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
Video Game Maker Revels in Similarities to Cain's Tax Plan (by Jason McLure, Reuters)
Herman Cain 999 Plan: Did It Come From SimCity? (by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post)
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