I thin this sort of thing is extremely important to bear in mind (via) and (via). In a good article about the effects of Herman Cain’s legendary 9-9-9 plan and that plan’s likely effects, Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register writes:
The bottom line: A family with an income level of $40,000 to $50,000 would pay $3,407 more a year in taxes, while families making $500,000 to $1 million a year would pay on average $80,315 less, according to the Tax Policy Center.
A separate review from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning research and policy group with expertise on low-income programs, shows that the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers would pay more, while the wealthiest 20 percent would see a decrease.
Among the 400 likely Republican caucusgoers polled, 29 percent think they would be better off under Cain’s plan, and 31 percent think things would be the same, for a combined 60 percent. Eighteen percent think they would be worse off, and 22 percent aren’t sure.
But among those making less than $50,000 a year, the percentages rise to 34 percent who think they would be better off and 33 percent who think things would be the same, or 67 percent combined. Fourteen percent say they would fare worse, and 19 percent aren’t sure.
There’s an example in there later on about an Iraq War vet who supports Cain but says he’ll choose a different candidate if 9-9-9 represents a tax increase. 9-9-9 of course does represent a tax increase for this man and his family. It’s just a question of whether or not Cain is able to keep the wool over this guy’s eyes.
As is the case with this veteran, so many people haven’t gotten a decent analysis of the plan’s implications. It’s not even a case of stupid or evil, because I don’t think such people are stupid. They’re just misinformed (and underinformed) as a result of being aggressively disinformed. Because they don’t have lots of time to sit and read about this stuff. And because clearly-written, pertinent information can be quite hard to find.