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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A distributional analysis of Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan.

Click on the above and you will see the impact of the 9-9-9 plan spread across income quintiles (that is every 20%). Notice that the lower 2 quintiles have their tax burden increase the most since...they pay few taxes anyway. In the end the average tax rate comes out to be pretty much proportional (that is the last column on the Table). The peeps in the top of the income distribution get their taxes shaved the most. Remember however this is a static analysis. Fundamental tax reform is one of our tickets out of the mess we are in. Something along these lines would be great although I doubt it would work with 9-9-9. What about 20-10-10 and exempt the lower 40%?

If president Obama were to suggest and adopt anything even remotely close to this or even were to push lightly for fundamental tax reform, he would take this issue from Republicans and win outright. But he can't do it. It is against his DNA and the mental shackle that captivates all Democrats believing that taxes going up on the rich is the only fair thing to do. It is a mental shackle that has them continually kick the economy when it is down and keep us where we are. But at least it serves to promote fairness right?

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