By Mike Huckabee
"We need a simple government. Don't get me wrong; I know that many of the nation's problems are highly complex. But I also know that the governing principles that can solve them, if we work together, are simple."
Armed with little money but a lot of common sense, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee surprised the nation by coming in second during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He connected with millions of voters by calling for a smaller, simpler government that would get out of the way when appropriate. (Unfortunately, there weren't quite enough of those voters to prevent the election of Barack Obama.)
Since then, President Obama's message has morphed from "hope and change" to "tax and spend" and "borrow and spend" and "over-regulate and spend." The stimulus failed to stop the recession, the deficit exploded to unimaginable heights and the Democrats jammed through Congress a financial "reform" bill that didn't really reform anything and a health care monstrosity that gave the government more power over our personal lives than ever.
Meanwhile, Huckabee has continued to be the voice of commonsense conservatism through his television talk show, his radio commentaries and his lectures around the country. Now he's written a book that sums up the 12 things we really need from Washington to get the country back on the right track.
These 12 essential truths will have you nodding in agreement, whether you're a Republican, an Independent or even an open-minded Democrat. They can help us put aside our differences, tone down the partisan rancor and return to the simple principles of the Founding Fathers: liberty, justice, personal freedom and civic virtue. And they can help us tackle even the most seemingly complicated of today's problems.
For instance: You can't spend what you don't have; you can't borrow what you can't pay back. Families, businesses, towns, cities and states all have to balance their budgets or face dire consequences. Why shouldn't the federal government be held to the same standard? And if that means making some hard choices now, it's a far better alternative than saddling our kids and grandkids. The Founders expected the federal government to be subordinate to state and local governments. How can politicians in D.C. know the best way to help farmers in Iowa, autoworkers in Michigan or teachers in California? They can't. So every problem should be solved at the most local level capable of solving it.
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"A Simple Government" will inspire any American looking forward to a better future.
About the AuthorFormer Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the No. 1-rated weekend show ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇHuckabeeÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks. HeÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs also heard three times daily across the nation on ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇThe Huckabee Reports,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« syndicated on almost 600 stations. After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, Huckabee spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. He and his wife Janet live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Huckabee is the author of nine books, including ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇA Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need From Washington (and a Trillion That We Don't!)ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇA Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«ÌÎÌÊHardcover: 240 pages
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«ÌÎÌÊPublisher: Sentinel HC (February 22, 2011)
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