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Rick Perry gets his swagger back
Sacramento Bee ^ | oct 19, 2011 | Bud Kennedy/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Posted on 10/19/2011 10:55:39 PM PDT by Clairity

Gov. Rick Perry is back in the saddle.

Zeroing in on Mitt Romney like a prairie varmint and telling Herman Cain that they'll be "bumpin' tax plans" soon, Perry rode back into the middle of the Republican presidential race Tuesday night with some of his old swagger and his saddlebags still full of cash.

Ten weeks and four more TV debates away from the Iowa caucuses and the launch of election season, Perry remains the Anti-Romney.

If you're a Republican who can't stomach a former Massachusetts governor as the nominee, Perry has $17 million to win your vote between now and spring.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dumb; heartless; laraza; larazarick; perry; perryastroturfing; perrybot; toast
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1 posted on 10/19/2011 10:55:45 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: shield

Perry ping


2 posted on 10/19/2011 10:56:13 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Four MORE debates ?

Ugh


3 posted on 10/19/2011 10:56:43 PM PDT by onona (At the end of your life, you will be judged on love.)
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To: onona

It’s like a bad soap opera or reality show.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 10:57:21 PM PDT by onona (At the end of your life, you will be judged on love.)
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To: Clairity

...and Gingrich has announced he would seriously consider Allen West as his running mate should he win the nom.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 10:58:20 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: onona

Actually it looks like 13 (THIRTEEN!) more GOP primary debates to March 2012!!!

http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2011-2012-primary-debate-schedule/

(This link also has the videos of past debates)


6 posted on 10/19/2011 10:59:48 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

If he gave me that $17 million, I might vote for him, but that is a steep price for one vote.


7 posted on 10/19/2011 11:01:15 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: onona
It’s like a bad soap opera or reality show.

Let's start a betting pool on how many times Perry pauses for no apparent reasons or starts to lose his train of thought and wander off the track. I'm looking at the debate schedule and he should be okay for the next two at least - they aren't too far past his bedtime.
8 posted on 10/19/2011 11:06:28 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

How about counting how many times Cain flip-flops?


9 posted on 10/19/2011 11:07:29 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: All

The MSM wants the GOP to pick the least electable candidate.

Sorry, but Perry and Romney acted like a couple of little kids last night, and both are RINO’s.

Cain, Gingrich and Bachmann are the only real conservatives running.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 11:07:33 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: Clairity

Swagger might be back but not the poll numbers. Let’s nominate the Texas Congressman not the Taxes Governor.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 11:09:33 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Clairity
Perry has $17 million to win your vote between now and spring.

That's fine with me in this economy. He can have my vote for a nice set of 15" snow tires. Make that studded snow tires. I'm not a cheap date.

12 posted on 10/19/2011 11:10:24 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

First of all Perry IS a conservative and second of all, he is the only one with any chance to beat Obama.

Cain is proving himself to be a likeable salesman, even with some good, but not well-formed conservative ideas, but no substance, nothing that would qualify him to be a president. Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck are more qualified, if you only look at the gift of gab, and that’s all that Cain has going for him.

Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!

Texas, under Perry, on the other hand created as many jobs as all the other 49 states put together.


13 posted on 10/19/2011 11:12:01 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity
Perry has $17 million to win your vote between now and spring.

From the looks of the polls, he'll need that much just to win the primary in Texas.

14 posted on 10/19/2011 11:15:13 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Clairity
Did you know that the way he (Cain) turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!

If they were underperforming, why not? A business has a responsibility to maximize profits. If that means cutting deadwood, then he's acting in the best interest of the investors. Job creation is not.

15 posted on 10/19/2011 11:17:29 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Clairity
Texas, under Perry, on the other hand created as many jobs as all the other 49 states put together.

That's true if your only counting jobs for criminal illegal aliens. For Texas citizens, under Perry the unemployment rate has doubled.

16 posted on 10/19/2011 11:22:05 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Clairity
How's is that, did the little rino get drunk. Have not heard one person, excluding the former spokes person for obummer, that though he did worth a damn. So someone must be stuck on stupid.
17 posted on 10/19/2011 11:22:19 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Clairity

Any candidate that needs wants or apports a “swagger” can KMA.

IMO, a very inappropriate term to anyone (not lacking intelligence) lacking simple life experience.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 11:22:37 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Clairity
Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!

So, you are saying that he would have been a better presidential candidate if he had kept those restaurants open, and run the business into the ground?

Really? You really think this is a convincing argument????

So what would Rick Perry have done? Would he have made the "heartless", but necessary decision? Or would he have done the wrong thing, and then snipe endlessly at his detractors? I think we all know the answer to that.
19 posted on 10/19/2011 11:23:43 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: Clairity

“Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!”

Sounds exactly like what we need for POTUS right now. We need a serious spending cutter! Someone to get in there and cut, cut, cut. I would imagine we could find 20% of our government to cut, and many, many gov’t. employees to lay off.

He is qualified. Thanks for making that so clear.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 11:24:15 PM PDT by cinciella
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To: gimme1ibertee
...and Gingrich has announced he would seriously consider Allen West as his running mate should he win the nom.

Gingrich isn't presently on my list of those I'd vote for in the primary, but I could certainly get behind that ticket.

21 posted on 10/19/2011 11:24:53 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Read my lips! “NO NEWT, NO HOW!”


22 posted on 10/19/2011 11:26:28 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: cinciella

Helloo, he was cutting PRIVATE sector jobs. He didn’t turn the business around by making it do better, he closed restaurants. Anyone can close businesses — what we need is NEW businesses and jobs.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 11:27:28 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: af_vet_rr

Honestly, I felt sorry for the man. He seemed way over his head. I don’t see how anyone could think his performance was worthy of positive mentioning. I think he would get clobbered by Obama in the debates...and I don’t think Obama will do all that well. Now, Gingrich on the other hand...that would be something to see.


24 posted on 10/19/2011 11:29:29 PM PDT by cinciella
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I’d vote for Newt in a heartbeat...even if for just a four year term...and i don’t care about his history....he’d not have time to fiddle around with the nonsense...times are not as they were then and he realizes what is a stack and has more than the ability to get things going and to navigate the “heads” in washington.


25 posted on 10/19/2011 11:29:56 PM PDT by caww
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To: Clairity

Eventually Rick’s JOBS record, in an era when JOBS are the issue, will begin to matter even in Northeast RINO country, and his energy plan is the pay off, now topped off with his ever popular FLAT tax proposal. Rick is seen bringing not one, but three winning tickets to the PAY window.


26 posted on 10/19/2011 11:29:56 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick, who needs to pound the fiction flackers back into the Stone Age.)
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To: Prokopton

I thought I posted this to you already, recommending that you learn the facts, but maybe it was someone else.

Highly recommend you educate yourself about Texas job stats:

http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?s=perry


27 posted on 10/19/2011 11:30:14 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: cinciella

Of course, then Cain and others bought out Godfather’s Pizza on a leveraged buyout which is considered a rotten tactic.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 11:32:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Clairity

“Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!”

Maybe he can use this in his next debate, when he goes deer in the headlights and loses his train of thought.

“Texas, under Perry, on the other hand created as many jobs as all the other 49 states put together.”

This is his current “train has left the station” mantra.

My advice to you is to wait for OCT 26, which is when Perry’s econ plan comes out and talk positively about the plan...instead of attacking Cain with negative threads all the time.

You’re the bad owner of a dog that makes everybody hate the dog...and I like Perry. Basically, you are not helping Perry.


29 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:07 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Clairity

The point is, he knows how to turn something that is failing around, to make it successful. If he can do it in the private sector, he can do it in gov’t. (Thought that was clear).

If government shrinks, the private sector is empowered, and job creators can get back to what they do best - create jobs, not deal with endless gov’t. regulations and mandates. Government doesn’t create jobs, and that would not be Cain’s responsibility. His part would be in cutting government.


30 posted on 10/19/2011 11:33:53 PM PDT by cinciella
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To: re_nortex

Hey that is business. If he kept them open the Chain might have failed!


31 posted on 10/19/2011 11:35:13 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: Allegra

Newt and West...yep I’d be in on that one. West is really a man coming to his own in every way...so glad he’s in washington now...put with Newt they’d get things done with no learning curve getting in the way.


32 posted on 10/19/2011 11:35:45 PM PDT by caww
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To: Clairity
“Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!”

Two things:

1. That's how you turn around a struggling restaurant chain: close the under-performing units. Saves the jobs of the people working in the other 80%.

2. Isn't this exactly what you want to happen to the federal government? Get about 20% of it "disappeared"? Cain obviously is prepared to do it.

33 posted on 10/19/2011 11:38:14 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: caww

That would be a winning ticket for sure. Can you imagine the debates - Newt vs. Obama, and West vs. Biden???

That would be some great entertainment.


34 posted on 10/19/2011 11:38:23 PM PDT by cinciella
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To: rbmillerjr

“You’re the bad owner of a dog that makes everybody hate the dog...”

Have you told that to any of the vicious Perry haters who have been showing up on every Perry thread, mercilessly bashing Perry, including lying about him outrageously and continuosly insulting his supporters?

If you haven’t, then you are just being hypocritical, trying to find something to attack someone who dares to point out a few TRUTHS about Cain, such as his own words, that seem to change every day. He was for the fence, before it was a joke, then before he tought it’s a good idea afterall. Yes, that’s real presidential material.


35 posted on 10/19/2011 11:39:00 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Yes, Cain turned around Godfather’s by getting rid of menu items that were not selling, and closing restaurants that over-saturated regional areas.

You ignored the fact the he turned 450 of the least profitable BK’s into the most profitable BK’s in the country.

Again, he did this by analyzing the menu, deciding which items were poor performers and cut them or lowered the price on some.

He’ll do the same with Government programs - instead of these 5% “across the board” cuts some candidates are talking about, Cain wants to analyze each government program and decide if it should be cut by 5%, 50%, or altogether.

That’s the type of thinking that will resonate with the public, not the same old tired “across the board” spending cuts.

Cain is a demonstrable success in various economic ventures.

The POTUS is basically the CEO of the US and the most successful CEO of the bunch is Herman Cain.

His 9-9-9 plan is a winner, and will create jobs and turn the economy around.

I haven’t heard any of these other candidates come up with anything other than the same old cronyism and none of them are pushing a flat tax, a fair tax or anything like 9-9-9

None of them want to do away with the IRS because their friends like Warren Buffet will be able to avoid paying 1 Billion in back taxes since 2002

Then Buffet comes out and says his Secretary pays more in taxes?

Buffet doesn’t appear to be paying any taxes, seeing how he owes 1 Billion in back taxes.

It seems everyone is paying more in taxes than Buffet.

No more RINO’s - No more capital cronyism. No more earmarks and political favors and 6 figure pensions for government workers that retire at age 55. It’s bankrupting our country and is unsustainable.

Cain is the only candidate that isn’t the typical politician who will not change a thing once he gets into the WH like these RINO’s.


36 posted on 10/19/2011 11:40:57 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: Clairity; jjsheridan5; cinciella

“Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people — some job creator!”

No one goes into business to create jobs. The only reason anyone ever goes into business is to make money. And the only reason a businessman would ever hire somebody is if he helps him make MORE money. Until this simple truth is accepted and embraced (instead of vilified) there will never be job creation.

By cutting expenses and eliminating the non performing restaurants, he made the remaining ones healthy (saving lots of jobs), which allowed him to improve product and service and grow his business, make more money (and add more jobs).


37 posted on 10/19/2011 11:41:41 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: caww
Are you forgetting his clear stance and support of the Obama/Pelosi Global Warming agenda? And his lying through his teeth that he never did such a thing?

The man is a completely untrustworthy opportunist, whom if given the power, will thumb his nose at all of us while we watch him cram his real MODERATE agenda down our throats.

He is a professional TALKER like Cain, and a master of telling you just what he knows you want to hear. Never forget that about Gingrich. He has proven what I say countess times.

38 posted on 10/19/2011 11:42:00 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: onona

Combined with a viagra commercial...


39 posted on 10/19/2011 11:42:24 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Clairity
Did you know that the way he turned Godfather’s Pizza around was by closing 20% of the restaurants and laying off some 400 people...

Actually, I would be delighted if he could do the same thing to this bloated federal bureaucracy.

Honestly, they're all uninspiring, dismal prospects. Perry included.

40 posted on 10/19/2011 11:43:05 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood. Seriously.)
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To: rbmillerjr
“Texas, under Perry, on the other hand created as many jobs as all the other 49 states put together.”

I think beating that drum, when the facts of where these jobs went, to whom, and their level of pay is enough to put that drum silent...and the voters are learning it's not all that it's been cracked up to be.

Additionally if Perry doesn't get his act together on debating Obama will cream his machine.

41 posted on 10/19/2011 11:43:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: Clairity

Did you know that closing unprofitable stores was and is a good thing?

Why in the hell should anyone keep a red ledger operation open if there is no hope?

I’ve closed a few myself.

That’s life.

That was his job and that is the job of any CEO and CFO is to figure out what is salvageable and cut the dead weight so the ship can right itself.


42 posted on 10/19/2011 11:44:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

Well now MB hasn’t been attacked by Mitt, has she? Could it be she hasn’t done anything of interest and is only there to be his buffer? MB. And she has never attacked him or his mittcare. She just tells us not to worry - obamacare will be repealed as to drop the concern about gov’t healthcare so it won’t be a subject mitt has to deal with.

How would you like to be on the podium w/Mitt and trying to present what you would do for our country while Mitt is making accusations and snide comments to you. I doubt if you would let it slide and allow the audience to think it’s true. Mitt, the agitator, has nothing to offer and he can’t claim his past because it was so liberal, that the man - he claims he can beat - copied his ‘claim to fame’ - gov’t healthcare.


43 posted on 10/19/2011 11:45:31 PM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: Clairity

He stunk and appeared quite mad at Mitt. Perry is toast! Cain is able!


44 posted on 10/19/2011 11:47:19 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: presently no screen name

Cain has also been really easy on Romney. Have you noticed?


45 posted on 10/19/2011 11:48:47 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: af_vet_rr

save some pretzels for the gas jets


46 posted on 10/19/2011 11:49:55 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Vendome
That was his job and that is the job of any CEO and CFO is to figure out what is salvageable and cut the dead weight so the ship can right itself.

Rule of thumb in any restaurant chain: 80% of your problems are caused by 20% of your stores.

Probably holds true for any retail chain, I would imagine.

47 posted on 10/19/2011 11:51:45 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Clairity
Please re-read your post and think about it for a minute....closing nonproductive stores improves the business, Cain did not "close a business", he protected it.

That said, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable voting for him - the only candidates on last night's show that came off well were Newt (gasp) and Rep Bachman (still needs work).

48 posted on 10/19/2011 11:55:53 PM PDT by norton
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To: aquila48

“No one goes into business to create jobs. The only reason anyone ever goes into business is to make money. And the only reason a businessman would ever hire somebody is if he helps him make MORE money.”

Nice contradiction. You sound like those hippies on Wall Street.

Job creation is a result of someone risking their money by starting a business to make money. Making money results in most business owners expanding their businesses and hiring more people, creating more jobs, expanding the tax base, creating a positive economic cycle, and so on.

Do you think business owners, who often work 18 hours a day (Owning a business is 24/7) have it easy?

They risk their investment, put in long hours, have far more responsibilities than their workers and they create jobs.

IDK why you even posted what you did, as you are stating the obvious, and talking as if creating jobs is a bad thing.


49 posted on 10/19/2011 11:56:25 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: aquila48

“No one goes into business to create jobs. The only reason anyone ever goes into business is to make money. And the only reason a businessman would ever hire somebody is if he helps him make MORE money. Until this simple truth is accepted and embraced (instead of vilified) there will never be job creation.

By cutting expenses and eliminating the non performing restaurants, he made the remaining ones healthy (saving lots of jobs), which allowed him to improve product and service and grow his business, make more money (and add more jobs).”

Sounds like Cain did the same kind of cost cutting, pairing down, that Romney did at Bain Capital. Interesting. But both of them being businessmen, it makes sense.


50 posted on 10/19/2011 11:57:26 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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