Club for Growth dissects Herman Cain

Club for Growth is waiting for some specifics from Herman Cain.

Over the last few weeks, the conservative economics-oriented group has been issuing detailed profiles of Republican presidential candidates and their policy histories.

Newt Gingrich was first. Tim Pawlenty next. Today was Cain’s turn. The group notes several times that the Stockbridge, Ga., pizza magnate has yet to develop positions on several policy issues – despite his impressive showing in several polls.

(On the other hand, you have to consider that the lack of specifics is precisely what has allowed Cain to thrive in the current, factionalized GOP environment.)

Read the entire Club for Growth assessment of Cain here. But below are a few slices.

On taxes:

[Cain] opposes tax credits, but he qualifies that by saying that there “are some exceptions.” It’s unclear what those exceptions are or how they square with his support for a Fair Tax, which allows no exceptions other than a large purchase exemption to avoid taxing the poor.

On spending:

Cain’s public record on spending is very thin. “Nothing should be off the table,” Cain writes in “The People’s platform,” a policy document on his exploratory campaign website. “Every federal agency, every government program and every single expenditure must be reviewed and revised with a keen eye and a red pen.”

….Cain supported TARP, the government bailout of the financial industry, and even chastised people who opposed it in a condescending op-ed: “Earth to taxpayers! Owning stocks in banks is not nationalization of the banking industry. It’s trying to solve a problem,” Cain wrote. “Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.”

“The free market purists’ objection to this is that it smacks at government control of the banking industry, which is called nationalization,” Cain added. “They are correct. It smacks, but it is not nationalization because that would require the government to own at least 51 percent of the entity for an indefinite period of time.”

On political speech:

Herman Cain appears to have not made any public comment on McCain-Feingold, Citizens United, or any other issue dealing with political free speech.

On past political activity:

His history of political support is odd. Cain gave money to the pro-tax Mike Huckabee in his race for President, and donated to Danny Tarkanian over Sharron Angle in Nevada’s 2010 Senate race. However, Cain was also a national co-chair of Steve Forbes’s 2000 Presidential Campaign, which emphasized economic growth-oriented policies such as a flat tax and personal accounts for Social Security.

In 2008, Cain endorsed Mitt Romney for president, writing that Romney “has successfully managed a real business with other people’s money and some of his own. He has balanced budgets. He successfully led a turnaround situation with the Olympics. And he has spent more of his career outside government than inside.”

And the bottom line:

Herman Cain has generally used pro-growth rhetoric during his time in public life but has not had to serve as an elected official to prove he would govern to match his rhetoric. Aside from his support for TARP, we have very little question, based only on his rhetoric, that Herman Cain would be a pro-growth president. We look forward to seeing more details about his economic policy proposals.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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66 comments Add your comment

Brent

June 2nd, 2011
5:01 pm

What’s wrong with not being specific. Anything specific said by a politician usually tends to be nothing more than empty campaign rhetoric. Obama said he’d close Guantanamo and get us out of Afghanistan, how’s that working out. I believe you vote for a candidate based on his ideology and character. I guess people just enjoy being lied to.

khc

June 2nd, 2011
5:08 pm

Drivebydawg

June 2nd, 2011
5:12 pm

@Debbie – he supported TARP at the beginning when DC told us that something had to be done. Herman has since said that the way TARP was implemented has been a disaster. And guess what, he’s actually admitted that his initial impressions were wrong. Name one other candidate who admits when they are wrong.

Joe Mama

June 2nd, 2011
5:16 pm

Is anyone surprised that a businessman would be in favor of TARP?

They all want their big fit slice of the Free Money Pie with Money Sauce dripping all over it.

DannyX

June 2nd, 2011
5:34 pm

Maybe the person that Cain hires to make all his foreign policy decisions can also make his economic policy. Cain is looking more and more like a puppet. The question is who will Cain’s puppet master be?

Since Cain, Palin and Newt started their sideshows Obama has risen in the polls, he is now 53% approval 39% disapprove, (Gallup.)

Cain can deliver pizza, that’s about it.

Just Wait

June 2nd, 2011
6:02 pm

You don’t go from running a pizza pallor to running the U.S. without at least a little political experience in between. Remember Ross Perot?

khc

June 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm

and nitwit palin raining on romney parade today……

hsgrad

June 2nd, 2011
6:07 pm

Club for Growth? A “conservative” group? Can you cite me a better example of an oxymoron?

Shark Punch!

June 2nd, 2011
6:16 pm

Hmmm….a mostly unfamiliar black candidate outside of the political mainstream who’s attracting a cult following from people, many of whom don’t have a good idea of what he really stands for…now where have I heard that one before?

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June 2nd, 2011
6:30 pm

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homeslice

June 2nd, 2011
6:30 pm

non-starter, he’s boortz bosom buddy….

Real Talk

June 2nd, 2011
6:33 pm

A Black Republican LMAO…. Still laughing at this too funny…Only in Georgia a Uncle Tom State…yes sir massup

I Know You Are But What Am I?

June 2nd, 2011
6:43 pm

Cain is about to become a phenom.

He will poll modestly well in the primaries. Ultimately, he won’t make the cut.

And that’s when all hell’s going to break loose.

Picture this: Palin/Cain on the Tea Party Ticket in 2012.

I’m not promoting this. I’m simply telling you my vision of Armageddon.

Shark Punch!

June 2nd, 2011
7:00 pm

@ Real Talk: The idea that people of a particular skin color can’t really have conservative views is racist, plain and simple.

Incidentally, it was a Black Republican (Alan Keyes) who pretty much sealed the deal on Obama’s victory in the 2004 Senate race and prompted his meteoric rise to the national scene. Try thinking past the sterotypes once in a while.

Dave

June 2nd, 2011
7:12 pm

Romney / Cain 2012. You know this is going to happen. Pro-business Romney with social conservative Cain, who’s minority status is icing on the cake versus President Obama. This is the only Republican ticket that has a chance. Just sayin’.

MrLiberty

June 2nd, 2011
7:13 pm

All you need to know is that he is a past director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Given the destruction that criminal organization has wrought on this country since its founding (the Great Depression, the recession of the 70’s, the DOT COM bubble/crash, the real estate bubble/crash and the current depression, it should be clear to EVERYONE that they need to be abolished and that an insider is the absolute wrong person to elect to the presidency.

Last Man Standing

June 2nd, 2011
7:14 pm

Unemployment is UP, but there is no reason for concern. Obama is “focused on unemployment like a laser”. Home values are down another 6%, but that doesn’t matter either. No one is buying homes. Welcome to the Obama economy!

Serious Robuck

June 2nd, 2011
7:32 pm

Last Man, tell me the “draft dodger go to war boys, but with no pain for our base, and we’ll keep the cost off the books” Bush and Cheney and “farm subsidy” Chambliss and “gold cufflinks” Isakson had NOTHING to do with any of our troubles. I know you blame it ALL on President Obama, don’t you? I’ve never read any of your posts when you’ve blamed anything at all on the Republicans. Am I right?

Your brainpower and insight are intact again tonight, Last Man. If that little dog of yours knew anything about you, he’d bloody your ankles.

george w. bush

June 2nd, 2011
7:33 pm

stay the course!

BIg hat

June 2nd, 2011
7:41 pm

I’m for Cain; America needs a President who speaks English as a second language. He be the Man!

Rob Woodall takes his free public healthcare because he opposes Obamacare!!!

June 2nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Herm…. Newt….Pawlenty….. why are they wasting their time on the bottom-feeders?

Let’s see some analysis on Tom Tancredo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 2nd, 2011
7:58 pm

All of these yahoos are long on ranting and pontificating but short on policy — mainly because they don’t have a clue about anything except that they want to be elected and they could do a better job to which I say, “Horse hocky!”

Red

June 2nd, 2011
7:58 pm

Cain gets his connections and name ID up. In 2014 he unseats Saxby.

Frederick Douglass

June 2nd, 2011
8:02 pm

I picture LMS as a 75-80 year old, holed up in a cabin in the far reaches of Rabun county, only able to get FOX news on a 13 inch black and white tv. Don’t worry old timer, the general store’s gonna get a fresh batch of Redman Golden blend, and Jack’s beef jerky on the shelves any day now, just hold on.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 2nd, 2011
8:10 pm

It almost makes me wet my pants when I hear these ol’ boys talking about how bad things are and it’s all Obama’s fault — why, they act like they just arrived at the scene of the accident and are appalled at the carnage — when, in fact, these yahoos have been there for 10 or 15 years and are a big part of the problem.

These Republicans were spending money like drunken sailors when Bush was sitting behind the big desk — now, all of a sudden, they’ve had an epiphany.

Spending bad. Cutting the budget good.

But don’t touch defense, the Bush Tax Cuts that have federal taxes at the lowest level in 60 years, subsidies and loopholes for big business and the super-rich.

Damned hypocrits one and all and they’re going to have to suck it up when the Dems run rough shod over them in 2012.

Hambone

June 2nd, 2011
8:18 pm

I picture frederick douglas as a black that does not know much about rabun county lately.

Serious Robuck

June 2nd, 2011
8:19 pm

I think LMS lives in Pike County with his little dog at his side and Rush on the radio, with Hannity pontificating in the background…in other words, an unlikely environment for rigorous and intellectually curious thought.

hsgrad

June 2nd, 2011
8:42 pm

If you speak with social workers in Rabun County, they may tell you off the record that incestuous relationships are very common.. it’s all very hush, hush. Downtown Clayton has some old charm left, but one block over….well let’s just say
it’s just your typical strip mall boulevard. Other than that, the most beautiful mountains in all of north Georgia.

Cherokee

June 2nd, 2011
8:44 pm

Sorry but Herman doesn’t have a chance. The 50,000 or so brain dead Boortz listeners, sitting on their front porches chawin’ baccy and polishing their guns, will vote for him. Cause Neal told them to.

Other than that…. well sorry Herman, but the rest of us have working brains.

Real Talk

June 2nd, 2011
9:05 pm

@ Shark Punch!

its not being racist its about seperating whats REAL from whats FAKE. Republicans/tea party/brain dead people don’t really care about this guy they are hyping him and using him as a puppet to try to gain minority votes and he is up there looking like a black Jack Nicholson entertaining those brain dead tea party people who are making a fool out of him.

It makes you wonder if Herman Cain would have gain all of this attention if he was running against Deal for Governor or Chambliss for Senate of the state of Georgia.

JL

June 2nd, 2011
9:12 pm

I like the recommendation the Club gives at the end. Herman Cain will be pro-growth! That’s good. I don’t want a president who’s pro-recession, and quite frankly there are too many out there who would push policies designed for the express purpose of tanking the economy.

Realist

June 2nd, 2011
9:29 pm

Herman has my vote, we need someone that has actually led people and a company rather than lawyers who have no clue how to balance a check book and to admit they are wrong. The arrogance of the life-long politicians is ruining this country. I want a president that will surround himself with experts on foreign relations and other areas rather than the “yes sir” cabinet that surrounds mr. obama. Cain is an excellent candidate if you would actually listen to him instead of thinking of ways to dis-credit him.

tore

June 2nd, 2011
9:31 pm

Mr. Cain has as much chance winning, as finding a Godfather’s Pizza that is still open.

Frederick Douglass

June 2nd, 2011
9:33 pm

hsgrad @ 9:12:

If incest is the thing to do up in the Georgia mountains, then Rudy Guiliani is the man for them, the guy married his first cousin (true, look it up).

John Radney

June 2nd, 2011
9:40 pm

I said I would not vote for a Black man and I have changer my mind. I hope Mr. Cain is on the ticker. Whatever but I will work hard for the GOP ticker as lond as it’s not Newt. He has no soul.

Brenda

June 2nd, 2011
9:45 pm

I don’t remember Jim worrying much about a lack of specifics when hope and change man was the democratic candidate with no resume.

RedNeck Rick

June 2nd, 2011
9:47 pm

Rudy married his second cousin, btw. Ain’t no lovin’ like lovin’ your cousin!

vuduchld

June 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

This is what poli-tricks has come down to, carvinal barker clowns scamming the public for 2 seconds of reality TV fame. You Jawians seem to love this stuff, getting scammed as you watch the telly. Your state is becoming more desperate with each passing day, the latest are the numerous “toll road” proposals being floated by the same broke, bankrupt scam artists you pilgrims can’t seem to get enough of. You shill sit back and wonder why you’re in a pathetic state, well, look in the mirror. Year after year you folks elect the same clowns into office, the latest being a gubner who is desperately trying to stay a half step ahead of the repo man. Me, I sit back and laugh at you clowns day after day because you can never seem to get your act together. Do the rest of us a favor, stop trolling to DC and begging for cash because people are tired doling out money to you. Heck, you folks just need to do like Deal, filed chapter 13!!

mike

June 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

Don’t you love all the comments about President Obama and the fact both these men are black. Both have nothing to do with the article but I guess the goobers can’t seem to let those facts go.

Angela

June 2nd, 2011
11:12 pm

td

June 2nd, 2011
11:12 pm

All you libs make me laugh. Serious and hsgrad were on these blogs 9 months ago talking about how Barnes would be the next Governor and the Dems would never loose control of the House of Reps. Now they are on here calling LMS every name in the book because he was on of the few making the correct predictions about the 2010 elections. I guess when you can not defend your own philosophy in a true battle of ideas then you resort to showing your true colors. Do not let me forget Fredrick. The man so ashamed of his predictions 9 months ago that he/she has to change his/her screen name. I guess trying to defend an intellectually broke philosophy will make people resort to being an idiot before they admit to defeat.

Alabama Communist

June 3rd, 2011
12:50 am

More Breaking News On The Republican Club For Corporate Greed About Herman……..Herman Cain said today that” the Republican Club for Greed didn’t know a dang thing about 2 day ole Pizzas warm over with Mexican Taco Hot Sauce. Those fools couldn’t even count Federal Reserve System Notes like I did when sitting on their Board..The only growth these fools know about is watching Congressman Weiner small Weiner growing on the Internet”

RON willa

June 3rd, 2011
1:10 am

the facts and truths come as a result of misinformation. policy or politics-from whatever they mask, manifest themselves –true blue or gray//wake up ‘ do and act transformatively. your young world will escape you. demonstrate your positives to accept your world as it is. embrace the struggles your ancestors dutifully accepted and live with the changes that are about to occur. you have within your mind a recompense to act accordingly without tons of nonsensical speech. thusly embark on your journey race does not matter, let your objective mind and pragmatism be your guide

The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth

June 3rd, 2011
1:51 am

Wow, you DEMS are the biggest RACISTS ever! You’re the real hypocrites! Cain was CEO for one of the most highly successful pizza biz’s in the US, and you mock that??? He worked on the Federal Reserve Board in KC and was a mathematician for the US Navy! You elected a guy President who taught Socialism101 in Chicago and was a JUNIOR Senator that was never around to vote but sure enough around to complain. He put a man who cheated on taxes in charge of the Treasury and chose a VP who can’t keep his mouth shut. Half of the people who commented on this article showed just how ignorant they are to the REAL WORLD. Truth Is…Biz owners GIVE YOU JOBS, not the government. That GOVT CHECK you get is paid with TAXES FROM PEOPLE WHO PAY THEM, you better hope I make money! The Military you hate funding so much needs funding so you can sit around and complain all day while they take bullets for your protection. Those Bush Tax Credits you all hate so much and Obama renewed! Yeah that kept gas prices from jumping over $6 a gallon nationally, or would you like to keep complaining about gas too? BTW DEMS ran Congress while Bush was in office, so spending approval came from them. I’d say read a book, but I’m sure you’d rather just burn them instead. Oh, and you so called “Republicans”. Get your head out of you rear end and back a man who actually stands up for principles. We should be lucky enough to have a man like Herman Cain as our President.

Highlander

June 3rd, 2011
1:54 am

Within just a few minutes of reading this thread and the comments, and judging by the tone of the article and the posts, perhaps this blog should be renamed “Democrat Insider.”

Real Talk

June 3rd, 2011
3:39 am

The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth is a Prime Example of a Brian Dead Individual who would rather trust our country with a pizza guy who dosen’t have any pizza chains around metro Atlanta to compete with Pizza Hut, Dominos, Little Ceaser and Hell even Cici’sPizza, so how can this guy stimulate the economy when nobody has even heard of Godfather pizza to compete with the big dog pizza chains?

Olderandwiser49

June 3rd, 2011
5:44 am

Hey, vagueness worked for Obama, so why not Cain? Of course, Obama’s still tryin’ it, but people aren’t buyin’ it. This time around, the people want answers, and Cain needs to start providing them. We’re losing “hope” and we’ve had enough “change” already. So, man up, Mr. Cain. You show us yours (positions) and we’ll show you ours (votes)!

The Centrist

June 3rd, 2011
6:06 am

Can anyone tell me one pro-active job creation bill that has been passed in the U.S. House this session?

Just the Facts

June 3rd, 2011
6:25 am

Real Talk:
I challenge you to actually look at Cain’s professional history instead of espousing ignorant insults. I’ve never eaten at Godfather’s, and I haven’t encountered one positive commentary on the quality of the dining experience. He was tapped to save/revive the company with very unhappy franchisees. And he did just that. Herman is not competing on Top Chef or Restaurant Nightmares.

I have appreciated the fact Herman takes a stand. He has been a successful leader. Does he have myvote yet? Nope. I am still listening. Our government has been run by a bunch of self-serving iodiots for too long. (Ptes &

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
6:32 am

@Redneck Rick & Frederick Douglas….We ain’t talking cousins here.