Time to get political. There are 13 months to the presidential election, but I want to make a prediction:
Wishful thinking? If Republicans are smart, they will choose Herman Cain as their candidate. And if Herman is as smart as he appears, he will choose Paul Ryan to be VP.
Admittedly, I’m still getting to know Herman Cain, as you probably are, too. I know much more about Ryan (I graduated from the 8th grade with him), and have enjoyed observing his political climb for the last decade. Cain has been climbing at about the same rate, but I’m new at watching him. Three things are resonating with me. Here they are, for Cain and Ryan.
1. Herman Cain is smooth. Ryan is brilliant.
I’ve been watching a lot of Herman Cain videos lately, like the one above. I enjoy watching them. He’s funny, he’s optimistic about America, and he’s dead-on on policy issues. He puts blame where blame is needed, but he follows up with solutions that make sense. He believes in a free market economy and, more importantly, in Main Street small businesses that are the fuel in the free market economy. Cain is for the little guy (and that’s me!).
Ryan is much the same, but he follows with consistent brilliance. Though he and his colleagues in the House of Representatives have a Democratic Congress that hasn’t passed a national budget for 900 days (which is against the law, by the way), the House Republicans — largely led by Ryan — have faithfully passed budgets that push solutions. We need this kind of leadership in the Executive Wing.
2. Herman Cain is simplistic. Ryan is detailed.
Herman is getting flack for his 9-9-9 plan, some of the flack from his fellow Republican contenders. I’ve looked into it, and I love the 9-9-9 plan. And I love how Cain defends it. Read up on it if you haven’t already. It’s simple, understandable, and will raise the $2 trillion in revenue that the government needs (and coupled with needed spending cuts, it’d be more than enough). More importantly, it would be rocket fuel to the economy. Ryan recently said he loves the 9-9-9 plan.
And listen, I’m not a schmuck just voicing my uneducated opinion. Vance Trefethen and I just finished writing an entire sourcebook on United States policy for revenue generation reform. We have 12 case proposals — one for each of the three proposed by Cain before he proposed them. I cannot emphasize enough: the 9-9-9 plan makes an incredible amount of sense.
Can you imagine? Rather than deal with 67,000-page tax code that requires a CPA or computer software to figure out, you’d deal with three simple federal taxes. (1) 9% flat tax on income, (2) 9% corporate tax for businesses, and (3) 9% sales tax at the grocery store. Arthur Laffer, supply-side economist for Ronald Reagan, has said this would be awesome incentive for an economy to grow. Quote:
“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.”
Simple. Easy to understand. Saves billions in unneeded expenses to hire someone to figure out the current code ($450 billion, to be more precise). Cain and Ryan will most likely bring in Laffer to work out the details. I love it, and so will anyone who starts to think about what tax life would be like in a 9-9-9 world.
3. Herman Cain is NOT an insider. Ryan is.
Isn’t it interesting how politicians — the very politicians who have made a mess of our economy and our nation — attack Herman Cain for not having as much experience as they do? Historically, five other presidents never held office, so it’s not like this has never been done before. Besides, NOT being an insider is a resume enhancement, not a deficiency. As Cain recently said in response to John Huntsman’s criticism of 9-9-9 “It’d never pass!”, “Politicians put together things that will pass. Businessmen put together plans that solve the problems.” Amen to that.
This makes a Ryan vice presidency perfect. Ryan is an insider, one of the few who have kept his head on straight. He has the respect of his colleagues and the current government establishment, even from Democrats. He’s networked enough to bring Congress together (one of the only actual roles of the VP, by the way), but young and idealistic enough to not be sucked into the same-old politics as usual.
Cain as President. Ryan as Vice President. Makes perfect sense. And this nation will be on a path to prosperity once again.