How is Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 like SimCity?

Is Herman Cain a secret gamer? Maybe a SimCity4 fan? You know that game where you create your own little world? A world where the tax rate is . . . 9-9-9? Yes, Sim City is Herman Cain country. While Cain has credited his economic adviser, Rich Lowrie with coming up with the tax law proposal with the catchy name, it might actually come from the geeky gaming world.

Businessman and presidential aspirant Herman Cain in Hanover, N.H., on Tuesday. (Toni Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The plan, which would would toss out the current tax code and replace it with 9 percent income, business and federal sales tax, has been fact-checked by economists and is taking heat from both sides. HuffPostPolitics caught up with Kip Katsarelis, a producer for the company that created the blockbuster video game.

Here’s what he said:

“We encourage politicians to continue to look to innovative games like SimCity for inspiration for social and economic change. While we at Maxis and Electronic Arts do not endorse any political candidates or their platforms, it’s interesting to see GOP candidate Herman Cain propose a simplified tax system like one we designed for the video game SimCity 4.”

Interesting, indeed.

Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.


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