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GOP Race: Herman Cain Caught In His Own Nonsense

Submitted by on October 21, 2011 – 10:09 amNo Comment

Herman Cain has been playing jump rope with a whole bunch of issues lately, making conflicting on-the-record statements that are particularly hard to escape.

1) Electrified Fence: Herman Cain said he wants to build a lethal electrified fence along the border with Mexico. Then he said it was a joke. Then he said it wasn’t.

2) Abortion: Herman Cain has long been an opponent of all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Then he says it’s not the government’s choice to make. But it should be illegal. He clarified in a tweet that he is “100% pro-life,” but Cain refuses to clarify how this would affect his policies. Are we having a little trouble pandering to both personal liberty and religious conservatism?

3) Unemployment: Like any good Republican candidate, Cain says that joblessness is the most serious problem in the country right now, and it’s all Obama’s fault. Then he blames the unemployed, and tells them to go get jobs. So it’s their own fault that they don’t have jobs, and it’s Obama‘s fault, and the country’s 14 million unemployed should stop being lazy and go get the jobs that don’t exist? Stephen Colbert explains it better:

The bigger problem is not that Cain is indecisive or inconsistent, but that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s getting a rush regurgitating talking points and selling applause lines, but he can’t back any of it up. (See also: 9-9-9 Plan, which everyone and their mama knows will raise taxes for the low and middle classes and lower taxes for the wealthy.)

Hopefully, the country will soon realize it deserves better. Maybe this graph from the non-partisan Tax Policy Center will help.

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