Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Governor Huckabee Speaks
We just heard from Mike Huckabee, the Governor of Arkansas and the Chairman of the National Governors Association. He recently become famous for losing 110 pounds and then running in three marathons. Huckabee is now an advocate for healthy living.
He made as eloquent a defense of Wal-Mart as I have ever heard, touching on the free market and competition, benefits to low-income families, how people choose to work and shop there, etc.
After his speech, Huckabee fielded some tough questions from the media, including Michael Barbaro of the New York Times. Barbaro wanted to know what other governors thought of Wal-Mart. He mentioned our illustrious governor, Chris Gregoire. Huckabee responded that most governors he knew, Democrat and Republican, were happy to have the jobs and tax benefits of Wal-Mart in their states. Gregoire, as we know, has too many union debts to pay off to be fair-minded about Wal-Mart.
Another reporter asked Huckabee if the changes Wal-Mart is making to benefits, sustainability, etc. were only in response to critics like the UFCW. Huckabee had a great answer. He said he didn't think that was the case, but if it were, then that was proof yet again that the free market works!
We need a governor like Huckabee in Washington.
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