Herman Cain should have released this video back when he was in first place in most polls. It is a great, simple explanation of 9-9-9. Well, other than when the narrator mentioned the “marginal cost of production”.

Call me crazy, but maybe Cain should have had his team focusing on explaining his hallmark 9-9-9 in a video like this rather than recording Mark Block smoking.

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  • Whodat

    I just sat down to watch the Shep on Fox and got the 4-1-1 on the 13 year affair – wif a white woman! That’s what I’m talking about! Look like that Cain Train was a Pullman sleeper car! Whatever Cain might have added to the national debate has now been lost between the sheets. But, he is starting to make Newt look like a homebody, isn’t he? Ah, we all have our roles to play…

  • Brian H

    Saw Cain on TV with “Blitz”. Besides the oh so growing number of women who claim to have been groped or had an affair with Mr. Cain, his position on immigration was even more perplexing. He said it should be up to the states to set up how to legalize or deal with illegal immigrants. Huh??? 50 states with 50 different residency criteria? Really? I wondered how long it took Cain to come up with that one.
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    About the affair. His lawyer said in a statement….
    “Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year-long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace — this is not an accusation of an assault — which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
    “Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults — a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.
    “Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”
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    Translation – My client had a 13 year affair.
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    Now, if he could only get his attorney to formulate a coherent message on policy issues.

    • Rob

      Yep.

      Sounds like Cain is an immoral sexual deviant. Shocking. But I’m sure that Troy will find some way to blow it off and say it doesn’t matter.

      • Troy La Mana

        It only matters if it is proven. So far, it hasn’t.

        • Rob

          Troy, I’m actually embarrassed for you at this point. I’m starting to wonder if you and Cain aren’t related.

  • Whodat

    Cain’s “9-9-9″ has become “casting out 9’s” now that the Cain Train has become the Cain Train Wreck.
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    Even if Cain could re-track his choo-choo, not sure if people will embrace his vision any more this month than they really did last month – which had nearly-hourly explanations of it. He was the new “Not Romneycare” for awhile and the 9-9-9 was just riding along, it was never the engine.
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    He should develop a plan for world peace or changing the earth’s rotation; those would be easier to accomplish than wading into and taking on the special interests in the swamp of federal taxation.

    • dw

      I disagree Whodat. I think that 999 actually was a big part of what propelled Cain to the top. Yes, his campaign could have done better selling the plan, as could Cain himself in debates, but the core essence of the plan was in place before Cain’s surge.
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      And, I think that Cain’s campaign recognizes how big of a part it played in his sudden popularity and is trying to use it to get the Cain train back on track.

      • Whodat

        Ah, yes, and that is why they schedule horse races; to settle differences of opinion. Our system encourages these opinion debates. So, its OK that we differ on the relative value, but for me, his 9-9-9 was a welcome new idea, but I was among those who would never want to open a door to a scary new world like a new national sales tax. Just like here in Texas there are even conservatives who call for us to install a state income tax (we have none) in order to reduce our property taxes. Any new tax can be easily raised by the next guys and so gets no support from me. All my energy goes toward the reduction of spending which should lead to the reduction of the existing taxes.
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        All moot points with Cain. He had his moment. He relished it, but his 15 minutes was so brief… Too brief, perhaps…

  • Stephen S

    I want to know more about the 1) exemptions and 2) opportunity/empowerment zones. I have nightmares about those. They sound both redistributive and loophole-ish.
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    Also, I wish he would drop the business tax. Businesses don’t pay taxes; they collect the hidden taxes that the people pay.

    • Stephen S

      (other than that, I like his plan)

    • dw

      I agree with your comment about business taxes. However, I would argue that too many people do not understand that ECON101 concept. Thus, if a plan does not include taxes on businesses, it would have even less of a chance of passing. And, at least 9% is lower than many other countries charge. So, that makes the US more attractive to companies doing business here in the US.
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      Of course, the FairTax would be the next step after 999, and it does not include a business tax :-)