v'ܩ Geek Politics - Part 3

What is Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan?

October 14th, 2011

Herman Cain, one of the current frontrunners for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, has been running on a plan he calls 9-9-9. It is his idea for reforming the current broken tax system. It is essentially part fair tax and part flat tax.

What is it?

The 9-9-9 plan is a complete tax overhaul of our current tax system. It would get rid of almost all deductions and loopholes for both individuals and corporations. Charitable donations would still be deductible. It would replace the current corporate, income, estate, and capital gains taxes. Instead we would have a flat 9% corporate tax for all businesses, a flat 9% income tax for all individuals, and a 9% national sales tax.

Mr. Cain hopes that this would be phase 1 of a longer term plan to move completely to a fair tax system. Phase 2 would get rid of the corporate and income taxes and raise the rate on the sales tax. I hadn’t actually heard him discuss this part of his strategy yet, but that is what he lays out in his plan on his website.

Can it Pass?

This is the tough part. There are a lot of people that are going to be leery about giving Congress yet another method of taking money from us in the sales tax. There are a lot of people that support a fair tax, but one of the requirements of the fair tax is abolishing the income tax. Adding a sales tax while still having an income tax is a little bit scary. Who’s to say his 9-9-9 plan doesn’t become 19-19-19 in few years under a different administration. I’m slightly concerned about giving another revenue stream without getting rid of the others.

Is it a Good Idea?

It might be. I would be in favor of going to a fair tax, the only question is can it be done. Maybe it makes sense to give it a shot. It would be hard to be much worse than our current tax code. I still haven’t decided who I’m going to vote for in the primaries, and I think Cain is still a bit naive, but his plan is at least bold and different. It merits consideration at the very least.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: 2012 Election Tags:

Rep. Maxine Waters says “the Tea Party Can Go Straight to Hell”

August 22nd, 2011

Seriously? I thought the liberals were upset at our heated rhetoric. This is absurd. First we have high ranking members in the Senate and even the Vice-President calling the Tea Party “terrorists” and now we have Rep. Waters saying “as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell … and I intend to help them get there.”

We’ve discussed Rep. Waters qualifications, or lack thereof, before, but this is a bit ridiculous. I’m at a loss for words so I’ll just leave you with this video. How anyone can vote for her is beyond me.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: 2012 Election, General Politics Tags:

Senator Marco Rubio on the Debt Ceiling Debate

August 17th, 2011

Rubio is pretty awesome. I think I’d vote for him for President, but it’s clearly early. Pretty sure he won’t be running this time around, and a lot can happen in the next few years. I thought this was a great speech overall though, but I especially enjoyed that he quoted Obama’s views on the debt ceiling from 2006. That’s a post I wrote over a year ago, it turns out it has been pretty popular over the last month or so. He sounds like a tea party member. If you are interested the quote starts around 5:50 in the video below.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:

Review - Reagan, What Was He Really Like?

August 8th, 2011

“He was probably the best candidate I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve dealt with a lot of good candidates, but he was exceptional! Why? Number one, he had a core, he had a sense, he had a belief-system. His ego never got in his way.” ~Stu Spencer

“Honesty, the one word that sums up the essence of Ronald Reagan. There’s one that people seem to forget about him and that is, he was a brave man. He instilled confidence in people because he had confidence in himself - he wasn’t a fearful man or a fearful politician.” ~Lyn Nofziger

Reagan: What Was He Really Like? (aff.) was a really interesting look into the life of a man that many look up to and respect. Generally, when you are reading about our former Presidents the main topic focused on is their presidency. Second is probably their upbringing.

This book takes a different approach. It doesn’t look at his presidency or his upbringing, rather it looks to the people who knew him best to find out more about the man. If you want to learn more about what kind of person somebody is you should go to the people closest to them. In this book, they went a step further and went to the people who were closest to him before he became President. The people included here knew and worked with Reagan as he was campaigning for Governor of California and then during the time he was running the state.

The book essentially devotes each chapter to a different person, though sometimes a chapter was a few people, for instance a couple. They are interviews and contain interesting insights as well as entertaining stories from the campaign and Governor years of Ronald Reagan. They help you get to know a bit more about the man, and they provide a view of who he was from varying levels of people connected to him from high in the administration to lower end foot soldiers. It really does a good job of shaping what type of person Reagan was based on how he interacted with all of these different people.

If you are at all interested in Reagan I would consider this book a great read for you. If you want to know more about the man I consider to be among the best presidents you should check out this book. You’ll enjoy the stories and feel like you are getting to know someone who was a friend to these people, a great man who just happened to be president later.

I’ll be adding this the my list of great conservative books to read. If you are looking for something to read check it out and bookmark it for future reference.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: Books Tags:

Warren Buffett: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes”

July 8th, 2011

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.”

Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

Newt Officially Announces He’s Running for President

May 11th, 2011

He announced it on twitter and released this video.

What do you think of Newt as a candidate? Let me know in the comments.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:

Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden is Dead

May 1st, 2011

Reports are coming in that Osama bin Laden is dead and his body is in the hands of the U.S. check it out. I’ll put an update up if anything really interesting happens.

Update: According to CBS they just said that he was shot in the head. I have no idea if this has been confirmed or not.

Update 2: Apparently bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:

Thoughts on Guns

April 12th, 2011

It’s pretty well established that GeekPolitics is a strong advocate of gun rights and ownership. I’m not here to argue sides though, I just want to share a few gun related thoughts and stories from the last year.
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Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: Gun Rights Tags: