The hits never stop coming with Herman Cain.
His “9-9-9″ plan would eviscerate the Federal Government at the same time it finished breaking the backs of poor people. Under Cain’s plan, lower income Americans would start envying the well-fed citizens of Pyongyang.
His response to the “Occupy Wall Street” protests has been to claim that the people doing the protesting are lazy bums who (1.) need to blame themselves for all their misfortune, and (2.) just want to take a rich man’s Cadillac away from him. This, of course, ignores the fact that unemployment is through the roof AND that a lot of those guys were able to afford those Cadillacs because they stole that money from the people now protesting.
It is no surprise that Cain is hostile to the American people. He’s never had any use for us, and has always allied himself with those who seek to destroy the lives of Americans.
Think Progress has the goods on the Rushpubliscum Party’s flavor of the month. Oh, yeah, I should say here… thanks for “flavor of the month,” Mama Grifter. It’s probably the only useful thing you’ve ever given me.
Herman Cain might be known best as the former CEO of Godfathers Pizza, but he served an equally substantial role as a lobbyist for the restaurant and fast food industry. As reporter Mike Elk notes at In These Times magazine, Cain, as head of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in the ’90s, led an aggressive campaign to stop a hike in the minimum wage; and was successful in exempting servers from being included in the 1996 minimum wage law. Although Cain avoids explicitly calling attention to his role as a lobbyist on the campaign trail, he does cite his work as a restaurant association representative in fighting against President Clinton’s health reform plan as his most formativepolitical experience.
As a lobbyist for the NRA, Cain represented a trade association for McDonalds, Burger King, and other fast food establishments. But a little known history, uncovered by ThinkProgress using the University of San Francisco archives, shows that Cain also lobbied on behalf of tobacco industry giants like R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris.
Cain met frequently with representatives of R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette companies to find areas of mutual concern. In 1993, when President Clinton proposed a health care overhaul, the expansion of coverage included a cigarette tax and a requirement for many businesses to cover their employees. The tobacco industry reached out to form an alliance against the Clinton plan, and Cain obliged given the fast food industry’s opposition to the so-called “employer mandate.” A fax, sent from the tobacco industry’s public relations firm Burson-Marsteller on July 13, 1994, proposes a positive article about Cain’s “BITE BACK” campaign against health reform and smoking bans.
As Cain rose through the ranks of the National Restaurant Association to become its CEO, his bond with tobacco giants continued. In 1997, R.J. Reynolds executive David Fishel filed a memo a meeting between Cain and tobacco lobbyists shortly after Cain became the NRA CEO. “Cain gave every indication that the NRA and RJR have the same views with regard to excessive government regulations and the importance of letting restaurateurs determine their own smoking policies,” Fishel wrote. R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco giants were at the time engaged in a massive lobbying effort to crush local, state, and federal efforts to regulate smoking in restaurants and other places of public concern.
The relationship blossomed. At one point, Cain even signed up to help out with an international pro-tobacco publicity tour.
Well ain’t that something. Cain PROMOTED smoking. NOT equivocated on smoking; you cannot look at what he did and say that he wasn’t an active partner of RJ Reynolds.
And this is the guy the Rushpubliscums have vaulted to the top of the pack. Even Guv Goodhair doesn’t come off looking all THAT bad in comparison, does he?
Pretty damned sad.