Herman Cain

Herman Cain

Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur and his mother was a domestic worker. Thanks to the lessons his parents instilled in him, Herman went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master's in computer science from Purdue University.

Herman has more than 40 years' experience in the private sector, where he balanced budgets, created jobs and rescued failing companies. He served as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President with Burger King and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. During his time at Godfather's, he brought the company from near bankruptcy to profitability in just 14 months. Herman's record as "turnaround artist" led to his rise as President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which employs more than 14 million people. Additionally, he's been on the boards of directors for several multi-national corporations, including Nabisco, AGCO, Hallmark Cards, Whirlpool, SuperValu, Acquila and Reader's Digest.

Herman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as a supervisory mathematician for the Department of the Navy, where he developed ballistics and fire control systems for the armed forces.

Herman has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 44 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as an Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.

Articles by Herman Cain:

Why character matters

The results of the experiment are in. Let me take you back to a very old debate, because it’s curiously coming full-circle – thanks to the man very much at the center of it when it first started. When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992, it was early on in the race that allegations came out about ... continue reading

Liberals are lying about the death tax

And we've got them busted. There are few taxes liberals love more than the death tax. They figure that once you’re dead, your heirs have no legitimate claim to your money because they did nothing to earn it. And who does have a legitimate claim to it? The government, of course! Why? Because all wealth ... continue reading

Go bold, Republicans, on replacing the tax code

And don't fear the carping. There's no better day than today (Tax Day) to encourage the Republican presidential candidates to go bold with their solution to our nation’s biggest hindrance to economic growth – the tax code. Replace it! Yesterday I did a TV interview and a radio interview, and in both ... continue reading

Cain's Checklist for Presidential Candidates

And now there are four! As the announced presidential candidates continue to grow in number, it's going to be harder and harder for Main Street folks like us to keep up with the similarities and the differences. This is even more difficult because of the media's uncontrollable impulse to define each candidate ... continue reading

In the business world, we would call Bill Clinton's Wife an empty suit

Lots of talk. Not much to back it up. If you spend much time in business, you'll meet one of them. They're not hard to spot. They may have gotten a position by way of nepotism. Or maybe they gave a very impressive interview, but once hired it became painfully clear they didn't have what it took to do the job on a ... continue reading

Michael Bloomberg donates another $30 million to Sierra Club campaign to kill coal plants

Insane. The only good news here is that Michael Bloomberg is out $30 million. I guess that's money he can't give to gun control groups. But the rest of the news is all bad. By giving another $30 million to a Sierra Club effort to kill coal plants (he gave $20 million previously), Bloomberg is continuing to ... continue reading

President Obama has lost the nation's trust

For so many reasons. This is not a shocker to those of us who have followed the decisions and indecisiveness of this president since he was elected. We don't trust him. Liberals, Democrats and Obama-lovers are in denial that he is anything but "the great black hope." They shift the subject, ignore the facts, and ... continue reading

The mob killed Jesus

Because it was as easily manipulated as the ones putting Christian businesses out of business today. While watching the movie Killing Jesus, which was based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, I noticed a stark similarity between how the Romans and the Jewish priests manipulated the mob (otherwise ... continue reading

Why the poor March jobs report matters, and reflects poorly on Obama

Perspective. It’s only one month. It seems kind of unfair to jump all over the Obama Administration for a poor month of job growth (only 126,000 in March, and yes that’s poor) after nearly a year of topping 200,000 every single month. And maybe you think it’s unfair to point out that, while ... continue reading

Solutions for a better America

Keep it alive. All of America's woes start with poor national economic policy. Poor economic policy starts with taxes being too high and too many regulations. It's that simple in theory, but very difficult to reverse due to legislative and political, complexities. Reducing taxes and halting regulations that ... continue reading

Whoa: Gallup shows 26 percent of blacks now identify as conservative

Waking up. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend, Jim Clifton, who happens to be the CEO of the Gallup Organization. Whereas he gets his pulse of the public from the numerous and ongoing surveys they conduct, I get my pulse from callers to my radio show, people I meet while traveling and questions from audience ... continue reading

The Article V Initiative: The way for the states to end Washington's spending

Checks and balances. If you’re frustrated by the refusal of Congress to stop its fiscal insanity – and how could you not be? – it’s time to start realizing that the Constitution gives states and the people more power over Congress than most realize. And right now there is an effort called ... continue reading

It's not too late to wake up, USA . . . but let's get to it already

Calls to my show indicate the sand is falling from some eyes. A caller to my radio show reminded me recently that the USA is not all of America, even though many people from around the world and us routinely refer to the USA as America. Duly noted! But we use it more as a shorthand way of referring to our nation, ... continue reading

Ted Cruz and the issue of executive experience

The lack of it is not a positive, but it can be overcome. Here's how. The entry of Ted Cruz into the presidential race touched off an interesting discussion about the relevance of experience, especially governing experience and executive experience. Some said Cruz is nothing more than a conservative Barack Obama ... continue reading

Operation Choke Point: Obama's harassment of legal businesses comes under scrutiny

Weaponizing government. It's long overdue, but a horrendously abusive initiative of the Obama Administration is finally getting the scrutiny it deserves. If you haven't heard of Operation Choke Point, you need to start paying attention. Here's how it works: Initiating by the Justice Department in 2013, Operation ... continue reading

Why Ted Cruz has a shot (and what will make it tough for him)

It's go time! Ted Cruz is in! He made the announcement just a little while ago at Liberty University. I will give my assessment of each candidate as they become official, because that's when you know they are serious and not just floating a trial balloon. An official announcement means they have committed some ... continue reading