I Can See You Don’t Know Your Arithmetic

Zandar gives us a little field research on the gullibility of Iowa GOP caucus voters regarding the 9-9-9 tax plan:

From the Des Moines Register:

Two-thirds of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers earning less than $50,000 a year believe they personally would be better off or in the same situation under Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan, The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll shows.

Research-group reviews of the plan have found that most families making $100,000 or less would pay thousands of dollars more each year.

“The larger point is that people don’t really understand what the 9-9-9 plan actually is, and they’re assuming incorrectly that they may not pay one or any of these taxes,” said Joe Rosenberg, a research associate for the Tax Policy Center, a group based in Washington, D.C., that bills itself as a nonpartisan economic research institute.

That “incorrect assumption” is of course the entire point of the plan.  These are folks that expect the GOP to stick it to the “47% that pay no income tax” which of course would never, ever include any Real Americans voting in GOP primaries.  The cloud of ignorance that makes it so easy to lead the nation off a cliff is largely self-inflicted, and that’s just how the GOP and their corporate masters like it.

Of course, GOP policy pretty much screws these guys six ways from Sunday; this is merely one of the more egregious (and obvious) examples of it.  But how do you reason with people who not only cannot see, but cannot count?


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