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Changes Coming to 9-9-9?

AEI’s James Pethokoukis points out that in a radio interview with Larry Kudlow Saturday, the Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore (who helped design Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan) thinks Cain needs to make one key switch to the plan. The money quote from Moore:

I love the idea [of a 9 percent national sales tax]. As you know, Art Laffer and I helped design the plan. But I’ve come to the conclusion that the American people and the voters do not want a national sales tax. He’s going to have to replace that national sales tax with a 9 percent payroll tax. And if you do that it’s a total winner. 

The Cain campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether Cain was considering making the change. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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