Sometimes Bold Ideas Aren't So Stupid and Simplistic: Ryan on Cain's 9-9-9
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he “loves” presidential candidate Herman Cain’s signature “9-9-9″ tax plan.
Ryan told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that Cain’s plan is a good starting point for debate, and shows the GOP presidential campaign season has entered into a more advanced stage where ideas — not just personalities — have come to the forefront.
“We need more bold ideas like this because it is specific and credible,” Ryan said. “I’m more of a flat-tax kind of a guy.”
The budget chairman went on to say that ideas like Cain’s plan could help shape the debate over tax reform moving into 2013.
“It’s great to see such bold ideas,” Ryan told TheDC.
Now, Ryan isn't exactly endorsing 9-9-9 outright. But he says that 9-9-9 has an unappreciated merit: it is sparking actual policy debate. (By the way, the post at the Ace of Spades link quotes Art Laffer - he of the eponymous curve - coming way closer to endorsing 9-9-9 outright.)
I am not sure whether this will assuage the people claiming Cain is just pushing a catchy slogan that has no intellectual firepower behind it. But I think it should.