Daily Archives: 11/08/2011

The Worst Jobs the Candidates Held Before Running for President

From ABC News:

They’re running for president today and they’ve got impressive titles like former CEO, senator, governor and Congressman. But before they were powerful politicians, Republican candidates had jobs just like everybody else.

As part of our marathon ABC News / Yahoo! Slate of Newsmaker interviews, we learned that among the people who would lead the nation are at least two toilet bowl cleaners, a hay bailer, a jack hammerer and a pin setter at a bowling alley.

Here’s a run-down of what they did before entering the political arena – the worst jobs they ever had:

  • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: Dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant because I had to clean the toilets.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann:  Well, one day I cleaned 280 fish, (LAUGH) so maybe that was it.  But actually, it- it was kinda fun, too.
  • Rep. Ron Paul: Worst job – I’ve  always enjoyed my jobs, I don’t have any worst jobs
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Oh, gee- I think- that was building fence in- with a jack hammer. It was back in the- mid 1970s.
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Bailing hay at the ranch I worked on.  I’m allergic to hay.
  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum: I cleaned toilets and shined shoes
  • Herman Cain: A jackhammer in the basement of an apartment building tearin’ up a concrete floor.
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: The worst job I ever had probably was being a pinsetter, quite exciting, ’cause they would decide to see if they could bowl while you were setting the pins. In Germany.  I was — I was a kid, my dad was in the Army.  We were stationed in Stuttgart. It was exciting.

Obama Far Ahead of GOP With Latino Voters

One year before Election Day 2012, the president leads GOP front-runners Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry with advantages that are outside the poll’s 3.1 percent margin for error, according to the poll results released today by Latino Decisions for Univision. Among registered voters nationwide, Obama holds the largest lead over Perry at 10 percent, with his edge over Romney at 9 percent. Cain, meanwhile, is within 6 percent of the president.

Among registered Latino voters in the 21 most Latino-heavy states, Obama’s advantage is far greater, exceeding two-to-one margins in every case. The president is up 65 percent to 22 percent on Cain, 67 percent to 24 percent on Romney and 68 percent to 21 percent on Perry. That will come as welcome news to the White House as the president prepares for what is shaping up to be a difficult re-election campaign.

Obama won two-thirds of the Latino vote nationwide in 2008, propelling him to a comfortable victor over Republican Sen. John McCain. About 6.6 million Latinos voted that year. A record 12.2 million Latinos are set to vote next year, a 26 percent increase from 2008, according to projections from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. Simply put, they are the fastest-growing voting group in the nation.

(Report by ABC News)

DNC Chair Schultz Joins Food Stamp Challenge; Eating Value of $31.50 Per Week

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) joined at least ten other Democratic House members on Monday in participating in the food stamp challenge.

“Started #FoodStampChallenge today. 46m Americans subsist on
$31.50/week. Bought 1st 4 days of food for $18. So tough! http://yfrog.com/h2ehabhj”,
Wasserman Schultz tweeted Monday night.

The food stamp challenge consists of living for a week on the average food stamp budget, which Democratic congressmen are participating in to show the struggles of surviving on food stamps.

Wasserman Schultz tweeted her first meal early on Tuesday: “Lunch:
 tuna sandwich & apple w/ tap H20. #FoodStampChallenge shows how hard
surviving on food stamps really is. We must fight hunger in US!”

Like previous Democratic House participants, Wasserman Schultz is
taking suggestions from followers on
Twitter.

Wasserman Schultz has her plate full, also juggling her role
as Chairwoman of the Democratic Party.

(Report by The Hill)

Politicians React to UN Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Following are parts of the responses by some lawmakers to the UN report that Iran is working specifically on a nuclear program.

Senator Gillibrand (D-NY): “Today’s report should serve as a wake-up call to the world community. As the evidence mounts of Iran’s nuclear advances, it is clear the Iranian regime is becoming an existential threat to the United States and our allies and we must act quickly to enact a new round of international sanctions. “I urge Congress to pass the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act, my bi-partisan legislation that increases economic pressure on Iran. This strong legislation gives the President improved tools to help stop Iran’s nuclear program. We must cut off ties with any company that buys oil and gas from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. We must keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of all hostile nations. We must stand together and make it crystal clear – we cannot, and will not, tolerate a nuclear Iran.

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “The Obama Administration deserves credit for rallying the international community to put unprecedented diplomatic and economic pressure on the Iranian regime. But sanctions are a means to an end, not an end unto themselves. And the fact is, nothing the U.S. and its international partners has done has changed Iran’s egregious and murderous behavior—its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its sponsorship of terrorism, or its repression of its own people. On the contrary, in all three of these areas, the Iranian regime’s behavior has only has grown more emboldened and reckless… If the Iranian regime
acquires a nuclear weapons capability, it will be because our leaders allowed it to happen. It is still within our power to stop it. But it will require more than further incremental pressure—which is to say, more of what we have already been doing, that clearly hasn’t been working.”

Obama Announces Stricter Financing Standards for Head Start

President Obama visited a schoolhouse in this suburb of Philadelphia on Tuesday to announce stricter financing standards for the government’s Head Start program, which offers preschool training for children from low-income families.

Declaring that investments in early education are critical to the future competitiveness of the United States, Mr. Obama said that the government would, for the first time, require Head Start programs to meet certain standards to qualify for renewal of federal grants.

“If a program isn’t giving children the support they need to be ready for school,” the president told teachers and administrators, squeezed into a small auditorium on folding chairs, “then other organizations will be able to compete for the grant. We will take money from programs that don’t work and put it into programs that do.”

Like many of the stops on Mr. Obama’s itinerary over the last several weeks, this four-hour visit had three ingredients: a politically crucial swing state (Pennsylvania), a sympathetic crowd (educators), and camera-friendly backdrop (3- to 5-year-old children).

Before his speech, Mr. Obama dropped in on a classroom, where he watched several groups of children playing with wood blocks, Legos, puzzles, and toy cars and trucks. Later, he told the crowd that the children “choked me up” because they were “so huggable,” adding that his daughters were “still huggable,” though now 5-foot-9 and 5 feet, respectively.

For the president, who has crisscrossed the country in recent weeks to promote a $447 billion jobs plan that is largely economic stimulus, the visit on Tuesday had a different cast: a pledge to be more discriminating in how the government spends money.

But Mr. Obama renewed his criticism of Republicans in Congress, saying they had voted in favor of cutting the financing of Head Start and the Pell Grant program and had blocked a $35 billion piece of the jobs bill aimed at preventing layoffs of teachers.

“The Republicans in Congress have been trying to gut our investments in education,” Mr. Obama said. He described this initiative as part of a series of unilateral measures that the White House is taking because it does not want to wait for Congress to act.

In fact, many Republicans favor tightening standards for Head Start, and the reforms of the program announced by Mr. Obama on Tuesday date back to the Bush administration. White House officials said the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center, which serves 260 children from Delaware County, was an example of a high-performing center.

Mr. Obama’s criticism came during a week in which the Senate, after blocking several pieces of jobs legislation, seems likely to approve the first elements of the jobs package: tax credits to encourage companies to hire returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Obviously we look forward to passage of this very important provision of the American Jobs Act, hope it does pass, and the president will sign it into law,” the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said to reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One.

But the president was not softening his partisan tone, noting that his job-creation ideas could be paid for if Republicans were willing to allow millionaires pay somewhat more in taxes.

“There is no substitute for Congress doing its job,” he said to noisy applause. “If Congress continues to stand only for dysfunction and delay, then I’m going to move ahead without them.”

(Report by the NYT)

67% Say Strong Religious Beliefs Important in Presidential Candidates; 84% Have Favorable View of Jews

The Public Religion Research Institute has interesting poll results from two recent surveys. They write, “Two-thirds of voters say that it is very important (39%) or somewhat important (28%) for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs. However, roughly 1-in-5 (19%) voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had strong religious beliefs if those beliefs were very different from their own.”

Reuters’ take away: “When asked about specific religious faiths and the presidency, 29 percent of Americans would be uncomfortable with an evangelical Christian in the job, 53 percent would be uncomfortable with a Mormon, 64 percent with a Muslim, and 67 percent would be uncomfortable with an atheist as president.”

I asked the Institute why they didn’t survey how people would feel with a Jewish President. They referred me to their survey of late August which shows that 84% have a favorable view of Jews and 83% have a favorable view of Catholics. Therefore, the Institute concluded that few would have an issue with a Catholic or a Jew as POTUS, and therefore they didn’t see a need to survey it now.

67% in the August survey said they have a favorable view of Mormons and 58% said that have a favorable view of Muslims.

Reality Moment for “Occupy Judaism”

Matt Ackerman writes that Occupy Jews may have found themselves experiencing a passing moment of regret late last week when a stray tweet from the main Occupy Wall Street Twitter feed expressed its own “solidarity” with the latest “flotilla” attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. The tweet was quickly deleted, and the resulting tiff brought out the kind of condemnations from their erstwhile comrades that thrust them into the role of defending Israel (and themselves) online.

All the Occupy Judaism crowd wanted, after all, was that the Arab-Israeli conflict not be a subject of concern for the Occupy Wall Street set, whose grievances were presumably all “economic.” No matter. Saying this was sufficient to get one accused of being “in favor of genocide.” Despite being “vocally anti-occupation and against the Gaza blockade,” an Occupier of Judaism may just find oneself explaining that “taking a position against the occupation can be problematic because for some it means ending Israeli statehood.” (The less said about the pathetic sight of an American Jew in the 21st century tweeting pictures of himself holding signs calling for Israeli-Palestinian peace in order to prove his leftist bona fides, the better.)

The question of whether or not Occupy Wall Street is “anti-Semitic” has been unhelpful from the start, because if you want to make that kind of claim in today’s climate, you have to prove there is something at least vaguely Nazi about what it has to say, whether it’s something about Jews and money, Jewish government control, or what have you. It’s fairly said that people who think this way are likely no more than a fringe of this fringe.

What is probably not fringe, however, is the movement’s anti-Israelism, by which we mean the denial of Jewish collective identity and the right therefore of the Jewish people to a state of their own. That’s why it’s no surprise to see a group called “Existence is Resistance” (and, of course, “resistance is not terrorism”), as well as the views behind it, well represented in the “Occupy” movement from downtown Manhattan to Oakland, California. Indeed, the Judaism Occupiers have even written that “renouncing the state of Israel’s existence” may be a requirement for membership.

Tuesday 11/8/11 Updates!

> Perry Says Keep Military Option Against Iran on the Table.

> Perry Claims VP Biden Probably Knows That Obama’s Policies are a Mess; Perry Avoids the Cain Issue.

> A three-judge panel blocked Texas’s redistricting maps, a blow to Republicans that will most likely give Democrats more seats in the U.S. House.

> Bill Clinton Says Former Presidents Should be Permitted to Run for a Third Term After a Break.

> Romney Piles on Cain While Saying he Hs No Advice for Cain.

> Holder Again Says He Learned About Fast and Furious Only This Year, Despite Getting Memos About it in July 2010.

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