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Live Blog: Herman Cain Kicks Off Book Tour in Brookhaven

Join the discussion as the GOP presidential candidate speaks at a DeKalb County GOP gathering.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain kicks off a book tour in Brookhaven today.

The Georgia native will be promoting his new book, This Is Herman Cain, at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. The book signing is part of a larger event being organized by the DeKalb County Republican Party.

Tickets for the event, which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., are sold out, according to the organizers.

Patch will bring you live coverage of the event.

Tammy Osier October 03, 2011 at 10:36 AM
I think the biggest problem we had with getting Obama in office is the age of those voting. The man was brought up under Marxism (most of his friends and college professors were marxist) and communist and people have no idea what a communist country would be like. Of course they think it's wonderful to have such a good looking young man to run things! Ma'am, respectfully, I make 25,ooo a year nad have two new federal taxes. I'm LOWER middle class. People who make 250,000 are small business owners. htey have to fold because the gov't is taxing them to death. that's a "wonderful job"? I'm going by the evidence of what he's done to us. What he preaches looks good on paper, and sounds good in a speech, but in reality, drags us further into poverty. It happened under carter and now Obama.
Tammy Osier October 03, 2011 at 10:42 AM
And before someone counters that with, "We're just suffering because of Bush, do your homework. Bush gave in to one stimulus under pressure from a DEMOCRATIC congress. For years, he tried to put the brakes on Fannie May and Freddi Mac, but a DEMOCRATIC congress refused to budge. Remember that congress calls the shots in those instnaces. Bush could have grown a pair and vetoes them, but wasn't strong enough, and the republicans were weak as well. But it was Democrats calling the shots- ANd the first two years of Obama presidency. Don't blame this on them. Do some homework and study economics. It's a fascinating study and many have gotten a big surprise when they have.
john pavlin October 03, 2011 at 12:10 PM
@Helen. Under President Obama we now have 44 million on foodstamps, the most ever. The democratic party that you blindly vote for every election, how's that working for you. They're great if you are not driven and want something for nothing .
Brian October 03, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Rio, on what do you base your statement: "This President isn't even a descent person...?" What, in your opinion, is a decent person and why do you disqualify our President as one?
Bill Lyons October 03, 2011 at 12:35 PM
The president is doing what he told us he would do, except heal our divisions and bring the economy back. His life story, his books, his record told us enough about him. Why did we not understand and believe. Is it possible that he is achieving his objectives?
Marc Acampora October 03, 2011 at 12:58 PM
There should be an option in the poll that reads: "Republicans AND Democrats all suck, so none of the above." But, of the pathetic choices presented in the poll, Cain may actually be the best (or least worst).
Doug October 03, 2011 at 02:32 PM
If it's more than three pages, I'm going to veto reading it.
Tammy Osier October 03, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Marc- lol. Right there with you. I'm with Sharon, I just want an honest, sincere man with no personal agenda. Herman Cain fits that bill for me.
Brian October 03, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Yes, foodstamp recipients have increased during Obama's administration as they should during a recession. The program is working. In The New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman explained the increase in "income security" spending, including food stamps, writing: "'Income security' is unemployment insurance, food stamps, SSI, refundable tax credits -- in short, the social safety net. Medicaid is a means-tested program that also serves as part of the safety net. Yes, spending in these areas has surged -- because the economy is depressed, and lots of people are unemployed. What we're seeing isn't some drastic expansion of Big Government; we're seeing the government we already had, responding to a terrible economic slump. [The New York Times, 4/25/11] And regarding Fox News' recent claims Obama is paying performance bonuses to Oregon for their food stamp program: the awards program started in 2003 under the Bush administration! Food Stamp Awards Won By Oregon Have Been Given To States At Least As Early As 2003. The Department of Agriculture's program improvement page for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the official, current term for the food stamp program) shows that payment accuracy bonuses to states started in fiscal year 2003, and application processing timeliness and program access index bonuses started in fiscal year 2006. [U.S. Department of Agriculture, accessed 10/2/11]
Brian October 03, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Really? You actually think any of the people listed above would do a better job than Obama has been doing under the circumstances he inherited? Some of them certainly are qualified, but I disagree that ANY of them would be better. On what do you base your claims. I'd be interested in hearing factual points rather than some generic statement of disdain for our President.
Susan October 03, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I'm glad to see people who actually go out and vote. At least keep reading and have an opinion. It's scarry when no one votes and the corporations decide-buy- who they want. I hope they cap political donations and get back to the people. Lets get rid of this electorial voting system too!
Tammy Osier October 03, 2011 at 04:32 PM
We need term limits in Congress. Seems the old adage is true about voting themselves money from the coffers of the people. I'd like for people to look at businesses and how they are affected by taxes and get some understanding of how that affects jobs and why businesses end up closing.
Steve Barton October 03, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Stephanie: Thanks for the report on the gathering and the remarks.
Tammy Osier October 03, 2011 at 05:46 PM
The electoral voting system is very important. Here's a good example as to why we don't want to vote strictly democratic- popular vote. let's say it's about 150 years ago and slavery is the big issue of the day. What if the majority wanted slavery and lynching? That's why the majority is not the only vote. The majority, if they turn away from our true principles and ideals cannot be allowed to rule. There will always be a checks and balances system to see that that doesn't happen. We have the best set up system in the world in my opinion. I hope everyone involved in this debate will go and check Herman Cain out with an open mind. He really is a good candidate.
Randy Smyrna realist October 04, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Hope he wins the nomination. Cain/Paul 2012
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 12:58 PM
You realize that "in the white house" is a figure of speech, right? And that being in the White House, doesn't mean you are physically "in the White House" at all times. Kind of like "stay at home moms" aren't always staying at home....sometimes they're at Michael's making important decisions, like which color glitter they need.
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 01:00 PM
A brief review of Herman Cain's corporate record is shady, at best. First, the only thing he can be credited with is saving a small company from failure. Noble, but not that impactful. Second, he's the common man's answer to what ails us? The common man doesn't have an answer for what ails us, because it's not a common problem. The last thing I want is a common man trying to diagnose what we've gotten ourselves into.
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Then you might want to avoid politics alltogether.
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Wow. Just wow.
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Wow, just wow again. Do you know who Alan Greenspan is? Do you know his policies, and what he did with our nation's monetary policy? Let me back up, do you know what monetary policy is? Do you know what the fervent pressure from Republicans to relax the regulatory environment did for banks and lenders? Do you even understand how Fannie & Freddie work? Perhaps you should do a little research to answer these very basic questions, before spouting off what you heard Glenn Beck say.
Urbanist October 05, 2011 at 01:08 PM
It's so funny how the people who are the most out of touch with reality are the most fervent supporters of people like Cain. It's no surprise that when you look at a map, most rural (and least educated, least experienced, least aware) areas are all heavily red...and I don't mean their necks...but I suppose that would probably work too.
anderson williams October 06, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Herman Cain's rhetoric is as right wing and heartless to the condition of working class people as any other GOP candidates. His solution to the plight of the poor: They should all work on strategies to get rich. Don't give this right wing demagogue a free pass just because he is an African American.
Tammy Osier October 08, 2011 at 01:45 PM
If anyone knew Cain, they'd call him a man of the people - especially poor people. His comments are simply American - everyone has the opportunity to acquire wealth if they choose. His plan for the Fair tax, actually REBATES money to those people. People who truly NEED a hand will get it. Those who would mismanage a million dollars if it was given to them will continue to do so. Those are the peole he's talking to. The man knows what it is to be poor and a minority. He is an inspiration to what a victimless attitude will get a person in America. He is a brilliant man. Demagogery is what we are getting right now in the White House and we really can't afford another 4 years. Cain 2012.
James October 11, 2011 at 12:26 AM
@Urbanist What an utterly pointless post.
Inside-Out October 11, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Where's Hillary when we need her.
Bill Thrasher October 11, 2011 at 05:06 PM
We have about 14 trillion, yes I said trillion dollars sitting overseas right now being protected against a very thirsty and starving federal government. Why not bring that money back without any penalty with the proviso that it can only be used to create durable jobs. Deficit solved, and national debt issues on the way to being solved. This is not a partisan issue. What is a partisan issue is this...the left loves the omnipotence of the federal government. The right loves a very small and unintrusive government. The only given is that we cannot, repeat cannot continue down this road by spending more than we take in. The economy must be jumpstarted by causing hiring,and hiring en masse. Let's bring that 14 trillion back into the USA and watch the US economy take off.
Urbanist October 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Tammy, can you give me an idea of what "economic reality" means to you?
Urbanist October 12, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Bringing that "$14 trillion" back to the U.S. (I'd like to see where you got that statistic), wouldn't spur anything but a massive increase in government coffers. It would help our fiscal situation as a country, but would do little for the private sector. If done quickly, it would be highly destructive to the corporations and people that you want to start hiring, in masse. What we need more than anything, is a transparent plan of regulations and policies from our politicians. We don't need partisan bickering that drives us to the brink of default, we need agreement on both sides, and implementation. Many corporations/small businesses aren't hiring because they have no idea what the regulatory or tax environment is going to look like 6 months, 1 year, 3 years from now - not because there's $14 bagoogillion dollars sitting offshore.
Bill Thrasher October 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Well said Urban and you and I have much agreement. That figure that I throw about is an average from Heritage Foundation, Brookings and Rand, all in the last two years. It admittedly may be high, low or right on the money. Remember that I suggested that this money comes back only with the proviso that the government keeps its hands off as long as the money is spent to create durable jobs. But alas Sir, you are spot on when you suggest that we have an opaque tax and regulatory system in place right now which scares the bejesus out of those in control of the money. Your points are very well taken.
James October 13, 2011 at 12:39 AM
DING! DING! DING! You win the prize for stumbling right into a perfect example of the fallacy of liberalism. Cain's and the conservative solution for poor people to seek out ways to improve their lot in life for themselves (Oh the horror!). The liberal solution for them is to sit around and wait for the monstrous, wasteful, bureaucratic government to do something FOR them. Now how many people have gotten rich on the liberal plan versus the conservative plan?? Without question, COUNTLESS Americans that started with nothing have achieved great success. Now how many have gotten rich on the liberal plan?

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