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More money has been flowing into my campaign, absolutely, yes. I will tell you

conservatively that the fundraising has gone up 20-fold in the last two weeks.

President Obama has said he's going to raise a billion dollars to try and buy a second

term. Well, to quote one of my supporters, "President Obama might raise a billion dollars

to try to get re-elected, but the people of this country are going to raise some Cain."



 Books by Herman Cain


Leadership is Common Sense / Speak as a LeaderThey Think You're Stupid / This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House  


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This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House

By Herman Cain

While Herman Cain has been the host of a popular conservative Atlanta-area radio talk show called The Herman Cain Show, a different name originally captured American interest. As CEO, Herman Cain transformed Godfather’s Pizza from a company teetering on the verge of bankruptcy into a household word. Cain—as those with an interest in commonsense solutions to political problems will remember—is also famous for using the language and logic of everyday business to expose the fallacies inherent in Clinton assumptions about “Hillarycare” during a 1994 televised town hall meeting.

Herman Cain’s rise is the embodiment of the American dream. His parents, Luther and Lenora Cain, made a living the only way black people could in the ’40s and ’50s. Luther held down three jobs, including being a chauffeur; Lenora cleaned houses. They had two big dreams: to buy a house and to see their sons graduate from college.

With dedication and hard work, they made both these dreams come true. In this thrilling memoir, Herman Cain describes his past and present . . . and the future he is determined to create, a future that will put our country back on track. His message resonates because he describes the American reality, and his down-to-earth personal tale of hope and hard work is both unforgettable and inspirational.

Book Review by Kam Williams

I didn’t grow up wanting to be President of the United States. I grew up po’, which is even worse than being poor. My American Dream entailed working hard and . . . I became a corporate CEO, a regional chairman of the Federal Reserve, a president of the Restaurant Association, an author, and a talk show host before retiring at 65. And then I became a presidential aspirant . . . I’m a leader . . . When all the votes are counted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, we will be free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty! This nation will be free at last—again!”—Excerpted from the Introduction  (pp. 1-2)

One criticism leveled at Herman Cain by a lot of TV pundits is that he isn’t really a serious presidential candidate because he’s devoted so much time during the campaign to promoting his autobiography. Well, anybody who’s actually bothered to read the book would see that it really devotes as much attention to his political platform as it does to his private life.

One thing’s for certain, whether he’s reflecting on his childhood or addressing the issues, the charismatic businessman has a knack for driving home his point in readily-digestible layman’s terms. In fact, he’s able to break down any topic of conversation into a slogan with 3 simple tenets.

By now everybody knows about his 9-9-9 economic plan. But this opus reveals that he identifies himself as A-B-C, meaning American, first; Black, second; and a Conservative, third.

Then there’s his 3 steps on to success: R-O-I, which refer to Removing barriers, Obtaining results and Inspiring yourself. And how did the former CEO turn around the Godfather’s Pizza chain when it was on the brink of bankruptcy? Why, with Q-S-C! Quality, Service and Cleanliness.

According to Cain, “There are generally 3 types of people in the world. People who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people who say, ‘What in the heck just happened?’” And when it comes to appointing Supreme Court Justices, he says, “I have 3 criteria: conservative, conservative, conservative.”

You might be surprised that despite the apparent obsession with triads, he devotes an entire chapter to his lucky number, 45, in which he reveals that not only was he born in 1945, but that he expects to be the 45th President of the United States. If you’re superstitious, you might appreciate the other coincidences he cites, like recently writing an article with exactly 645 words, and eating at a restaurant named Table 45.

Numerology aside, I do recommend This Is Herman Cain for 2 (not 3) reasons. First, as an excellent reference articulating the Republican nomination contender’s positions. For, in a chapter entitled “The Cain Doctrine,” he elaborates on what his Administration’s policy would be on everything from the Economy to Abortion to Energy to Immigration.

Secondly, even if you’re not persuaded to embrace his right-wing point-of-view, you still might enjoy the rest of the text, a loving memoir crediting his late parents who labored as a maid and a janitor in Jim Crow Georgia to raise a black boy who beat the odds by growing up to become a captain of industry.

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Raising Cain

Campaigning to Retire the First Black President

Excerpts compiled by Rudolph Lewis


Herman Cain was born December 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother Lenora Caine (née Davis), worked as a cleaning woman, and his father Luther Cain, Jr., was raised on a farm and worked as a chauffeur, barber and janitor.  He grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. Cain, accepted for graduate studies at Purdue, received a Masters in computer science there in 1971, while he also worked full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Herman is an American businessman, syndicated columnist, and radio host from Georgia. He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a former chairman (Omaha Branch board 1989–91), deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Before his business career he worked as a mathematician in ballistics as a civilian employee of the United States Navy. He lives in the Atlanta suburbs, where he also serves as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North.

Cain married Gloria Cain (née Etchison), of Atlanta, soon after her graduation from Morris Brown College in 1968. His wife of 43 years, she is a homemaker along with stints as a teacher and a librarian. The couple have two children and three grandchildren. Disclosures filed during his campaign in 2011 categorized Cain's wealth as of that time as $2.9-to-$6.6 million, with Cain's income for both 2010 and 2011 combined being $1.1 to $2.1 million.

Cain is an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, which he joined at the age of 10.[31] The church is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA. A sometimes gospel vocalist, Cain performed on the 13-track album Sunday Morning released by Selah Sound Production & Melodic Praise Records in 1996.He writes a syndicated op-ed column, which is distributed by the North Star Writers Group. Until February 2011, Cain hosted The Herman Cain Show on Atlanta talk radio station WSB, a Cox Radio property.

His notable works include: Leadership is Common Sense (1997); Speak as a Leader (1999); CEO of SELF (October 2001); They Think You're Stupid (2005); This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House (2011). Cain also wrote "The Intangibles of Implementation" in the technical journal Interfaces (Vol. 9, No. 5, 1979, pp. 144–147), published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Source: Wikipedia

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Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain's campaign—By Ryan J. Foley—Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his "9-9-9" plan to rewrite the nation's tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans. . . .

AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its "Prosperity Expansion Project," and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state's AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career. Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.—Yahoo

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NPR Interviews Herman Cain


Scott Simon: Herman Cain joins us from along the campaign trail. Mr. Cain, thanks so much for being with . . .

Herman Cain: Thanks a lot, Scott. Happy to be with you.

Scott Simon: So how do you keep your campaign from going the way of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump - for that matter, every other front-runner?


Herman Cain: Here's how I prevent my campaign from being the flavor of the week, as some people call it. The difference is you got, you know, there's ice milk and then what I call Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut ice cream, which never loses its taste, and I could eat it seven days a week. It's called substance. If you look at what has allowed me to surge, it is because of the substance and the ideas and the specific solutions that I have put on the table more so than the other candidates. For example, I know you heard about my solutions to the economic woes that we have.

Scott Simon: Your 9-9-9...

Herman Cain: 9-9-9 plan.

Scott Simon: Well, let me ask about a couple of specific features of that plan. The 9 percent national sales tax, which would under your plan help generate revenue that would be lost by reducing payroll and corporate taxes to that matching 9 percent. A gallon of milk costs $3.89 in Iowa this week. It's $3.89 for Bill Gates and his family, $3.89 for a family that's struggling, so wouldn't a 9 percent sales tax hit families who struggle more than people who have means every time they buy a gallon of milk or gas or a loaf of bread?

Herman Cain: On a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread, Bill Gates and every rich person is going to pay the same tax as someone who's on the lower end of the spectrum. But Scott, I'm not going to play the class warfare card. You have to compare the taxes that they pay today. If you pick a certain income level - and I'll pick one and walk you through it, OK?

Scott Simon: Sure.

Herman Cain: I'm going to use $50,000 a year, since that's approximately what the median income is for a family in this country. Family of four, $50,000 a year. Under the current system, based upon standard deductions and standard exemptions, they're going to pay $10,200 in taxes. Under the 9-9-9 plan, the middle 9, they're going to pay $4,500. That leaves $5,700 to apply to that milk and bread in terms of the taxes. You have to go through the numbers for each individual situation.

Scott Simon: Mr. Cain, would you consider it important under your tax plan to raise to make certain - to raise enough revenue to keep Medicare and Social Security solvent?

Herman Cain: I would. In fact, the way we derive the 9 percent rate is that we calculated it based upon replacing all of the taxes that come in under the payroll tax, which you funds Social Security and Medicare. So absolutely I want to continue to fund those programs. So the revenue for Social Security and Medicare are still coming in and being collected using the 9-9-9 plan.

Scott Simon: The question we have to ask this week: The Justice Department says they've been able to stop a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. And they say that plan traces back to Iran. They've arraigned an Iranian-American man in the crime. Are you convinced that the government of Iran is behind the plot?

Herman Cain: Based upon the reports that I have seen, I am convinced, but obviously I, as president, would want to see all of the evidence that has caused them to come to that conclusion. Secondly, what we should do in response to that would depend upon carefully reviewing all of the information, all of the intelligence information, all of the military information, everything that we knew about that, before I could make an informed judgment as to what the United States should do.

One of the reasons that I believe that this happened, Scott, is that this president is perceived is weak, and weakness invites attack. I happen to believe that that's why they attempted to do something like this; to thumb their nose at the American people, to thumb that nose at the United States of America because this president is perceived as weak.

Scott Simon: So if anyone were to ask you what would you do now, you aren't in a position to answer until you've had a chance to see everything?

Herman Cain: Correct. Correct.

Scott Simon: Mr. Cain, I don't have to tell you that a lot of front-runners who have been in the second tier before that seem to get staggered when they get promoted to the varsity team because they get questions that - perhaps they hadn't quite thought out some of the issues and they get...

Herman Cain: Right.

Scott Simon:...they get some sunlight, or they get some attention maybe a little bit prematurely. What's that experience been like for you this week?

Herman Cain: Well, the reason that me being in the varsity tier doesn't throw me off stride is because if you look at my career, I have been in the spotlight at various times for various reasons. In terms of being in the spotlight, that's not new. Being in the spotlight as a presidential contender, that is new, but it's not like it's culture shock to me. So I happen to think that I, along and the people I've surrounded myself with, will be able to deal with being at this new level in this whole Republican presidential primary.

Scott Simon: Mr. Cain, you know from your business experience that, you know, you can have three people working behind the counter and that's just fine until the tour buses with 200 people get off and then suddenly you don't have enough staff.

Herman Cain: Right.

Scott Simon: Do you have enough staff, enough organization, enough knowledgeable people to compete state after state from here on in?

Herman Cain: I will by the end of next week. We didn't - we don't as of today, but when this surge started we started to ramp up in terms of hiring the people that we have. And since you brought up the bus, remember, my experience is different from Governor Romney's. He's been more of a Wall Street executive. I've been a Main Street executive. I have been running that Burger King restaurant when that bus pulls up and you're understaffed.

In other words, as a businessman who has worked in the trenches, you know how and when to go to the customers. And you generally find out if the customers understand the dilemma that you're in and you're doing everything that you can to service them, guess what? You will have happy customers and that's how you stay in business. I've had to do that many a time.

Scott Simon: Has more money been flowing to you this week? You know, the president's recently raised I think $70 million this quarter.

Herman Cain: More money has been flowing into my campaign, absolutely, yes. I will tell you conservatively that the fundraising has gone up 20-fold in the last two weeks. President Obama has said he's going to raise a billion dollars to try and buy a second term. Well, to quote one of my supporters, "President Obama might raise a billion dollars to try to get re-elected, but the people of this country are going to raise some Cain."

Scott Simon: Mr. Cain, thanks for all your time.

Herman Cain: Thank you, Scott.

Scott Simon: Presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Source: NPR Transcript

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Herman Cain’s 999 plan: a misleading pitch—By Glenn Kessler—13 October 2011—The Facts— The “9-9-9” label is actually a bit of misnomer. Cain would toss out much of the current federal tax code and replace it, eventually and only temporarily, with three taxes—a 9 percent income tax, a 9 percent business transactions tax and a 9 percent federal sales tax. On paper, the first two look like cuts, because payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare (now nearly 15 percent, including corporate contributions) would be repealed. The sales tax would be new, on top of existing state sales taxes.  

But note that we said the “9-9-9” would happen eventually—and then only temporarily. That’s because it is only the second step of a planned three-step process. The first step would cut individual and corporate tax rates to a top 25 percent rate (down from a current high of 35 percent). Then the final step would replace all of the taxes— even the 9s—with a national sales tax, known by proponents as a “Fair Tax.”  (As denizens of Washington, we find this three-step process to be highly dubious. It takes years, even decades, to fundamentally overhaul the tax code. Herman Cain is going to do this three times in his presidency? But we digress.)

Much attention has focused on whether Cain’s plan, in its 9-9-9 stage, would raise as much revenue as the current tax system. Bloomberg News had calculated it would collect about $2 trillion, thus falling short by about $200 billion a year. But Lowrie sent Bloomberg an analysis on Wednesday that asserted “9-9-9” would actually collect slightly more—$2.3 trillion.  We think the revenue question is beside the point. Anyone can turn the dials in their computer models to generate the assumptions they want. Michael Linden of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, for instance, estimates the plan would generate just $1.3 trillion.                                                                         

                                                                                                              graphic right by Chuck Siler

The biggest difference between the two estimates is that Linden thinks the 9 percent business tax would yield $112 billion a year, and Cain says he would get $862 billion — a gap that simply demonstrates how a few different assumptions can generate extremely different results. (Linden on Thursday updated his analysis, saying he had underestimated how much revenue the business tax would raise.)

Cain’s proposal is so radical that it makes more sense to examine the potential impact on taxpayers. A key part of Cain’s pitch for the plan during the debate was this: “When you expand the base, we can arrive at the lowest possible rate, which is 9-9-9.” “Expand the base” really means that more taxpayers will pay taxes under his plan.

Right now, nearly half of taxpayers don’t pay income taxes, but they do pay their share of payroll taxes, which amounts to 7.65 percent of wage income (though much of it is capped at $107,000). Cain would also eliminate the earned-income tax credit, which is intended to lift working Americans out of poverty. Many of these workers currently receive tax refunds. On top of that, Cain would introduce the new sales tax, which would affect lower and moderate-income people who spend most of their income on purchases, not savings and investments. Depending on how you do the math, people now paying zero or negative taxes might be faced with a 27 percent tax on income.

In other words, while on paper Cain is promising a tax cut, in reality tens of millions of lower-income Americans would face tax increases. People in high tax brackets—28 percent and higher—would likely see big tax cuts. (As part of his plan, Cain would also eliminate estate taxes and capital gains taxes, which, again, mostly affect higher-income people with stock and real estate investments.)

There have been several interesting analyses done on the “9-9-9” plan. Edward D. Kleinbard of the University of Southern California School of Law identifies several unusual quirks, including a “disguised one-time 9 percent tax on existing wealth — no doubt much to the surprise of Mr. Cain and his followers.” Kleinbard, former chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, says that “contrary to casual impressions, the Plan could be expected to raise substantial amounts of revenue, but does so largely by skewing downwards the distribution of tax burdens when compared to current law.”

Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan administration official who now calls himself an independent, also offered a critical examination this week on the New York Times Economix blog. He (as did Kleinbard) noted that the business tax allows for no deduction for wages, which he said “is likely to raise the cost of employing workers, even with abolition of the employers’ share of the payroll tax.”

Cain, in his television appearances, glosses over such details. “The fact that we are taking out embedded taxes that are built into all of the goods and services in this country, prices will not go up,” he asserted on MSNBC. “They will not go up.” He then gave an example of a family of four earning $50,000.  “Today, under the current system, they will pay over $10,000 in taxes assuming standard deductions and standard exemptions. I've gone through the math, $10,000. Now, with 9-9-9, they're going to pay that 9 percent personal—that 9 percent tax on their income. So that's only $4,500. They still have $5,500 left over to apply to this sales tax piece. …They are still going to have money left over.”

We’re not sure how Cain calculates that this family now pays $10,000 in taxes, but the reliable Tax Foundation calculator comes up with a much more reasonable figure: a total tax bill of $3,515—$690 in federal income taxes and $2,825 in payroll taxes. (The family gets a big income-tax savings from the child tax credit, which Cain would eliminate.)  So, in other words, under Cain’s plan, this family would instantly pay $1,000 more in income taxes. They would also pay additional sales taxes, probably more than $3,000, on their purchases. It’s unclear how the business tax would affect the family’s tax bill but it appears this theoretical family would get no tax cut but instead a 100 percent tax increase.

(The picture changes somewhat if you assume that all the employer-paid payroll taxes automatically would revert to the employee. We’re not sure that’s a good bet given the design of Cain’s business tax, but pro-Cain advocates make that assumption with their own tax calculator. But even under this scenario, the family appears stuck with at least a $2,000 tax increase.)

We take no position on whether it is good or bad to make the tax code less progressive. Perhaps in response to questions, Cain appears to still be tinkering with the plan. In Concord, N.H., he said on Wednesday that, among other changes, he would preserve the deduction for charitable donations and would exempt any used goods, including previously owned homes and cars, from the new 9 percent sales tax.

Source: WashingtonPost

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Herman Cain's Sorry Defense of His 9-9-9 Plan

 By Andy Kroll

They're wrong. That was front-runner Herman Cain's short and sweet defense against critics who said his 9-9-9 tax reform plan would hike taxes on the working and middle classes during Tuesday's GOP presidential debate. Cain's plan would wipe out the current federal tax code and replace it with a 9 percent sales tax, a 9 percent corporate business tax, and a 9 percent income tax. Cain took plenty of heat in the debate after multiple analyses of his 9-9-9 plan—this one by the Tax Policy Center is eye-opening—found it would dramatically increase taxes for the working and middle classes while dramatically slashing taxes for the wealthy. . . . But Cain repeatedly insisted that his critics—and the outside analyses—were wrong. "The thing that I would encourage people to do before they engage in this knee-jerk reaction is read our analysis. It is available at, he said. His plan, he went on, "is a jobs plan, it is revenue-neutral, it does not raise taxes on those that are making the least." Here's the problem: The analysis (PDF) on Cain's website doesn't support what he's saying. After reading it I called the group who conducted the analysis, northern Virginia-based Fiscal Associates, but no one answered; if they call back I'll update accordingly.

posted 18 October 2011

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Ann Coulter On Herman Cain

'Our Blacks Are So Much Better Than Their Blacks'

1 November 2011

Ann Coulter continued the conservative criticism of Politico for its article on Herman Cain during an appearance on Monday's "Hannity." Politico drew swift right-wing fire for its Sunday article on Cain, which alleged that two female employees had accused him of sexual harassment in the 1990s. (The article also initially drew a fair amount of criticism from some journalists, who said that Politico's piece was flimsy.)

Cain appeared on Greta Van Susteren's show Monday night to explain the allegations. Coulter used the same line of thinking that Rush Limbaugh employed on his Monday show: that the article is part of a process to tear down a black Republican. "Liberals detest, detest, detest conservative blacks," she said. "...This is now the second time a conservative black has had outrageous and what appear to be false allegations leveled against him." (The first, in her view, was Clarence Thomas.)

Hannity said that, while he was not downplaying the seriousness of sexual harassment, he felt that everyday office banter was being misconstrued too often as inappropriate. "These people are humorless," he said. Coulter brought things back to race, saying that some women had been quick to forgive Bill Clinton for his sexual transgressions, but were attacking Herman Cain. "If you are a conservative black, they will believe the most horrible sexualized fantasies of these uptight white feminists," she said.

Hannity wondered/  "Our blacks are so much better than their blacks," she said, speaking of Democrats. "To become a black Republican, you don't just roll into it. You're not going with the flow...and that's why we have very impressive blacks in the Republican party."HuffingtonPost

Exploring Romney's Shifting Stances

Cain, Gingrich Debate Lincoln-Douglas Style

5 November 2011

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich engage in a 90 minute debate hosted by the Texas Patriots PAC. There is no moderator and the two candidates discuss and respond to each other’s positions on domestic policy in The Woodlands, TX. The debate is divided into three parts, with each part focusing on one entitlement program—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. In previous media-moderated debates, Gingrich said repeatedly that should he be the GOP nominee, he would challenge President Obama to Lincoln-Douglas style debates.  Cain has risen in the polls recently with his 9-9-9 tax plan, but the media has focused this week on two previous settlements with women alleging he sexually harassed them while he led the National Restaurant Association. The topic will not be discussed at the debate.

The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of three-hour debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the 1858 Illinois Senate race. In the format, one candidate would start with a 60 minute statement, and his opponent would get 90 minutes to respond.  The first speaker then got a 30 minute rebuttal. The two candidates took turns speaking first.—C-Span

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Chicago Woman Claims Herman Cain Wanted Her to Trade Sex for Job—Randy Kreider—7 November 2011—Sharon Bialek of Chicago became the first woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment to go public Monday, describing an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president of the National Restaurant Association stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.

"I said, 'What are you doing?'" alleged Bialek, who said she had contacted Cain for help getting a job. "You know I have a boyfriend. This isn't what I came here for." According to Bialek, Cain answered, "You want a job, right?" Bialek claims that after the incident she rejoined her boyfriend and told him that Cain had been "sexually inappropriate."

She also said she had confronted Cain recently at a Tea Party event and asked him, "Do you remember me?" and that he had confirmed that he remembered her and he "kind of looked uncomfortable."  Cain campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon immediately responded with a statement that said, "All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone."  Bialek, now 50, appeared with attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference at New York's Friars Club. Two other women filed complaints of sexual harassment against Cain while he helmed the NRA, but neither has spoken publicly. On Friday, Joel Bennett, an attorney for one of the first two accusers said she would decline to come forward and discuss the case further.—ABCNews

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Cain says he won't drop out of GOP race—8 November 2011—Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP)—A defiant Herman Cain declared Tuesday he would not drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the face of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior."Ain't gonna' happen," Cain said at a news conference a day after a fourth woman accused him of unwanted sexual advances."We will get through this," he added, trying to steady a campaign that has been rocked by the controversy for the past 10 days.Cain denied anew that he had ever behavior inappropriately and said the alleged incidents "they simply didn't happen." He said he would be willing to take a lie detector test if he had a good reason. . . . "I don't even know who this woman is," he said of Bialek. "I tried to remember if I recognized her and I didn't."

Another name confronted Cain, as well, when one of his two original accusers was identified publicly by news organizations including The Associated Press as Karen Kraushaar, now a spokeswoman in the Treasury Department's office of inspector general for tax administration.When asked about Kraushaar, Cain said he recalled her accusation of sexual harassment but insisted "it was found to be baseless."—TheGrio

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Herman Cain in Michigan on Obama: ‘Beat him with a Cain!’—Philip Rucker—10 November 2011—YPSILANTI, Mich. – A defiant Herman Cain mingled with voters here Thursday morning, trying jovially to move past the sexual harassment allegations that have consumed his presidential campaign by training his rhetorical fire on President Obama. “How do you beat Obama? Beat him with a Cain!” Cain quipped to a table of supporters at the Big Sky Diner here. When reporters pressed him on what exactly he was suggesting with his remark, Cain said: “Cain. Herman Cain. C-A-I-N. Do I have to connect all the dots for you?”

Cain was upbeat as he addressed an enthusiastic overflow tea party crowd from behind the kitchen counter. He did not specifically address the allegations of harassment from former female employees, but he cast himself as the victim of a broader political and media establishment assault against his candidacy. “I’m gonna be the president of the people and not of the politicians because, as you can tell, they’re starting to come after me,” Cain said. “They’re starting to attack me any and every way they can. Since they can’t kill the ideas, they’re trying to attack my integrity and my character. But the American people are not buying that. They are sick of gutter politics.”—WashingtonPost

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Ginger White Alleges Sex With Herman Cain, Apologizes To Gloria Cain

Ginger White, the woman alleging she had a 13-year-long extramarital affair with Herman Cain, apologized to Cain's wife and kids Thursday.

"I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family. That was not my intention," White said in an interview with MSNBC. "I never wanted to hurt anyone and I'm deeply sorry. I am very sorry.

"I am not a cold-hearted person," White continued. "I am a mother of two kids. And of course my heart bleeds for this woman because I am a woman and being in a situation like this can not be fun."HuffingtonPost.

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Ginger White on Herman Cain's Exit, His Arrogance—and Her Sex Claims—Ginger White tells Leslie Bennetts why she went public and how Cain thought the ‘man was always right.”—Leslie Bennetts—5 December 2011—When I first started seeing Herman Cain, I lived in Louisville, but within a year I got a job offer here in Atlanta. I told Herman and said, ‘I may need help getting there—will you help me?’ And he said yes.”

For White, getting men to supplement her income that way “started becoming a game,” she said. “It was easy for me to get help like that. It makes you a bit cold. You have to be just as clever as they are, just as cold as they are, just as calculating as they are—and sometimes beat them at their own game. But I don’t want to be depicted as a woman who sleeps with men for money. I am not that woman. There have been a lot of men who sensed vulnerability and dangled a carrot, but I am not a bad person. I am a loving mother who has always wanted to make her own way and give her kids the best. I never wanted to take a handout, and I’ve said no more times than I said yes. I’ve said no more times than you can write down.” . . .

White doesn’t have strong political views herself, although she doesn’t share Cain’s conservatism, she said. “I’m probably more liberal, but it changes. Sometimes I don’t know what I am,” she said. “It’s never been political with Herman and I. But all of a sudden, probably two months before he announced, he said, ‘I think I’m going to run for president.’ I said, ‘You’re running for president? I guess we won’t be friends anymore.’ He said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ I guess I was wanting to define our friendship: Are we really friends, or is this just a very casual affair? He was pretty much confirming, ‘No, we won’t be friends.’ It just confirmed what I already felt. It wasn’t a love affair. It wasn’t even a friendship, really.”

After three failed marriages and the Cain disaster, White said she still hasn’t given up on the idea of finding someone to love. But one thing she’s determined to avoid from now on is taking money from a man she’s romantically involved with, she said.The Daily Beast

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Herman Cain and the Myth of Acceptable Black Behavior—Roland Laird—1 December 2011—Coon. Modern day Stepin Fetchit. Self-Loathing. Uncle Ruckus. Those are a few of the names some in the black intelligentsia have hurled with the velocity of a Satchel Paige fastball at Herman Cain. I have zero interest in Herman Cain the right wing political figure as a presidential candidate, but the visceral reaction to ‘Herman Cain the media phenomenon’ amongst the black punditry has me both riveted and perplexed. Yes, a couple of Cain’s lively antics at times seem a bit undignified to some, but the name calling by informed and intelligent people is surprisingly imprecise and exposes a one dimensional view of racial images in American popular culture.

Those black pundits that invoke images of Stepin Fetchit and Uncle Ruckus to describe Cain are falling into the unfortunate trap of substituting emotionalism for analysis. Everybody processes images differently, so I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to tell anybody how to feel about Cain, but I do think that once you veer into the analysis of image types, it’s important to look at the panorama of black images that have become a part of American popular culture, and put one’s emotionalism on pause when doing so.

When the black pundits liken Cain to the coon character, they are likening him to a character represented as lazy and devoid of any ounce of human drive or ambition. That ‘type’ was created to help justify oppressive American racism against black people in the pre civil rights era. This subhuman depiction planted an image in the American psyche. Every slow talking, slow moving black person that a white person had ever seen was baked into the coon character and broadcast to the world. . . . Fetchit became identified in the popular imagination as a dialect-speaking, slump-shouldered, slack-jawed character who walked, talked, and apparently thought in slow motion. (“The Coon Caricature”, by Dr. David Pilgrim, Ferris State University, October 2000) One need only watch a sliver of a Fetchit performance to see the accuracy of this description. Contrasting Fetchit’s shuffling, slumping gait and mumbling, slurred speech with Cain’s ramrod posture and crisp articulation begs the question, how could anybody make such a comparison?

The answer is complicated. Even Cain’s most diehard critics in the black pundit community would admit that Cain’s manner bears little resemblance to Fetchit’s. . . The most important of these images where Cain is concerned was the black comedic authority figure. This character first hit the American popular culture scene in 1973 with Sherman Hemsley’s George Jefferson character. Hemsley’s Jefferson was an opinionated and successful entrepreneur (sound familiar?) who graced the TV screen from 1973 to 1985. Other characters that came later were Robert Guillame’s Benson DuBois, and Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable.

If you count both first-run and syndication, each of these character’s have been seen thousands of times by millions of Americans over decades, and each of these characters in a small way chipped away at the racist stereotypes that for years were lodged in America’s psyche. Yes, they were comedic and at times clownish, but that fell in line with the formulaic nature of the American situation comedy. So despite their comedic extremes, they ultimately were also explicitly depicted authority figures that exhibited humanity. If somebody were to poll the contemporary white American electorate, I’m betting that the numbers of people familiar with Jefferson, DuBois, or Huxtable overwhelm those that have heard of Stepin Fetchit.PopMatters

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Performing Herman Cain—Mark Anthony Neal—The oft-cited example of Cain’s experiences at Morehouse College in the 1960s, where his father insisted that he “stay out of trouble,” in an era when Black college students were indeed starting trouble and changing the world for the better—even at an institution known today for its marked social conservatism.  This admission on Cain’s part, no doubt strikes a chord for potential voters who still read President Obama as postmodern Black Power radical, as embodied in the frank racial talk of his life partner Michele Obama during the throes of the 2008 primary season.

That bit of autobiographical positioning on Cain’s part was easy; more deliberate—and complicated—has been his performance of spirituals, at any number on campaign events.  His willingness to take on the role of the minstrel—the American brand of traveling bards who traveled the country, telling stories of far away lands, and not to be mistaken with the “black-faced” variety, who traveled the land embodying “the other” in Blackness—has in some way been a stroke of performative genius, no matter how uncomfortable it makes the Black rank-and-file feel. 

The songs are a gesture towards nostalgia, a way to make some Whites more comfortable with Cain, and clearly not a performance for simply performance sake; Cain has clearly been singing these songs all of his life and sounds pleasing doing so.  Quiet as it’s kept; Cain’s gestures were every bit as effective as the President’s “dirt off my shoulder” gesture, which quickly became part of the mythical lore that has characterized Candidate Barack Obama.newblackman

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Send in the Clueless—Paul Krugman—4 December 2011—The Washington Post quotes an unnamed Republican adviser who compared what happened to Mr. Cain, when he suddenly found himself leading in the polls, to the proverbial tale of the dog who had better not catch that car he’s chasing. “Something great and awful happened, the dog caught the car. And of course, dogs don’t know how to drive cars. So he had no idea what to do with it.” The same metaphor, it seems to me, might apply to the G.O.P. pursuit of the White House next year. If the dog actually catches the car—the actual job of running the U.S. government—it will have no idea what to do, because the realities of government in the 21st century bear no resemblance to the mythology all ambitious Republican politicians must pretend to believe. And what will happen then? NYTimes

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Close Ties to Goldman Enrich Romney’s Public and Private Lives—Nicholas Confessore, Peter Lattman, and Kevin Roose—27 January 2012— When Bain Capital sought to raise money in 1989 for a fast-growing office-supply company named Staples, Mitt Romney, Bain’s founder, called upon a trusted business partner: Goldman Sachs, whose bankers led the company’s initial public offering. When Mr. Romney became governor of Massachusetts, his blind trust gave Goldman much of his wealth to manage, a fortune now estimated to be as much as $250 million.  And as Mr. Romney mounts his second bid for the presidency, Goldman is coming through again: Its employees have contributed at least $367,000 to his campaign, making the firm Mr. Romney’s largest single source of campaign money through the end of September.

No other company is so closely intertwined with Mr. Romney’s public and private lives except Bain itself. And in recent days, Mr. Romney’s ties to Goldman Sachs have lashed another lightning rod to a campaign already fending off withering attacks on his career as a buyout specialist, thrusting the privileges of the Wall Street elite to the forefront of the Republican nominating battle. . . . But other elements of Mr. Romney’s personal and business ties to Goldman may prove more controversial. Bain’s mid-1990s acquisition of Dade Behring, a medical device maker with factories in Florida, has become a totem of the economic upheaval that private equity can inflict. Goldman invested in the acquisition, which brought the bank $120 million and Bain $242 million—but led to the layoffs of hundreds of workers in Miami.

Democrats hammered Mr. Romney over the deal this week. When Mr. Romney was building Bain into one of the world’s premier private equity firms, Goldman’s bankers clamored for Bain business, and won assignments advising or financing an array of Bain deals, including Bain’s 1997 $800 million buyout of Sealy, the nation’s largest mattress company, which it later sold. As Mr. Romney amassed his fortune, Goldman also offered up the services of an elite Boston-based team in the bank’s private wealth management unit. The relationship gave him access to Goldman’s exclusive investment funds, including private equity vehicles known as Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.NYTimes

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Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich for president—Kim Geiger—28 January 2012— Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich for president Saturday night in what was billed as a surprise appearance by the retired pizza chain executive. “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” Cain said in a brief speech at the Palm Beach County GOP Party Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach, Fla. . . .  “One of the biggest reasons is the fact that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot,” Cain said. “Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas. And I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president, and going through this sausage grinder—I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he’s going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America. We all do.”

Cain dropped out of the Republican presidential race in December after repeated allegations that he had inappropriate.—LaTimes

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McCain and Palin Are Playing With Fire—I—and, I suspect, millions of Americans like me, Republicans and Democrats alike -- couldn't care less about Obama's middle name or the ridiculous six-degrees-of-separation game that is the William Ayers non-issue. The Taliban are clawing their way back in Afghanistan, the country that I hope many of my fellow Americans have come to understand better through my novels. People are losing their homes and their jobs and are watching the future slip away from them. But instead of addressing these problems, the McCain-Palin ticket is doing its best to distract Americans by provoking fear, anxiety and hatred. Country first? Hardly.—WashingtonPost.

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Labor warns McCain about crowds—"Sen. John McCain, Gov. Sarah Palin and the leadership of the Republican party have a fundamental moral responsibility to denounce the violent rhetoric that has pervaded recent McCain and Palin political rallies," said John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, which has endorsed Obama. "When rally attendees shout out such attacks as 'terrorist' or 'kill him' about Sen. Barack Obama, when they are cheered on by crowds incited by McCain-Palin rhetoricit is chilling that McCain and Palin do nothing to object.

"In a world where unspeakable violence is too often promulgated by extremists, it is no small or trivial matter to call someone a terrorist or to incite potentially dangerous individuals toward violence," Sweeney said in a statement. "John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republican leaders are walking a very thin line in pretending not to hear the hateful invectives spewed at their rallies. McCain should end this line of attack in the strongest possible terms. Anything less puts McCain in the same camp as the racists and extremists who are bringing their angry rhetoric to his campaign events." Boston News 
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By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today.

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