Cain's 999 Tax Plan and the Ryan Budget

By Zarak Kahn, Staff Editor

Though greeted with skepticism on the right (“I thought it was the price of pizza,” quipped Jon Huntsman) and condemnation on the left, Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax proposal has generated a lot of attention for his campaign. After winning a Florida straw poll last month, a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll puts him in a dead heat with Mitt Romney. What we are likely seeing is a repeat of the Ryan Budget debate, in which there is enough initial support to popularize the idea and the man behind it (in both cases, ideas that have been floating in the ether for decades). As with the Ryan Budget, under additional scrutiny (pdf) we will likely witness the unraveling of this proposal. The question then is whether Cain's campaign will follow suit.


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