9-9-9: It’s the slogan of the day!
9-9-9: It’s the answer to our prayers!
9-9-9: It’s the solution to all our problems!
9-9-9: It’s the biggest con job ever foisted on the American public.
Herman Cain’s solution to everything – from inflation to violent crime to prostate cancer – 9-9-9 – sounds simple. And it is. What it means, for almost everybody, is: your taxes will simply go up.
And especially for the poor and middle-class. Because, on top of whatever local and state sales taxes you’re now paying on every purchase, you’ll also be paying (to start with) a hefty 9 percent federal sales tax. Which, in some areas, would add up to a 20 percent total sales tax.
And that’s going to hurt people who shop at Wal-Mart, Target, or Costco a lot more than those who shop on Madison Avenue.
What’s stunning is how many people believe Herman Cain’s got the answer, just because it’s got a nice ring to it – 9-9-9 – without taking time to figure out what it really means.
Herman Cain is the P.T. Barnum of American politics.
And, if we fall for 9-9-9, we are the suckers born every minute.
That’s my parting shot for today.