What decievers! Don't ask me why, but I have ABC's "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour on. They played a clip where Christiane asks Herman Cain what he has to say to those who claim the sales tax portion of his plan is regressive. Cain's reply: "Do the math."
Then, Christiane says she's done the math and a graphic is shown higlighting the states with zero sales tax. Then the map changes to highlight the states with more than 6% sales tax. Excuse me for having more brain cells than the "This Week" staff collectively, but what does one have to do with the other?
Silk, Herman Cain's facebook page has a discussion board (much like our forums) and you can ask questions there. Campaign staff monitor those discussion threads and answer questions. I've asked several already and been more than satisfied with the answers given. You have to "like" the page before you are allowed to post, but it is worth it just to be able to ask your questions directly of the candidate.
I think there are so many hidden taxes out there that no one remembers what they are any more. Plus, 9% is a HUGE tax break for businesses. I hope they have some patriotic sentiment about passing the savings along to the consumer. There are nuances about the 999 plan that the media aren't picking up on that need to be emphasized.
1) Sales tax is on new goods only. Used goods have no tax. This is WONDERFUL.
2) No taxes taken out of your paycheck, not even social security and medicare. This is a somewhat murky area, because Herman favors the Chilean model of retirement. It functions more like your 401k at work (which would be a GOOD thing). All investments are "self-directed" by the retiree. Don't know how exactly we get into that system, but I like what I've heard so far.
3) Herman says it must be passed along with a balanced budget amendment. If you get a chance, go to fox news online and watch the 10-15-2011 episode of Mike Huckabee's show. He had CPAs on and then let Herman Cain talk after the CPAs. It was a great show.
Do remember that 999 is a "stop-gap" measure on the way to the FairTax. There are a lot of people who criticize the FairTax, too, but I think they are just afraid of the new and unknown. What we DO know is that the current system is broken beyond repair!