Unsurprisingly, Everyone in GOP Debate Attacked Mr. Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

Yup, rather than concentrating on giving us good reasons to vote for them,  they squander their time attacking each other.   This is why I hate watching primary debates; yet, I can’t seem to look away.  It’s much like the fascination and repulsion one would experience while watching cannibals eat each other. 

All the while, the REAL enemy is still sitting in the White House—smiling smugly:

GOP debate: Cain and Romney win
By Jonathan CapehartWaPo – Opinion

Everyone stepped up their game for Tuesday’s Republican debate in Las Vegas. Even Gov. Rick Perry (Tx.) was energetic and feisty on the stage — for a bit. But the winners were the acknowledged frontrunners, former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Herman Cain.

Actually, I would have to say that Newt Gingrich won the debate while Mr. Cain came in second, followed closely by Mitt Romney  and Ron Paul.  But, hey, I am admittedly tendentiously slanted towards true Conservatism;  Of the those four, Herman Cain is the only one I would ever consider voting for.

The first 25 minutes or so put Cain and his “9-9-9” plan in the crosshairs. Everyone piled on, and he did his best to defend his questionable plan that has a slew of critics on the right and the left. Newt Gingrich threw him a lifeline of sorts by saying Cain’s plan was more complicated than its simplistic moniker (or the author’s explanations) would have you believe. And if you go to the “9-9-9” page on Cain’s website, there isn’t a whole lot of specificity. Still, that he didn’t crumble, back away or repudiate any of his questionable tax plan under such intense scrutiny makes him a winner. For now, at least.

Yeah, at least Mr. Cain HAS a plan!  All of the other candidates are still playing catch up.  Rather than present their own plans for public scrutiny and criticism, they merely say they are going to do such-and-such, but offer nothing of practical substance.  Sure, Mr. Perry has introduced his energy plan in which he hopes to chop the legs out from underneath the Environmental Protection Agency, but he plans on doing this without the aid of Congress.  News flash, Mr. Perry, you can’t bypass Congress on this one.  At least Mr. Cain understands that he needs to get his 9-9-9 plan through Congress and the Senate.

Furthermore, Mr. Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is pure genius in its simplicity; remove ALL Federal taxes (go ahead, try figuring out for yourself how many different Federal taxes you pay which are hidden in just about everything.  I’ll wait…) and replace them with  just 3 taxes at 9 percent each.  The reason Mr. Cain always seems to have such a hard time defending his plan is because, to a mathematician, it’s so simple, he can’t believe the questions he’s being asked. 

It’s like being a physicist and having your child ask you why the sky is blue.  You answer that the sky is blue because of Rayleigh Scattering.  Simple.  But, the child doesn’t yet understand what Rayleigh Scattering is, so you have to explain that Rayleigh Scattering is the term used to describe the scattering of photons and electromagnetic waves by particles smaller than the wavelength of light.  Now, the child is REALLY confused!  So, you soon find yourself giving the child a lesson in particle physics and atmospheric gasses, which only further confuses the child.  Before long, not only is the child thoroughly befuddled, but you have lost all patience in having had to explain every single little detail that you finally give up in frustration and declare, “It’s blue because that’s the way God made it!”

P.S. – Yes, the above example is based on a personal experience with my 4-year-old daughter…

Once they were done picking apart Cain and “9-9-9,” the candidates turned their attention to Romney and everything else. From health care to immigration, Romney came under fire. The most dramatic moment of the debate was a direct, personal attack by Perry on Romney and his hiring of illegal immigrants on his property. It could have been devastating. But as Romney showed in this debate and every gathering since Perry got into the race, he’s ready to smack back.

As for Perry, the only thing that made him look comatose was his make-up. He looked like he walked through a cloud of flour on the way out to the stage. But that didn’t cover up a noticeable vigor in his performance. A vigor, alas, that didn’t last. When the question of religion and the foul statements by Rev. Robert Jeffress came up, Perry was tongue-tied. His answer weak. That energy we saw in hour one was pretty much gone by the end of the debate.

While Romney played the scold, shhshing Perry and Rick Santorum (on health care) as they tried to talk over him, it wasn’t enough to turn the crowd on him. Not like they did on Perry. His high point was that low-blow attack on Romney on illegal immigration. It was a low-blow attack because Perry kept coming back at it long after the initial awe at his audacity faded into boos from the audience. And I have to say, Santorum gave a polished answer on the question of whether religion should be a factor in choosing a president. It should be based on values, he said.

Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann all gave the performances of their lives, but it wasn’t enough to shake them out of their second-tier status. We’ll see how Perry’s immigration swat at Romney plays over the next 12 hours. But my hunch is that no one’s dropping out after this debate, which is pretty remarkable.

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