Herman Cain
Congressman Don Young’s (R-AK) response to the suggestion by some of his colleagues that he forego an appropriation for his home state to offset a portion of the hurricane recovery cost exposes our monumental weakness in congressional leadership. Congressman Young called giving up his $223 million “bridge to nowhere,” which will connect the City of Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents, a “moronic” idea.

This leadership weakness is found in the shocking number of elected officials who care little if any about the overall good of our nation and could not lead themselves out of a paper bag. In crises like the magnitude of the recent hurricanes, this lack of leadership is accentuated by finger pointing, indecisiveness, bad ideas and doing absolutely nothing. As a result, the citizens are receiving from many in Congress a collective leadership-to-nowhere.

Consider Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT) response to his own constituency’s offer to help pay for hurricane relief by returning the $4 million he secured for a parking lot in Bozeman. Senator Baucus stated that he “can not and will not support giving away these hard-fought dollars.” That’s code for “I fought for this pork, and I’m going to keep it.”

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) leads the parade of bad ideas. She believes we can tax our way out of crises. When asked where the money should come from to pay for reconstruction efforts she stated, “It comes from the first instance in not making those tax cuts for rich people like us permanent.” Senator Clinton, thanks to your book deal you and Bill are in the top 1% of income earners. Making those tax cuts permanent would help the 99% of us benefiting from an economy that is working.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) answer is the same for every crisis we face – “No.” “No” to a commission to investigate and improve federal, state and local disaster response practices. “No” to making the 2003 tax cuts permanent so the economy can continue its positive growth and expansion. “No” to even discussing restructuring Social Security with optional personal retirement accounts, all the while offering “No” new ideas of her own to fix our coming economic crises. Her trumpet of “No” leads the parade of leadership to nowhere.


Herman Cain

Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.

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