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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quote of the Day - Lizard Attacks

A potential source for Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan.

"We encourage politicians to continue to look to innovative games like SimCity for inspiration for social and economic change," said Katsarelis. "While we at Maxis and Electronic Arts do not endorse any political candidates or their platforms, it's interesting to see GOP candidate Herman Cain propose a simplified tax system like one we designed for the video game SimCity 4."
Adopting such a simple tax structure, Katsarelis said, would allow fantasy political leaders to focus their energy on infrastructure and national security. "Our game design team thought that an easy to understand taxation system would allow players to focus on building their cities and have fun thwarting giant lizard attacks, rather than be buried by overly complex financial systems."

The beauty of Cain's plan is that it is yet another conservatard ploy to transfer the burden of taxation from the wealthy to the poor.  You do realize, I hope, that between 20 and 40 % of the population pay no Federal Income tax, because they do not make enough to qualify as taxpayers.  In the middle quintile, the effective rate is only around 3%.  The Cain ploy hits the poor with the double wammy of AT LEAST tripling their Federal income tax, while also substantially increasing their sales tax, and giving huge ADDITIONAL tax advantages to to the rich.  And the more you make, the bigger the advantage.  It's freaquing BRILLIANT.

Best of all, it illustrates that Cain's plan - which is fine in an imaginary world where you need to worry about lizards - would make us all have fun thwarting the attacks of lizard people.


Tinbeni said...

Cain's plan shows all the "deep-dish" thinking required to make a good pizza. lol

And running/turning around Godfather's Pizza is the STANDARD to qualify someone to become the President of the United States.

But, Hey!!! Wait-a-sec. ...
I have lots of lizards here in Tampa Bay.
They eat the cockroaches.

PS ... see what happens when I went on the D-L.

Go Tiger's !!!
(just don't tell anyone).

Jazzbumpa said...

Yeah - Cain is pretty cheesy.

I don't have lizards, but I do have toads in my yard. You take what you can get.

Go Tigers! C'mon, tell EVERYONE!


BadTux said...

So to Uncle Ruckus Cain, capital gains aren't income and thus shouldn't be taxed? Wow.

Of course, Uncle Ruckus doesn't have a hobo's chance in Times Square of making the big time, but it's just amazing that something so clearly stupid can get the time of day, much less somehow catapult a total moron into the lead in an actual Republican primary. On the other hand, I guess cold-blooded lizard people from Planet Sociopath have lizard brains too -- small, slow, sluggish. Siiiiigh!

- Badtux the WASF Penguin

Jazzbumpa said...

Tux -

Is there any meaningful difference between the Rethug presidential field and an insane clown posse?

W indeed ASF

BadTux said...

Jzb, yes there is a difference. An insane clown posse has greater chance of having actual empathy for fellow human beings than the current crop of Republican lizard people from planet Sociopath.

- Badtux the WASF Penguin

Scott said...

SimCity is a fun game and a nice tool for introducing economic and land use concepts; but the assumptions it is based on are not necessarily good ones. The main goal in the game, of maximizing the value of real estate, is questionable.