It didn’t take long for the political blood already spilled to become poison and now the gloves are off – although I suppose that in the case of Gov. Christie, the gloves are most likely oven mitts. That’s “mitts,” not “Mitts” – for those of you confused by homophones. And that’s homophones as in “words that sound alike and are spelled the same but mean different things” as opposed to “gay communication devices.” I suppose you could say the feud began when the Herminator stated the obvious: that Blimpus Maximus was “too liberal” for the 2012 race.
That was on October 2. On October 11, the Rotund RINO registered his objection to the label by endorsing the second most liberal candidate in the GOP race for president: Willard “Mitt” Romney. Just two days later, Christie is now on the offensive – and understandably so, seeing as how the GOP Establishment favorite is about to be run down by the Cain Train.
Gov. Chris Christie today slammed businessman Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 economic plan.
“It’s never going to pass,” Christie said. “Mr. Cain has a lot of experience in the (business world), but he needs more government experience.”
Two days removed from endorsing former Mass. Gov. Mitt Rmney, the governor added, “Gov. Romney’s approach is a much better approach to it (the economy).”
Ah yes… “more government experience.” And how has all that government experience worked out for you, New Jersey? How has it worked out for America? Do you enjoy greater liberty and prosperity than you did, say, in 1789? How about 1988 – or 2008 for that matter?
This is the same Chris Christie who trashed Steve Lonegan’s Flat Tax plan for New Jersey during the 2009 gubernatorial primary but offered no plan of his own but a vague promise to “cut taxes across the board.” Almost two years later the residents of the Garden State have yet to see these sweeping cuts.
It’s worth noting that Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan was recently endorsed by supply-side guru Art Laffer, who noted:
“Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan would be a vast improvement over the current tax system and a boon to the U.S. economy,” Laffer told HUMAN EVENTS in a statement. “The goal of supply-side tax reform is always a broadening of the tax base and lowering of marginal tax rates.”
Added Laffer: “Mr. Cain’s plan is simple, transparent, neutral with respect to capital and labor, and savings and consumption, and also greatly decreases the hidden costs of tax compliance. There is no doubt that economic growth would surge upon implementation of 9-9-9.”
Laffer also said that “such a system provides the least avenues to avoid paying taxes, yet also maintains the strongest incentives for work effort, production, and investment.”
It’s difficult to argue with Laffer’s overall assessment, but I’m still queasy over the introduction of another revenue stream for the Federal Beast. According to Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey, this hybrid plan is merely phase 1 of Cain’s plan to abolish the IRS and establish a flat consumption tax that would replace all other taxes.
Yes, indeed, it appears that the Herminator is a big fan of the so-called Fair Tax. Here’s to hoping that a Tea Party Congress in 2012 can convince him to switch over to a flat income tax. The last thing we need is to turn each and every state into a mini-IRS.