Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and presidential candidate Herman Cain has scored big over the last few weeks with his 9-9-9 plan for changing the U.S. tax structure. Whether you like it, hate it or can barely understand it, all the talking heads are trying to figure out where he came up with his simplistic and catchy plan for re-booting the American tax system.
The most obvious theory (pointed out to me by one of my students at Hiram College) is that the Cain campaign got the 9-9-9 concept from the $9.99 #1 “New Value Meal” on the Godfather’s pizza menu. That’s seems a bit too simple though. Over at the Huffingtonpost, reporter Amanda Terkel has another theory: the Cain campaign got the 9-9-9 concept from the SimCity video game. Apparently a few major gaming types out there have pointed out that in SimCity the tax rate was a simple 9-9-9 plan for corporate, personal and sales taxes which apparently made it easier for the game’s developers to work on other projects like city infrastructure and making natural disasters appear out of nowhere. SimCity game creators swear they had nothing to do with the Cain campaign – and his staff isn’t talking.
But Terkel’s theory is as good as any. Let’s be honest though, the best theory on the inspiration for Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan comes from Michelle “Church Lady” Bachmann during last Tuesday’s debate. Could it beeeeeee ……. SATAN????
This article originally appeared on Politic365.com.