• Herman Cain's 999 Tax Plan... Originally Seen in Sim City 4?

                Herman Cain, the former Federal Reserve chairman and Godfather's Pizza CEO who is running for president, has been known by three numbers since day one. His campaign has used the all infamous "999" catch phrase quite often. Nine percent tax on both corporate and personal income and nine percent sales tax. So, where did he come up with this?


                Well, Huffington Post reporter Amanda Terkel points out that he very well could have got the idea from a video game. Sounds a bit more plausible than a team of mysterious unnamed advisers. Maxis' Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis had this to say:

                We encourage politicians to continue to look to innovative games like SimCity for inspiration for social and economic change," said Katsarelis. "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.
                Katsarelis then said the simplified tax system allowed players to focus on building their cities and protecting them from "giant lizard attacks".

                The plan worked well in the virtual world, but without a god mode or the ability to turn disasters off, and an infinitely more complex society than that which is featured in a video game from 2003, can it hold up in the real world?
                Comments 10 Comments
                1. venomv's Avatar
                  venomv -
                  That seems like coincidence. It is accurate in the sense that the taxes in SimCity4 are 9% on everything, I just checked to make sure by staring a new city in it. Would be a crazy story if there were any proof that is a where it actually came from.
                1. frosty's Avatar
                  frosty -
                  His adviser who drew up the plan had no comment when asked.
                1. masteratt's Avatar
                  masteratt -
                  I always put on the unlimited money cheat and lowered the taxes for the corporations. Like they are doing now.
                1. venomv's Avatar
                  venomv -
                  There would be nothing to gain from commenting in either case, your best bet is to ignore it and hope everyone forgets about it.
                1. HereticPB's Avatar
                  HereticPB -
                  interesting
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  I almost stopped watching the last debate because every 10 seconds "9-9-9" was said by someone.

                  From pizza deal to Sim City 4 tax plan. Where will this thing end up next?
                1. LaLiLuLeLo's Avatar
                  LaLiLuLeLo -
                  I'd love to pay 9% taxes on milk and bread! Fantastic! when people can make a drinking game out of your snappy economic plan you might have a problem. Everytime he says 9-9-9 take a shot!
                1. frosty's Avatar
                  frosty -
                  I would have died from alcohol poisoning after his first debate.
                1. Viper's Avatar
                  Viper -
                  Quote Originally Posted by frosty View Post
                  I would have died from alcohol poisoning after his first debate.
                  Try handling the last debate when damn near everybody at the table said 9-9-9 every 30 seconds.
                1. jaxmkii's Avatar
                  jaxmkii -
                  Quote Originally Posted by masteratt View Post
                  I always put on the unlimited money cheat and lowered the taxes for the corporations. Like they are doing now.
                  lol and use fire to control riots?