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Herman Cain flogs slavery theme to push his flawed ‘9-9-9’ plan

Herman Cain, the former front runner for the Republican presidential nomination and offender of my no-slave-imagery rule for politicians, is at it again. This time he uses it to sell his dubious “9-9-9” plan.

Here’s a partial transcript:

Our tax code is the 21st century version of slavery. The IRS has become the overseer of the American people.

In a Herman Cain administration, April 15th will no longer be a day to be dreaded. My 9-9-9 economic growth and jobs plan is a major step towards tearing the chains off the backs of the American people......

We’ll all be able to say, ‘Free at last! Free at last!”.....

We will replace oppression with prosperity.

Cain is the only African American in the Republican presidential field and he has shown time and again that he is willing to play the race card when he thinks it benefits him most. I really wish someone of stature in the Party of Lincoln would pull the former Godfather’s Pizza chief aside and tell him to cool it. But far too many in the GOP seem more interested in pointing out racists and racial slights from the left than those in its own backyard.

Besides, Cain wouldn’t need such overheated rhetoric if “9-9-9” weren’t so flawed. According to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the Cain plan would mean a $23,522 federal tax cut for the top 20 percent and an increase for everyone else. So much for tearing the chains off the backs of the American people.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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