I’ve followed Herman Cain’s career for years, was glad to see him enter the race for president, and may still vote for him. But I must say his 9-9-9 plan has dampened my enthusiasm considerably. A national sales tax is a terrible idea. For one thing, it’s unconstitutional, which should be the end of the story. On top of that, it gives the federal government an independent stream of revenue — a very bad idea — and provides no guarantees that the rate won’t be raised.
As for the brouhaha over the harassment allegations, I can’t help but be troubled by Cain’s initial coy response. An honest guy doesn’t forget the details of an accusation like that, especially if it’s false.
It’s too bad Cain isn’t an accomplished, lying pervert like Bill Clinton. Then, he could deny any and all allegations with a straight face and no one would care.
Feel free to publish, post, or pass on Your Weekly Politickle by F.R. Duplantier:
NEIN NEIN NEIN
All that’s needed are several swift whacks
From a strict constitutional axe:
To destroy the machine
Built in 1913,
Reestablish the indirect tax.
From the archive:
“I’ll oppose social revolution
And income redistribution,
I will take an ax
To the federal tax
And adhere to our Constitution.”
YOURS, MINE & THE/IRS
Our bureaucracies do us disservice
When they try to coerce and unnerve us;
We must bring to an end
What no one can defend:
The Internal Revenue Service.
TAXING OUR PATIENCE
The flat tax is best, some contend,
But the sales tax has much to commend.
Taxing income or sales
These are minor details
‘Til we limit what Congress can spend!
Last week’s limerick:
At Zuccotti Park we tried,
But the line was long outside.
Can someone please show
Us a good place to go
That’s not currently occupied?