Herman Cain Web Ad: A Real Choice

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Look, I know Herman Cain isn’t perfect. He can be impulsive and brash, and he really needs to bone up on foreign policy. Many people say his 999 plan is bold and a good start, but it has problems, the most serious of which is his sales tax which some say lays the groundwork for a VAT tax. It needs some tweaking.

Freedomworks’ Dean Clancy’s thoughts on the plan, here.

Art Laffer came out and defended the plan, earlier today in an oped in the WSJ.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s now famous “9-9-9” plan is his explicit proposal to right the wrongs of our federal tax code. He proposes a 9% flat-rate personal income tax with no deductions except for donations to charity; a 9% flat-rate tax on net business profits; and a new 9% national tax on retail sales.

Mr. Cain’s 9-9-9 plan was designed to be what economists call “static revenue neutral,” which means that if people didn’t change what they do under his plan, total tax revenues would be the same as they are under our current tax code. I believe his plan would indeed be static revenue neutral, and with the boost it would give to economic growth it would bring in even more revenue than expected.

John Hayward at Human Events added his thoughts:

Laffer goes on to characterize 999 as a “flat tax.”  Given the rising resistance to its sales tax component, this raises the question of why Cain doesn’t just retool it to be a flat tax.  I was always more of a flat tax guy myself, while Cain approached his compromise plan from the Fair Tax perspective.  In fact, his official 999 Plan brochure explicitly presents the program as an intermediate step toward the Fair Tax.

Perhaps Cain could take that step by stripping away the complex, politicized junk of the current tax code and broadening the tax base first, and then introduce the national sales tax concept later.  If we were discussing any candidate except Herman Cain, I might even think that’s been his strategy all along, since almost all of the heavy fire he took in last night’s debate was aimed at the sales tax component of his plan… but Cain just doesn’t think that way.  Whatever you think about his agenda, it’s hard to describe any portion of it as “hidden.”

James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute mentioned yesterday that Stephen Moore, an architect of the 999 Plan, has come to support the idea of dropping the 9% sales tax and replacing it with a 9% payroll tax.  “I’m surprised how hostile people are to the sales tax,” says Moore.  “When we designed this plan, I thought people would go along with the 9 percent sales tax.  But the point is they won’t.  And why not just do a payroll tax. It’s the devil we know…”

Cain would stroll out of a heavy barrage of opposition-research artillery without a scratch on him if he took that suggestion.  Also, he could stop talking about apples and oranges.  He’d lose the power of the Fair Tax concept, which makes taxes completely transparent, taxes the rich more without stacking tax rates against them (because they buy more stuff), and provides a huge incentive to investment and savings… but he lost a lot of that power by proposing the hybrid 999 concept anyway.

Given the choice we currently have – and I refer to the video above, because it does a good job whittling it down: We have a choice between, RomneyCare, “the debater” (Perry), and Gingrich, who’s brilliant, but has some unfortunate baggage that the MFM would be chomping at the bit to exploit if he were the nominee – – and that’s it, really. The rest have fallen by the wayside.

Cain’s  my favorite, warts in all.

Via RCP, we have the larger than life, Cain in an interview on CNN, once again demonstrating why he’s such a contender: Herman Cain: GOP Candidates “Getting On My Last Nerve”.

See also:

RSM at The American Spectator: Cain the Contender

Hat tip: Charles B.


New NBC Marist Poll Shows Cain Stomping Obama in Florida and *South Carolina

A new NBC Marist poll, released today,  shows Herman Cain with firm leads in two more states, Florida, and South Carolina.

Florida: Cain vs. Obama NBC News/Marist Obama 47,         Cain 41                   Obama +6
South Carolina: Cain vs. Obama NBC News      /Marist Cain 44, Obama 42 Cain +2

I can hear you now, ND,  ND…those polls only show Cain leading slightly – within the margin of error in only one of those polls… How is that a “stomping”?

Well, the devil is in the details. Look at the party IDs of those polled:

In Florida:

In South Carolina:

SOUTH CAROLINA  PARTY ID                     DEMOCRAT LEAN  43   REPUBLICAN 45       LEAN  R+2

CNN’s exit poll data from the 2010 elections in Florida:

2010 FLORIDA  EXIT POLL PARTY ID                    DEMOCRAT  36   REPUBLICAN  36     EVEN         

CNN’s exit poll data from 2010 elections in South Carolina:

2010 Exit Poll Vote by Party ID                 DEMOCRAT 33        REPUBLICAN  44      R+11

Enough said? Cain is stomping Obama in both states.

This, of course, could change after Cain made some glaring missteps this past week, and having a not so great debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night..

Hat tip: Charles B.

*Correction: Post title originally stated North Carolina rather than South Carolina. (Come on – who doesn’t get the Carolinas mixed up from time to time?)

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Issa Blasts NLRB In Letter For Deliberately Withholding Documents Regarding Boeing Case

Via Oversight and Reform:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, October 17th, stating that the NLRB is deliberately withholding documents from the committee regarding the NRLB case against the Boeing Company.

Investors Business Daily reported:

A powerful House Republican committee chairman accused the National Labor Relations Board of being a “rogue agency” in a letter to its general counsel Monday. The chairman claimed the NLRB knowingly withheld damaging documents relating to his committee’s probe of the agency’s controversial Boeing (BA) complaint.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darryl Issa, R-Calif., in a letter to Lafe Solomon, NLRB acting general counsel, said the withheld documents “demonstrate that the NLRB is acting as a rogue agency that believes it does not have to fully answer to Congress.”

Issa was referring to a cache of emails obtained earlier this month by the watchdog group Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act.

He expressed anger that the emails were not turned over to his committee first and said the messages demonstrated the agency’s lack of impartiality. He further alleged that some of them contradicted claims NLRB staffers made as part of his committee’s probe.

NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleland said the agency had not withheld the emails. She said that the committee’s requests and the FOIA requests that produced the emails were handled separately by different people and that caused confusion.

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AZ Sheriff Babeu On F and F: “Before This is Over, We’ll Know Exactly What Barack Obama Knew – And When He Knew it”

 Photo vi Maricop360.com

Pinal County sheriff, Paul Babeu sat down with the AZ Republic, Tuesday, to talk about the disastrous federal sting operation known as “Fast and Furious”. He stated, among other things that Eric Holder needs to to resign, and reiterated his belief that this scandal is worse than Watergate.

You’ve called for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign or be fired. Is there enough evidence today to warrant that?

Eric Holder knew or should have known that Operation Fast and Furious was taking place. He received numerous memos on the subject in July of 2010, though he now claims not to remember. In May, Holder told Congress under oath that he had just learned of it. I believe, in addition to bearing responsibility for this operation, which alone should warrant his resignation, he is now actively engaged in concealing what happened.

You said, “This is a much larger scandal than Watergate.” Watergate brought down a presidency. Do you expect this to do the same?

If you knew that a foreign power had caused over 2,000 guns to arrive in the hands of America’s most dangerous criminals, what would you say? What if those weapons had been used to commit more than 200 murders? Now consider that the federal government did just that – and to an ally. Nobody died because of Watergate, and no treaties were violated. People on both sides of the border will be dealing with the deadly fallout for years to come. But before this is over, we’ll know exactly what Barack Obama knew – and when he knew it.

Read the full report at the AZ Republic.
In his interview with Jake Tapper for ABC’s Nightline, the President said that the “people who have screwed up will be held accountable.”
That’s what we’re counting on.
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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and 9 Other AZ Sheriffs’ Demand Answers From U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

MUST SEE: Video: Sheriff Babeu Blasts Obama and Holder In NRA Interview: “We Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up In Our Wildest Nightmares”