Herman Cain To Occupy Wall Street Protesters: If You’re Not Rich ‘Blame Yourself’


herman-cain1Unemployed Wall Street protesters only have themselves to blame for lacking a job, so says Herman Cain. The Republican presidential candidate insisted that the demonstrations were being “orchestrated” to help President Obama.

“I don’t have the facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama Administration,” Cain told the Wall Street Journal.

The Tea Party favorite then argued that the plight of the unemployed was their own fault.

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed,” the ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO declared.

The fiery remarks come as protest organizers plan for their biggest demonstrations yet — at least 2,000 people are expected to gather in lower Manhattan Wednesday.

Last week, 700 protesters who spilled onto the streets near the Brooklyn Bridge were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Cain acknowledged that the banking industry played a role in the 2008 economic meltdown, but argued they were no longer responsible.

“They did have something to do with the crisis that we went into in 2008, but we’re not in 2008, we’re in 2011,” Cain said.”…These demonstrations, I honestly don’t understand what they’re looking for. To me, they come across more as anti-capitalism.”

Cain’s campaign has been picking up steam since he won Florida’s straw poll last month.

And in a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, Cain trails Obama by just five points in a head-to-head matchup.

{NY Daily News/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Mr. Cain is like a dog who has fetched the bone. He does not care who threw the bone or what the bone came from. Its a bone and hes going to fetch. The fact is that this Occupy movement while being a group of anarchists is still legitimate in some of their concerns. That said, their methods by which they are voicing their concerns are illigitimate and it should be done somewhere else where commerce is not rendered disabled.

    Mr. Cain is like an acorn that drops from the tree and then sprouts a tree. The acorn didn’t do it alone, yet if Mr. Cain was this acorn, he would fail to acnowledge that the sunlight and rainfall were the big contributors to the growth of the tree. By saying that people are poor becuase is it totally their fault, he ignores socio political forces and he ignores the marketplace which does not clearly buy everything that is advertised. So while the young may continue to work hard, there will be a difficulty in finding jobs for now and likely into the future. That is the proble, Mr. Cain…. not the work ethic and drive of the underclass that you seem to wish to dismiss with your large pepporoni express of a candidacy. Shalom!

  2. What do you expect? Why should he realize that Hashem threw the bone? Having said that, it is true that in a capitalist system monetary attainments are usually (sometimes Hashem intervenes but generally not) a function of industry, education, right decisions (for example, a person who chooses to study Accounting will probably make more than a person who chooses to study English literature), etc. whereas in a socialist system it is a function of degree of connection to the ruling party. Again, Hashem can cause a person not to meet the right people who will see his value but generally He does not as He does not give abilities for nothing.

  3. This was an insensitive comment by Mr. Cain, and likely not to be taken well. True, he rose above calling himself a victim, not everyone is blessed with the same determination and opportunities. As a man who claims strong religious belief, he certainly left something out in this statement.

  4. I’m starting to like this guy. I may just vote for him in the primary. I really was hoping that Santurom would pick up steam but the media is not allowing it!

  5. I would be rich too if like Herman and many of my affluent neighbors, I had no conscience or ethics as how to accumulate wealth.

  6. I think that if I got anything out of meeting Mr. Cain on the national stage its that I do admire the fellow. He is intelligent and he works hard. But that said, I just do not ever think he would be a leader I could enjoy to really make change in our nation.

  7. “I don’t have the facts to back this up, but I happen to believe”

    Yeah…. we ALL know that that logic is going to end well. (/sarcasm)