Orthodox Jews Back Perry; McCain Stumps for Scott Brown

Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 03:12 PM

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1. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Touted for Perry Cabinet Post
2. McCain Fundraising for Scott Brown
3. Orthodox Jews Backing Evangelical Rick Perry
4. Obamacare Will Kill Many Full-Time Jobs
5. GE Bills Taxpayers $490 Million for Wind-Energy Project
 

1. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Touted for Perry Cabinet Post

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry sees eye to eye with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on defunding of the United Nations and he should consider her for a high post in his administration if he wins the election, according to an editorial in The New York Sun.

During Tuesday's GOP debate in Nevada, Perry raised the U.N. as an issue during a discussion about foreign aid. The Texas governor agreed that foreign aid could be curtailed, then turned to the world body: "As a matter of fact I think it's time for us to have a very serious discussion about defunding the United Nations."

The remark was greeted with applause from the audience.

Perry continued: "When you think about the Palestinian Authority circumventing those Oslo Accords and going to New York to try to create the conflict and to have themselves approved as a state without going through the proper channels, [it] is a travesty. And I think it's time not only to have that entire debate about all of our foreign aid but about the U.N. Why are we funding that organization?"

Florida Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has been an outspoken critic of the U.N. She chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has approved a bill that would give America discretion over how, or even whether, it pays for U.N. activities.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax in September, she pointed out that American taxpayers last year gave $7.7 billion to the United Nations, accounting for 22 percent of its operating budget and 27 percent of its peacekeeping operations. "What are we getting in return? We're getting an agency that votes against us at every opportunity," she said.

"I say let's change this around. If we don't like the Human Rights Council, then let's not fund it. We should pick and choose cafeteria style which groups we want to help."

She asserted that the U.N. is an "anti-Semitic organization" that consistently denigrates Israel while elevating the Palestinian cause, adding: "It's time we used our leverage to reform the U.N., and if not we need to get our money out of there. We have a lot better uses for $7.7 billion every year."

The Sun editorial stated: "Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen has long struck us, and increasingly so every time we write about her, as someone with national potential, though she is, because she was born at Cuba and is not a natural-born citizen, ineligible to accede as either vice president or president. But secretary of state or other high office [is possible].

"Clearly we're a long way from the point where Mr. Perry is going to be thinking about an administration. He's got to win the nomination first, and he's got some stumbling to get over if he is going to be a contender. But he picked a good issue with the United Nations. What luck that there is a powerful figure in the Congress who could be of help — a brilliant, hard-line, anti-communist, pro-freedom Latina from Florida.

"If Mr. Perry is going to go after the United Nations, Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen is the teammate to seek."

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2. McCain Fundraising for Scott Brown

John McCain has sent out a fundraising email on behalf of his fellow Republican Sen. Scott Brown's re-election campaign in Massachusetts, warning that "the Democrats are coming after Scott with everything they've got."

In the email sent on Tuesday, the Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee stated: "The Reid-Pelosi establishment in D.C. also went out of their way to recruit Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren to run against him. Warren and her special interest allies have already raised more than $3 million for her campaign coffers.

"With her class warfare rhetoric and her anti-capitalism views, Elizabeth Warren has the ability to raise millions of dollars from the far left fringe who are attempting to divide our country right now. That's why Scott needs your help."

Brown is seeking his first full six-year term since winning a special election in January 2010 to replace the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. Warren, a Harvard Law School teacher, is one of five Democrats seeking to challenge Brown in November 2012, the Boston Globe reported.

McCain added in his note: "Since his election, Scott has stayed true to his word, representing his state with a strong independent voice. Scott has fought higher taxes and out-of-control spending, and been a strong advocate on national security policies important to keeping our country safe from terrorist attack."

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3. Orthodox Jews Backing Evangelical Rick Perry

Orthodox Jews are supporting Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry due to his strong advocacy for Israel and Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank.

The evangelical Christian's Orthodox Jewish backers "resemble the type of voters that caused a political sensation in August by helping to hand New York's 9th Congressional District over to the Republican Party" and its staunchly pro-Israel candidate, the Jewish publication Forward observed.

"For these Jewish voters, the charismatic governor's alignment with Israel's right wing and his conservative values make him an ideal candidate."

At a late September press conference, Perry appeared with Orthodox leaders and attacked the Obama administration's policy of "appeasement" that encouraged the Palestinian effort for statehood at the United Nations.

Perry vowed his support for a united Jerusalem, and rejected a freeze on Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, which American Orthodox Jews strongly oppose.

Appearing with Perry was Joseph Frager, chairman of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, an organization that buys lands and homes in mostly Palestinian East Jerusalem and moves Jews into them. Frager said Perry "has strong views on Israel that are in line with my views, to a great extent."

Perry is "not one of those who call themselves friends of Israel but view that as an excuse to twist Israel's arm," Jeff Ballabon, a public relations expert who helped President George W. Bush gain support in the Orthodox community, told Forward.

"He recognizes that Israel exists under constant pressure and that true friendship is to give Israel support while it navigates its way to peace."

Perry, "who wears his Christian beliefs proudly," Forward noted, also gains favor among Orthodox Jews for a conservative set of values that includes opposition to abortion rights and same-sex marriage, and questioning of evolution.

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4. Obamacare Will Kill Many Full-Time Jobs

Obamacare has been promoted as a benefit to lower-income workers who can't currently afford health insurance, but in fact President Barack Obama's healthcare reform will price many unskilled workers out of full-time employment.

A new report from the Heritage Foundation shows that after an employer pays a worker's new healthcare premiums, along with the minimum wage, payroll taxes, and unemployment insurance taxes as required, the full-time worker will cost the employer at least $10.03 per hour, or $20,063 a year.

A full-time worker with a family health plan will cost an average of $13.75 an hour, or $27,501 a year.

"Employers who hire workers with productivity below these rates will lose money," according to the report written by James Sherk, a senior policy analyst in labor economics in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation.

Many of these employers will respond to the higher costs by dumping workers onto the government healthcare exchanges. This will cost the employer a $2,000 penalty for each full-time worker, far less than the cost of health premiums but still a $1 per hour increase in full-time employment costs.

The employer mandate in the healthcare bill will also encourage employers to replace full-time workers with part-time employees, since Obamacare does not penalize employers for not providing health benefits to these workers.

"Obamacare hurts less skilled workers," Sherk observes.

"It raises the minimum productivity required for them to hold a full-time job, particularly workers with families. Workers who cannot produce at least $20,000 per year (single plan) or $27,500 per year (family plan) of value to employers will have serious difficulty finding full-time jobs. Many of these workers will have to either live off reduced income from part-time hours or juggle the schedules of multiple part-time jobs."

The cost to employers will actually be higher in a number of states that have a minimum wage greater than the federal rate. State unemployment insurance taxes and healthcare costs also vary.

The most expensive state for employing workers is Connecticut, where full-time employees with family plans cost employers $15.27 per hour, or at least $30,550 a year.

Oklahoma has the lowest employment costs, $11.92 an hour for workers with families.

Sherk concludes: "The weak economy has made it difficult for unskilled individuals to find work. Obamacare will make it even more difficult for them to obtain full-time jobs."

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5. GE Bills Taxpayers $490 Million for Wind-Energy Project

In a blatant example of corporate welfare, General Electric is receiving $490 million from the Energy Department to build a wind-energy facility — even though GE has a market capitalization of some $170 billion.

GE and its partners are also getting a $1.06 billion loan guarantee for the Shepherds Flat project in northern Oregon — a guarantee similar to the $529 million one that solar energy firm Solyndra received from the government before it went bankrupt.

One other point to note: GE's CEO Jeffrey Immelt is the head of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

"The Obama administration's loan guarantee for the now-bankrupt Solyndra has garnered lots of attention, but the Shepherds Flat deal is an even better example of corporate welfare," Robert Bryce writes for National Review Online.

"The majority of the funding for the $1.9 billion, 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat wind project is coming courtesy of federal taxpayers," he notes, and "not only is the Energy Department giving GE and its partners a $1.06 billion loan guarantee, but as soon as GE's 338 turbines start turning at Shepherds Flat, the Treasury Department will send the project developers a cash grant of $490 million."

GE and its partners, which include Google, will enjoy an estimated return on equity of 30 percent, while over the past year the average electric utility's return on equity has been around 7 percent, according to Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future."

He asks why the administration is providing subsidies to GE, which paid little or no federal income taxes last year despite earning some $5.1 billion in profits from its American operations.

And he wonders why Immelt can head Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness when Obama has consistently criticized the oil and gas industry for exploiting what he claims are excessive tax breaks.

As for the permanent "green energy jobs" being created by the wind project, CNN Money has estimated the number to be 35. Taking into consideration only the $490 million grant and ignoring the loan guarantee, the cost of each job will be about $14 million.

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