GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan has been taking a lot of heat lately. Justifiably so. Obviously a flat 9% tax across the board means higher taxes for those currently paying less than 9%, and less tax for those currently paying more. And according to the Washington Post, 4 of 5 Americans would pay more.
With all the criticism and scrutiny taking an obvious toll on his vaunted plan and sole campaign message, Cain announced today that 9-9-9 will include exemptions for the poor. Oh boy, here we go. Special exemptions. For whom, exactly? What income levels? Which income? Sliding scale? Married, single, or both? Allowances for differing state taxes? Endless exemptions, adjustments, and refinements is what got us where we are today. The minute you start that stuff, you’re on the slippery slope right back to the here and now.
Not so simple after all, is it, Mr. Cain? Now, under pressure, you’ve chosen to take that road. What’s that you say? You didn’t cave under pressure? This was part of the plan all along?
“We simply chose not to talk about this piece earlier. … We didn’t want to put it all out there at once.”
Really, Mr. Cain? Come on, you don’t think the voters are that stupid, do you? You keep saying things that you have to walk back later, and now you’ve done it with the only thing you really had to offer. Go home, Mr. Cain. Clearly you are in over your head.