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Reagan’s tax rate cuts that returned America to prosperity were deemed “unrealistic” voodoo economics at this stage of his campaign. Herman Cain sticks another needle in that voodoo doll!

President Ronald Reagan’s voodoo not only passed, but worked. Vice President George H.W. Bush gave up voodoo detection until he rode Reagan’s coattails to office and passed a lobbyist/establishment friendly tax hike that betrayed lip reading.

If only doomsayers had less lives that cats

When even one of this gamecock’s favorite conservative tea partier-friendly website highlight’s surrender to any notion of scrapping the establishment-friendly tax code, we know that the battle to save America remains formidable despite the biggest GOP election victory in over 60 years in 2010.

The new front-runner for the Republican Party presidential nomination dominated the recent Bloomberg debate in New Hampshire by skilfully defending his plan against his media and GOP opponents to scrap the current tax code (and its scores of taxes, deductions, exemptions and subsidies on and from new-born babies to estates of the dead) in favor of just three taxes assessed at 9% on personal income, corporate income and the sales of new goods.

Now enter the anonymous streiff at Redstate who declares that Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan relies “entirely on hope…that runs contrary to everything we know about human nature and the way government operates.” Really? Entirely on hope contrary to everything we know?

Because “armies of lobbyists” and Democrat filibuster threats? Do these threats only exist against 9-9-9 tax bills back by Herman Cain? Of course not. Don’t they exist against any tax bill”? Of course they do and are we to swallow the notion that FAIR Tax promoters are relying on less hope while they require repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and three-fourths of the states?


All a President Cain need do is follow an easier Reagan-like path, which ended up winning over Democrat Boll Weevils while defeating armies of lobbyists and Democratic party majorities in Congress, thanks to a strong mandate from the voters. Cain faces the prospect of an even greater electoral win and attendant mandate in a District of Columbia devoid of a Democratic Party majority in either house of Congress.

Caint never could do nothin’

We are admonished to give up the hope for bold tax reform because we “don’t have to be a genius to see how the 9-9-9 movie will end. It will be 10-10-10…”.

Human beings screwed up Eden, the present tax code and everything in between. They screwed up Reagan’s tax code. Does how it ended up negate the good of the 25-year boom, the likes of which Earth has never seen? Perish the thought.

Yes, we will always have to be viligent  in defense of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, including the pollution of tax codes. All the more reason to clean them up from time to time! Like maybe when we have the biggest GOP electoral victories since 1948 and hold the White House, House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate? Feels right.

Notwithstanding the proposed requirement that only a two-thirds vote of Congress, yes, subsequent Congresses would not be bound thereby and most assuredly would adulterate 9-9-9. But not before the boom that human nature assures will follow its passage.  Time and human nature’s desire to continue the good times will deter the raising of the rates to dreaded double digits and maybe this time conservatives can elect those that will keep the voting public informed of the danger returns by Carters and Obamas pose.

No, there is no mechanism to prevent present and future humans from screwing up even fought and died for Miracles in Philadelphia, but could we enjoy recoveries and wait for the recessions to bemoan human nature’s bad side?

The extreme slashing of the rates, simplification, and broadening of the base outweighs the danger of adding a new kind of tax. And maybe would could go ahead and disabuse the FAIR Tax advocate’s notion of the end of government “services” to collect revenue internally, but at least we won’t be saddled with pre-bate management of every American’s spending habits. And, yes, since I have seen the sales tax codes of Georgia I never bought the notion that sales taxes are less apt to balloon into a political tax code any less than income tax codes.

The 9-9-9 Plan can be seen as  mandate grater than Reagan’s mandate between now and Inauguration Day 2013 so that what little power Democrats have left wouldn’t dare be exercised to stop it. Arguably, Republicans could pass the plan with only 51 votes via the budget or invoke the new Reid anti-60 vote majority Rule to kill filibuster threats.

In any event, there will be no greater opportunity for bold action that after the election that rids America of the scourge of Obama as re-educated voters hold liberal economics accountable for its collasal failures.

Cain can

The reason Cain is now leading the polls is due to his bold Rx that fits the size of the crisis we face in Great Depression II. It doesn’t help conservatives and tea partiers as we fight off the GOP establishment and media push for us to settle for Mitt Romney and his lobbying army- and establishment-loved mere pivot off the current tax code.

It helps even less for some on our side to deride 9-9-9 with the Hope half of President Barack Obama’s vacuous campaign slogan. What those wedded to concurrent repeal of the 16th Amendment before we can take bold action to unleash Atlases from four years of shrugging need, is to Change their tune. The hope of such a repeal is truly unrealistic.

Passage of Cain’s 9-9-9  can and should be the first act of the Republican Administration and Congress 15 months from next Thursday.

Mike DeVine

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9 Responses to Cain and the 999 lives of Cain’t never could do nuthin’

  • BB-Idaho says:

    My friends on the right invariably say you cannot tax corporations because they
    will simply pass on their cost. So, sadly, we can add that 9% to the 9% sales tax
    and income tax. 27%. ..and economic mis-plan which would spiral us into 3rd
    world status in a matter of months. Consider how this smacks of the European
    value added taxation policy and we have a ‘socialist’ plan as well. Papa Pizza
    needs rethink the question. (Haven’t had a chance to read the criticisms, just
    looking at his proposal straight on here)

  • Bruce says:


    There are always things you & I can agree on so why don’t we start there. WE NEED TO SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE. There we have had our moment. But is 9-9-9 the way to do it. I guess the basic principle of the concept looks ok on the surface, but who will really pay. I live in Washington State which already has a 10%(9.8%) sales tax. So that would mean that for every dollar I spend there will be almost 20 cents in taxes tacked on. And no mention was made of any exemptions so should we assume we will be taxed on food, rent, homes, medical care, gas, you get the picture. Well I guess I will just be spending less money or move to a state like Oregon where there is no sales tax. But I digress. According to Bruce Bartlett, he worked for people like RR and GHB, the people who would benefit the most would be the top 4% of wage earners, while the rest of the country would get a tax increase. Hmmm sounds a little like class warfare to me. Yes this is voodoo, trickle down or whatever you want to call it economics. This puts a burden on the lowest wage earners who now pay no income tax, they will now have to pay 9% on wages along with the 9% sales tax. While things like capitol gains and estate taxes would be eliminated for the top earners.

    I just don’t know if this 999 plan has really been thought through. I am sure this it will be hotly debated in the weeks to come. We will see just how good Mr. Caine is in his defense/explanation of his plan. I like Mr. Cain’s surge in the polls let’s see how he holds up.

    Black in America Baby…..The revolution has been televised


    Here is an idea for a post:


    Some talking points
    Up to 1/3 of the white vote could be lost because they wouldn’t vote for a black man
    The black vote could be split because really most blacks live a conservative life-style
    Up to 10% of the Black vote could be lost because they wouldn’t vote for a black man

    Just a thought…….

  • Mike DeVine says:

    BB’, Cain’s plan slashes the corp and income tax. The 9% corp is not “added to”. Yes, we have had too much socialism for decades that got pumped on steroids due to Obama’s blowing up of the deficit and debt. But the 9-9-9 plan is a HUGE step AWAY from any European tax structure die to the single-digit low rates.

  • Mike DeVine says:

    Amen Bruce, and yes, the scrapping of the current monstrosity of a tax code is the most important element and will unleash entrepreneurial, job-creating efforts akin to the 80s and 90s, imho.

    More later on your points concerning the utility of 9-9-9 as the replacement.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    re: “Reagan’s tax rate cuts that returned America to prosperity were deemed “unrealistic” voodoo economics at this stage of his campaign”
    They were unrealistic and voodoo: his own budget director admitted it.
    He reduced taxes and increased spending, the budget, and the deficit, setting a very dangerous precedent, for which I’m afraid history will assign him a spot
    down near Warren G. Harding, inventor of laissez faire and Great Depressions…
    As for Cain, I sort of liked him until this 999 joke.

  • Mike DeVine says:

    History speaks louder and more accurately than Stockman, who never liked Laffer. Laffer got the last laugh as revenues boomed after the tax rates were slashed from 70% to 28%. We needed to spend more spend on defense as that was instrumental in defeating the USSR, which victory has saved up much more money than was spent over time by eliminating a nuclear power we had to keep up with. The Democrats betrayed the deal to cut domestic spending, but in any event, the deficit as a % of GDP was much smaller under Reagan than under Obama. And the 25 year recovery was, well, what the whole goal of government policy is! Didn’t you enjoy it?

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “Didn’t you enjoy it?” Indeed. We investors know well that when the GOP is
    in power, the market does poorly. So I hunkered during Reagan, Bush1, Bush2 and rode the Clinton bubble to early retirement. My compatriots, Reagan Republicans,
    lost most of their 401ks and are still working. Odd, the market does better when the Dems are the majority – go figure. The last Republican admin I REALLY enjoyed
    was Eisenhowers..I was an ‘I like Ike’ kid….sort of like you, I changed parties..only
    inverse! 😛 BTW, you ought to study up on what happened to the middle class after all these years of 28% taxes…

  • Mike DeVine says:

    Bruce, great points.

    1) I have no problems with tweaking 9-9-9. I think a $6-14K standard exemption would help reduce the regressivity of the new sales tax and that we might want to have mtg int deduction and a few others esp incl medical and/or health ins premiums. The main think is to trash the current code and all those exceptions, subsidies etc.

    2) America is ready to elect a conservative! But yes, i do think the black vote is in transition and has been since Inauguration Day. The bloom is off the hope and change rose that same skin color in a president doesn’t help the wallet, per se. The white guilt is gone as well. So even w/o Cain on the ticket, esp given the deep recession, Blacks were going to eitehr stay home or vote more for the GOp. With Cain, I think the sky’s the limit, so long as the sky is less than 40%? I hate to be pessimistic.

    3) There are only a very small percentage of Republican whites that would not vote for a Black man, period, much less not against a failed democrat with a recession. Anyone that thinks otherwise is buying into a myth born of self-victimhood-induced blindness. For race-based behavior, see the Democratic Party. I know. I was deep in the bowels of white Democrats for 38 years before 2000 and the GOP version ever since. Little virulent racism exists in either. Most really bad racists are in prison, dead or otherwise can’t vote!

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