Gov. Huckabee taped an appearance that will air later today on Money & Politics on the Bloomberg network. But a transcript of that interview is already available. It is a must read for anyone wanting to see more into Gov. Huckabee’s campaign, policy positions, and the man himself.
A couple of excerpts:
MR. COOK: Are you worried about inheriting a recession if you are indeed the next president of the United States?
GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, I think every president has to be worried about the what-ifs. But I learned as a governor, you basically are hired to handle the what-ifs. That’s the job. It’s not the things you plan for; it’s the things you don’t plan for. That’s when character and judgment come into play. It’s not that hard a job just to take out the normal routine, cut the ribbons, make the speeches; you really get paid for handling the crises, the things that nobody saw coming. I did that as a governor for 10 and a half years. That’s what a president has to do. And that’s when you need someone with executive experience who knows that you don’t have weeks to have committee meetings. You make a decision; you’ve got to pull the trigger on it and you’ve got to take action. And then you have to take responsibility for that action. That’s why a president gets elected.
MR. COOK: Immigration, another big issue to the business community, a big issue to voters there in Iowa as we’ve seen in polling – this week, you unveiled your own ideas on immigration, including a plan that requires anyone in the country illegally to return home first before giving a possible path to citizenship. Is that really going to work? Aren’t there a lot of illegals who simply won’t step forward if they face the prospect of this touch-back provision?
GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, here’s the thing: Everyone living in this country ought to be able to live with their heads held up not down. Nobody ought to be in fear and hiding to be in the United States. The plan that we call for says they go back, they start at the back of the line, not the front. So you get rid of amnesty, take that off of the table. You have secure borders. But all of this is predicated upon the United States government having a modernized system that doesn’t take eight years of paperwork to get a permit to come pick lettuce.
Let’s face it. The real problem here is not that people want to come to America. Heck, I’d want to come here too if I lived anywhere else on Earth. The problem is a dysfunctional, incompetent government that’s never modernized this process and now have people feeling the only way that they can survive is to break the law and cross borders. Secure those borders, create a real system that puts the people who have been standing in line legally first. The others would come in after them. It can be done. You can get a credit-card application processed virtually overnight and certainly within a few days. And if our government is so incompetent that it can’t do it, then we’ll outsource the process to American Express because I’m pretty sure they could make it work.