by Tom Wise
Number 9... Number 9... Number 9. Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan may have its flaws but so did John Lennon's excursion into the morbid avant-garde, his mosaic "Revolution 9" found on the double-LP The Beatles, otherwise known as The White Album. Maybe "9-9-9" tries to do too much at once but so did "Revolution 9." Neither at first glance seems cohesive but if you know how it was constructed, and with which premises, they both make sense. Well, at least to their respective creators.
But I'm not bashing Cain or Lennon. Both have (had) a vision and both are (were) not bashful to have the public love it or hate it. Like Lennon, once Cain finished with his proposal he moved on to the next thing. You have to admire someone who has the courage to push the envelope and cause peers to respond as if they were just about to do the same thing (see Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich).
Keeping with the theme, Cain has amended his "9-9-9" to "9-0-9," which is just fine with fans of the Fab Four. "The One After 909" might be another term for Cain's next policy decision!
Don't forget also that "Taxman" witnesses to the concept that there's "one for you, 19 for me." This fits with the Cain theme that the government is seeking to eventually tax the rich at a rate which would push even more capital to other nations. Taking the Ron Paul approach to that, how long before they put up a fence to keep the money in? No, not a literal fence, but an economic trigger that disallows the movement of money out of the country. You shouldn't have to "keep all your money in a big brown bag inside the zoo"1.
Cain definitely understands that "Money" is what we want! We are a capitalist nation built upon industry, creativity, invention, and resources. The best things in life are free only for those hippies at Occupy Wall Street who didn't surrender to a nice cozy hotel room. Well, I guess they thought that "money was heaven sent”2.
Of course, "money can't buy me love" and Herman Cain knows the value in growing up poor among loving parents. His humility in defeating cancer lets us know that he has a better outlook than most of the rest of us.
So, let the White House understand that "if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow"3. The fundamental transformation of our country is about to come to a screeching halt and, better, reverse. Then, as in "Yellow Submarine," it'll be "full speed ahead!"
1 From “Baby You’re a Rich Man”
2 From “Lady Madonna”
3 From “Revolution”