Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain had harsh words for President Barack Obama in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published online on Thursday.
Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, writes in the piece, "Mr. Obama's first term has been spent advancing a legislative agenda that pays no mind to our ailing economy and the Americans whose sufferings are casualties in his ideological war." He goes on to say, "After a failed stimulus package, preferential industry bailouts, and the disastrous government overhaul of the health-care industry, it seems the plight of the American worker has remained an afterthought."
The Republican contender points to the president's policies in arguing that the current economic situation is seeing "the worst jobs recovery since the Great Depression." He discussed his own ideas for addressing the country's economic woes, summed up in what he calls "'Cain's Vision for Economic Growth,' also known as the 9-9-9 Plan."
Cain's proposal calls for "repealing ObamaCare, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank bank-regulation bill."
This isn't the first time that Cain has thrown jabs at the Obama White House. In August, Cain said that impeaching Obama "would be a great thing to do," although he acknowledged that accomplishing such a goal would likely prove difficult.
In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, Cain elaborated on his views on the current economic situation, stating, "Uncertainty is what's killing this economy, along with too much taxation and this onslaught of regulations that are coming out of this administration." He addressed the poverty rate -- recently estimated at 15.1% -- which is the highest it's been since 1993.
"I think it's atrocious and it is a big deal, and one of the main economic guiding principles is that the business sector is the engine of economic growth, and unfortunately that engine is not getting any fuel," he said before going onto suggest that the stimulus failed to provide sufficient "fuel."
Over the course of his campaign, Cain has been no stranger to making provocative remarks. He described the U.S. tax code as "the 21st century version of slavery" in a campaign ad released on Wednesday.