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Cain-Train Dodges Fruit – Cruises into First; Romney “Pantsed”

Herman Cain has claimed the position of frontrunner…. at least in one poll.  An average of polls provided by Real Clear Politics from October 7 – 16 has Cain in the slimmest of leads, just a half a point ahead of Mitt Romney, 26% to 25.5% respectively.  This is obviously well within the margin of error but it sends a clear message – Herman Cain is in this race to stay.

 

Of all the candidates in this race so far, Cain seems to be the only one whose meteoric rise has not been met with a total engine flameout, like Rick Perry and Michelle Bachman have experienced. The answer is quite simple. If one wants to achieve orbit one has to have a substantial vehicle and enough fuel to make it there. Simply put, Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has put him firmly into this race and in many accounts, controlling it.

 

While the two governors (Romney and Perry) were busy throwing mud patties at each other, Herman Cain was steadily making progress using a technique perfected by the great communicator himself, Ronald Reagan. Many of us know this as the KISS method – keep it simple stupid.  The 9-9-9 plan is more complex than three numbers, but it does resonate with a simple (yet not simplistic) idea of a flat percentage rate on taxes for everyone.

 

And while many of the other candidates spent a good part of last Tuesday’s debate picking up apples and oranges and attempting to throw them back in Cain’s face, nobody else offered up a straightforward, practical plan that actually and quite literally levels the playing field. In fact, with the exception of Romney’s 57 point plan, most of the other candidates have only given lip service to their economic plans for the country’s future. Ron Paul has posted his plan on his website but the fact of the matter is that Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is the one at the top of everyone’s conversation list.

 

As a legitimate frontrunner Herman Cain is now and will continue to be a target of the media as well as his Republican competitors. Yet as a successful businessman, Cain is experienced with the proven formula to become a winner. In the real world, it is not tearing down your opponent’s product that makes you a success; it’s creating a better product and promoting effectively. While Cain’s promotional skills could use some polishing, it is his product that seems to be doing well with more and more voters.

 

This is obviously a lesson the other candidates have not yet learned.  To a person, they all claim to be the best conservative and therefore the best Republican for the job.  Yet many, Mitt Romney in particular, demonstrated either a colossal level of ignorance regarding supply-side economics or a willingness to demagogue an opponent for their own political interests.  To have a so-called conservative (whose conservatism has been openly questioned by many) have Cain’s replacement tax analogy whiz right by him is the political equivalent of being “pantsed” in front of the entire school.  A true supply-sider can see how the dramatic decrease in Corporate and other embedded taxes will result in lower costs of good and services and thus counteract the increase in sales tax.  Romney, Santorum, Perry and Bachman either didn’t get it or they were merely engaging in demagoguery.   Not good either way.

 

So even while other candidates and pundits alike are still writing off the Cain-Train as a flash in the pan (offering up a wide variety of excuses) Herman Cain continues to dig it out towards the finish line. Now, an entire field of GOP hopefuls is counting on his tank to run empty.  What they may not realize is that the Cain campaign may very well have designed the ultimate fuel efficient vehicle. If this is the case, the rest of the field will only see dust from this point.  Time and, hopefully the truth will tell.

 

What or Whom is Behind the Bashing of the 9-9-9 Plan

During the Nevada GOP Presidential debate, we saw Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan attacked by everyone else on stage.  What might surprise some folks is how supposedly Republican Presidential candidates were apparently using leftist propaganda [posing as non-partisan] from Progressive think tanks as the basis for denouncing Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. A mere two hours before the debate, reports started coming out denouncing Herman Cain’s plan. To wonder about the timing of the release of those reports is a no-brainer:  They were put out to denounce front-running GOP candidate Herman Cain, period.  Did the establishment GOP, in order to improve Romney’s chance of winning the nomination put out these reports, or did they simply parrot progressive propagandists talking points? You can check out the 9-9-9 plan for yourself here.   Note that Herman Cain has some revisions in his 9-9-9 plan that call for an eventual transition to a Fair Tax that ends the IRS and repeals the 16th amendment. Heady stuff there, if you can get it done.

Wonk-blogger and Liberal Obama promoter-in-Chief, Ezra Klein appeared to take  Michelle Bachman’s side in stating on his Wonkblog:

If you were looking for a sober, sensible discussion of tax policy, last night’s GOP debate was not for you. Take Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s opening criticism of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan. “If we give Congress a 9 percent sales tax,” she asked, “how long will it take a liberal president and a liberal Congress to run that up to maybe 90 percent?”

To which he then added:

 I feel comfortable suggesting the answer is “until slightly after the end of time.” A 90 percent sales tax will never, ever happen.

Maybe a 90% sales tax will never happen but we have in fact seen a 90% income tax imposed on the American citizenry before, as the chart below shows us. Of course like all progressives, Mr. Klein is quite comfortable with a 90% income tax rate as we saw the original progressive fore-father, FDR had no qualms about it in prior U.S. history.

The father of The New Deal progressive policies, FDR,  came into office in 1933 and look at what happened in the chart above! Our government took 90% of folks hard-earned paychecks ! And just like they want to do today, they took it from the supposedly “rich” people. What also isn’t expressed in that chart is that the lower taxed group of people were a very small part of our society, and the fact that most people were put into the “higher earners” category. So when we hear today’s “Progressives” ( such as Ezra Klein) talking about taxation in America, just keep that chart in mind there. Also keep in mind that 47% of ALL Americans pay no Federal income tax today- ZERO.  Progressive wealth redistribution hiding behind the “tax the rich” mantra is a fraud that leads to national poverty in the end.  Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is not a cure-all and he has shown the willingness to adapt it with the best ideas put forth to avoid another “New Deal Progressive Policy” recession. At least we are talking about getting big government spending under control today, which should be the goal of all concerned Americans. Reforming the tax code is a very important part of our future prosperity and must be discussed.  Obama and the Progressives have no plan, except to spend more through higher taxation until we are insolvent, which is simply unacceptable. All these supposed economic wizards of the progressive party criticizing the Republicans in Congress, while they have not even passed a budget in three straight years! That is nothing short of ludicrous hypocricy!

2012 just can’t get here fast enough!