Cain Sat Out Civil Rights Movement
He became political only when government raised minimum wage, his taxes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2011 9:16 AM CST
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain listens to the National Anthem prior to the start of the Republican presidential debate on national security November 22, 2011.   (Getty Images/AFP)

(Newser) – Herman Cain came of age in the heat of the civil rights movement, but unlike many of his politically conscious peers at the predominantly black Morehouse College, he largely ignored it. “I wasn’t determined to make social change,” Cain tells the Wall Street Journal. “I wanted to earn some change … I wanted to make some money.” Cain says he was “totally apolitical” throughout his youth, focused entirely on making money, and improving his station.

When asked what did get him into politics, Cain gave a confusing answer: He said that at 16 he discovered that he’d need to earn $10,000 a year to get an American Express card, “and I remember thinking to myself, ‘One day, I want to make $20,000 a year.” Later he explained his actual political awakening: He says he was angered by a minimum wage hike in 1988, which would harm Godfather’s Pizza, and by a 1994 tax increase that hit his bracket. “It was just a sneak-a-tax. It only affected people of a certain category,” he says. “That's why I became a conservative.”

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Count-Spatula
Dec 4, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Well, it's a better goal than no goal, but again, conservatives have no values unrelated to their bottom line.
Rubbedlung
Nov 26, 2011 10:50 AM CST
Is this supposed to appeal to the "conservatives" that fought against the civil rights movement that Cain wants to vote for him?
brucke
Nov 26, 2011 10:26 AM CST
Getting and spending we lay to waste our powers wrote William Wordsworth. Cain should take note.