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A Man with a Plan

Whatever its merits, Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 proposal is receiving an odd critique.

Oct 31, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 07 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
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There you have it. Herman Cain might not have credentials that suit the Republican establishment as personified by some of his rivals—neither did Ronald Reagan who worked his way up as, ugh, an actor. He might have decided that the economists who got us here are not the best sources of wisdom. And he might have stuck with principles of taxation long admired by conservatives, but never pursued for lack of political courage. 

If you want to attack 9-9-9, it would be a good idea to find better reasons than those trotted out so far. There well might be many, but we haven’t heard them yet.

Irwin M. Stelzer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, director of economic policy studies at the Hudson Institute, and a columnist for the Sunday Times (London).

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