I've been watching less and less of Fox News lately. I watch Hannity on a regular basis and I used to really like Fox News Sunday, but Chris Wallace has been making me cringe all throughout the current GOP primary campaign. I know he has never been conservative, but he has been unleashing his liberal side on the current group of candidates. His panel on this Sunday were tough on Cain. They are absolutely convinced that he his done for. Apparently his 9-9-9 plan is a disaster and his lack of clarity on his stance on abortion is the proverbial nail in his coffin. It's not just Chris Wallace and his panel, the majority of the "conservative" panelists or guests on Fox have the same view of Cain.
If these are his two biggest problems, then I think the talking heads on Fox News are wrong. Here is a summary from Cain's website page about his tax plan:
9-9-9 Plan: Summary
- Removes all payroll taxes and unites all tax payers
- Provides the least incentive to evade taxes and the fewest opportunities to do so
- Lifts a $430 billion dead-weight burden on the economy due to compliance, enforcement, collection, etc…
- Is fair, simple, efficient, neutral, and transparent
- Ends nearly all deductions and special interest favors
- Features zero tax on capital gains and repatriated profits
- Exports leave our shores without the Business Tax or the Sales Tax embedded in their cost, making them world class competitive. Imports are subject to the same taxation as domestically produced goods, leveling the playing field.
- Lowest marginal rates on production
- Kills the Death Tax
- Allows immediate expensing of business investments
- Eliminates double taxation of dividends
- Increases capital formation which aids capital availability for small businesses
- Increased capital per worker drives productivity and wage growth
- Features a platform to launch properly structured Empowerment Zones to renew our inner cities
- The pro-growth, pro-job, pro-export economic policies of the 9-9-9 PLAN equals a strong dollar policyThis is one easy plan to understand. Also, it's not permanent because it is only the first phase that leads to the Fair Tax, which will repeal the 16th Amendment and open the cage of the economic beast that is the U.S.
His lack of clarity on abortion is not a campaign killer. Look at Romeny, he has been shown to have flip flopped on a number of issues and his had been the leader of the pack until recently. I would not even say Cain has flip flopped on abortion. His first answer saying that he was not for it, but it is not the government's role to dictate choice is a more libertarian answer instead of a liberal one. Personally, I do not think abortion will ever be stopped in the U.S or anywhere else in the world. I wish it could happen, but the practice of abortion has probably been around since the practice of prostitution. Instead of the current on demand abortion policies that many states practice, I think there should be more laws making it harder to get one. Waiting times, requiring the patient to see a picture of the sonogram of her baby, and in under eighteen situations parental consent should be a must. Making it easier for adoption would help too. Think of all the people who go to other countries to adopt because of the arduous process of U.S adoption. Influence the creation of a meme that creates a negative stigma with those who have abortions. If abortion were to become illegal, just how would that work? Would the women be arrested and charged with 1st degree murder? If convicted, would she receive the death penalty? Would the same happen to the person(s) involved in the abortion? It's a lot to think about. Most importantly, at this time, abortion is not America's biggest problem right now, Obama the economic destroyer is our biggest threat.
Cain is all about fixing our economy. I'm sure he will improve on is foreign policy. At first, Sarah Palin was not well versed in foreign policy, but she quickly took care of that, and Herman Cain seems to be one who will strengthen his weakness on foreign policy promptly like Palin did. Obviously, Cain is my first choice. It is because what you see with Herman Cain is what you get. He is a straight talker, does not dodge questions and only gives answers if he knows the question, rather than making a vague response. When he announced his candidacy, I was so excited, but admittedly doubtful that he would have a chance to breakthrough. Cain has broken through and risen to the top because he makes common sense and he is a real person. I doubt it, but one day I hope to see real outside the beltway conservatives as commentators on Fox or maybe a new network giving genuinely conservative opinions. My post is not only based of their treatment of Cain, but Krauthammer and people of his ilk, who are supposed to be Conservative/Republican geniuses with opinions of gold, are constantly pontificating opinions that do not jive with their supposed ideology. If there was no talk radio or websites like Redstate, America would be done for.