Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan: Break for the rich?
October 11th, 2011
07:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan: Break for the rich?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Herman Cain has a plan to radically reform the nation's tax system and make things a lot simpler for taxpayers.

Problem is, it could end up adding to the deficit and shifting the tax burden away from the wealthy and onto the poor, according to some leading tax experts.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    9-9-9 increases our debt and gives more tax breaks to the wealthy, and makes the poor pay for it. That means the republicans will support it. Republicans have been on a mission to destroy America for a decade.

    October 11, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. PA_outofwork

    What the Cain tax plan does is ensure everyone has some skin in the game.

    October 11, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Herb needs to dump his Chilean model. Just because it works in a third world country, does not make it good for America.

    October 11, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. Greg in Arkansas

    his 9-9-9.....would be more believeable as a 9 inch pizza with 9 toppings for 9 dollars.....but what the heck, his solution fits on a bumper sticker and that's usually all it takes to convince voters that it will work.......however.....when people start to pay 9% on top of state sales tax of nearly 10%......9-9-9 will be a disaster for anyone that is living pay-check to pay-check.

    October 11, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  5. independent

    The Party of No is now the Mean, Ugly-spirited Party.
    They boo gay soldiers on national tv;
    They cheer the record-breaking executions in TX;
    They tell the unemployed it is their own fault they don't have a job;
    They tell Christian voters to vote for evangelical Christians before voting for non-Christians;
    They won't balance the budget with at least a little more revenue from the most wealthy.

    Is this really who America is? Is this who you are?

    October 11, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    let's see.......Cain is a Republican, he's wealthy, he's playing to the right wing of the GOP, he doesn't give a rat's (bleep) about the poor or middle class....so just WHO do you think his economic plan would favor?

    October 11, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Politicarp

    This sounds a lot like a big tax break for the well off and a back breaker for the poor.

    October 11, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Wire Palladin, S. F. wrote:
    9-9-9 increases our debt and gives more tax breaks to the wealthy, and makes the poor pay for it. That means the republicans will support it. Republicans have been on a mission to destroy America for a decade.
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    Fact Check: Republicans have been on a mission to destroy America for a *generation*. In fact, two generations, for they have been on this quest for at least 30 years.

    October 11, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    American earning $15,000/year would be devasted and suffer the highest tax increases, while those at the very top would languish in the biggest tax cuts. Those earning their incomes mainly through capital gains would love this plan.

    The 9-9-9 plan would still mean that bus driver would pay a higher effective rate than hedge fund manager.

    October 11, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Teabug

    9-9-9?
    Nein! Nein! Nein!
    Just another way to break the middle class. Sorry pizza boy, the gimmick is getting exposed for the fraud that it is.

    October 11, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. billy

    Tax breaks for millionaires, tax increases for the rest of us. Yup, he is a republican.

    October 11, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. sean j

    yes, the 9-9-9 tax will decimate the poor and middle class and destroy the economy, they would be better off leaving the U.S. altogether. a middle income person could easily end up paying nearly 30% in taxes. even more if they have a small business. that will kill jobs and everyone who depend on them.

    October 11, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Typical GOBP deathcult nonsense: care for the greedy and not the needy. Their policies are proven failures yet they can't admit it. The party of "personal responsibility" refuses to take responsibility for its own intellectual and moral deficiencies.

    October 11, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. diridi

    9-9-9, 0-0-0 and Joe the Plumber 6-6-6, Tom the carpenter 3-3-3, Larry the VP 2-2-2, Debbie the State Secretary 1-1-1, Bob the Fed. Chairman 8-8-8, list goes on, on, on and on......nonsense, GOP and Tea thugs....Obama2012.....pass the jobs bill at least...idiots....

    October 11, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. Sandy

    Please go home, Mr. Caine! I'm so sick of you!

    October 11, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. ObamaCares

    I just heard a quote worth posting, "His name is Cain but is he Abel?" The Dems need to support the Jobs Bill and stop being wimps when it comes to supporting President Obama.

    October 11, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |