For a flat tax, that’s a pretty tall graph

Updated
For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph
For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph

When the detailed analysis of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan came out earlier this week I thought for sure it would mean he’d be laughed out of the race. Just looking at that “Average Federal Tax Change” column, everyone making less than $200,000 per year gets a tax hike and the rich pay less? A 15% tax cut for people making more than a million dollars a year? How can that be a serious proposal? But I guess enough people think that’s a good idea for him to remain in good standing in the polls of Republican voters.

Then Jared Berstein presented similar information in graphic form, as Rachel shared last night. The result is nothing short of comedy. I first saw it on my phone and thought maybe the browser had crashed because it wouldn’t stop scrolling.

In the spirit of naming graphs (see, Bikini graph) I’m thinking this one should be called the upside down giraffe graph.

Find it in all of it’s ridiculousness after the jump and see if you think there’s a better name.

 

For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph

For a flat tax, that's a pretty tall graph

Updated