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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 : 11:28 a.m.

Herman Cain is unfit to become president

By Letters to the Editor

The article “Spotlight glares on Herman Cain” in the Oct. 23 print edition of is a perfect example of how Herman Cain is far from fit to become the next president of the United States. The article summarizes the public mistakes Cain has made when it comes to articulating his viewpoints on social, economic, and public policies. It also shows that when Cain’s positions are challenged, he runs for the hills.

In the past few weeks, Cain has made some interesting comments on race, demonstrating how truly unfit he is to represent all Americans in our countries highest office. Your article covered Cain’s comments on building an electric fence along the boarder to kill illegal immigrants, but this isn’t the only time he has made insensitive racial comments. Cain, who is also a Baptist minister, has been quoted as saying that he would never appoint a Muslim to his cabinet or to a federal judge’s post. He said this because he believes there is a “creeping attempt” to ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government.”

Mr. Cain may be very successful in the private sector, but since he’s never held public office, what make him think he knows anything about running our country? Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan is an example of how little he knows about domestic policy. Reducing corporate tax rates to 9% and taxing all sales by 9% in this economy, is a terrible idea. It shows that Cain embraces a “top down” approach to economic policy, which hurts American families and is the very same economic philosophy that triggered this rescission in the first place.

Out of all the GOP candidates running for president, Herman Cain has got to be the most unelectable. Just when you think the Republican Party has emptied it huge bag of bigoted crazies, Cain comes rolling out like the last quarter to a working person’s name.

When will GOP candidates stop pandering to its small, isolated base and turn their attention to the real issues like energy independence, creating jobs for Americans, and finding a long-term solution to the debt crisis.

Mr. Cain and his GOP friends have shown they have no interest in moving America forward and are only interested in keeping its citizens divided and arguing over petty issues.

Nic Foster
Ann Arbor



Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

re Cain on islam ( and alot else) : Herman Cain is breathtakingly clueless about the issues , and foreign policy generally, as shown in his cringeworthy on- camera response to a question about Libya ( that has gone viral on youtube), as well as on his preening pride in not knowing the names of either leaders or even countries in volatile regions of central asia ( "ubiubistanstan" as he snidely said). He joins Perry , Bachmann , Paul ( and soon Gingerich) as flame- outs in the presidential race . But im sure he'll have a future as a FOX commentator. That said, i am also no fan of contemporary Islamic extremism, but at least have a database ( fairly extensive actually) from which to opine.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 1:41 a.m.

Cain is absolutely correct that American principles are inconsistent with Muslim faith. Islam seeks to displace representative secular government with religious imans. Further Islamic faith demands taxing christians and jews to fund government by Sharia law. Tolerance of intolerance is not tolerance. Islam should not be tolerated because it is fundamentally intolerant of other faiths. Cain is correct.


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 8:25 p.m.

It's "imam"...Iman is a somali fashion model married to david bowie.

Terence Conklin

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:42 a.m.

This opinion that says the 999 plan shows Cain had a "terrible idea" is foolish. As a retired person (not in the 1%), I am 99% in favor of the 999 plan. It removes the several greatest impediments to economic growth in America. Notably, the sales tax of 9% pales in light of the already embedded taxes we pay in sales prices. Who do you think pays manufacturers' federal taxes? Not them of course. They fold them into prices and consumers pay. And how about the taxes on truckers and other delivery people. They pay taxes as well but they also fold those tax costs on to the manufacturers in their prices and of course they are again passed on to the consumer. Prices we pay have layer upon layer of taxes and taxes on taxes embedded. Cain's plan removes and or reduces those taxes and collects needed revenue in ONE 9% tax clearly stated and in plain sight of the consumer. Better yet, the consumer can choose to NOT pay that one by simply buying used stuff, houses, cars, furniture, appliances.... Sounds like sustainable living to me. And how about the "99%" having a chance to move up the economic ladder? Cain's 999 plan gives them a boost by not taxing every effort they make. Savings and investments are rewarded, not taxed top death. In short, don't wax on how Cain's plan is bad until you get your facts straight!


Sun, Nov 13, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

"Just when you think the Republican Party has emptied it huge bag of bigoted crazies..." Based on this sentence, sir, I rather suspect NO candidate with an (R) after their name will get your vote., regardless of qualifications....