Monday, May 23, 2011

Radio Host and Businessman Herman Cain, A Tea Party Favorite, Announces for the White House

Herman Cain. Ever heard of him?  Actually I had to look him up.  Here's some biographical information from his website:
I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia by loving and hardworking parents. We gew up poor, but we grew up happy. Things weren't always easy, but my mom and dad knew that if they kept their faith in God, faith in themselves and their faith in the greatest country in the world, they, too, could achieve their American Dream.
 That dream, we discovered, was for my parents to own their own home and watch their two sons graduate from college. Those dreams required that my father work three jobs to support our family.
The first dream was realized in a brick home on Albert Street. I can still recall the excitement of the day, as he surprised us—even my mother—when he drove us to our new home.
Radio Host Herman Cain
Their second dream was realized when I proudly accepted my degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967 and my brother graduated from Morris Brown College. Both of my father’s American Dreams were achieved. Now, I set off to achieve mine.
One year after graduating, I married the love of my life, Gloria. And together, we started our journey to achieve our Dreams. This meant relocating to Indiana where I would begin my Master’s degree program at Purdue University, while working full-time as a mathematician at the Department of the Navy.
After earning my Master’s degree and six years working for the Department of the Navy, we returned home to Atlanta, where I began to climb the corporate ladder with the Coca-Cola Company. I faced challenges, but I always remembered the values my parents taught me. With enough faith and determination, I knew I could go as high in corporate America as I desired.

I enjoyed a successful career at the Coca-Cola Company and later moved to the Pillsbury Company. Within a short period, I rose to the position of Vice President. When I got there, I thought I had already achieved my American Dream on the 31st floor of the new Pillsbury Corporate Headquarters with a corner office. But I quickly realized I wanted something more.

I resigned my position and started on another path- the restaurant industry. I knew that in order to be successful, I had to start from “the ground up.” This meant broiling hamburgers at Pillsbury’s Burger King division. After nine months of a grueling restaurant experience, I was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 Burger King restaurants. Within three years, we became the best-performing region in the U.S.

I could have been content with my executive role with one of America’s biggest corporations. Instead, after consulting with my wife, we decided to take one of the biggest risks of our marriage: picking up our young family, relocating yet again and accepting the call to become CEO and President of Godfather’s Pizza, a company teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

In 14 months, we turned the company around and returned it to profitability, and I ultimately led my management team to a buyout of Godfather’s Pizza. The company never went bankrupt, and today, there are still hundreds of locations across the U.S.

My success at turning around Godfather’s got the attention of fellow restaurateurs around the nation who invited me to join the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association and later elected me its chairman. In 1996, they retained me as the full-time President and the CEO of the National Restaurant Association, working on behalf of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

In 1994, as chairman of the National Restaurant Association, I had the opportunity to speak with President Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting. Here, I challenged the President regarding the impact on businesses if his health care overhaul proposal were passed.

President Clinton attempted to assure me and the millions of viewers watching at home that his legislation would not harm American business owners and their employees.

I was skeptical. “Quite honestly Mr. President, your calculations are incorrect,” I said. “In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn’t work that way.”

Through these and other appearances on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, I began working with business leaders across all sectors of the American economy. This led to my acceptance of a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and I was subsequently elected their chairman.

Today, I host a radio talk show, “The Herman Cain Show,” on Atlanta’s WSB 750 AM/ 95.5 FM. I serve as a regular contributor on several broadcast networks and as a keynote speaker at conferences and events around the nation.
Despite the many professional commitments of my life, I continued to enjoy most the time spent with family and friends. As my children got married and had their own children, I knew that I had an extraordinary obligation to do what I could to make this a safe and prosperous nation for them. The paramount joys in my life are my wife, Gloria, our children and our grandchildren.

I am grateful for the many professional successes I have enjoyed. I am grateful for the steadfast loyalty and unwavering love of my family and friends. And I am grateful for this country that is so exceptional that I was afforded the opportunity to achieve my American Dreams.
What are Cain's views on the issues?   The businessman has produced a brochure titled "Common Sense Solutions" which outline his positions on a number of issues.  The brochure suggests that Cain is a small government, conservative Republican. Several publications refer to the African-American Cain as a favorite of the tea party crowd, which seems contrary to the left's bogus attempt to paint the tea partiers as a bunch of white racists sans only the white robes and burning cross.

While Cain is an impressive speaker and I like his stand on virtually every issue, I am always skeptical when a political novice seeks in his first outing high elective office.  I am also skeptical when people suggest that being a business executive provides a great background for elected office.  While understanding business is important for a politician, the political game is completely different from the world of business. The skill set which lets one succeed in business is not the the same skill set a successful politician needs.

Politics is the only job where you tout your inexperience as a qualification for the position.  But political experience can be critical to the success of an elected official.  Indianapolis knows all too well the dangers of electing a political novice to the mayor's office.  To this day, Greg Ballard seems completely oblivous to the fact he's surrounded by sharks who are simply using his position of power to enrich themslves and their friends.

I like what I've read and seen about Herman Cain. But President of the United States as his first elected office?  Uh, no.


Downtown Indy said...

You're willing to right him off for never having been in politics before?


PoliticoMonk said...

President Zachary Taylor, President Ulysses S. Grant, President William Taft, President Herbert Hoover, President Dwight Eisenhower...all held the U.S. Presidency as their first elected political office.

Inexperience is not the problem with Mayor Ballard; he is unprincipled. There is a difference.

Covenant60 said...

He would be a disaster as a nominee. He would spend his whole time explaining his "I wont hire a muslim in my administration", and his idea for a 23% national sales tax, and his history of cancer.

He would have no time to talk about the Obama recession and Obamas failed economic policies that have thrown millions of people out of work.

I dont think he would win a single state.

Covenant60 said...

Did you see his interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday yesterday? It was painful to watch. He was asked about his national sales tax, and made very little sense in trying to explain it. He was asked about the right of return of Palestinians, and had no idea what Wallace was talking about. Then he said that he was in favor of the right of Palestinians to return, which Israel has always opposed.

He is not presidential material. Nice interesting guy though.

But for the GOP to win, it needs to be Romney or TPaw.

Paul K. Ogden said...
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Paul K. Ogden said...

Let me respond to all:


Yes, I don't think. President of the United States should be an entry level government position.

Politico Monk,

Taft had been Secretary of War and long active in politics. President wasn't his first forray into politics. Likewise President Herbert Hoover had worked for decades in government. Eisenhower had as well, through the military. Zachary Taylor was also a general like Eisenhower. While I don't think being a General is a good background to be President, it is at least government. By the way, this isn't exactly an all-star list of Presidents you provided.

I would agree with you on Ballard. However, princples about how government should work usually comes from experience so they're not completely unrelated.


I saw part of the interview. I thought he did okay. I'm totally with you on the national sales tax idea being a bad idea (sorry Libertarian friends). On some of the questions, like policy in Afghanistan, I thought he really fumbled it badly by saying he'd wait until he had been elected to develop a policy. I can't see Romney doing anyting. Pawlenty might be okay...don't know enough about him.

M Theory said...

Love Herman Cain! He's a guest host often on the Neal Boortz show and a Fair Tax supporter!

The idea for the Fair Tax is NOT Herman Cain's.

The Fair Tax is not at all hard to understand. It eliminates the IRS, the income tax, and lets people keep all their money.

The tax we pay under the Fair TAx is a TRANSPARENT tax. We would be taxed only on what we CHOOSE to purchase.

Many economic studies have been performed and the model would work. Is it perfect? Probably not. But it is light years ahead of what we have now.

The tax we currently pay under the IRS is not transparent. There is 60,000+ pages of IRS code that even IRS agents do not understand.

Income tax is immoral. It is literally slavery as it is forced labor. We work until April for free, just to pay tax.

The income tax code rewards political friends and punishes political enemies.

Everyone should read the Fair Tax books. It's so simple anyone can understand it.

I don't know anyone who read the books, that doesn't see the light.

The Fair Tax has plenty of support outside of Libertarian circles.

Paul? Have you read the books?