Skip to comments.Herman Cain Tells Poor And Jobless “Don’t Blame Wall St., Blame Yourself”
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 Obamas role in handling the economy.
Talking Points Memo reports:
Cain went on to blame the unemployed for their woes, saying, if you dont have a job and youre not rich, blame yourself!:
CAIN: I dont 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. Dont blame Wall Street, dont blame the big banks, if you dont have a job and youre not rich, blame yourself! [...] It is not someones fault if they succeeded, it is someones fault if they failed.
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And a reason why I like the guy.
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...
People seem unfamiliar with bootstraps.
Preach it Mr. Cain!
Finally, someone that will tell it like it is. I agree
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.
Context is your friend.
The attitude that makes (or made?) this country great.
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.
“I kinda like clinging to my guns and bible.” - Herman Cain
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.
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.
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.
Reagan is the one who coined the term "welfare queen".
Warm fuzzy gibberish is not what we need as a country.
“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.
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.
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.
I saw this interview. This is taken so far out of context it is ludicrous.
This is precisely the message obama constituents don’t wanna hear.
To quote Pogo, “We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us”.
A reasonable response! I’m beginning to think I’m totally out of sinc with the majority of thinking around here.
“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.
I wonder who americanophile’s man is?
It doesn’t really matter because the left will or already has dismissed Cain as an Uncle Tom.
“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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
I was afraid of that.
That person was never going to vote GOP anyway. They will vote for the party promising to keep thoese checks flowing.
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.
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”.
I’m only concerned about two segments of the electorate:
2. Swing voters
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.
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?
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?
Agreed. How about the rest of the unemployed? 14 million Americans.
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"
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!)
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