American Elephants

Herman Cain Announces a Run for the Presidency. by The Elephant's Child

Herman Cain, former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza is an American businessman, political activist, columnist and radio host from Georgia.  He is a former deputy chairman and chairman of the civilian board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He worked for the Department of the Navy in ballistics.  He has a BA in Mathematics (someone who can do math is really welcome) and a Master of Science in computer science from Purdue. He is the author of four books.

He began as a business analyst for Coca-Cola, joined Pillsbury and rose to vice president.  As president-elect of the National Restaurant Association he challenged the Clinton health care plan, it’s employer mandate and effect on small businesses. He has addressed more than 40 Tea Party rallies, and is a favorite of many Tea Party members.  He urges a non-federally subsidized stimulus of permanent tax cuts. He’s an excellent speaker, and an immensely likeable candidate.

The media is anxious to declare this a quarrelsome race in a disorganized Republican party. It is more than a year-and-a-half  before the next election. The fact that President Obama has already started his full-time campaign doesn’t make the Republicans disorganized nor the Obama campaign propitious.  But then Obama has always liked campaigning and raising money more than actually working.

Tim Pawlenty’s Campaign Announcement by The Elephant's Child

Tim Pawlenty will announce his campaign for the office of President of the United States on Monday.  He has been a successful Republican governor of Minnesota for two terms, in a state where the Minnesota Democratic Farm-Labor Party  has been dominant.

He served on the Eagan City Council, in the Minnesota House of Representatives,  was reelected five times, and became House Majority Leader when the Republicans became the majority party in the Legislature in 1998.

In an era of disastrous state budget problems, Pawlenty has done well, and received an ‘A’ grade from the Cato Institute’s ranking of governors. He has been forthright about his mistakes — everybody makes some — and simply said he was wrong  when he signed on to the Center for Climate Strategies seductive global warming campaign. He served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

Wikipedia’s article on Pawlenty has many holes, which will surely be filled in promptly as he becomes a presidential candidate.  He is a conservative Republican with a significant record of accomplishment, and an important candidate.

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