There are a lot of attacks on the 9-9-9 plan. Many are unfair attacks based on half-truths! Attack 1 - The Bachmann Attack: Bachmann states that all Cain is doing is providing another stream for the government to tax on and that once government has a tax stream they never close it. The first part is true! HOWEVER, this weak attack leaves out the fact that the 9-9-9 plan CLOSES/ENDS the payroll tax (which really is an income tax and is a SMALL BUSINESS KILLER!), the capital gains tax (which hurts investments from 401k to mutual funds) and gift and death taxes! The 9-9-9 plan might add a sales tax, but it gets rid of other devastating taxation that Bachmann disingenious leaves out of her attack. Attack 2 - The Price of Good will Go Up: The opposite is true! Yes there will be a 9% sales tax, but corporations and small businesses who produce those goods are getting a significant tax decrease along with more business certainity. The 35% corporate tax, the payroll taxes, capital gains taxes and high income flow-through taxes just get pushed onto the consumer in the form of higher PRICES. We might not pay the business taxes directly, but we still pay them!!! With the reduction in taxes and REGULATIONS on these businesses prices will go down. The sales tax will increase the cost, but the overall price at the end, even with the sales tax will be less, since the corps and small businesses are pushing less of the cost onto the consumer. The 9% tax increase will be offset by the less costs getting pushed onto the consumer. Attack 3 - Raises Taxes on 84% of Americans: First, true, many Americans don't plan Federal income taxes, but they pay payroll taxes. Payroll taxes on EMPLOYEES are roughly 6.2% (the business pays additional taxes), the POOR/Low Income Wage Earner pays this. Again some lower income earners (single, no children, non-homeowner making between $24K-$50K) pay income taxes, but many usually don't pay any Federal income taxes, so the increase might be 2.8%. So it could be true. However, not all the details on the plan are out! So not everything at this point is known. Cain might have a plan her (and he is a man that always has a plan). Second, the Cain campaign has said it's working on ways to lessen the burden on the poor. I bet there will be a 2.8% earned income tax relief (making it income tax neutral on them). Third, the vast majority of American's INCOME taxes will be reduced, when you take away the 6.2% payroll and federal income taxes. The reason they are still saying taxes still increase on these people is because of the sales taxes! HOWEVER, the tax people aren't taking into account that businesses will be pushing less tax costs onto consumers, therefore the price of goods will go down and offset the sales tax. In the end the MAJORITY of Americans will have lower income taxes and the sales tax will be offset by lower cost of goods. Attack 4 - The Anderson Cooper Attack: Here Anderson Cooper, without knowing all the facts of the plan, states as FACT that one study says Cain's plan would produce, $2.2 trillion in revenue, vs the $2.5 trillion on the current plan. Yet the non-partisan Tax Relief Center (who is critical of Cain's plan and is used as the ammo of the left in attacking it) says that in 2013, the Cain 999 Plan will raise $2.55 trillion. With the economic boom to come with Cain's 999 plan, I wouldn't be surprised to see $3 trillion by 2013!!! Means it revenue neutral in 2013 and a revenue increase in 2014!!! Attack 5 - Bruce Barlett Attack: His second attack is Cain is proposing a VAT tax and capital gains don't hurt business and lowering them doesn't help economic growth. First, Bruce (who might have worked under many Republicans), but he that doesn't make him any less disingenuous! First, he admits he knows little details about the plan. Then he says its a VAT tax. Which is untrue. Then he says removal of capital gains won't help the economy. Yet even Obama acknowledged raising capital gains would hurt the economy. I mean the man's book is , The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward, does anyone really think he doesn't have an agenda? He has an agenda alright! Facts are this, business hire when economy is good, there is certainity and less burden on them. Cain's plan will provide a steroid shot to the business community. This bold plan will create a recovery the world has never seen before. How Cain's Plan Does This: (1) Overshore Incentive Gone:Gets rid of the corporate tax loop-holes, that essentially forces business to go over seas! Getting rid of these loop-holes takes away MANY of the unfair advantages large corps have over small businesses. It levels the playing field! (2) Small Business BOOM:Gets rid of the small business killing payroll tax. 8-9% decrease and lowers the SUCCESSFULL small business owners income tax (since they have flow-through taxation), so they have more more to expand and HIRE WORKERS! Make no mistake small business hire the majority of Americans! (3) Have the Lowest Corporate Tax in Industrialized World: The 35% corporate tax is what drives many corps overseas. Many will come back, many foreign ones will relocate here. Having low taxation (and reformed regulations under Cain), will offset the slave wages in much of the 3rd world (China still needs to be addressed though). (4) No Capital Gains Means More Investments: This means corps get to hold onto more of its money. Some will keep it, but many will use it to expand and hire people. Either way anyone with investments (401K, defined pension plan, mutual funds, variable life insurance, money market, IRA, Education IRA) which is the majority of Americans will see a boom in their investments value. This is key for the baby boomers trying to retire. (5) Lower Costs of Goods: All Businesses do is push costs onto consumers. Take away the payroll tax, capital gains, lower income tax (for flow-through emtities) and reduction from 35% to 9% for C-Corps and business will push less costs onto consumers. No to mention the less burdensome regulation businesses will see under Cain. Cost of goods will go down, even with the 9% sales tax. (6) Businesses will FINALLY have CERTAINITY: Businessman Herman Cain knows that businesses need certainity to expand. They can't take risks now without know if there will be changs. All Obama does is have temporary measures with the promises of added costs later. Businesses can't expand or take risks under those condition. Businessman Herman Cain knows this. His plan gives the business community certainity in order for them to take calculated risk of expansion.