Herman Cain Speaks at Restoration Weekend

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We cannot tickle this economy to prosperity.  And so this is why the proposal that we plan to pass is — first, throw out the tax code.  Throw it out.  And then implement this 9-9-9 plan.  9-9-9.

And one of the reasons that the liberals hate it, and my opponents hate it, is because the people understand it.  The people like it.  They want to do it.  But you see, it would change Washington, DC.  What are all those lobbyists going to do when we pass 9-9-9?  They’re going to get one of those shovel-ready jobs that Obama promised them.

Maybe by then, they will have found them.

Because it is the tax code that ties Washington, DC up in knots, which is holding this nation back.  Now, there are some additional benefits to 9-9-9 that you don’t hear the mainstream media talking about.  It’s going to help level the playing field between products and goods produced here in the United States to better compete with goods around the world.

Why?  In the first 9, you take your sales as a business person and you subtract your purchases that help you to produce the product.  You subtract capital expenditures.  No depreciation in the year that you spend it.  What a novel idea.  And you subtract net exports.  In other words, you do not put a tax in the product before you send it overseas to sell it.  You don’t put embedded taxes in it.  And therefore, our products, goods and services will compete better with the rest of the world.

And then, when people criticize it because of the sales tax component, what many have not understood yet is that the embedded taxes aren’t in that loaf of bread anymore.  Economists have estimated that everything we buy, everything we buy, has at least 30 percent embedded taxes.  At least 30 to 50 percent embedded taxes.  And so we take out the embedded taxes that are invisible, and we put in a visible 9 percent.

One of the other criticisms about 9-9-9 is — well, what’s to prevent 9-9-9 from becoming 18-18-18?  Well, tax structures don’t raise taxes.  Politicians do.  And if the people can see it, they’re going to hold the politicians’ feet to the ground.  Today, with the current tax code of 82,000 pages, it is filled with opportunities for sneak attaxes.  One you never see.

And you don’t know you’ve been bitten until after you’ve been bitten.  Filled with sneak attaxes.

And so the tax code is at the heart of preventing our economic growth, which is adding to the uncertainty hanging over this economy.  Businesspeople would normally be having meetings, talking about how they’re going to grow the business.  For the last three years, the boardroom chatter turned into how do we survive, because of all of the uncertainty.

So I’m optimistic that we can win this war for freedom and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Because if I were not confident that we can win this war, I would not be running for President of the United States of America.  This is why I am doing this, because of the grandchildren, not because of cruise control.  It’s for the grandkids.

And here’s why I believe we’re going to win this war.  It’s that same spirit of America that the Founding Fathers had when they started this great nation.  Because that spirit of America has come alive.  It’s called we the people are still in charge of this country.  Every organization, citizens all over this country — that spirit of America has come alive.  It’s that spirit of America that has moved my candidacy up in the polls.

And yes, they are trying to destroy me.  It was Brent Bozell — who I know you know — and Newt Gingrich, who told me that my candidacy is going to go through five phases.  And they’re right.  Phase one — they ignore you.  They did.  Phase two — they ridicule you.  They did.  Charles Krauthammer, who I have the greatest amount of respect for — he’s one of the best thinkers on TV — said that my campaign was entertainment, as one example.  Third phase — then they try to destroy you.  They are in the process of trying to do that right now.  And in the fourth phase, they accept you, if you survive not getting destroyed.  They will accept you.

And then Newt said — well, Herman, there’s this fifth phase.  I said — what is it?  He said — then everybody is your friend because they thought you were going to get there anyway.

That’s the fifth phase —  I knew he could do it all along.

And so that’s where we are.

But I’m optimistic because of the spirit of America.  As I travel around the country and listen to people, and talk to people, and give speeches — I don’t just give speeches and not listen — the message is consistent.  There is a disconnect between what’s happening in Washington, DC with the political class and the real people out there.  And what the real people are saying is that we want our country back.  In Washington, DC I’m reminded that I have never held high public office before.  When I talk to the folk, they love the fact that I have never held high public office.

They love it.

And so, my message to you is very simple.  I challenge you to do what you can do, in this very brief minute we have, to take this country back.  My father lived to be 56 years of age.  My maternal grandfather lived to be 94.  My maternal grandmother lived to be 104 years old.  But no matter how long you have on this planet, it’s just a minute.  A speck.  And we have the responsibility to use our time, our talents, and our treasures to make a difference in our minute, while we’re here.  Because we’re all put here to make a difference.

Making the decision to run for President was not an easy decision, as you would imagine.  Took a lot of prayer, a lot of praying, a lot of prayer and a lot of praying.  And this journey for me started 12 years ago, when my first grandchild was born.  And I looked in her face.  And the first thought that went through my mind was — what do I do to help make this a better world?

I didn’t know the answer then.  What do I do to make this a better world and a better nation?  Didn’t know the answer.  But as my minute continued to unfold, it became clearer as to what I needed to do, and thus made this decision.

And so my challenge to you is for you to do what you can do.  As the words to one of my favorite songs say — life can be a challenge.  Life can seem impossible.  It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.  But you can make a difference.  There’s a mission just for you.  Just look inside, and you will find just what you can do.  Just look inside, and you will find just what you can do.

Ronald Reagan used to describe this nation as a shining city on a hill.  But in the last few years, the shining city on a hill has slid down to the side of the hilltop.  But here’s what we can do, together.  We can move that shining city on a hill back to the top of the hill, where it belongs.

And if you give me the pleasure of being your President, we will move that shining city on a hill back to the top of the hill, where it belongs.  We will put “united” back into United States of America.  And I will never, ever apologize for the greatness of the United States of America!

God bless you.

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  • Beth

    It is such a pleasure to listen to Herman Cain (such a contrast to the sounds of obama)

  • John_Kelly

    It was only three and half years ago that Obama was being hailed as the new Messiah offering “Hope & Change” to his gullible disciples.

    Oprah Winfrey said of Obama “he has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth.”

    Amazing how a couple of years later, this fraudulent play actor has been revealed to the world as a Hollywood styled fake, complete with his script reading teleprompter and mirror-rehearsed smile.

    Obama’s true verbal skills could best be described:

    “He is a narcissistic boastful rhetorician inebriated with the sound of his own voice. His only real talent lies in his unending ability to malign opponents while attempting to glorify himself.”

  • StephenD

    I like Cain. "Cain IS Able." But…I don't see him taking the Republican candidate. If he were, I certainly would support him. Electability is the operative word now. That means Gingrich or Romney. I support Gingrich but whoever gets the nod I'll support. I would love to see Cain in a prominent position in the next Administration to be sure; perhaps Treasury Secretary?

    • Herman Caintonette

      You'd vote for a professional lobbyist who took $1.8 billion from Freddie Mac to keep Republicans on board? You really are dumber than a tree stump….

      • Herman Caintonette

        Not billion — million. Billions are for corrupt contractors like Halliburton.

      • StephenD

        I LOVE that no one is responding to Herman "killing Jewish kids is morally legitimate" Caintonette.
        Invalidation is what he deserves here on FPM.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Well after watching last night's Republican Party debate, I can tell you that there is no way in hell that I will ever support Newt “Amnesty/Dream Act” Gingrich. Indeed, I won't support anyone, be they Republican or Dhimmicrat, that supports amnesty or any other backdoor pathways to citizenship. Thus, if Newt “Amnesty/Dream Act” Gingrich happens to win the Republican Party nomination, I will be staying home on super Tuesday, as I will not vote for and support anyone that supports amnesty for illegal immigrants because those loons are not really serious about ending illegal immigration once and for all, and also because I'm not interested in helping the Left to become more intrenched in the Republican Party than it already is. Furthermore, if it means that Barack Insane Obama gets reelected, then so be it.

  • Herman Caintonette

    DH: "A black swan in Taleb’s famous theory is an event that nobody would’ve predicted, and yet one that has a system-wide impact, like 9/11 and Barack Obama​."

    Pretty much everyone this side of Condo Rice with access to intel predicted 9./11. Shrub was asleep at the switch … either out of stupidity, or purposely. Cui bono?

    • Western Canadian

      Herman “killing Jewish kids is morally legitimate” Caintonette. Again, you lie through your crooked and rotting teeth. The intel prior to 9/11 that liars like you refer to, gave no indication in any way, shape or form, of 9/11. You are a lying, jew hating, child keeping slice of hot air and hatred.

      • Western Canadian

        Sorry for replying to the lout, and that should be ‘killing’, not keeping.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Cain: "It has become the political class versus the people. And unfortunately, the political class view us as serfs."

    That, in two sentences, is the thesis of OWS. Yet, you fawn over this rodeo clown, while despising the protestors?

    Cain isn't so much running for President as he is running for his own show on Faux. Apart from the fact that his "Nein-Nein-Nein" tax plan — the only one ever endorsed by Adolf Hitler — doesn't add up, it would represent a massive shift in tax burden. which is certain to obliterate the middle class.

    If you really want a businessman who is certifiable, why not The Donald? He at least knows where China is, and would know how to deal with Hu Jintao. By contrast, Cain didn't know a thing about Libya, and probably couldn't identify four 'Stans on a bet.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    Media Matters
    Troll Evaluation Report
    "Herman Caintonette"

    Herman has been assigned to the Islamophobe Horowitz blog. He has shown real improvement in his trolling and often annoys clueless reactionaries there. However, Herman needs to improve in the "subtlety" area. His posts are blatantly provocative but often do little more than stimulate amusement. Rehashes of Daily Show jibes and scattershot personal attacks quickly identify the commenter as MM and result in quick dismissal by most commenters. Herman needs to calm down, utilize real criticisms that give rise to serious doubt and confusion among readers, and show respect for his mother by cleaning his room as he has repeatedly promised.

    • mrbean

      Hemaphro Castrati was diapered and strapped in on the little yellow bus when he was a kid to travel to the special kids school.

    • Western Canadian

      Good one, dude!

  • mrbean

    I am afraid that Herman Cain has been marginalized by the Obama women who would just love Barack to throttle them with his chocolate love hammer.

    • Herman Caintonette

      Bialek is a Republican. But then again, you seem to specialize in throttling young boys….

      • mrbean

        That is your buddy from Pen State not me!

    • Dennis X

      black walnut is melting!!

  • NHHead

    Cain's 9-9-9 Plan works. I ran the analysis on my small restaurant company in Virginia and you can review the results at http://www.review999.com

    Now that the press has moved onto Newt and what are his real shortcomings as opposed to the made up ones on Cain, Herman is getting back to doing what propelled him to the upper tier in the first place – his 9-9-9 Plan, leadership, and clean up Washington.

    • Herman Caintonette

      Total federal tax revenues would be?

    • JoJoJams

      whatever "total federal tax revenues" would be, the next step is to get the feds to STOP OVERSPENDING! ~ as ALL the administrations have for the last 30+ years.

  • NHHead

    Tax revenues on a static basis remain the same. There is a link to the analysis on the website http://www.review999.com and also on Cain's website.

  • Rikki

    Herman Cain has my vote. His 9-9-9 Plan will get Americans back to work and it will fast track our economy into prosperity.

  • NeedChangeNotHope

    Herman Cain is the best hope for the country. Anyone else is more of the same with only a little variation. Herman will not only change things during his term(s) but he will change the paradigm of who should run for office. It's an honor, not a career path.

  • http://xeriscapist.blogspot.com/ Felsen Stark

    On a scale between clueless and Robert Spencer, where does he stand?

  • tanstaafl

    The dogs bark, but the caravan passes. Herman Caintonette has even stopped barking.


    Mr. Cain. In next debate, when you introduce yourself, Plez!! Say a prayer to "the God whom we trust: Lift up the Lord God, and He will lift you up! and all of us who pray to the Lord our God–rather than all that politico-speech–that lifts up self and self serving notions!
    When you & us get under attack, get into AMAZING GRACE,….hum a tune :-)

    God bless, and guide you. Thank you for staying the course!!!!!

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