If his 9% sales tax only applies to new products, why would anybody buy a new car? What kind of impact would that have on the auto industry? What is the incentive for buying a new car and paying an additional 9% when you can buy a year old car and avoid it. So, after destroying the auto industry what's next? How about the building and construction trades? Nobody would build a new house. So, new housing construction would be impacted. In fact why would anybody buy anything new?
If I live in a state without an income tax like Florida, I now get a 9% income tax. If I live in New Hampshire where there is no sales tax, I now get a 9% sales tax. If I live in a state like Alabama with a 9% sales tax, I now get another 9% on top of that so the tax is now 18%. So now a great percentage of an average persons income is spent on this crap. The rich person gets his taxes lowered to 9% and the fact that he has more disposable income to begin, with means that the entire plan has no adverse affect on him at all, while at the same time stomps on the average person who now spends a greater percentage of his money for his everyday expenses. Herman's apples and oranges explanation is nothing but fruit salad designed to put more money into the pockets of the rich.