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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; 1st edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In his ninth book, Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, declares that "the foundation of American power has always been and must continue to be...the American family," and proceeds in a style that oscillates between glib and pithy to make the challenges facing our nation both less complex and seemingly more difficult to address. Though the choir will be on board from page one, Huckabee offers black-and-white solutions for complicated, gray-hued problems. Family is the force that gives him meaning and it's the Band-aid with which he suggests we fix our social ills, from poverty to abortion: "It is clear to me that these two epidemics—out-of-wedlock births and on-demand abortions—are sapping America's moral strength," he says. When it comes to gay parenthood, Huckabee acknowledges that homosexuals "love their children as deeply as heterosexuals do," but posits that "love alone cannot...provide what children need" and leans on conventional gender constructs to teach children ("most of whom are heterosexual") how men and women relate. Nothing surprising from the conservative camp. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Mike Huckabee won eight states and more than four million votes during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993 to 1996. Before politics, he worked in broadcasting and advertising and spent twelve years as a pastor and denominational leader. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children, three dogs, and at least that many friends!

More About the Author

Mike Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993-96. Before entering politics, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and worked for twelve years as a full time pastor. He recently started a political action committee, HuckPAC, to extend his grassroots movement. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas; they have three grown children.

Customer Reviews

The book is well written and easy to understand.
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Reading this book only makes us wish we had someone in the Whitehouse who understands these simple principles and is willing to employ them.
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84 of 112 people found the following review helpful By David Shedlock on February 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Governor Mike Huckabee's Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don't) will be released on George Washington's birthday, February 22nd.

Of twelve chapters, one is devoted exclusively to border security and immigration policy. There Huckabee uses statistic after statistic to show that Barack Obama has reduced border security and reminds us that the president stopped building the fence. But it isn't just illegal immigration that Huckabee tackles. In fact, it is immigration policy that elicits Huckabee to use a quote from George Washington. We as a nation have the right and duty to encourage only the kind of immigrants that will benefit us, and quotes Washington saying that we don't need to encourage immigration "except of useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions". Throughout the book it is clear that Huckabee is his own man. The fact that we should only allow certain kinds of immigrants, isn't politically correct, but it is Huckabee's position.

As I show in this review, Huckabee doesn't shy away from controversy and we get some policy ideas we hadn't heard before. It is clear from the beginning, Huckabee is not playing politics as usual.

The very first chapter answers the charge that social conservatives are inimical to smaller government, forcing some into thinking they have to become libertarians to be consistent. Not so. He shows that focusing on social issues will reduce the reach of government because "the so-called dad deficit added more than $300 billion to the national deficit in 2010 because of welfare payments to moms." This is his pastor's call to point out that without morality no amount of government can rescue us from our problems.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By POnfri on March 27, 2011
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It's a shame that we don't have people in goverment like this man. I don't care what political side you are on, if you are an American, period, this is a must read. I can only hope this man is given the chance to be this great nations next President. I beleave that we need to replace everyone in goverment on both sides and I hope we do just that in 2012. I hope we do so with people like Mr. Huckabee. If your looking for that perfect person with perfect ideas then your on the wrong planet.

This is one of those books that's meant for everyone to read if you can set country club politics aside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Matthews on June 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is Mike Huckabee's version of what the government should be like. In each chapter, he briefly describes one aspect of what the government should or shouldn't do. The majority of his ideas are nothing new or groundbreaking.

The basic concept is the federal government should do what the constitution says it should do, namely unify the states and protect the borders.

Here are some of the ideas that he covers in various chapters:

family values
local vs federal government
control spending and limit debt
simple and fair taxation system (based up national sales tax)
responsible healthcare (meaning take care of yourself)
improve education (focus on students)
take responsibility of the environment
immigration reform
be tough on terrorism
effective military strength
strengthen our global image
focus on the values of our founding fathers

Overall, this book's timing seemed more like a preparation for the run to the whitehouse. If you are interested in Huckabee's thoughts and what his governing style could be like then check out the book. Otherwise, you can probably skip it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Groen VINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
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This book is filled with simple, straightforward wisdom on how to fix the issues that ails the US today. From the size of government, to the role of the federal government, to more specific issues like spending, the family, marriage, health care, foreign policy, immigration, etc., Mike Huckabee covers it all with facts to support his positions and a bit of humor thrown in.

For an individual who supports the positions of Mike Huckabee, i.e. a conservative, this book is very helpful because it is written in a straightforward manner and provides the facts and information nececessary to critique the opposing few. Obviously, for those who oppose Mike Huckabee's positions, this book is not something that will interest them other than to understand the opposition's positions on the issues (which they probably already do) although it can help them to understand the rationale.

I'm unabashedly a conservative, but not as conservative as Mike. I found myself disagreeing with him on a couple of issues. Some examples are: (1) immigration, where I think that a compromise position is necessary (and I like the current Marco Rubio legislation that gives illegal immigrants amnesty but not voting rights - this is a fair compromise). (2) Foreign policy - we have to figure out how to stop being the world's police force what with 30,000 soldiers in South Korea and 70,000 in Europe. We just can't afford to defend these people anymore and need to get out of the "boots on the ground" thinking and emphasize air power and naval power.

I was also taken back by Mike's comment in the spending section where he suggested that the elderly above 65 should be given incentives to go back to work in essentially meaningless jobs.
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