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Herman Cain to speak at AEI on 9-9-9 tax plan

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will address the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Monday, the think tank announced earlier today.

The focus of his address is his 9-9-9 tax plan.

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan has incited energized discussion about the impact of taxes on Americans. The 9-9-9 plan would throw out our current tax system and replace it with a 9 percent business tax, a 9 percent personal income tax and a 9 percent national sales tax. Many economists believe that this move would promote growth, but detractors argue that the plan might raise tax rates for low-income Americans. At this event, Mr. Cain will discuss the details of his plan in a conversation with AEI’s Kevin Hassett. Following the discussion, a panel of experts will debate the merits and liabilities of 9-9-9.

Cain will take questions from the audience, which will be followed by a panel discussion of his talk by: William Gale, Brookings Institution; Rich Lowrie, Friends of Herman Cain and Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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