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Herman Cain Tells Poor And Jobless “Don’t Blame Wall St., Blame Yourself”
News One ^ | October 6, 2011 | Casey Gane-McCalla

Posted on 10/06/2011 11:46:55 AM PDT by americanophile

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain had harsh words for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and the people who blame Wall Street for their financial situations.

Cain would also claim that the “Occupy Wall Street” protests are possibly a planned distraction to make people forget about President Obama’s role in handling the economy.

Talking Points Memo reports:

Cain went on to blame the unemployed for their woes, saying, “if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”:

CAIN: I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! [...] It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsone.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blame; cain; default; economy; elections; extermination; genocide; occupywallstreet; unemployment; votecain
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I don't know whether this is accurate, and I have my doubts based on the source, but if true, blaming your potential voting base is asinine. He should be placing the blame squarely on Obama and the growth-killing policies of the federal government, not unemployed people who are trying to advance despite it all. Talk about reinforcing the worst elements of the stereotypes of conservatives as being the uncaring party of the rich. I hope this isn't true.
1 posted on 10/06/2011 11:46:57 AM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile
That's what Reagan would say.

And a reason why I like the guy.

2 posted on 10/06/2011 11:48:33 AM PDT by Selmore (Except for ending Slavery, Facism, Communism, and Nazism, War never has accomplished anything)
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To: americanophile

I should add, that my reaction is based on the fact that the article says he “went on to blame the unemployed,” which I read as a subject matter change and referring to the unemployed at large, not the idiot career moonbats occupying some street corner. Again, I hope that isn’t the case, but if is...


3 posted on 10/06/2011 11:49:40 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: Selmore

People seem unfamiliar with bootstraps.

Preach it Mr. Cain!


4 posted on 10/06/2011 11:49:53 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: americanophile

Finally, someone that will tell it like it is. I agree


5 posted on 10/06/2011 11:51:58 AM PDT by barmag25 (Cain vs. Unable 2012)
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To: Selmore
No it's not, don't be ridiculous. Reagan would have lifted people up with hope and spoken about the unique entrepreneurial nature of the American people and how government policy thwarts their rise...he wouldn't go for divisive finger-pointing at people down on their luck (provided were talking about the unemployed at large).
6 posted on 10/06/2011 11:51:58 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: americanophile

If this is actually how it “went down” - not a good way to say it.

There are ways to state this fact without coming across in a negative way.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 11:53:52 AM PDT by RockinRight (If everyone wants to ride in the wagon, then who is pulling it?)
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To: americanophile

Context is your friend.


8 posted on 10/06/2011 11:54:01 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: americanophile

The attitude that makes (or made?) this country great.


9 posted on 10/06/2011 11:54:42 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: americanophile
No what is asinine is Conservative refusing to defend what is right because it might be unpopular.

Cain is right. Self Reliance, not whinny dependence is the key to success.

This right here is why Conservatives continually lose in politics. You let the opposition defined the terms on the battle field of ideas. When one of your own trys to change that paradime, you shoot him in the back instead of supporting him.

Cowardice and shamless pandering is not leadership.

10 posted on 10/06/2011 11:55:02 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: americanophile

“I kinda like clinging to my guns and bible.” - Herman Cain


11 posted on 10/06/2011 11:55:16 AM PDT by Selmore (Except for ending Slavery, Facism, Communism, and Nazism, War never has accomplished anything)
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To: americanophile
...blaming your potential voting base is asinine.

Do you think that these airheads were ever going to vote for Herman Cain or any other conservative Republican? I don't, and Cain probably doesn't either.

12 posted on 10/06/2011 11:55:27 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: americanophile

It depends on who he’s referring to.

If he’s referring to the unemployed in general, he just stepped in it big time, and it’ll be used against him in the future.

He needs to clarify exactly what he meant by this comment.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 11:55:44 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: americanophile

Seems Watford City ND is growing like crazy. Job opportunities abound. Less than 1.5 day drive from Wall St., which has nothing to do with protesters’ complaints.


14 posted on 10/06/2011 11:56:07 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: americanophile
Boy you know NOTHING about Reagan.

Reagan is the one who coined the term "welfare queen".

15 posted on 10/06/2011 11:56:33 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: RockinRight

Warm fuzzy gibberish is not what we need as a country.


16 posted on 10/06/2011 11:56:55 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: americanophile

“I don’t know whether this is accurate...”

Why would you post this if you’re not sure? Sounds like you’re trying to color the water. Who’s being asinine. Try to refrain from being a useful idiot for the Left, or other Republican candidates-unless, of course, you’re stumping for another candidate.


17 posted on 10/06/2011 11:57:01 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: americanophile
Not everything is political. Some things are about individuals, not government.

I loved his response. Your post is just the typical Blame the Other Party for Anything Bad mantra.

Cain is 100% correct; if you are coveting what other people have, that means you 'don't have' and that is your own fault.

Only the uber-touchy are going to hear what he said and think he was attacking anyone who has lost their job.

18 posted on 10/06/2011 11:57:23 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made out of liberals...)
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To: americanophile

Your problem is you read bigoted propaganda sources. Go read what he said in it full context, not what some Leftist propaganda bot tells you he said.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 11:57:49 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: americanophile

I saw this interview. This is taken so far out of context it is ludicrous.


20 posted on 10/06/2011 11:58:01 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: americanophile

This is precisely the message obama constituents don’t wanna hear.

To quote Pogo, “We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us”.


21 posted on 10/06/2011 11:58:37 AM PDT by Amerikan_Samurai
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

A reasonable response! I’m beginning to think I’m totally out of sinc with the majority of thinking around here.


22 posted on 10/06/2011 11:59:02 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: americanophile

“He should be placing the blame squarely on Obama and the growth-killing policies of the federal government...”

While I don’t have a problem with what Cain said to a bunch of commie rabble-rousers making a mess on Wall Street and trashing free enterprise, I will agree with you on the above. Attack Obama, and keep the focus on him and out of control government.


23 posted on 10/06/2011 12:00:09 PM PDT by pallis
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To: RockinRight; americanophile; greatvikingone; AnAmericanAbroad

Sergeant Hulka: Lighten up, Francis!
24 posted on 10/06/2011 12:00:33 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: MNJohnnie

I wonder who americanophile’s man is?


25 posted on 10/06/2011 12:00:42 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: teenyelliott

It doesn’t really matter because the left will or already has dismissed Cain as an Uncle Tom.


26 posted on 10/06/2011 12:01:22 PM PDT by Amerikan_Samurai
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To: RockinRight

“If this is actually how it “went down” - not a good way to say it. There are ways to state this fact without coming across in a negative way.”

I agree. This is why Herman Cain scares me. He’s too inexperienced in Politics. I like his ideas, but this is going to be drilled into the heads of the American Public in a general election. There are a lot of people hurting right now and it doesn’t sound good. It sounds like he doesn’t care. That being said.....I agree with him, he’s right. Alot of unemployed people are unemployable. They squandered their opportunity in the greatest country on earth. Unfortunately, in politics, you can’t give your enemies a sound bite from H*LL.


27 posted on 10/06/2011 12:01:41 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: americanophile

There’s no one else TO blame. He’s talking to the lowest scum of the earth, “Occupy Wall Street” urchins. I think it’s refreshing that someone finally is telling it like it is. This is a much deserved cold slap in the face to the “gimme” crowd.


28 posted on 10/06/2011 12:02:31 PM PDT by albie
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To: americanophile

This is EXACTLY what we need.

The Marxists are always talking about “maximizing the contradictions” or some such.

What we need to do in the election is maximize the contrast with Zero, as Ronald Reagan did with Jimmy Carter.

This is NOT the right election to triangulate.

We need to present the American people with the clearest contrast possible between bankruptcy, socialism and misery offered by Zero on the one hand and freedom, opportunity and prosperity on the other hand.


29 posted on 10/06/2011 12:03:47 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss (Cain you hear us NOW?)
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To: This Just In

Romney.


30 posted on 10/06/2011 12:05:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: MNJohnnie
Actually, you're wrong. From the beginning of his First Inagural Address:

"The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.

Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity."

What does a deliberate lifestyle choice of dependency (welfare queen) have to do with the genuinely unemployed? Nothing. If you can't make a disctinction between those who want to work and can't find a job (currently more than 14 million Americans) and those who don't want to work and just want a government handout, then there's nothing I can do for you.

31 posted on 10/06/2011 12:07:16 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: americanophile

I’ve seen the interview.

IMO, not going to play well with the guy or gal who is delivering pizza with no benefits to support their family while sending out 80 resumes a week trying to replace a job that moved overseas, or their friends.


32 posted on 10/06/2011 12:08:08 PM PDT by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: americanophile

One of the beauties of the Hermanator (sp?) is he can tell it like it is because he’s not white. Cain 2012! Of course, he could be a great VP too ;)


33 posted on 10/06/2011 12:08:21 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013 (Obama: The Man, the Myth, the Marxist)
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To: greatvikingone

We shall see.

I just can’t imagine a swing voter who’s been unemployed for 12 months thinking he likes a guy that tells him it’s his fault, even if it’s true.


34 posted on 10/06/2011 12:08:27 PM PDT by RockinRight (If everyone wants to ride in the wagon, then who is pulling it?)
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To: MestaMachine

I was afraid of that.


35 posted on 10/06/2011 12:08:56 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: RockinRight

That person was never going to vote GOP anyway. They will vote for the party promising to keep thoese checks flowing.


36 posted on 10/06/2011 12:09:52 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: americanophile
Cain is right.

You want a job?

Get out of bed at 5AM, put on your boots and hit the street.

You'll find work in a week.

37 posted on 10/06/2011 12:11:00 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

That person is never going to vote for the GOP in any situation. They are going to vote for the party promising to keep the money flowing to them from “Obama’s stash”.


38 posted on 10/06/2011 12:11:02 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

I’m only concerned about two segments of the electorate:

1. Republicans
2. Swing voters


39 posted on 10/06/2011 12:11:11 PM PDT by RockinRight (If everyone wants to ride in the wagon, then who is pulling it?)
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To: RockinRight

Amen...


40 posted on 10/06/2011 12:11:37 PM PDT by ToxicMich (If I catch you sleeping in this space AGAIN, I'M GONNA KICK YOUR # "?/%")
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To: teenyelliott
No, it's not. It's the truth. Unemployment is clearly related to Washington's policies and Barack Obama and Dems are in control of 2/3 of the relevant government.
41 posted on 10/06/2011 12:12:04 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: albie; americanophile

The unemployed Mom’s basement dwelling punks occupying Wall Street have no one to blame but themselves. They need to forget about communism, take a bath, ditch the purple hair, get a haircut, unplug the nose rings, layoff the drugs, grow up, kiss their mommies goodbye and get a fricken life. And a job.


42 posted on 10/06/2011 12:12:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: No Socialist
And how does pandering to people who are never going to vote for you anyway help advance the Conservative agenda?

Sorry playing kiss face with the Left is not going to win you any votes. The left will always outbid you with the taxpayers check book

We tried your style campaign in 2008 with McCain, how did that work out for us?

43 posted on 10/06/2011 12:14:04 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: RockinRight
If this is actually how it “went down” - not a good way to say it.
There are ways to state this fact without coming across in a negative way.


So you are commenting on something based on a media report without doing you own homework? Here a place for you to find out what Herman Cain really said, and the context: Herman Cain Slams Wall Street Protesters: ‘If You Don’t Have a Job & You’re Not Rich, Blame Yourself’
44 posted on 10/06/2011 12:14:14 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: This Just In

Then I suppose no one should post a single story on FR, unless they’ve personally heard every statement and verified every fact. I’m showing some healthy skepticism about media reports...why is it that everything has to be explained around here as if to (nasty) children?


45 posted on 10/06/2011 12:16:06 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: Jim Robinson

Agreed. How about the rest of the unemployed? 14 million Americans.


47 posted on 10/06/2011 12:17:15 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: americanophile
I am sorry but your response is utter and total nonsense.

My point about Reagan coining the term Welfare Queen is factual. YOUR response by quoting a completely non relevant portion of Reagan's 1st inaugural has nothing at all to do with the point. There is nothing in that Rega quote that remotely resembles support for anything you are saying.

Read it again. NOTHING you posted there made any sense in response. It has NOTHING at all to do with the fact Reagan coined the term "Welfare Queen"

48 posted on 10/06/2011 12:17:35 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: americanophile

Reagan implement policies that helped the economy. And he did put a lot of blame on Carter during the election. I imagine Cain was taken out of context - but just saying “go out and get a job” implies that the President and congress have no power at all in which direction the economy goes.

Taxes, regulations, healthcare, and perhaps mainly the anti-American & anti-capitalism message preached by this administration are all causing companies to be leery of hiring, growing, or staying in the U.S.

Heck, even if you wanted to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and become a “rag man” and go around collecting old cothing to turn into rugs, etc. - just think of the license fees, inspections, etc. that would be required today! This is not your father’s Depression.

BTW - I heard one reporter talking about a guy that was at the Wall Street protest. He had QUIT his job so he could go protest the lack of jobs.!? (Okay - that idiot I would point a finger at!)


49 posted on 10/06/2011 12:18:17 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Selmore

Bitter Clinger!


50 posted on 10/06/2011 12:20:37 PM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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