Herman Cain’s ’999 Plan’ Looks a Lot Like Sim City’s 999 Plan – Techland – TIME.com

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain has jumped to the top of Republican polls thanks to a bold tax scheme called the “999 Plan.” But it’d be even bolder if Sim City hadn’t come up with the idea eight years ago.

The 999 Plan would impose a nine percent corporate tax rate, a nine percent income tax rate and a national sales tax of nine percent. Those are the exact same rates used by 2004’s Sim City for industrial, residential and commercial taxes, the Huffington Post points out.

While it’s possible that Cain’s simple and memorable tax plan drew inspiration from his years as chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, there’s no denying that Sim City 4 had the idea first.

via Herman Cain’s ’999 Plan’ Looks a Lot Like Sim City’s 999 Plan – Techland – TIME.com.

Letterman just did a nice little bit on this one (I’ll try and find the link tomorrow).  I’m giving Cain…roughly until the end of October before he fades back into the pack.  Let’s see how this plays out…

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What happens when that hard-working girl graduates college…

Wall Street’s long occupation of the middle class http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUS234130118420111013?irpc=932

She commuted to the protests, she said, while holding down two part-time jobs. She lived at home and helped her schoolteacher mother, who also worked two jobs, support her jobless, 60-year-old father. She asked to be identified only by her middle name –Susan –because she feared her bosses would fire her for attending protests. She didn’t talk of revolution.

She talked of correction. “Like any great nation and country, there are also hitches in the plan,” she told me. “And things that need to be changed.” Corporate America has gained the upper hand on the American middle class, she told me. A year after graduating from college, she was working as a part-time manager at two different retail chains in New Jersey.

The companies use part-time managers, she said, so they don’t have to pay benefits. “It’s their policy,” she said, “which is why I’m here.”

The sad part here is that the MBA who came up with these b.s. policies got a raise and promoted.

UPDATE:  The title reference is to this young lady.

What do you do at the end of the game of Monopoly?

“cause that’s where we’re at, economically speaking.  Here’s the charts…

So, what are the protesters so upset about, really?

Do they have legitimate gripes?

To answer the latter question first, yes, they do.

They have very legitimate gripes.

And if America cannot figure out a way to address these gripes, the country will likely become increasingly “de-stabilized,” as sociologists might say. And in that scenario, the current protests will likely be only the beginning.

The problem in a nutshell is this: Inequality in this country has hit a level that has been seen only once in the nation’s history—at the end of the 1920s. Unemployment has also reached a level that has been seen only once since the Great Depression.

In other words, in the never-ending tug-of-war between “labor” and “capital,” there has rarely—if ever—been a time when “capital” was so clearly winning

[full story with lots of links and charts]

There are three charts I would add to that, and they are ones that motivated me on this subject.   This is the first one, it shows both wealth distribution in the real world in the U.S. and wealth distribution in the confused bizarro-world that is U.S. popular opinion  The second one I would add is the one I did back here, it’s the one that shows how public policy fail is a big part of the problem.

The third one I would add to tie together is not done yet, I’ll probably do it this weekend.  It’s the one that ties the two together, and illustrates how public policy for the last 30 years (and especially the last 10) is the proximate cause of the destruction of the middle class that everyone is fretting about so much.