Businessman Herman Cain, who has surged to the front of the Republican presidential nomination race in large part because of his 9-9-9 tax proposal, tried to defend his tax plan on national television Sunday.
Ultimately, though, Cain was forced to admit for the first time that some people with lower incomes would pay more under the plan.
As the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza explained how his plan would eliminate what he calls embedded taxes, David Gregory, host of the NBC news show Meet the Press, challenged Cain, saying "it's incontrovertible, some people will pay more" under the 9-9-9 plan.
Cain initially struck to his talking points, saying more people will pay less in taxes.
But as Gregory pressed him, Cain said "that's right, some people will pay more but most people will pay less.
Just who will pay fewer taxes? Cain said "those who spend more money on new goods will pay more."
So get ready to head to consignment shops American shoppers. But what will manufacturers of new products do if the tax system makes their goods less appealing?
Cain's plan also faces opposition from Grover Norquist, Washington, D.C.'s godfather of taxes (Gregory's description). The head of Americans for Tax Reform doesn't like 9-9-9 because it creates new revenue streams, i.e., the new national sales tax.
Breaking down 9-9-9: So how much would 9-9-9 cost you if it were in effect now?
Citizens for Tax Justice, a progressive Washington, D.C., think tank, says Cain's proposal would provide a $210,000 tax cut for the richest 1 percent of American taxpayers and a $2,000 tax hike for the bottom three-fifths of taxpayers.
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Moreover, says CTJ, the United States government would collect about $340 billion less in revenue in 2011 alone under Cain's plan.
It looks like my prediction is coming true that as more details come out about 9-9-9, the less appealing the plan will be.
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