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  1. 9 Common arguments to 999:

    Argument 1- everyone will pay much more for goods with a federal sales tax.
    Answer:
    IT DOES NOT INCREASE COST!
    The 9% sales tax is actually a replacement for Embedded taxes in the price of products that average 21-23% increase in cost passed down to the consumer. 
    Lets say the Embedded taxes are reduced to...oh...how about 9%!
    thats a 12-14% difference in cost!
    that's not an additional tax but a decrease in price folks!
    That's right....
    Lower prices!
      13 % decrease in cost 
    - 9 % new tax 
    = 4 % reduction in actual cost!
     This can't be argued.

    Argument 2-you can not trust companies to lower prices, they will just hoard all the profit.
    Answer:
    1. First off, most people and business are honest, and it makes no sense to hoard profits on a small portion when lowering their price will sell more product, improve public opinion and make them more competitive and profitable. It's Competition that drives business profits! Business make more money when the can lower cost!
    And on top of the solid savings in taxes there will be an equally impactful cost reduction due to the  growth and competition 999 will bring! So prices could go down considerably more than just the tax benefits suggest!

    2- secondly, the 999 brings clarity and transparency like never before, empowering the people to hold business accountable!
    The people will have control!
    I in NO WAY endorse the occupy wall street people but they prove my point that the American tax payer is ready to hold business accountable. 999 does just that!

    Now that sales tax is cleared up and we understand we will not pay any more for goods let's move on.

    Argument 3- Most People will pay more in taxes.
    Answer: 
    NOT TRUE!
    Now we know that sales tax does not increase costs we focus only on income tax. Heres a quick break down into 3 classes:

    -The poor-
    999 includes waivers for below poverty families!

    -The middle-
    The middle pays between  
    14-19% now.
     9% under 999!

    -The wealthy-
    The wealthy pay an average of 24-29% now.
    9% under 999!

    Clearly most people will pay much less in taxes!

    Argument 4: people will pay twice on their income tax.
    People will actually pay 18% on income.
    Answer: wow! This makes no sense what so ever.
    It's 9%! Under 999!
     Business are saving and average of 23-38% over all and people are claiming somehow we will pay a hidden 9% bringing tax to 18% on income? This analysis is partially derived from payroll taxes that do not exist under 999 and it is also a static analysis which means it assumes no behavioral change in business or consumer.
    Only a dynamic analysis like Cains gives a true figure. Sorry but this argument is too far out there and the math so far off I can't explain how they got to this conclusion.
    It's definitely not based on 999!

    Argument 5: 999 eliminates social security and Medicare.
    Answer:
    Sorry, but that is incorrect! 999 does cover SS and Medicare.
    Where do these people get this stuff!?

    Argument 6: empowerment zones will create more poor and larger "ghettos"
    Answer: empowerment zones Are modeled to create better living.
    They promote people (not just the poor) and business to move to those areas.
    The tax incentives make it much more appealing to operate business, build homes, reside in, and work in those areas, reviving the impoverished areas into flourishing communities!
    Herman Cain is the only "politician" ever to propose real legislature to actually help impoverished communities! 

    Argument 7: 999 will increase state sales tax.
    Answer:
    Definitely not true! 
    The federal tax and state tax are separate and one does not effect the other.
    State taxes stay the same and the federal tax is offset by removing embedded taxes!

    Argument 8: 999 gives the government power to raise taxes, who says 999 won't become 12,12,12 or 15,15,15?
    Answer:
    Ridiculous! Sorry my friends, but THAT is the current tax system! 
    The government alters our taxes all the time right now!
    Unlike the current tax system, 999 requires a supermajority to alter!
    You are far less likely to see tax increases under 999!

    Argument 9: the 999 sales tax is just another revenue stream for the government, giving government more control.
    Answer:
    What! Are you serious! 
    999 replaces a seemingly endless number of taxes and 76,000 pages in the current tax code with 3 easy to understand taxes!
    This is the worst argument by far!
    Give me a break!

    Herman Cain 2012!

    Posted by: IHartAmerica | Oct 24, 2011 12:41:14 AM


  2. Why Herman Cains 999 plan works.

    9% income tax:
    Not much to explain here. 
    A flat tax rate that dramatically reduces the overall citizens tax burden!

    9% sales tax:
    I hear the most complaints here. 
    So I hope this helps explain the benefit of the sales tax.
    The 9% sales tax is actually a replacement for Embedded taxes in the price of products that average 21-23% increase in cost passed down to the consumer. 
    Lets say the Embedded taxes are reduced to...oh...how about 9%!
    thats a 12-14% difference in cost!
    that's not an additional tax but a decrease in price folks!
    That's right....
    Lower prices!
      13 % decrease in cost 
    - 9 % new tax 
    = 4 % reduction in actual cost!
     This can't be argued.
     I love it!

    9% corporate tax:
    9% corporate tax rate will save business an average of 10-20% or more on gross income!
    Which business would use to expand, hire, and increase wages!

     throw in the tax incentives to buy American goods and business will pay even less while helping bring business back from over seas!

    999 over view:
    Prices would not be affected and businesses would have more money to grow along with no capital gains tax and incentives to buy american products, it would be a massive boom to the American economy!
    Price paid for goods drops or stays the same and we get more jobs and better pay!

    Empowerment zones:
    Modeled to create better living.
     promotes people (not just the poor) and business to move to those areas.
    The tax incentives make it much more appealing to operate business, build homes, reside in, and work in those areas, reviving the impoverished areas into flourishing communities!
    (all families in poverty regardless of geography will receive tax breaks as well!)
    Cain is the only "politician" to ever offer legislation truly geared toward helping minorities and revitalizing impoverished communities! 

    Political corruption
    Another driving factor is the elimination of corrupt politicians ability to pick and choose who pays what tax to "buy off" (ie. The giant GE paid no taxes in 2010) or punish business that diagree with their agenda with higher tax burdens.
    The media and establishment republicans and democrats are terrified of Herman Cain because 999 removes lobbyist and special interest from the equation! Giving  power back to the people!

    The IRS:
    Another value is the benefit of a dramatically reduced cost for tax compliance! 999 will save billion each year in compliance costs for consumers and business alike!

    Some economists strongly object and many enthusiastically embrace the 999 plan.
    But really.... Look where these "economist" ideas have brought us?

    999 is simple, transparent, and will most certainly grow our economy.
    It doesn't take an economist to see the value in 999! American citizens will make an easy conclusion that 999 is indeed bold simple and much needed!

    Make politicians accountable!
    Make corporations accountable!
    Get the IRS off Americas back!
    Get to know 999 and help Americans take back control!

    Herman Cain 2012! 

    Posted by: IHartAmerica | Oct 24, 2011 12:42:22 AM


  3. First off, all the hype about herman cain flip flopping is way overplayed, most of the complaints about his "flipflops" are completely bogus and misconstrued. His views under question have been clearly posted on his site long before these accusations.
    Second, all the analysis of 999 that show up in the media are biased and don't actually use the 999 model correctly adding and subtracting from it here and there and they are using static analysis. This means they assume consumer and business behavior remain stagnate. A dynamic analysis like Cains takes the human factor into account and is the only way to get a true measure of the value of 999!
    The reality is that the establishment democrats and republicans alike will do any thing possible to discredit Cain! His plans take away lobbyists and special interests from the political equation! 
    THE ESTABLISHMENT IS IN DESPERATE FEAR OF CAINS PLANS TO REMOVE POWER FROM POLITICIANS AND GIVE IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE!
    Consider all of the special interest $ floating thru the media world and you see why Herman Cain is under fire like no one before!
    Cain is still on the rise despite the desperate attack from the media!
    The American people are done being controlled by the media, government, business and speculators!
    Herman Cain is the only candidate empowering the people to hold government and business accountable!
    I pray for all Americans to see past the government media complex and stand up against the machine!

    Herman Cain 2012!

    Posted by: IHartAmerica | Oct 24, 2011 12:43:28 AM


  4. Perhaps if he didn't flip flop on abortion and perhaps if he didn't stand by DOMA, he would be taken more seriously. I'm open-minded to economic plans, but on social issues where the truth is plain as day, in this day and age, I fail to see how one can expect reasonable people to compromise.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Oct 24, 2011 1:14:44 AM


  5. cuz nothing says family values like killing whatever!

    Posted by: h | Oct 24, 2011 6:42:32 AM


  6. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2011/10/23/the-one-after-plan-909/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 24, 2011 8:08:49 AM


  7. Turn 999 upside down IHARTAMERICA, isn't the answer obvious? He's the sinful one with bad choices. I would like to ask Mr. Cain when he chose to be Black... Being Gay is not a choice but voting Republican is.

    Posted by: John Normile | Oct 24, 2011 8:33:55 AM


  8. I wonder how many pages of the tax code are a direct result of Cain lobbying on behalf of the nation's restaurant chains. Surely, it must at least 100 pages.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 24, 2011 3:43:55 PM


  9. Why doesn't the Cain Campaign just ask the Tea Party to send them an e-mail every morning telling Herman Cain what he believes today? That way he won't have to make all these retractions later on after he finds out that his previous position is not acceptable to them..

    Posted by: Ninong | Oct 24, 2011 11:35:57 PM


  10. IHARTAMERICA: You, and Herman Cain, have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. 9-9-9 is insufficient funds by a long shot. So many factors of this plan are not taken into consideration. This plan relies on consumer spending. If consumers don't spend, they don't pay taxes. What GDP is the 999 plan based on? How free is congress to add or amend these funds? Can these numbers be changed if the plan doesn't raise enough funds (cause it won't). This plan needs to be a 20-20-20 plan to even come close to being sustainable. You can't just throw out some cute numbers that are alike and easy to remember. Why not a 15-9-5 or 30-1-2. Why is 9-9-9 such a magic number?

    Posted by: Richard | Oct 25, 2011 3:22:36 AM


  11. Andy Towle,

    YOU TEASED ME! I CAME TO THIS PAGE TO SEE THE "BIG HAIRY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE," AND IT IS Rupert FROM, Survivor. Mr. Towle, YOU HAD ME ALL EXCITED - FOR NOTHING!

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 18, 2012 9:41:24 PM


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