Herman Cain is still running neck and neck with Mitt Romney and he leads the field in some polls. The pizza man has unexpectedly become a force in Republican Party politics. But there are many problems with Herman Cain that should deter citizens from voting for him. Here are 9 reasons why you should not vote for Herman Cain.
1. The Koch Connection: Out of all the candidates in the Republican field, none have a closer relationship to the billionaire Koch brothers than Herman Cain. Cain worked for the Koch funded Americans for Prosperity and several Cain campaign staffers worked for Americans for Prosperity as well. Cain refers to the Kochs as his brothers, which solidifies how close his relationship with them really is. The problem is, Cain would be a puppet for the Kochs to control. Cain’s “brothers” want to destroy the federal government which includes ending taxes, Medicare, and Social Security. And they want to eliminate the FBI, CIA, EPA, DOE, Department of Education and many other agencies. They also want to end labor unions. Cain’s connection with the Kochs is a dangerous one.
2. Sexual Harassment: Up to four women have come forward to claim that Herman Cain sexually harassed them in the 1990s. 7 in 10 Republicans say this isn’t a big deal. That’s hilarious, since they would be throwing a fit if the allegations were against President Obama. They’d be calling for his execution. Well, more than they already have at least. Remember when Republicans screamed bloody murder when Bill Clinton had a consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky? Apparently that’s an impeachable offense but sexual harassment is to be rewarded, especially if a Republican does it. Basically, Republicans are saying that Cain can get away with anything since he’s one of them. It’s not right, it’s hypocritical, and it shows an utter disregard for women.
3. Foreign Policy Gaffes: In order for America to lead the world, they need to know the world. And clearly, Herman Cain is ignorant of the world. That’s a dangerous aspect that voters really should look at closely. Cain says it doesn’t matter if he knows who the President of Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan is but that’s a bad thing since America uses a military base in Uzbekistan to help the war effort in the Middle East. It’s disrespectful and arrogant to believe that you don’t need to know things about other nations. Cain also fears that China is developing nuclear weapons and is implying that he would take military action to prevent that from happening. The problem is, China has had nuclear weapons since 1964. A large stockpile as a matter of fact. How can we trust a President who doesn’t know what countries have nuclear weapons? The answer is, we can’t. When it comes to nuclear weapons, you had better damn well know who has them, especially if you’re talking about war.
4. The Abortion Contradiction: Not many people have the ability to say one thing and then contradict themselves in the same breath. Herman Cain is one of those individuals. On the one hand, Cain believes abortion should be federally banned, and on the other hand, he believes abortion decisions are up to the woman. Essentially he was being pro-choice and pro-life at the same time. He was also torn between government violating privacy and government staying out of our personal lives. Cain then became more extreme about abortion, saying once and for all that he would ban it and that life begins at conception. This raises many questions. First, is Cain capable of thinking for himself or is he letting the extreme right wing thinking for him? When he makes a decision in office, will he then take the opposite position because a conservative activist told him to? Cain seems far too easily controlled by the extremists, especially the Christian Right, and that should worry Americans.
5. The Race Card: Cain once said he wasn’t going to let race be an issue in his campaign but as soon as sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him, he immediately played the race card, calling the allegations a “high tech lynching,” and comparing himself to Clarence Thomas. He made an effort to paint liberals as racist and says blacks are slaves on the “Democratic plantation.” Does anyone remember President Obama playing the race card in 2008? I don’t. As I recall, President Obama never accused Republicans of racism or race baiting. He simply moved forward, talked about the issues, and worked hard to earn votes. But Cain apparently can’t do that.
6. Hypocrisy: If there is one thing Americans hate, it’s politicians who commit hypocrisy. Herman Cain has committed his fair share but to keep it short, let’s review just a couple examples. Cain is part of the conservative crowd that criticizes the government and government employees. But did you know that Cain worked FOR the federal government in 1971? While studying computer science at Purdue, Cain worked full time as a ballistics analyst for the Department of the Navy. The government pretty much supported Cain while he pursued his education. And while Republicans and Cain criticize the Federal Reserve and call for it’s end, Cain actually served as deputy chairman and then chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the 1990s. Today, Cain wants to eliminate thousands of government jobs like the ones he once held.
7. Jobs: Speaking of jobs, Cain has a lot of experience with them. Destroying them, that is. Under Cain’s leadership, Godfather’s Pizza closed approximately 200 restaurants and eliminated several thousand jobs. Those are private sector jobs. Under a President Cain, it is likely that he would allow corporations to eliminate thousands more, since Cain supports the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labor overseas. It’s clear Cain is willing to sacrifice the jobs of thousands of helpless employees in the name of profit.
8. Relationship With The Private Sector: Another reason why Americans should not vote for Herman Cain is his very close relationship with corporate America. Not only did he own Godfather’s Pizza, he worked for Pillsbury before buying the pizza chain from them. Cain also headed the National Restaurant Association, a lobbying group for the restaurant industry. Cain also worked for The Coca-Cola Company and Burger King, and served as a board member for Aquila, Inc., Nabisco, Whirlpool, Reader’s Digest, and AGCO, Inc. Plus he has close ties to Koch Industries. If Cain were to become President, he wouldn’t be working for the American people and he certainly wouldn’t be working for the American worker and American jobs. He’d be beholden to corporations and would help them destroy unions, safety regulations, minimum wage laws, and would cut their taxes nearly to zero. Plus he’ll work hard to hand Medicare and Social Security to Wall Street. All in the name of profit.
9. 9-9-9 Plan: The ninth and final reason not to vote for Herman Cain should have been easy to predict. Where else could the 9-9-9 plan have been placed? Under Cain’s plan, he would replace the current tax code with a 9-percent business transactions tax, a 9-percent personal income tax, and a 9-percent federal sales tax. Basically, the poor and middle class would take a huge hit, while corporations and the wealthy get huge tax gifts. Every product you buy would be taxed at 9%. That’s 9 cents of every dollar you spend. If you spend $100.00 at Walmart, $9.00 would be tacked on for taxes. And this tax will be tacked on every time you purchase a product. So, if you spend $6,000 a year on food like the average American family does, $540 would be tacked on as taxes, and that’s not counting other purchases. What can you use that money for? Paying bills? Keeping a roof over your head? Education? As proof that the poor would take a hit, Cain stated that used goods don’t qualify for the tax, so if you dumpster dive, you’re eating tax free. The middle class and poor would be paying about 18% in taxes when you combine the sales and income tax portions of the plan, which is much higher than the 10% and 15% 2011 rates they pay now. African Americans will be especially hit hard. As further proof, Cain then changed his tax plan to 9-0-9 exempting those below the poverty line from paying income taxes entirely. If his plan was so great before, why change it? Clearly the poor were going to get a bad deal. The wealthy and corporations would be thrilled though. Their rate drops from 35% to a minuscule 9%. So while the poor and middle class struggle to pick up the tab, the wealthy and corporations get to continue hoarding money. It’s a bad plan that has nothing to do with creating jobs or paying off the debt. It’s about making the rich wealthier.
Herman Cain would make a terrible President of the United States. He has ties with corporate America, the Koch brothers, and the Tea Party. He plays the race card, sacrifices jobs for profit, and worked for the government he rails against. He changes his political position when demanded to do so and can’t seem to think for himself. He is ignorant of foreign policy and wants to increase military spending at the expense of domestic spending. In other words, he wants to raise the national debt to turn America into a military state in the vain search for security. The pizza man is not the man we need in the Oval Office. He’s a hypocrite and a pawn. Americans should not vote for Herman Cain and there are at least nine good reasons not to do so.