posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Tuesday, March 22, 2005
What’s With The Governor?by Eli HarveyThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on March 17 that Gov. Mike Huckabee will neither sign nor veto Senate Bill 999 –a bill that would “expand gambling at the state’s racetracks.” Yet, the governor, a former Baptist pastor, says he’s opposed to gambling. “My own vote is a no vote, but it doesn’t do anything to help in the legislative process to go through a futile attempt to veto a bill that’s going to be overridden.” But, how does he know it will be overridden? Cannot legislators change their minds? Besides, when a thing is wrong, it is wrong. To compromise with wrong is to be complicit with it.I am reminded of a quotation attributed to Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., founder of Bob Jones University, “It’s never right to do wrong to do right.” Sometimes doing nothing is equal to the wrong thing.Huckabee is said to oppose any expansion of gambling, but allows that “It would have been better to open it up to competitive bids to see if another company wanted to offer a bigger cut of the gambling proceeds to the state.” To those familiar with incidents in the Old Testament, this sounds like Balaam. When God wouldn’t allow the erring prophet to put a curse on Israel, the prophet side-stepped the issue and gave Balak, the king, another plan --one that would demoralize Israel. It worked.To this writer, Gov. Huckabee sounds like a politician who wants it both ways. Looking to bid for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2008, he sees that by not vetoing the gambling bill, he can garner support from the gaming crowd by saying that he allowed it to become law. At the same time, he can continue to claim that he “opposes gambling.” The big question is: Will conservative Christians forget by the time 2008 rolls around? My bet is that they won’t. Isn’t the governor supposed to be a Republican? Doesn’t he know that elephants never forget?
Too many conservative leaders seem to "oppose" something by speaking out against it in rooms full of conservative voters- and that is the limit of their opposition.I'd like to see some of them, besides say Holt, really take some heat for sticking to their guns.
Governor Huckabee should be criticized not only for the lack of a veto, but also for omitting gambling from issues with which he's concerned. He seems to keep a little red book where he logs the names of those legislators who oppose his agenda. He then funds their opponents during election years and maneuvers to oppose any legislation they propose. He does this to ensure passage of things like school consolidation bills and tax increases, but not for something like gambling. Apparently he's not only become a fiscal liberal, but a social moderate as well. He's become less and less attractive as a national candidate--and, no, I'm not talking about his recent weight loss.
Has the governor fallen victim to the rampant corruption that I thought only existed in the Delta Region. Let me give only one example that no one seems to notice.Text of letter to Mike Fleming, WREC 600am radio host.The expansion of gambling in our state is a hot topic and heading back to Little Rock again. A driving force behind this so called expansion is no other than an out of state entity known as the Delaware Corporation. The Delaware Corporation is also the principal corporation behind Southland Greyhound Park. Their dealings with Southland are perfectly legal under state law, but their political influence in the county resides in the “grey”. A close look at the financial documents of our local news publication, “The Evening Times” will produce a lengthy trail back to the Delaware Corporation with stops in Germantown, TN, Florida, & New Jersey. Still, perfectly legal…… then comes the ethical lapse. Due to term limits in the Arkansas State Legislature, one of our representatives, Steve Jones of Marion, recently made a run for the state senate only to loose by such a margin that you could literally drive a train through the gap. Low and behold the same Mr. Jones was later selected to head the Crittenden County Democratic Party. This is the same Mr. Jones that tried on several occasions to force the gambling issue in Little Rock without success. This must have been a disappointment to the people at “Isle of Capri Casino” in Lula, MS., but that’s an old story. (see campaign contributions)Over the past few months Mr. Jones has been seen in the state capitol lobbying heavily to have the state legislature expand gambling at Southland Greyhound Park and Oaklawn in Hot Springs. I am sure that it is perfectly legal for Mr. Jones to work as a lobbyist in Little Rock since he does chair a county level party committee. Why this rambling story, Mr. Jones just happens to be the GM of Crittenden Publishing Co. in West Memphis, (the publisher of “The Evening Times”) of which Southland Greyhound Park is a MAJOR client and a distant relative company.End of ramble……………..I have been watching the governor for a few months now and he seems to be working as an operative of the Crittenden County DNC, or maybe he has befriended Blanche & Marion Berry. First immigration and now gambling. What’s next. I’m sure that if he supports homosexual civil rights, then he should be able to sew up the Carroll County Western District. …
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