I'm all for simplifying the tax code. I'm even OK with a flat tax...but I always thought something around 17-18%, not 9% made more sense. I do believe that one would have to give people an out on the first 40,000 or so, but I'm not sure of the exact figure.
I'm OK with a VAT or national sales tax too--but only if it goes to pay for universal health care or something along those lines. I do worry about a slippery slope however. 9% this year... and then in five years, oops we need more money...so now it's 11%....then 13%, etc. I'm not sure how that can be avoided.
I'm glad that Cain has a plan--even though I don't think it has a snowball's chance in heck of passing. I also think it would lead to more debt, not less. The thing is, the way our government is now...with all the lobbyists and corporate interests...I don't see any real reform happening regardless of who is elected. Both parties are looking out for their sponsors and donors--not the American people as a whole. The GOP more so, but the Dems have been selling out as well. I think that Pres. Obama is much more centrist than he's been portrayed--and even he can't get things done. I think we need electoral reform first. Citizens United was a stupid stupid decision.