ed in the Des Moines Register click here.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/caucus/2015/03/13/helping-americans-earn-maximum-wage/70248892/

 

The Washington Post has a story about my latest trip to Israel. It's called "Mike Huckabee, tour guide in the Holy Land." The article points out that I have led dozens of tours to Israel and quotes me as saying "Americans support Israel, but until they see it, they don't get it."
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From ArkansasOnline.com:

As he considers another White House bid, former Gov. Mike Huckabee stopped at a Little Rock megachurch Sunday to pray, preach and promote his latest book -- God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

Standing in a Southern Baptist sanctuary in front of an American flag 40 feet high and 60 feet wide, Huckabee didn't discuss his presidential campaign plans during a sermon that was broadcast nationwide.

Instead, the former pastor urged Americans to focus on faith, arguing that the Bible is mightier than the ballot box and that prayer is more powerful than politics.

"Ultimately the hope for this country is not in the politicians; it's in the pews of our churches," Huckabee said.

Meeting with reporters earlier Sunday, Huckabee said he wasn't at the Church at Rock Creek to campaign.

"It's not a political rally. It's not a political event. It is really a spiritual night of encouragement and inspiration," he said, adding that viewers would have "a great opportunity to celebrate America and celebrate their faith."

Asked about a presidential bid, Huckabee said: "I've been very candid. I think people know that when I left the Fox News show in early January, I wasn't doing that just to spend Saturdays at home. So clearly things are headed in that direction, but that announcement isn't ready to be made until a little later in the spring."

During Sunday's service, the former Arkansas Baptist State Convention president suggested that spiritual revival and renewal are key. "Sometimes people say if we just got the right people elected, our country would have a renewal. Actually, if we had a renewal, we'd get the right people elected. That's how it works and in that order."

Repeating themes in his latest book, Huckabee argued that Washington, D.C., New York City and Hollywood are out of touch with Americans in Arkansas and the rest of "flyover country."

He argued that Christians are despised, not only by the Islamic State, but by some Americans, who accuse them of "hate speech" if they speak out for traditional Christian teachings.

"It's a compliment to you when you're hated because of your hope and when you're hated because your faith leads you...," Huckabee told hundreds of supporters at the Church at Rock Creek. "It's all right to be who you are, to believe what you believe. ... A hundred years from now, you will be glad you stood for that which is righteous."

People gathered in at least 60 churches across the country to watch Sunday night's event, titled "America: From Ordinary to Extraordinary."

Huckabee said the program was being webcast to 1,600 locations, including homes.

The Little Rock event drew hundreds of supporters, several Huckabee political advisers and a popular country music artist.

Larry Gatlin played at least a half-dozen songs, including "All the Gold in California," "When the Roll is Called up Yonder" and "I'm an American with a Remington."

Huckabee played bass on one of the songs; the audience sang along during some of Gatlin's hits.

Afterward, scores of people lined up to buy autographed copies of Huckabee's book, which debuted at No. 3 last week on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list.

Sunday was the last stop on a book tour that has taken him to nearly 50 cities in 15 states since Jan. 17.

On Friday, Huckabee will travel to Israel, a pilgrimage he has made dozens of times since 1973.

Chip Saltsman, who was national campaign manager for Huckabee's 2008 bid, attended Sunday's service. Asked if Huckabee will seek the 2016 Republican nomination, Saltsman said, "I hope so."

"I've heard from a lot of donors around the country, a lot of political people. ... They all say, 'He's exactly what we need.' He fits that mold of likeability, ability to communicate, electability," Saltsman said.

Several of those in the audience said they're hoping for a Huckabee candidacy. "My heart says he will [run]," said Lester M. Sitzes III, a dentist from Hope who has known Huckabee for decades. "If he runs, I'll be there for him any way he needs. There'll be a lot of people there for him."

Steve Stewart of Little Rock helped direct traffic outside the church before heading inside.

He's also hoping Huckabee runs.

"He would bring honesty and sincerity and some common sense that seems to be lacking these days from the White House," Stewart said.