Did Herman Cain Base His Tax Plan on SimCity 4?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The tax plan that has helped catapult Herman Cain into being a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination may have originated in the video game SimCity.
Cain has proposed scrapping the current federal tax system and replacing it with his 9-9-9 idea: 9% corporate income tax, 9% personal income tax and a 9% national sales tax.
A similar plan has existed in SimCity 4 since its release eight years ago. That system involves 9% for commercial taxes, 9% for industrial taxes and 9% for residential taxes.
Kip Katsarelis, a senior producer for Maxis, the company that created the SimCity, noted the similarities between game players and politicians when he told the Huffington Post, “Our game design team thought that an easy to understand taxation system would allow players to focus on building their cities and have fun thwarting giant lizard attacks, rather than be buried by overly complex financial systems.”
Cain insists the idea for his proposal came from advisor Rich Lowrie, an employee of Wells Fargo Advisors near Cleveland. Cain’s plan has come under attack for shifting tax burdens away from the wealthy and more on the poor and middle class.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky

Herman Cain 999 Plan: Did It Come From SimCity? (by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post) 


Jay 12 years ago
miguel: please note that right now it will also take one session of congress to raise the current income tax rates to percent they want. while your observation is correct that the congress can take one session to change the tax rate, they find it hard to actually doing it. not that the 9-9-9 plan is a perfect plan, but here is the difference. with the current 67000 page tax code (created by so many special ineterest groups)there is plenty of room for people to legally hide their income or take advetage of the legal loop holes. but with the 9-9-9 or any other kind of flat rate plan, those loop holes are eliminated.
Miguel Grande 12 years ago
maybe herman cain did steal the idea, but we can give him credit for the humongous black market that 9-9-9 will create. we can cal it the cain market. i will buy everything i use front the hundreds of thousands of roadside vendors that will spring up. when our state of florida created its 7% sales tax, it was not because they actually needed that amount. it was settled at 7% because they thought any more would create rebellion and back door cash sales. add 9% to that and we have rebellion. it will take just one session of congress to alter his plan to .5% corporate, 28% personal and 21% sales tax. 99% too big to fail!!

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