Daily Archives: May 16, 2011

Des Moines Iowa Meet and Greet with Herman Cain

Via Eyes on the Ground in Iowa – Frank reports: “Please feel free to use any or all of this synopsis to get the word out. It was one the finest events I have ever attended..”


Today at 5:00 PM at Smoky Row sandwich shop here in Des Moines, I had the opportunity with a dear friend to attend a meet and greet with Herman Cain.   As Smoky Row is a fairly small shop, this meet and greet had standing room only.  I would like to say there were 100 of us packed into this party room plus there were people standing at either entrance trying to get in to hear this man speak.   

Mr Cain started by talking for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and for the rest of the time took questions from the audience.  I was chosen to ask the lead question and asked him to explain his time as the head of the FED in Kansas City, followed by his affiliation with the FED since that time, and finally the quote by him in late 2010 where he was quoted in interview that he did not think we needed to audit the FED.

Mr Cain’s response was:  “I did head the KC branch of the FED 1994 – 1995 when their mission was to control inflation through our money supply”.  At the point he felt this was complete, he said “Mission Accomplished” and left the FED to pursue other endeavors.  Since leaving the FED in the mid nineties, he no longer has any affiliation with this entity. 

To my next question concerning the statement of auditing the FED, his reply was: “I do not know what the mission of the FED is now except to print money for the gov’t to spend and spend.  I do know that each branch of the FED does its own audit each month and I feel that nothing would be found by auditing.  However, I do not and will not defend the FED, nor would I impede any audit that the people would call for”

At this point he stated adamantly that the problem with our economy was the SPENDING.

The next question asked centered on how he would handle the economy and put people back to work…To this he replied:

  • First  stopping the spending by reviewing government agencies and cutting programs that were blatantly useless, followed by review of all federal agencies and cutting where appropriate. 
  • Next by lowering the corporate tax rate to bring manufacturing back to America and allowing them to control their own money.
  • Next was the implementing of the “Fair Tax” to allow everyone to keep more of their own earned dollars and thereby eliminating the need for the IRS.

He was then asked about how he would handle the relationship between Pakistan and the United States whereupon  his first response was: “Why would we send financial aid to any country who dislikes us?”  He then stated that even before being sworn into office, he would meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the leading generals in each theatre we are in to identify our missions and decide what, if any, were indeed in the best interest of the United States and if not, to bring our troops out of harm’s way.

He then went on to discuss meeting, with again, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in order to decide relationships with all countries, friend or foe and determine policy with each individual nation. 

On our immigration reform he would secure our borders with Mexico first, then back each state’s power to identify, prosecute, and deport illegal aliens, while at the same time reduce the bureaucracy to immigrants who wish to  come in the front door to become citizens.  He gave the example of a lady immigrant who was half way through the process to become a naturalized citizen when INS informed her that they had lost her paperwork and she had to start the whole process from the beginning again.   As he stated “That is NO way to treat people”

Lastly when asked “if and when” he was going to announce his candidacy for president, we were told that this coming Saturday he would be in Atlanta, Ga. With about 10,000 of his closest friends and did we think he would really tell them that he was not going to run?  Lol

Let me say in closing that I liked Mr. Cain from before the debate although I had never heard him in person.  After seeing and talking with him today, I feel this man is the genuine deal.  I feel he is honest, has good Christian values, and has great ideas on solving the problems plaguing our fine country.  I would encourage anyone to go and listen to this man in person and if able to attend a meet and greet to speak with him one on one as I did today.  We have got to get away from career politicians and elect strong conservatives into office with term limits..     That is MY opinion….

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