in spite of the fact that the right wing party promotes ideas that are often in direct conflict with the religious- ideas and attitudes about caring about the poor, sick, etc.
And Democrats are quick to paint distorted pictures of Republicans, because it serves their political gain.
I doubt there is a big difference between the compassion of Republicans versus Democrats. The evidence that Republicans have compassion is easy to find, look at their donations to charity. Painting a picture that Republicans promote ideas that are in direct conflict with religious ideas of caring is a misunderstanding on your part. On a whole Republicans believe government should be limited, and should not promote social causes good or bad as a matter or principle, and this has little to do with their level of compassion. I submit that you fall in the same bit of crowd driven thinking we all do, you listen to those who align with the views you want to believe (a little like those religious people you call nutty) ignoring the actual evidence to the contrary because it does not fit with your belief.
"If God created the universe, then who created God?" Her answer, "God always was", did not sound at all convincing to me.
The alternative explanation that the universe always was or just formed from nothing is not much better than your mother's answer.
If the job listing mentions Linux, you better have lots of stuff on your resume about Linux. If the company makes network products you better have lots of stuff indicating networking knowledge.
When you come into the interview you should review these topics, if you need to learn a new programming language or subject matter, do it, and even it was obvious you just learned it for the job it would reflect very well that you have the aptitude to learn the skills you need to contribute.
Assuming you actually have an interest in what the company does, demonstrate that, learn about their products before you come into the interview. Demonstrate your curiosity by asking questions about things you don't understand about the products.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton made changes to the Community Reinvestment Act to make mortgages more obtainable for lower and lower-middle class families. In 1998 the Federal Bank of Boston issued a report entitled “Closing the Gap: A Guide to Equal Opportunity Lending." The 30 page document was intended to serve as a guide to loan officers to help curb discriminatory lending  "Closing the Gap," instructs banks to hire based upon diversity needs, sweeten the compensation structure for working with lower income applicants, encourages shifting high risk, low income applications to the sub prime market, by saying "the secondary market [Subprime Market] is willing to consider ratios above the standard 28/36," and "Lack of credit history should not be seen as a negative factor."
From wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Motors http://www.drivingtoday.com/news_this_week/2009-07-17-4337-driving/index.html#axzz2U4akRe2c
The low-interest loans are not related to the "bailout" funds that GM and Chrysler have received, nor are they related to the 2009 economic stimulus package. The Department of Energy loan program was created in 2007 during the George Bush administration in order to get more fuel-efficient vehicle options to U.S. consumers and to decrease the country's dependence on foreign oil.