Cain-a-palooza hits GOP

By Andrew Justus | 10/12/11 11:42pm


Just as the best football teams of the Big Ten are gladly welcoming the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers to the historically physical conference, GOP presidential contenders are set to welcome Herman Cain to the realm of the frontrunners with attack ads and verbal jousts during upcoming debates.

While Nebraska’s Big Red have taken a beating on the gridiron for several weeks, Cain is only just beginning to feel heat from the media and fellow candidates.

Cain appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Sunday morning for an interview with host Candy Crowley. Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, which sounds like it could be a sort-of sweet deal from his former pizza company, is actually his idea of a simplified federal tax code.

Nine percent income tax for people and businesses, and nine percent national sales tax on top of any state sales taxes. This and other views are getting more attention, and more scrutiny, as Cain waddles further into the spotlight.

Much like what happened to Rick Perry, Cain’s support will wane as likely primary voters get more familiar with him and realize his policies aren’t sound enough to win the nomination from the party of Lincoln.

For starters, his 9-9-9 plan cuts federal tax revenues by 18 percent at a time when the country is already dealing with troubling deficits. The plan also lacks any sort of deductions for things such as charitable giving and, according to some economists, would increase the tax burden on poor families while giving those in the middle class and above a free lunch, likely some Godfather’s Pizza (that stuff is delicious).

Cain has also been saying things not likely to resonate with general election voters such as his early pledge to ensure there were no radical Muslims in his cabinet departments, and joining Perry in calling the current social security system a scam (or “Ponzi scheme,” in Perry’s case).

Cain does have some good qualities though, and his life story represents a fulfillment of the American Dream. Born into poverty, he eventually earned a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University, according to his campaign website and the ever-truth-y Wikipedia. Cain worked his way through various corporate and media jobs including regional vice president at Burger King, and orchestrated the turnaround of a large pizza company in Omaha, Neb., as its CEO.

With time and increased exposure, more voters will realize that despite his rags to riches story, Cain is not suitable for the presidency, or even the nomination from his party because his policies and views are not in line with what Americans want or need at this time of economic peril.

But maybe I’m biased, just rushing through this column so I can devour some Godfather’s Pizza.

ajustus@lanthorn.com

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