Cast of 1970s Television Show, Nanny and the Professor
Maybe Sarah Palin is the Nanny and Mike Huckabee the Professor

Michelle Malkin named Mike Huckabee one of her 10 biggest nanny-staters.  Here is part of what she said about Huckabee (emphasis mine):

Nanny State Republican Mike Huckabee, who used his bully pulpit position as Arkansas governor to campaign for Big Government-endorsed “healthier living” in public schools and private life, naturally sided with Mrs. Obama — and took a swipe at Sarah Palin last week for criticizing the White House usurpation of parental responsibility and rights. Huckabee scoffed at the idea that the feds are “trying to force the government’s desires on people.” But school bake sales are already under siege, and Mrs. Obama’s childhood obesity task force has already called for new and dramatic controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods. Did Huckabee miss (or does he agree with) Mrs. Obama’s officious rallying cry on child nutrition: “We can’t just leave it up to parents”?

If Malkin wants governors to mind their own business when it comes to school lunches, she needs to add former Governor Sarah Palin, and Texas Governor Rick Perry to her list of nannies.

After the 2008 election, but before she resigned in 2009 and Michelle Obama’s intitiatives had begun, Palin implemented and promoted “healthier living” programs in her state. 

Below is an excerpt  of those (all italics below are mine):

No. 08-194
Governor Palin Announces Health Priorities
December 4, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today announced her goals to improve Alaska’s health and education through fiscal year 2010 budget requests, the formation of a health care commission, support for legislation and an informational campaign to help Alaskans take better care of their own health. 

She also increased funding for Denali KidCare (Alaska version of SChip) and raised the eligibility threshold to 200% of the federal poverty level (the federal government only required funding for up to 150%, Palin had earlier raised it to 175%).   She did this to maintain federal funding and “said that the state could have lost $3 million in federal funding if its income threshold fell below 150% of the current poverty level (Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, 5/16).

Governor Huckabee on the other hand, resisted federal mandates(!) with his ARKids First alternate plan called “Arkid B”.   Surely how politicians actually governed is more important than statements about President Obama’s wife, Michelle.  Here is one example of Huckabee’s stand for state rights:

The B waiver program requires a “small” copayment and offers fewer services than the traditional Medicaid program. Proponents of the B plan say free coverage under the traditional A program carries a “stigma” that not all families want to subject themselves to.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Huckabee has wanted to allow parents of Medicaid-eligible children to choose between the two programs. Huckabee added that some “prideful” parents would prefer to enroll their children in ARKids B because they “want to contribute to their children’s health coverage” through the copayments.

A Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report noted, “Despite the Clinton administration’s order to place all Medicaid-eligible children into ARKids A, Huckabee resisted ‘in the hopes that Bush would be elected.’” After daring the Clinton administration to pull his state’s federal funding for not following the order, Huckabee said he thought the Bush administration, with Tommy Thompson as HHS secretary, would allow Arkansas to manage the programs as it saw fit.

At the same time Governor Palin was promoting her increases in funding, she also created a new health care commission, increased “state funding to reverse childhood obesity and improve diagnosis of autism, and increased funding for Alaska’s Head Start preschool programs”.[1]

And she did this “for the children” (which we conservatives are all want to mock when it comes from the left):   Palin said “Children are the most valuable resource in Alaska…We have to do more to support health coverage and health care, because it plays such a big role in a child’s success in school, and in life. Our state agencies are partnering to better equip Alaskans to lead healthier lives and to meet health care needs across the state.”   Notice that Palin’s reasons are the same ones Malkin criticized in Huckabee:  Poor health’s impact on School and Life.

She also decided to “develop a statewide initiative called Live Well Alaska. The interactive web-based campaign will provide the best recommendations for eating healthier, being more physically active and quitting tobacco use.”  Perhaps she was copying Mike Huckabee’s program called Healthy Arkansas.

Palin also spent “$2 million for the Department of Education to implement a pilot preschool program. School districts would receive the funding through grants. The half-day preschools would serve up to 500 children statewide.”

I don’t want to be misunderstood.  I think that, generally speaking, both the Federal Government and state governments should stay out of the health care business.  But this is yet another example of hypocritical anger by Malkin who nitpicks Huckabee on things her own pet candidates have supported. 

Cross posted at Race42012.


[1] She increased “funding for Head Start preschool programs by $800,000. The additional funds will allow the program to serve 60 to 80 more children. Approximately 1,000 Alaska children remain on waiting lists for Head Start. This funding is in addition to $600,000 in increased funding that Head Start received last fiscal year.”

15 comments
  1. Thanks so much for pointing out Malkin’s hypocrisy! She and others like her constantly want to trash Mike Huckabee because they don’t like him, but they turn their heads at the same or worse things from their golden child candidates that hold their water, bow down to them, and do every thing they say.

  2. So you take the opportunity to come after Palin who has never criticized Huckabee? Very classy David, and I’m sure it’ll get you some nice SEO.

    Regarding healthy kids programs at the state level – Malkin shouldn’t have criticized that… many states do this and they are not compulsory. If states want to do that, so be it. What Huckabee wants to do is implement federal regulations onto states and local schools.

    So I wish he were consistent with what he did back during the Clinton administration. I commend him for that. What Clinton wanted to do was decrease choice, Huckabee was right to turn that down.

    But don’t make it sound like Huckabee turned down all federal money – no Governor does that.

    Palin did with the SCHIP money what every Governor did, to my knowledge no Governor turned it down.

    She did turn down a lot of stimulus money that came with mandates, how about in order to be “fair” you mention that? Also she reduced the number of federal earmark requests, slashed the budget, lowered taxes and forward funded for education. Generally reduced the size of government in Alaska.

    By the way, I’m not advocating more federal money for health care either I just know a Governor isn’t going to turn it down if it doesn’t place an additional burden upon their state in terms of more regulations or an unfunded mandate.

  3. “But don’t make it sound like Huckabee turned down all federal money”

    I don’t think I said that. I think you missed my point entirely. This is a defense of Huckabee against the hypocrisy of Malkin. This is hardly coming after Palin. It is largely showing the similarities of the two governor’s approaches to the role of government in health care at the state level (and using FEDERAL funds to do it). The slight contrast was to show more clearly Malkin’s hypocrisy and to encourage conservatives to lay off the nonsensical attacks on Huckabee.

    I doubt if there is much more than 2 dollars difference in how the two governed on this issue.

    1. I assumed that the article was essentially about Malkin’s comments based solely on the title. The paragraph that begins “If Malkin wants governors to mind their own business…” seemed like the lead, but it occurred well below the fold. Without the title to go by, I may have concluded the same thing as Shane. (I’m no editor or anything, but I knew what you were going for and I think I can understand why Shane would interpret it differently.)

  4. Excellent article! Thanks for the research and making the point! I hope that the rank and file will see past the hate of Malkin and friends and see the truth that Mike Huckabeee will make an excelelent President.

  5. Yeah….and everyone thought obama was HOT too…NOW LOOK WHAT THEY GOT…DICK-TATOR IN CHIEF…

    My sister says that republicans are idiots…so does that make Michelle an idiot. (when she puts down Mike Huckabee…SHE IS THE WEAKEST LINK…GOODBYE…

    They’ll be sorry…If they don’t wise up, we’re gonna end up with obama for another term…and what will the usa look like after that?????????????????????

  6. Yeah….and everyone thought obama was HOT too…NOW LOOK WHAT THEY GOT…DICK-TATOR IN CHIEF…

    My sister says that republicans are idiots…so does that make Michelle an idiot. (when she puts down Mike Huckabee…SHE IS THE WEAKEST LINK…GOODBYE…

    They’ll be sorry…If they don’t wise up, we’re gonna end up with obama for another term…and what will the usa look like after that?????????????????????

  7. Hi David,

    Great article. I wrote an article for Wise Republic referring to Malkin’s comments that I title “Why the Angry Right Dislikes” Huckabee. I just updated it to include a reference to your article. Hope that’s ok.

    I know some will take it as a shot at Palin, but I understand that what you’re really saying is that both Palin and Huckabee took similar approaches toward issues of health and childhood obesity while Governor. While I would support Huckabee if he ran, I would certainly respect those who would support Palin. I think your article helps make the point that I wrote about which is there are those like Malkin who will try to use any and everything to try and take a cheap shot at Huckabee.

    It would be nice if we could take some civility into the upcoming Republican primary, and if indeed both Palin and Huckabee run then as conservatives let’s agree that there are many good conservatives that are running, and let’s let the primary process sort it out.

  8. Hi David,

    Great article. I wrote an article for Wise Republic referring to Malkin’s comments that I title “Why the Angry Right Dislikes” Huckabee. I just updated it to include a reference to your article. Hope that’s ok.

    I know some will take it as a shot at Palin, but I understand that what you’re really saying is that both Palin and Huckabee took similar approaches toward issues of health and childhood obesity while Governor. While I would support Huckabee if he ran, I would certainly respect those who would support Palin. I think your article helps make the point that I wrote about which is there are those like Malkin who will try to use any and everything to try and take a cheap shot at Huckabee.

    It would be nice if we could take some civility into the upcoming Republican primary, and if indeed both Palin and Huckabee run then as conservatives let’s agree that there are many good conservatives that are running, and let’s let the primary process sort it out.

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