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Cain keeps talking about “apples and oranges” in terms of trying to describe the difference between his tax plan and the version of it being sold by his opponents. Romney replies, “I’ll need a basket with both apples and oranges, as I’ll be paying both under this plan.”

Herman Cain was asked at the debate about criticism that his “9-9-9” tax plan would regressively raise taxes on lower-income workers.

“The thing that I would encourage people to do before they engage in this knee-jerk reaction is just read our analysis. It is available at,” Cain said, touting his campaign’s commissioned financial analysis, and denying that it would raise taxes on lower-income workers.

“The reason that our plan is being attacked so much is because lobbyists, accountants, politicians, they don’t want to throw out the current tax code and put in something that’s simple and fair,” Cain added.

“They want to be able to continue to manipulate the American people with a 10-million word mess. Let’s throw out the 10-million word mess and put in a plan that will liberate American worker sand liberate American workers.”

Within the first few minutes they’ve turned on Herman Cain. He dismisses the charges that he’s in essence calling for VAT or that low-income earners will wind up paying more. He suggests people go to his website to find out more. However, at the time of writing, that site appears to have crashed.

Bachmann opens by proclaiming, “This is one night where I hope what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas!”

Rick Perry describes himself in his introduction as “an authentic conservative… not a conservative of convenience.”

Strange that CNN insists on opening its debates with a rendition of the national anthem, but Fox doesn’t.

CNN opens with a bizarre “western” intro, replete with cowboys, cattle, and rolling plains. These are the kind of issues that matter in ‘12… 1812, that is.

As Herman Cain has climbed in the polls, lawmakers and other GOP presidential candidates have had to contend more seriously with his ideas. One of the main attacks his opponents have leveled against his 9-9-9 tax plan is that it won't fly in Congress.

True story. Today's GOP leaders aren't willing to embrace the plan, which would wipe out the current tax code and replace it with a nine percent tax on individual income, a nine percent tax on corporate income, and a nine percent sales tax.

As noted here, here, and here, the plan has a lot of problems. It's deeply regressive. As businesses passed on the cost of their share of the tax to consumers, it would hit low and middle income earners exceptionally hard at a time when the economy desperately needs more, not less, consumption. And part of it's probably unconstitutional, at least as Cain envisions it.

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Forget "Jersey Shore." MTV knows where the real action in the tristate area is, which is why the company has apparently issued a casting call for "Real Word: Zuccotti Park."

According to a Craigslist ad posted on Monday night, MTV's seminal series about the (oft-drunken) misdaventures of young 20-somethings in ______ (insert urban setting of your choice here) is seeking members of the 99 percent to participate in a forthcoming season. (H/T: New York Observer.)

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