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HERMAN CAIN PROMISES TO MAKE UP BUDGET SHORTFALLS WITH PIZZA DELIVERY
October 31 2011
Washington, D.C. – In every political campaign, every single one, from high school candidates to labour leaders to Presidents, make promises they cannot deliver. Often those promises are genuine and heartfelt. The candidates believe firmly that they can make these things happen but for a variety of reasons, after taking office, they find that they either cannot or find that it would be politically poisonous to do so, and thus many promises end up being broken.
Promises though are what people vote on. People want the pie in the sky, they want the grand vision and when that doesn’t come to pass, they are often left dejected. That has never been clearer than in the case of Barack Obama whose ascent to office was built on promise and now that he has delivered on so little of it, the populace has turned on him.
That, in turn, has created a great opportunity for opponents. With his initial mandate a second term seemed all but assured but now weakness has crept in and political foes are attacking, making promises of their own, hoping to win over the crowd. Chief amongst those right now is Herman Cain who has already started to make promises should he win the Presidency, including running a pizza place out of the White House to feed staff and make up for any budget shortfalls.
“I’ll probably just create a Godfather’s pizza kitchen in the White House and make it on premises,” Cain told a reporter on the weekend.
Cain’s principle claim to fame in business was as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a chain which has no locations in the D.C. area.
It’s unclear if the White House location will also take orders from residents or just be for use by White House personnel.
“I have to say it would be a unique way to keep the budget in check. It would certainly be a first and fully in keeping with Republican ideals but it may, possibly, fall afoul of the law. It would have to be studied but generally using government building as a business location is at least frowned upon,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Lots of odd things have been built in the White House but an actual pizza chain, well that is new and might ruffle more than a few feathers, which of course Cain doesn’t seem to have an issue with.”
It’s likely that because of security measures the White House location would be delivery only.
“If he does get into office and if he does make this happen it would be a very unique event in American politics and could very well open up other government buildings for franchises. We could very well be seeing McDonald’s in the Pentagon and Starbucks in the Library of Congress. It would be a major change but would help with the budget issues,” continued Kinsey. “There will likely be legal hurdles to clear, but given the economic situation in D.C. right now, well there really is no better time to push that forward. Pretty soon all of D.C. could be monetized and that would only be good for the economy.”
A Burger King franchise at the Lincoln Memorial was scuttled under the Clinton administration.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent