Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Now that Herman Cain is being taken “seriously” because he is the “front-runner,” America’s wonk-bloggers have sprung into action, using numbers and logic to prove what is plainly self-evident: Herman Cain’s silly 9-9-9 plan is silly.
Are you shocked to learn this? That Cain’s requisite outsider candidate gimmicky tax plan is poorly thought through and vague, and would be horrible for everyone if enacted? It is a gimmicky tax plan by an outsider candidate!
Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s boy genius blogger, says the tax plan is terribly regressive! He quotes economists and tax policy experts! They have run the numbers! Plus: “There are other problems and oddities in the plan.” And Cain the candidate does not wish to go into details! Because his attention-grabbing tax plan that sounds like plain common sense when you first hear about it is not actually a serious proposal by a serious candidate.
Think Progress has Michael Linden, the American Progress Action Fund’s director of tax and budget policy, take a crack at the plan. He finds that it will lower taxes on rich people and raise taxes on working people and also increase the deficit. This is because it is a tax plan favored by a Republican presidential candidate.
Kevin Drum rightly points out that the plan is “a joke,” after quoting a professor who dislikes the joke. The New York Times actually printed the meta-story behind Cain’s invention and use of the joke tax plan.
Klein comes back with a second lengthy post on the plan, once again proving that Herman Cain’s silly plan would be bad for everyone if it were a real thing.
Dave Weigel just explains why Republican voters like the sound of this plan (because it punishes lazy non-taxpaying “47 percents” and because it sounds simple). I guess it’s important that smart people explain that Herman Cain’s simple-sounding tax plan is horrible, but its horribleness seems to be what has made it so popular among GOP voters.
I think Amanda Terkel wins the day with her take on the 9-9-9 plan, which posits that it was borrowed from Sim City.
I can’t wait for all the foreign policy wonks to really dig in to whatever patently nonsensical and trolling thing Cain comes up with to say about foreign policy. (Airstrikes on Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan would be counterproductive!)
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.