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Herman Cain, The Plutocrat’s Candidate

Herman Cain, The Plutocrat’s Candidate

What should scare most folks about a Herman Cain presidency, other than the electric immigration fence and the entrenched islamaphobia, is the fact that his candidacy has been brought to you courtesy of the Koch brothers.

Cain’s campaign manager and a number of aides come from Americans for Prosperity, of AFP, the advocacy group of Charles and David Koch. If you want to know the kinds of issues AFP lobbies for, just look to Wisconsin. The group spearheads lower government regulation and spending and privatization whenever possible.

9-9-9, the core of Cain’s economic platform and plan to radically re-write the nation’s tax code, was devised by a business adviser who served on an AFP advisory board. And it’s not just an adviser here or a campaign aide there either. AFP hired Cain to be the public face of its “Prosperity Expansion Project” in 2005 and 2006. AFP sent Cain across the country to speak to activists starting a state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia.

And when the Koch brothers decided to get into Tea Party politics, Cain was in a perfect position to capitalize.

AFP now celebrates Cain as a “dynamic, pro-business speaker,” and it’s easy to see why: he’s branded and developed by corporate interests. Now that we’ve granted corporations speech and privacy rights, it’s only logical they would eventually just produce their own candidate. Mitt Romney may be pro-business, but Herman Cain is business.

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11:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

I can't believe that Americans would ever consider voting this idiot in as President. If they do, they shut the lights off and close the door on your way out, because America is finished.

10:04AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Plutocrat? More like Goofycrat...

7:02AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:38AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

3:42AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

How can you be mean to a person that has no soul, no feeling , no brain and is devoid of constructive ideas.

8:56PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Kute k the only problem with Marco Rubio running for vice president is the fact that he is not a natural born citizen one of the prerequisites for holding either position POTUS OR vice POTUS don’t worry though there are allot of rightwing nut jobs on here that don’t know what their talking about either

4:27PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

It's no surprise that Cain is hand-in-hand with the Koch brothers, that's been reported for days now.

And yes, the 9-9-9 plan is a *horrible* idea!I Few details have actually been provided, but it will place a grievous burden on the lower and middle classes while possibly pulling in less revenue than our current tax system. Not a good idea in the least!

4:02PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

The Plutocrat’s Candidate- great title.

3:24PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Has anyone been listening to what Cain has been saying? No he has no heart! He's only passionate about Power and wealth! His own!

3:20PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Frank W How would your proposal be painful to everyone. It will not cause any pain to the wealthy or upper class who still have good paying jobs. It will only hurt those who have low paying jobs the unemployed and the poor! They are already hurting and this would make it worse.

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