“…”Herman Cain is the first presidential corporate spokes-candidate,” said Scot Ross, a liberal activist who leads One Wisconsin Now, which has often mocked AFP as a front group for corporate interests. “The best way to have your issues talked about in the issue debate is to have a candidate in your pocket with snappy comebacks and easily branded policy papers which mask how destructive they would be.”…”
You want absolute arrogance? According to Herman Cain, in what is a Marie Antoinette moment, says that the middle class and the poor can buy used goods and not pay tax! In other words, if you are not part of the little cabal of the wealthy – and I am talking about wealthy, not upper middle class – you are going to be paying far more in taxes. Not only will a family making say – $200,000 a year be paying 9% with no deductions, they are going to be slammed with high sales taxes.
Either Cain is too ignorant or too arrogant to comprehend that the sales tax part of his plan will literally destroy the consumer based economy we have – or once had. There is something terribly ugly at work here. Even a pizza pusher must comprehend that if only the upper 1% are buying new consumer items, our economy will be absolutely and utterly destroyed.
Is it even remotely possible that Cain and his associates in the libertarian American’s for Prosperity don’t want the average middle class American to have much of anything? Are they so intent upon building some sort of plutocracy that they need the rest of us as their serfs? There is no rational or logical explanation why you would create a tax system that would literally break the purchasing power of the normal American. Even the Koch Brothers must realize if no one is able to afford the goods and services they produce, they too, will eventually end up like the rest of us – impoverished.
“…Critics say state and local taxes on goods would come on top of Cain’s 9 percent sales tax, leading to unsustainably high prices for many Americans. Additionally, critics claim his 9 percent income tax would hit many of the 47 percent of households which currently do not pay federal income taxes because they don’t make enough money. Cain said people can switch to used goods in order to avoid his 9 percent sales tax. And he said seniors would benefit from his plan because of cuts to taxes on their dividends and investment income….”
“...Cain has said the idea for his proposal came from Rich Lowrie, an employee of a branch of Wells Fargo Advisors near Cleveland. Lowrie is the only economic adviser that Cain has identified. A message to Lowrie’s Wells Fargo e-mail address generated a response from a co-worker, directing queries to the Cain campaign. “Rich serves as a volunteer on Mr. Cain’s campaign, and does so on his own behalf using his own time and his own resources,” the co-worker wrote….”
”…This probably won’t matter one bit to those in the GOP who find the truly likable Cain someone whose views are closer to their heart and whose way of talking — not the typical, tiresome, transparently pandering political rhetoric most Republicans and Democrats use — engaging. It could be part of a political attack ad by Democrats at some point. But it will undercut his appeal as someone who is truly independent. He is not in any way off the reservation — except perhaps the weakening Republican establishment’s reservation….”
Herman Cain appears, more and more, to be a everything American’s for Prosperity and the Club for Growth could desire. In fact, it also appears his 9-9-9 plan is the brain child of AFP. Several weeks ago, right after that much heralded straw poll victory by Herman Cain, a Pink Flamingo source told me the fix was in for Cain. At the time, I couldn’t quite see it. Now, though, I realize my source was right.
“…Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.
When President Barack Obama’s election helped spawn the tea party, Cain was positioned to take advantage. He became a draw at growing AFP-backed rallies, impressing activists with a mix of humor and hard-hitting rhetoric against Obama’s stimulus, health care and budget policies.
Block is now Cain’s campaign manager. Other aides who had done AFP work were also brought on board.
Cain’s spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael, who recently left the campaign, was an AFP coordinator in Louisiana. His campaign’s outside law firm is representing AFP in a case challenging Wisconsin campaign finance regulations. At least six other current and former paid employees and consultants for Cain’s campaign have worked for AFP in various capacities.
And Cain has credited Rich Lowrie, a Cleveland businessman who served on AFP’s board of advisors from 2005 to 2008, with being a key economic adviser and with helping to develop his plan to cut the corporate tax rate to 9 percent, impose a national sales tax of 9 percent and set a flat income tax rate of 9 percent.
“He’s got a national network now that perhaps he wouldn’t have had 15 or 20 years ago because of his work with AFP,” said Republican Party of Wisconsin Vice Chair Brian Schimming, who has introduced Cain at events in Wisconsin. “For a presidential candidate, that’s obviously helpful to have.” He said Cain was smart to hire Block.
Cain’s recent victories in straw polls in Florida and Minnesota highlight the importance of organizing supporters and Block, who has a deep network in the tea party, “gets that side of it,” Schimming said.
But Block has had his problems as well. He settled a suit in 2001 accusing him of illegally coordinating a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice’s re-election with an outside group. Block agreed to pay $15,000 and sit out of politics for three years….”
Then there is the border fence statement:
“…It is not the first time that Mr. Cain has floated the idea of an electrified fence. He has told the story many times of a caller to his former radio show who chastised him for talking about building a border fence, saying that such an idea was impractical. Mr. Cain often says he told the caller that he had recently returned from China, and if the Chinese could build the Great Wall then America could build a border fence.
Last summer, after President Obama remarked that some Republicans seemed to want a moat filled with alligators in addition to a fence, Mr. Cain responded by saying that he would indeed add an alligator-filled moat to his proposed fence, which would be topped with electrified barbed wire.
In his remarks on Saturday, Mr. Cain appeared to go a step further. Speaking to a rally sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party, Mr. Cain said that part of his plan would be to “secure the border for real” with a fence.
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’” At an earlier rally, on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., he added that the sign would be written “in English and in Spanish.”…”
The most fun part of this is that D0ug Powers, who is Michelle Malkin’s little flunky, thinks that such an idea is peachy keen!
Where is Cain getting the money to power his campaign?
“…In contrast, Mr. Romney raised just over $14 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30. Rick Perry, the Texas governor, reported collecting $17 million. Still, the Cain campaign maintains that Mr. Cain’s surge has led to an increase in support, according to a press release. “We have had a very successful quarter,” said Mark Block, the campaign manager. “Mr. Cain’s message is spreading and attracting supporters all across the country.”
In an interview earlier this month, Mr. Cain said that 75 percent of his donations have come from people who contributed $100 or less….”
Will Cain’s plan hurt “the little people” – those of us who do not live in the 1%? Is there something wrong with us, because we don’t live in that august group, that we need to be denigrated and forced to give up our pathetic little middle class life?
He is opening the GOP up to even more criticism. The problem is that not only is Cain not being honest about how his plan will harm the average person, but the far right, who is going along with him, is also as abjectly dishonest.
“…Cain is not being honest about the impact his plan would have on the poor and elderly. Most of the Americans who don’t pay taxes are the elderly and the disabled. Those people would be hard hit under Cain’s plan, which would place a 9% on every new good purchased. Food and medicine would be considered new goods, and would be subjected to the 9%.
The 9-9-9 plan would also get rid of valuable tax credits that help the middle class, and would subject students and young people to higher rate of taxation on almost everything they buy. Notice that Cain’s examples of those who benefit included corporations, almost all of American farming is now corporate agribusiness, and people who have substantial investment income. The truth about Cain’s scheme is that behind its catchy name is more Republican wealth redistribution for the richest Americans.
Cain doesn’t need the third nine on the title of his plan. His plan should be called the 99% plan, because he is going to raise taxes on the ninety nine percent in order to lower taxes even more for the one percent.
His plan would raise taxes on the unemployed, the young, the old, the middle class, and the poor. The only people who benefit from a flat tax are the wealthy. The 9-9-9 plan is a regressive tax that would take the GOP of concentrating wealth at the top to a new level.
When Cain admitted that some people will pay more he was speaking a bit of truth, but the fact is that a lot of people who can least afford it will pay more, so that the wealthy can pay less….”