Does Herman Cain Play SimCity?

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We wouldn't normally post any stories related to political elections but a story has surfaced at Huffington Post that is relevant and too humorous to pass over. If you aren't aware GOP candidate Herman Cain is proposing a "999 tax plan" that would throw out the old system and replace it with a 9% business tax, 9% individual tax and 9% national sales tax. If that sounds familiar it's because the default tax rates in SimCity 4 were set to: 9% industrial tax, 9% residential tax  and a 9% commercial tax. We certainly aren't endorsing the plan, or Mr. Cain, but it's hard not to wonder if Cain's economic adviser has ever played the game.

"Kip Katsarelis, a senior producer for Maxis, the company that created the SimCity series, was excited that politicians may be looking to video games for ideas.

"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."

Rich Lowrie, the Ohio Wells Fargo employee who is the brains behind Cain's plan, did not return a request for comment regarding whether he is a fan of SimCity and looked to the game for inspiration."

Read the full story at Huffington Post


One Response to Does Herman Cain Play SimCity?

  1. John S. says:

    I decided to experiment, so I installed and played Sim City using Cain’s tax plan. Leaving the tax rate at a flat 9% I played the game. My city experienced tremendous economic growth and prosperity. Then I tried playing again with Obama’s 50+% tax rate. The result was an economic depression. Just like real life, socialism doesn’t work.

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