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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