Daily Archives: Oct. 31, 2011

Cain acknowledges allegations, professes innocence

One potential problem with a first-time candidate is that the person may not have been thoroughly vetted. Case in point: Politico reported that at least two female employees complained about sexually suggestive behavior by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. The women ended up receiving financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also barred them from talking about their departures. Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond to questions about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment. But after the Politico article came out Sunday, Cain acknowledged to Fox News that he had been accused but said he was innocent. “I have never sexually harassed anyone,” he said.

Worst ratings ever for Congress

Americans’ distrust of government is at its highest level ever, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. Only 10 percent of those surveyed said that Congress could be trusted to do the right thing. Meanwhile, only 9 percent of those surveyed thought Congress was doing a good job. The public is evenly split on President Obama, with 46 percent approving of his job performance and 46 percent disapproving. Obama scored highest on foreign policy, with 60 approving of his handling of the situation in Iraq. But only 38 percent thought Obama had a clear plan for job creation. However, that’s better than the GOP Congress. Only 20 percent of those surveyed thought the GOP Congress had a clear jobs plan, and 69 percent thought that the GOP policies favored the rich. Also of note, only 25 percent favored a full repeal of the federal health care law.

Huelskamp: Buffett wouldn’t want Obama as CEO

In a Washington Times commentary, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (in photo), R-Fowler, argued that Warren Buffett is undermining his own companies by endorsing President Obama’s policies. “Shareholders would be outraged if Berkshire Hathaway hired Mr. Obama as its CEO,” Huelskamp wrote. “But they should be just as outraged that the current CEO is championing the president’s ideas and ideology, both of which threaten and undermine the company’s obligation to maximize shareholder value.” Huelskamp, who recently called for Buffett to release his tax returns, also noted that Buffett only paid taxes last year on $39 million of his income of nearly $63 million. “Sheltering income from taxation is not exactly a testament to his confidence in Mr. Obama’s abilities,” Huelskamp wrote. Meanwhile, a Hutchinson News editorial said that Huelskamp looks bad going after Buffett: “Huelskamp apparently doesn’t know how to recognize when he has been outclassed.”