Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Governor's Changing Views on Lakeview

By Debbie Pelley (click "comments" below for article).

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Blogger Debbie Pelley said...

From: dpelley@m3internet.com
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Huckabee's Three Contradictory Positions On Court Intervention -

Hypocritical, Political Convenience, or Other

Pat Lynch recently criticized Govern Huckabee in an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for ripping into the special masters for their report which criticized Hucakbee and the legislature. Lynch brought out the fact that only a few months ago Huckabee was saying something totally different and welcoming the intervention of the court.

In fact Huckabee's position a few months ago can be summarized in Huckabee's quotes: "In essence, local control of public schools was eliminated when the Supreme Court issued its ruling in November. . . For the first time, the state rather than local school districts is being held directly responsible for all aspects of our children's education. . .Powers that traditionally were given to local superintendents will now be handled at the regional and state levels." “We must make them [changes which includes consolidation) not only because it’s the thing we’re required to do but also because it’s the right thing to do.”

Governor Huckabee further says, “ I’ll admit there are things here that we probably wouldn’t have had either the political courage or the political capital to address absent the Supreme Court ruling.” In his educational plan submitted to the legislature in 2003 Huckabee says, "The authority to hire and fire the superintendent will rest with the director of the state Department of Education." The governor basically appoints the ADE Director so he would have appointed the superintendents. Talk about control!! (See links below for links to these quotes)

That welcoming the court intervention position came after a former position before Huckabee became governor in which he said, in a letter to a constituent still on file in 1996, Huckabee said this, " I hope you will realize and carefully study the frightening consequences should the courts take over all 311 districts, force tax increases and force smaller rural districts to consolidate against their will. " (See links below for documentation for these quotes.)

Huckabee’s latest quote on court intervention "Huckabee spent the first seven minutes of his radio show complaining about the masters’ report. "I was amazed and appalled," Huckabee said. "It’s as if they have ignored your tax money. "I’m confident there will be a united effort in the two branches of government to say to the third that there are three equal branches of government and one does not supersede the other," Huckabee said. Under the constitutional doctrine of the separation of powers, none of the three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial — may usurp the power of the others. (More quotes at end of e-mail. (ADG by Seth Blomeley October 11, 05 "Huckabee Slams Masters"

See links below for two different tables contrasting numerous Huckabee's quotes on these contradictory positions. Lynch uses the word hypocrite in his column and blasts Huckabee in Lynch style. (See below for link to Lynch's article.) The one thing Lynch did not mention is how well this latest position opposing court intervention will serve him as he runs for Republican president which supposedly supports local control and opposes government control. The quotes below on the right side of the table would not look good on his record as Republican nominee for President. So it could be all a part of a political plan, or it could be the petty desires of a Governor's dictatorial whims, or lack of insight into the fact that government (court) control when it is on your side can just as easily turn to the opponent’s side. Howbeit, none of the three motivations for his changing colors are complimentary.

I suppose Huckabee could claim as Paul Greenberg did in a recent editorial when confronted about inconsistencies in his articles. Greenberg quoted Walt Whitman as saying,” Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” I do understand what Greenberg meant by this, and in some cases see the value in that quote. However, I know too many politicians, including Governor Huckabee, whose campaigns and governance that quote would too aptly describe.

Links to tables that compares quote by quote on then and now on Huckabee quotes:

http://www.wpaag.org/Huckabee%20Quotes%20Then%20and%20Now%20Table.htm

http://www.wpaag.org/Huckabee%20Quotes%20Lakeview%20Case.htm

Related link on Huckabee’s original education plan:

http://www.wpaag.org/Huckabee's%20Ed.%20Plan%20-2%20Parts.htm

See this link for Pat Lynch's article ADG Oct 10, 05: http://www.nwanews.com/story.php?paper=adg§ion=Editorial&storyid=131120

10:13 PM, October 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I remembered correctly that Huckabee initially postured himself as pro-court involvement on this consolidation debacle. Thanks for the verification. Huckabee's spinning so much lately, it's hard to tell where he is on a particular issue. Why, he's sounding more and more like a typical Arkansas governor everyday.

8:09 PM, October 21, 2005  

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