Skip to comments.Herman Cain defends '9-9-9' tax plan on 'Meet the Press'
Posted on 10/16/2011 11:50:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Herman Cain tested the national spotlight Sunday as the Republican presidential primarys newest front-runner.
Facing tough questions during a 25-minute one-on-one interview on NBCs "Meet the Press," Cain acknowledged that his plan to simplify the tax code would raise taxes for some people and clarified his position that he doesnt believe abortion should be an option in instances of rape and incest.
Scrapping the current federal tax code which he described as a 10-million-word mess would eliminate a host of invisible taxes and eventually reduce prices, Cain said.
Some economists have pointed out that Cains plan would shift the tax burden further from the rich to the poor and middle class.
"Some people will pay more. But most people will pay less," said the former Godfathers Pizza executive and a former chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City when pressed by host David Gregory about the effects of his tax plan.
Cain said the biggest appeal of his plan is its simplicity. The plan calls for a 9% personal income tax, a 9% corporate tax, and a 9% federal sales tax.
Video game enthusiasts have pointed out that Cains plan is the same tax schedule used in the computer game SimCity 4.
When asked how he would get the "9-9-9" plan through Congress, Cain said he would drum up public support.
The American people understand it and are going to demand it, he said.
Citing the simplicity of his positions and his conservative credentials, Cain said he doesnt think his front-runner status will peter out like other GOP candidates who surged in the polls only to fade away earlier this year.
I don't think Herman Cain will be a flavor of the week," he said.
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How about let’s watch the actual interview than the LIBERAL MEDIA spin?
I think it is interesting how much some of you seem to enjoy carrying the liberal media’s talking points over here to FR.
That’s what happens when the tax burden is spread more fairly, some will have to pony up.
LOL...that game is anything but simplistic! Much more stat heavier and cpu resource intensive than earlier games (and understandably prettier). Problem is, where has this plan been implemented before, with success, other than in SimCity 4?
The reason why Obama won in 2008 is because he co opted the Conservative platform of lowering taxes. He lied, but it worked. The person who is going to win in 2012 is going to be the one who tells the people I am going to get you more money in your pocket. Obama will do it by saying he is going to take it from the rich and give it to you. The Conservative message has to be, Im going to take it from the government and let you keep it and Im going to help you make more. Why would we want to hitch our wagon to the guy who is saying 'I am going to create a new way to take money from you and give it to the government'? That message will not win.
Thanks for that. Cain knocked it out of the park. Gregory never laid a hand on him.
that’s 1 place more than socialism has worked.
When asked what distinguishes him from Romney, Cain said, "He has been more of a Wall Street executive, I have been more of a main street executive."
Cain was given a chance to discuss the difference between himself and Romney and this is all he could say that distinguishes him from Romney.
One more datapoint that supports the conclusion, based on evidence, that Cain is shilling for Romney, splitting the conservative vote, to help Romney get the nomination.
In other interviews the worst Cain said about Romney is that "he is not a staunch conservative". Then in an article trumpeting Cain "going after Romney", the "big attack" consists of "I'm going after Romney only on his economic plan because that's where he is a little weak," Does he agree with Romney on everything else, such as Romney's romneycare and his job killing CO2 regulations?
It seem like Cain can't think of anything about which to criticize Romney.
Then there is Cain's statement about willing to be anyone's VP, except Perry's ( so who else is there, except Romney?!) and his other statement that he would not support Perry even in the general election, while he did support Romney in 2008, so presumable he would have no problem supporting him again.
How much evidence do people need to realize that Cain is saying anything, to appeal to conservatives, just to split the vote, but he is clearly NOT running for president, just helping Romney.
And look at his latest statements about electric fence, read meat for consevatives, but totally infeasible, then he says, it was just a joke. The joke is on conservatives who are falling for Cain.
Cain is becoming a caricature of conservatives and some still can't see him for what he is, a snake oil salesman, helping Romney laugh all the way to the nomination.
Where is Cain’s plan for CUTTING GOVERNMENT?
You can gimmick taxes all you want to , but if you don’t cut government, we are sunk.
Your attempt to smear Cain is almost comical. it is not working - Perry is still falling in the polls. Maybe it’s time for a new tactic.
(Once again) The facts:
Romney is not a Staunch Conservative (10/15/11)
Cain Wants a Fight in Las Vegas
Herman Cain Hits Romney on Healthcare Plan
Cain Discusses what is Wrong with Romneys Jobs Plan
MTP has lost a lot of respect and credibility since they replaced the great and generally unbiased Russert with the Leftist partisan tool Gregory but Cain's fine performance today on the program will still lift him even higher in the polls.
I agree. Thank God that all but the most simple minded (Yes I do mean you) understand that isn't what he's saying.
Not even close.
BTW, Perry's done, kaput. I'm just responding because sometimes it's fun to kick dead things.
What distinguishes Perry from Mitt? Hmmm..... I got it! It’s the accent!!!!
Yes, like when they joined the likes of the New York Times', HuffPo and other liberal propaganda outlets by promulgating the false report that Herman Cain actually wanted an electric fence on the border.
If you pay nothing now, you will actually be asked to pay something for a change. For example, Liberal icon Adrianna Huffington who paid less then $1000 in taxes on her mutli million $ trust fund will actually have to pay something now.
Odd how so many Conservative would rather keep giving the handouts then spread the tax burden.
53% of People Favor Tax Code that Treats Taxpayers Equally
9-9-9 is a plan to cut Government. Instead of racing back to Perry HQ for the next smear attack to post actually LEARN something that challenges your Perry worship for a change.
This is the thing I think Perry supporters are missing.
The growth of our out of control Federal Government starts with the implementation of the income tax.
As long as you give politicians a potentially unlimited income stream, as the income tax does, they will find ways to spend it.
We can cut and cut and cut but the spending always comes back. Reagan cut the most of any modern President and the spending came back plus more.
Until you address the revenue side, Federal Spending is not going to be controlled no matter how much any President cuts. Reagan cut and cut and cut and all that plus more Fed spending came back within a decade.
You have to limit the Congress's ability to spend and borrow money (Cut, Cap, and tax) but then you also need to limit it's revenue stream. 9-9-9 does that.
The genius of 9-9-9 is, for the 1st time, there is a leading Presidential Candidate putting out a plan to limit Fed revenue. The key components is the sale tax. By spreading a lower tax burden to all Americans he creates an insurmountable problem for any future tax raises.
How do you convince people to give you more taxes when they personally know they will pay for the tax hike?
See the trick now is Congress can always disguise any tax hike by hiding it inside the overly complex tax code. By tweaking around the edges with the tax code they can gradually and systematically raise taxes with virtually no one noticing.
9-9-9 eliminates that ability to tinker around the edges of a mind numbingly complex tax code
53% of People Favor Tax Code that Treats Taxpayers Equally
“As long as you give politicians a potentially unlimited income stream, as the income tax does, they will find ways to spend it.”
What do you think introducing sales tax on top of income taxes does?
Then why don't you stop spamming every thread with the same fraudulent attack post and address the points made TO you for a change then?
9-9-9 does “not add a new way” to tax, it replaces a corrupted failed tax system with a simple, transparent broader tax code. It replaces, not adds to, the current tax code.
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