Critics, especially those who can do math, think Herman Cain’s “9-9-9″ tax plan is just a catchy slogan. Jon Huntsman thinks it’s the price of pizza. Nonsense. The 9-9-9 plan is just a game. A computer game. Sim City 4, to be precise.
As reporter Amanda Terkel first realized, when players participating in the city simulation begin planning taxes for their mock municipality, the game setup starts commercial, industrial, and residential taxes at 9% rates, remarkably similar to Mr. Cain’s. Gamers use the 9% defaults to figure out rates that will actually work because, even in cyberspace, “9-9-9″ doesn’t cut it.
Mr. Cain denies he cribbed his tax plan from a game, but the widely-held assumption has had real-world repercussions. In honor of Herman Cain’s tax plan, all Sim City games are selling for $9.99. See? Herman Cain is saving you money and he’s not even elected yet.
Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-biT
Top image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not boring or obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.