Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Herman, why won't you stand up to the teacher unions?

Cain admits to flirting with the idea of elective office but cautions not to expect him "to get in line like a duck and go along with a couple of flawed positions" of the GOP...

Also flawed, Cain said, is the Republican push to provide vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools. That would mean disaster for public schools, which were never intended to compete like businesses, he said.

"I would not run for anything simply to endorse some mythical party platform," he said.

Cain Carries Free-Enterprise Campaign Omaha World Herald (Nebraska) November 30, 1997, Sunday

Funny, someone else in DC is strongly against school choice:

"Obama and his cohorts in the Democratic-controlled Congress have killed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, which chooses low-income families from a lottery to receive $7,500 in vouchers for private or parochial school. There have been four applicants for every slot in the scholarship program.

In the President’s budget for 2011, he reduced by 25% the funding for the voucher program, from $12 to $9 million. He did this despite the fact that seven out of ten parents in D.C. want the program expanded.

Duncan has led the charge to kill school choice despite his own department’s research showing that students in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program perform better in reading than non-voucher students.

“He needs to look outside at his own neighborhood in D.C. There are thousands of kids whose lives literally hang in the balance as they wait to find out if the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the voucher program, will continue or not,” says Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation.

“And if he really cares about giving students a choice to get out of these poor performing schools, he would stand up for the voucher program.”

The President also inserted a poison pill in his 2011 budget, which closes the voucher program to any new students with the words that it is “the final request for federal funding.” The poison-pill closure of the program originally was put into law by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who slipped it into the omnibus spending bill in 2009.

As a result, the Department of Education sent 216 public school students letters last year accepting them into the voucher program. Days later, these families were devastated to receive letters from the department rescinding their scholarships. Many of these children were thus denied the freedom to attend private schools and the ones in the program do not know if they will be able to stay in their schools." (Human Events)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Herman, what is your "business experience"?

You like telling about Godfather's pizza, but how well did that do?

Largest Pizza Chains by locations:
  • Pizza Hut - 34,000
  • Domino's - 9,000
  • Papa John's - 3,300
  • Little Caesar's - 2,000
  • Sbarro - 1,064
  • Godfathers Pizza - 653
Let's graph this out:
Only 1% of all the leading pizza place locations - are Godfathers pizza. Speaking of business, Jack Welch was a pretty good businessman. "Welch's public philosophy was that a company should be either #1 or #2 in a particular industry, or else leave it completely."

We all like business people, but if the guy's company isn't even one of the top 500 private businesses, much less the Fortune 500 - then - what qualifies him to run a $3 trillion organization?

Why on earth is a guy who's claim to fame is having led the #6 pizza chain - why on earth is he seriously thinking people want him to be the #1 leader of the free world?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cain in the blogs: He's Dennis Kucinich!

He says a run isn’t definite yet but it’s likely since it looks like the base is ready for an “unconventional candidate.” (Evidently they weren’t ready in 2004, because he got crushed in the Georgia GOP primary by Johnny Isakson.)

There's a place in every primary for an ideological purist and debate champ — think Dennis Kucinich — and radio talker Herman Cain seems to be the early front-runner for that slot on the Republican side in 2012.

Now seriously, how does "Hermantator" get called a radio talk show host, not even making the top 250 talkers, and John H. Cox got pretty much ignored. Random coincidence of the day: Herman and John both lost Senate runs, both claim to be talk show hosts, and the H. in John H. Cox stands for Herman!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Herman, why are you for affirmative action?

Former Godfather's Pizza President Herman Cain, one of the nation's most successful black businessmen, says affirmative action should be continued but its focus should be changed from race-based hiring to economic need.

By emphasizing the economic need of applicants, "then color doesn't become such a divisive issue," Cain said in an interview in Lincoln Monday.

The goal of affirmative action to help the underprivileged would still be achieved because some minorities are poor, so they would still qualify for help in getting into schools or securing government contracts, he said.
Cain: Focus on economics, not race, when hiring Lincoln Journal Star - June 3, 1997 Tuesday

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Herman, why do we need federal voting restrictions?

"Mr. Cain tries to be as conservative as Mac Collins," he said, but pointed to the former Godfather's Pizza CEO's support of an extension of the Voting Rights Act restrictions on 16 Southern states and his support for affirmative action on an individual basis through the "Michigan rule" as ideological differences.
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) 7/7/04