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Feasibility of Herman Cain’s 999 Tax Plan

Updated on October 21, 2011

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Feasibility of Herman Cain’s 999 Plan

Bravo to Herman Cain for being bold enough to have a plan but it is a complete flat regressive tax and will cripple the middle class and the poor. For the first time ever food will and medicine will be taxed. This in great disproportion harms children who need food to grown and the elderly who need their heart medications which they are only taking three of seven days of the week as it is so they can afford food. So food and medicine is going to be taxed on the 999 plan. Children and the Elderly will be killed but what else?

Well one of the more popular features of Herman Cain’s 999 plan is that if you buy something used it will not be taxed. That is great when you buy a home or used car.

But what are some of the things you can’t buy used?

Toilet Paper- I guess you could buy it used but why would you want to and while it is already taxed there would be an increase in taxes on toilet paper. Looks like hygiene may not be in the future for the USA under the Cain 999 plan.

Gasoline- Can’t buy that used and it will suffer and increase of taxation and therefore will cost much more per gallon and make that tax free used car not necessary because no one will be able to fford the gasoline.

Soap- Soap will be taxed. You will have to pay more to bath yourself and be cleanly. Now the Christan Scientists must be alright with this but personally I like to be able to buy a bar of soap and wash for under a dollar. Under Herman Cain’s plan that will no longer exist.

Condoms- We have an Aids epidemic going on and access to condoms doesn’t need to be taxed but made more readily available. This is also true for birth control pills to limit the number of births in this country. You can’t buy used condoms or used birth control pills so they are taxed and at even higher rates under the 999 plan.

Feminine Hygiene Products- These items should have never been taxed either but under Cain’s 999 plan there will be a substantial increase in price on these items.

In Summary

No matter what Herman Cain says this qualifies as substantial increases in flat regressive taxes on the poor and middle class. And with the increases in taxes to such a drastic level one wonders what American society would look like? No hygiene, no food, no medicine, no sex or and increase in the epidemic of AIDS, no jobs no gas to drive to the job and no hope. I applaud Herman Cain for having a plan but I think it is a horrific flat regressive tax which would further oppress the poor and middle class who are so terribly disenfranchised.

We need a President that is going to enfranchise Americans. It really is that simple. And flat regressive taxes will never enfranchise the disenfranchised who are already suffering. 999 in particular harms the elderly, children and women. That is a huge demographic to disenfranchise.

After reading this plan I not only will not vote for Herman Cain if he is on the ticket with Romney. I will never buy Godfather’s pizza or anything from any organization Herman Cain has been associated with.

I think Herman Cain's 999 tax plan is just another example of how out of touch politicians are with ordinary people especially when birth control and condoms are to be taxed which can result in unwanted pregnancies, abortions and an AIDS epidemic in the USA. Not to mention the flat regressive tax which will destroy the elderly, women, the poor and what is left of the ellusive middle class.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Max,

      It would be difficult to use a progressive tax that would allow employed people to keep a larger majority of their earned income. Theoretically, I like the idea I just don't believe it to be plausibile in execution. Although I believe it is part of a comprehensive solution. First and foremost, even if it is only to get out economy back on track the flat regressive taxes have to be lifted off of things like gasoline which currently exist which no one is talking about. Fundamentally there is a flat regressive tax on all Americans now that is creating the effects of inflation with no interest rates.

      As you have expressed a dilike for deate I will not go into the belief I have that there is a difference between a flat tax and a flat regressive tax. Our economy is being crippled by the later. And I haven't even written a hub on the redistribution of wealth that could occur like it did in FDR(s) tme when he nationalized business to employ Americans.

      I think we can agree that many tools need to be pull out of the tool box to fix the economy and there isn't just one fix.

      Always great to hear from you Max. I appreciate your perspective.


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      Max Havlick 6 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      JT, thanks for the essay. You're on the right track. Any flat tax puts a regressive burden on the poor and lower income brackets.

      But to your readers, please, the other extreme of "Tax the Rich!" is not, by itself, good either, because everyone who can pay should pay something to take part in all the blessings of this wonderful USA.

      I suggest we restore a progressive tax rate structure in which every working person pays something, if only a few dollars, but people who earn more pay progressively higher tax rates that still enable them to keep a progressively larger amount of money (a) to reward the work they do and (b) to acknowledge the larger share of our country's blessing they use.

      P.S. I notice Peter Lumetta (who follows my hubs also) comments frequently on your hubs. His example here blaming cancer on the cancer patient well illustrates the ignorance of a flat tax that essentially blames poor people for being poor, unemployed for being unemployed, etc.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      HI Apostle Jack,

      I think that is why Iran hates us so much is because God is outside the beltway.


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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      They leave God out of all their equations,which is why i will never vote for neither party.Righteousness is no where to be found.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      HI Chanroth,

      In all fairness to Mr. Cain no other candidate has put a plan out to be analyzed. And while I dislike the plan and find it to be completely unrealistic, I don't personal like or dislike any of the candidates. Actually this is the first year in many years I don't find any of the candidates likeable.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback. My commenters are some of the most astute people in the world. I count you among them.


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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      Great hub! I've been watching this man on the news and I DO NOT LIKE HIM. I totally agree with gogreentips, I say TAX THE RICH!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peter,

      That is true why would we hired an unemployed person who claims the unemployed deserve their plight? How does that make him qulified for the office of the President of the the United States? Excellent point Peter.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi GoGreenTips,

      You might very well have a very good point. I am following you now as I was quite impressed by your comment.


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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Herman Cain has no idea what his "flat tax" entails. although you've covered the main points and Herman seems to be a regular guy, but he blames the unemployed for bieng unemployed! He sems to think that if someone is not working it is because they don't want to. If that isn't the silliest hing I've ever heard, that's like saying Mr. Csins cancer was his fault. So I guess we have to blame Mr. Cain since he is unemployed and has been for a couple of years. What's wrong with him? is he lazy or just unemployable? I am not about to give him a job doing anything with logic as flawed as his. Thanks JT a good look at a bad idea,


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      Greg Johnson 6 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great Hub! Interesting to hear about Herman Cains ideas.

      I say tax the rich! Tax the rich in other countries that are getting our jobs by making them pay for their own defense. Close the over 800 overseas bases, end the wars we fight to protect people that really could give a rats behind about our country.

      Wonder what a couple couple hundred billion or more dollars a year would do?