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Cainís Caustic Columns
National Review ^ | October 17, 2011 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 10/17/2011 8:26:37 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

Call it the Cain canon.

Starting in 2005, Herman Cain has penned a weekly syndicated column. Week after week, he shares his opinions on the political issues and policies driving the news. The portrait that emerges from reading them over the years is consistent with the charismatic figure who has captured the momentum in the GOP presidential race. With the column’s common-sense attitude, blunt phrases, and occasional jokes, you can practically hear Cain saying the words.

Sometimes he has said the words: “sneak-a-taxes” and the Chilean model both have column cameos. And while Cain doesn’t shy from hammering away at politicians he dislikes and policies he opposes, he also notes that “hope and optimism, not fear, motivate and inspire voters” — a statement sure to ring true to anyone following his candidacy. His goofiness is present in some columns: “Fighting liberalism while playing by their rules is like challenging Superman to a bullet-deflecting contest and the winner gets a date with Lois Lane. You will lose, and Superman gets the girl.” Before he became the pizza candidate (“DEEP DISH!”), Cain embraced his reputation, writing, “I will bet anyone a pepperoni pizza on that prediction.”

Lacking political experience, Cain doesn’t have a record for voters to paw through. But in these columns, he took positions time after time on issues ranging from health care to entitlement reform to TARP. There may not quite be 999 positions worth noting, but here are twelve key components of Cain’s political and policy outlook:

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1 posted on 10/17/2011 8:26:43 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

But don’t you understand? According to the GOP Establishment, unless you are a proud card carrying member of their club, you have no record and therefore cannot be a serious candidate for President.

/S


2 posted on 10/17/2011 8:29:32 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: rightwingintelligentsia

National Review: The ‘think’-tank of the RINO Elite.


3 posted on 10/17/2011 8:35:46 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good article.

The clear takeaway is that Cain understands very well the difference between being a Republican and being a Conservative. Finally!

His willingness to call out GW Bush, Gingrich, and Santorum for their past willingness to cozy up to liberal Democrats, make deals, and spend tax money on big gov’t programs underscores why he is fundamentally different. Coming from outside the political system, he has no “political debts” to repay, owes no favors, and can be true to himself.

Thanks for posting.


4 posted on 10/17/2011 8:38:17 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Lol. “Caustic” Cain’s columns are well-written and good-natured in tone. “Caustic” means “doesn’t agree with my liberal stupidity.”


5 posted on 10/17/2011 8:39:02 AM PDT by magritte
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To: MNJohnnie

That is so right. I can’t even count how many times in the past month certain people who are supporting a certain governor have written here that he is an unknown with no record. They have said that he is a blank slate like Obama that people are pinning their own dreams on. No, Herman Cain has a large body of work that shows that WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET.


6 posted on 10/17/2011 8:39:41 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Some cleaning jobs REQUIRE the use of caustic substance.


7 posted on 10/17/2011 8:40:22 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; MNJohnnie

....not another CAIN thread. *grinning broadly*
here comes the Perry/RomneyBOTs
....Go ahead CAIN, beat 0Balahblah w/ the truth / facts.

8 posted on 10/17/2011 8:40:32 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“He was a staunch supporter of TARP.”

Here’s my question as regards TARP - were the TARP funds (or the vast majority of the TARP funds) paid back to the feds or not?

I’m not a big fan of TARP, but I’m not an expert on economics at the macro level either, and given the stakes at the time, and the intellectual heft of *some* (not all) of the pros who’ve defended TARP, I wouldn’t hold TARP support against someone *if* those funds (or most of those funds) had been repaid.

Now I do realize that even if the feds got back 80% of the TARP money, it was all just flushed down some alternate toilet - but the blame for that should go on the Obama gang, not Cain or other TARP supporters.


9 posted on 10/17/2011 8:40:32 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

NRO does have RINO elite tendencies for sure: but did you read this? It did not seem like a hit piece to me. I don’t like the use of the word goofy, but overall the tone was neutral to positive.


10 posted on 10/17/2011 8:41:28 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m voting for Mr Cain BECAUSE of his record.
Unlike the Marxist poser we now have as Prez.
Ibama’s only accomplishment, other than being professional sh@t disturber, is running for political office.
Actually,to be fair Ibama has done a lot more..all of it detrimental.
Go Cain!


11 posted on 10/17/2011 8:44:03 AM PDT by Leep
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I did read it. It didn’t really take much of a position other than words like ‘goofy’ and ‘caustic’, but it read more like opposition research than an article.

Romney’s burning money like crazy and doesn’t have much cash-on-hand, so I guess they took it upon themselves to help him out.


12 posted on 10/17/2011 8:48:13 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
The ‘think’-tank of the RINO Elite.

somehow...i don't "think-tank" applies......
maybe "PanderBears" comes to mind

....my, how NR has fallen...since William F. died.


13 posted on 10/17/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Wasn’t that bad of an article from the Cain perspective. I suspect the word “caustic” in the headline was not the author’s suggested title.


14 posted on 10/17/2011 8:51:46 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I didn’t see any details of the Chilean non-social security. I’ve only read one article about it that says it is required by governent for workers to add 10% of their income to a retirement account. Not really a tax but a must pay. Maybe you saw something in this article about it and I missed it.

Does anyone have more information about this?

I’ve read lots of articles about 9 9 9 but only read this once.


15 posted on 10/17/2011 8:52:55 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

National Re-puke and the Weakly Stranded......RINOs on Parade...........


16 posted on 10/17/2011 8:57:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

That one use of the word, ‘goofy’, tells you their mindset............


17 posted on 10/17/2011 8:58:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yawn


18 posted on 10/17/2011 9:01:35 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Red Badger

>> That one use of the word, ‘goofy’, tells you their mindset............>>

NRO is what it is, mostly an establishment publication but with some writers who do not toe that line. We all know that. So what? Should we not read the more conservative leaning writers they have?

This is not a bad piece from a Cain perspective. The fact that it comes from a normally elitist publication makes it all the more interesting.


19 posted on 10/17/2011 9:03:31 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: bigbob

You’re welcome. I thought the title belied the article, which is more positive than I expected.


20 posted on 10/17/2011 9:04:15 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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