Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself
October 5th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
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Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself

(CNN) – If you're dissatisfied with the economy, or unemployed, Herman Cain thinks you should take a long, hard look in the mirror.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal posted Wednesday, the up-and-coming GOP 2012 contender and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza summed up his bewilderment about recent demonstrations on Wall Street.

"Don't blame Wall Street," Cain said. "Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."

The conservative radio talk show host described the protests as "planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration, though he admitted he didn't "have the facts to back this up."

Demonstrators have gathered to protest big banks during the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, but their grievances don't end with the economy. The protesters, mainly youth in their twenties, have addressed issues from police brutality to union busting, although they are also upset with the war in Afghanistan, the environment, and the state of the world in general.

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement has also drawn support from unions.

But for Cain, the demonstrations simply amount to "anti-capitalism."

Allowing the banks had a "big part" in the 2008 economic crisis, the candidate, who's known for his bombast and has been rising in national polls pointed out, "We're in 2011, okay?"

"When I was growing up I was blessed to have had parents. That didn't teach me to be jealous of anybody and didn't teach me to be jealous of somebody," Cain explained.

"It is not a person's fault because they succeeded. It is a person's fault if they failed. And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what is it that they're looking for."

Cain spokesman JD Gordon declined to add a comment on the candidate's interview.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Herman Cain • Jobs • Wall Street
soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. JAL

    Cain's America is a financial dictatorship, where he casts the judgements.

    October 5, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. craig

    herman cains campaign implodes booya , ron paul 2012

    October 5, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. Prof M H Settelen

    The Duchess of Alba would doubtless agree, but unlike Cain she has Noblesse Oblige!

    October 5, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Did Herman Cain just say let them eat cake?

    October 5, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Gabe

    I LOVE how people think it is soooooo simple. I mean how didn't I see that, if i want more money than I need to work harder. I mean working 40+ hours a week outside in the Texas heat couldn't be considered hard work or anything. I would LOVE to see this guy do what I do, i guarantee he would jump on the first jet out of there.

    So frustrating to hear people who are doing well make these remarks. They think because they were able to do it, so must everyone else. They say these things with no regard to the thousands (most likely millions) who lost their jobs to some corporation who laid people off simply because they could make a bigger profit if they did. Whats worse is say something like; "if you want it than you have to work harder", not thinking about the 50 year old who worked hard all his life just to make ends meet then gets laid off because the CEO of the company wasn't satisfied with $20 million a year, they needed $25 million.

    Hearing harsh thoughts like this with no empathy for fellow human being makes me want to cry. This man sickens me.

    October 5, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. CBUSLefty

    A fool - and his delusional ambitions of gaining the nomination in a party of bigoted thinkers who would never support his candidacy in the very small chance he would even get the nomination - are soon parted.

    October 5, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    did he just say let them eat cake

    October 5, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Hmmm...

    Hmmm...Cain is correct but you have to want to see it. You have to have confidence in yourself and you have to stop seeing yourself as an employee and instead see your self as a business whose main objective is to sell your services to another. Do what any good business does and you should find life a bit less controlled by others. If you start with what Cain said and accept it, you start to tap into the power that rside inside start to gain controll. That will be too much for most people becasue others want us dependent upon them. Too bad...they probaby mean well.

    October 5, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Johnny

    Cain is right on here. I still won't vote for him but he is right on this.

    Saying the banks took taxpayer dollars and blaming them is ridiculous. They never would have been in trouble in the first place if you people had paid your mortgage payments.

    Nobody gives a hoot about these protests. They don't even know what they want from Wall St. It will be cold soon and everyone will go home and this will all be forgotten. Good riddance.

    October 5, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. israel

    so is herman cain really trying to say that the economic disaster we are facing is somehow our fault?? he obviously doesn't get it at all and he wants to run for president....GOOD LUCK!!!!

    October 5, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Otto

    This shows how ignorant and arrogant Cain is. Most Republicans are poor and working class, and there are millions of those same Republicans who are not rich but unemployed.
    Is he saying the same Republicans (poor, unemployed and broke) are to blame themselves? Well, if those said Republicans vote for him; they would certainly be stupid.

    October 5, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Thanos

    People!!! Please come to your senses and realize that the Republicans DO NOT have your best interest at heart. Cain is saying that all of you people who lost jobs due to companies closing, jobs being shipped overseas, or just plain corporate greed; its YOUR FAULT that you don't have a job. Think about the twisted Republican logic. When people protest the golden calf Wall Street its the people's fault that they're unemployed but when the Republicans want to drum up votes its OBAMA's fault that people are still unemployed. This guy is simply talking out of both sides of his face and don't think for a second that a guy who thinks its a bunch of lazy people's fault that they're not working is going to do anything to create jobs.. unemployment has hit everyone; Democrat and Republican alike and for this rich guy to sit back and say its all the people's fault shows you where his priorities lie. Wall street is already in his pocket and he's not going to do or say anything against them.

    October 5, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. K3Citizen

    Herman Caine and Sarah Palin have the same exact chance of being president.

    October 5, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Crybabies

    Cain's life is the perfect counter argument to all the crybabies.

    A black man who grew up dirt-poor in the south managed to earn a bachelor's in mathematics, a master's in computer science, serve in the Navy and then successfully turned around a corporation. Then, to top it off, he beat stage IV cancer. He's a walking success story and managed it when the odds were stacked higher against him than any of these Wall St. protesters.

    Truth hurts. Good on Cain for telling it like it is.

    October 5, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Dexter

    Wow. I was kinda souring on voting for Obama again, but I think I kinda have to now.

    October 5, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. shannon g

    Your 15 minutes of fame is up, with that lame statement. If everyone could be rich we wouldn't be having this problem.

    October 5, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Emitr

    Hermann, I like your 9-9-9 plan, but you need to read up on how Wall Street caused the mortgage bubble, whose crash caused the recession. But thank you for letting me know where you stand on this. I was curious, and now I know. Obama's looking better the more Republican candidates ridicule bank reform.

    October 5, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. mike proctor

    I have no hard feeling toward Mr Cain, but to make such a statement to the American people is way out of line and he needs to apolgize to the American people and step out of the race because he has shown his true colors and his contempt for the lower/middle class people within our society. Yes,some have chosen to suck off the Goverment and not look for a job but the other 99 9/tenth was force into their present conditions and plus, where in the hell are the JOBS that his party promise in November 2010 to deliver to American people. Oh! in reference to BR comment you right the people in China are willing to work any type of job but there is a problem, these people only received any where between $1.00-$25.00 a month so you see it would not work in this Country not even at Wal-Mart.

    October 5, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Eric

    Boycott his pizza joint. If he goes bankrupt and looses everything, he can look in the mirror and blame his self for his nasty remarks.

    October 5, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Mike Buck

    Hey I just tried to send some Godfather Pizzas to the Wall Street Protesters to show support but Godfathers went out of business here due to poor management. Go figure.

    October 5, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. CoJo

    so it's my fault my the economy trashed, it's my fault that lehman went under, and AIG and all the others triggered a melt down? I guess you could say that it really is my fault that I trusted bankers, hedge fund managers and so forth that they would police themselves. Just like I trusted Bush's administration to watch them. If they are going to bail them out (TARP) they should have been watching them too. Well Mr Cain just lost my vote completely!!!!

    October 5, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. Charles Richardson

    Herman Cain, Truly i have herd it all now. This is a man who talks out the side of his neck. and it is very sad that he beleives the words he speaks. But now i understand. if you feed a dog a peace of meat he will follow you home. or to the slughter house. not knowing that he will soon be a product to help a lawn grow richer and greener. sorry the views of black people are not shared with him. i guess that is what a lot of people talk about when black people get ahead and or on top there color changes. Oh the watermelon man. He really needs to take a deep look into the mirror. He just may find out what his true COLOR REALLY IS. HERMAN CAIN NOT FOR PRESIDENT.

    October 5, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Rob

    Ego displaces intellegence

    October 5, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Greg Y

    Cain, it's time ALL of you politicians understood something. You are the problem, we, the 99% that you seem to hate and degrade, those you think you can tell how they must live, WE are the answer/ The elections are ours. We run the polls, we handles the voting places, and WE are tired of your insults. We will vote you all out. Remember the WIGS? See any WIGS around? How abut the Federalists who started the country with the REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRATIC party? You are outmoded and segmented. You lie to us. You cheat us, and face it, you only like us because WE make you rich. Not anymore, you don't own us and we now own your future. Take back our Government is our creed, not the tea party that lied and claimed they were NOT republican, yet are in the republican debates. It's OUR America, not YOUR America. we are one, you are done is our motto.

    October 5, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. F VanDevender

    I'm beginng to think that the "tea" in the tea party is short for " to end America "

    October 5, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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