Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Senator Rick Scott's Tax Increase Plan Rejected by Senate Leadership

Last week, Florida Senator Rick Scott and head of the National Republican Senate Committee released a 11 point GOP agenda for the upcoming election that included a tax increase on one half of all Americans.  Scott says, correctly, that half of Americans don't pay income taxes.  Scott says those Americans need to have "skin in the game."  

Democrats immediately pounced while Republicans ran away as fast as they could.  Senator Scott then went on Fox, claiming he wasn't proposing a tax increase at all.  Naturally the Fox hosts went along with the absurd claim.

Senator Rick Scott (R-FL)

Let's go over the math.  If I pay $0 in taxes one year, then pay $500 in taxes the next, is that an increase in taxes?  Yes!   

Scott is in fact proposing that we raise taxes on the poor and middle-class Americans.  Not a good look.  

Now GOP Senate leadership is trying to distance itself from the tax increase idea.  Politico reports:

Asked about the proposal at a press conference on Tuesday, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell firmly stated that Scott's plan was not his vision.

"Let me tell you what would not be a part of our agenda," McConnell said. "We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people, and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years."

"That will not be part of the Republican Senate majority agenda," he reiterated. "We will focus instead on what the American people are concerned about: inflation, energy, defense, the border and crime."

McConnell's rebuke of Scott -- a rare public admonishment of one of his top lieutenants -- demonstrated fissures within the GOP over how to win key Senate races that could determine which party controls the upper chamber after the November elections.

The ethically challenged Scott may have been the worst governor in America when he led Florida.  Fortunately for Scott, he is now in a chamber where his awfulness is overshadowed by other Senators on his side of the aisle.  

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OOP's short takes:

  • Early on, I thought President Biden's State of the Union speech had a chance to be one of the best ever given.  Then he started into the laundry list...the list of accomplishments and policy objectives every President seems compelled to include in the State of the Union speech. As a result, the speech droned on for about 45 minutes longer than it needed.  With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden had the perfect opportunity to break the laundry list tradition and he refused to take it.
  • Regardless, Biden proved the "Dementia Joe" nonsense is just that - nonsense.  He proved himself to be very articulate and in command.  He doesn't have a 95 mile an hour fastball any more.  But it's 90 mph, which is good enough.

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