Herman Cain’s Ingeniously Succinct 9-9-9 Plan Becoming Increasingly Complex, Part II

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AMES, IA - AUGUST 11:  Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks during the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate on August 11, 2011 at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa. This is the first Republican presidential debate in the state ahead of Saturday's all important Iowa Straw Poll. (Charlie Neibergall-Pool/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain speaks during the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate on August 11, 2011 at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa. This is the first Republican presidential debate in the state ahead of Saturday's all important Iowa Straw Poll. (Charlie Neibergall-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/2011 Getty Images

Gone are the days when understanding a tax plan called "9-9-9" was as simple as knowing what each nine meant. First, Herman Cain altered the plan to include various exemptions and caveats. Now, due to studies that show 9-9-9 would raise taxes on the poor and middle class, Cain has announced that a 9-0-9 plan — no income taxes — would apply to people at or below the poverty line. And he proposed tax breaks for businesses in economically depressed areas. By the time he's done tweaking the 9-9-9 plan, it's going to be 1,000 pages long. [WP]