While many consider it political malpractice, it is clear Republicans have a lot of disdain for the middle-class. Like Mitt Romney, Rick Scott spilled it.
Rick Scott like Mitt Romey exposes Republicans
Sean Hannity might make a valiant attempt to clean up what has got to be the most significant gift to Democrats in a long time. The thing is that Florida Senator Rick Scott codified it on paper and online. YES! Republicans want to raise taxes on millions of Americans struggling under the premise that all must have skin in the game.
When Rick Scott unleashed his 11-point Agenda on Americans, he showed that, like Mitt Romney and his 47% comment, they are so far removed from everyday Americans that they are clueless about their economic realities and tribulations.
As reported in WaPo’s The Fix
The 11-point plan calls for new taxes on tens of millions of Americans, by rekindling the same issue that led Mitt Romney to stumble into his “47 percent” gaffe.
“All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount,” the plan says. “Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.”
The language of the plan itself effectively acknowledges it’s advocating for an income tax increase on “over half of Americans” — a group of people that is overwhelmingly lower-income. And in fact, the number of Americans to whom this would apply has climbed during the pandemic. …
The language of the plan itself effectively acknowledges it’s advocating for an income tax increase on “over half of Americans” — a group of people that is overwhelmingly lower-income. And in fact, the number of Americans to whom this would apply has climbed during the pandemic.
Former Obama consultant David Plouffe called out Scott’s political malpractice.
“It was epic political malpractice but it is what he and most Republicans today believe,” Plouffe said. “And I have learned that political arguments have to be believable. … This is believable that Republicans, if they take over, would raise taxes on working people, and so what McConnell wants to do is play four corners to use a Kentucky basketball saying he likes his position and he wants to just have the Democrats basically be on trial and have it be a referendum.”
Plouffe then all but wrote the campaign narrative for all Democrats to follow.
“Democrats now have a pretty compelling argument on economic policy,” David Plouffe said. “They’ve stated Rick Scott said very clearly they’re going to raise taxes on almost every working American and every senior citizen on social security and shower the wealthiest people in corporations with big tax cuts, education plan banned books, stop teaching history because I don’t think our kids can handle the truth. Their foreign policy plan, for a lot of them anyway, is to basically snuggle up the Vladimir Putin and give the middle finger to our allies. Their health care plan is to make it harder and more expensive to get health care. There’s a lot you can do with it. So democratic candidates are going to have to take that fight to the voters.”
It is not a problematic narrative because it is truthful and accurate. Most importantly, it is codified for all to see. Because Rick Scott and his ilk are unaware that the working class pays taxes of every kind, including the taxes paid directly to corporations in the form of overpriced products and services they extort from us all. Democrats, spine up and lean in for a fight, and the win that should be much easier than the mainstream media will have you believe.