The Lincoln Project tore into Republicans with a new video released this Monday that spotlighted an utterly ridiculous set of policy proposals recently released by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is an arm of the national Republican Party that deals with races for U.S. Senate seats. Scott’s plan — no joke — pushes the prospect of raising income taxes on over half of Americans. “All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax,” it says, as quoted by Fox host John Roberts. In the new video from The Lincoln Project, a narrator mockingly states as follows, with clips sprinkled in from a recent on-air discussion between Roberts and Scott about the plan:
‘Inflation is tough on everyone. Raising kids or running a small business can feel like an uphill battle when facing down rising costs. And for retired Americans who depend on Medicare or Social Security, it can feel especially discouraging. Enter the Republican Party’s plan to rescue America. Ask yourself — what’s the most important priority for those struggling? That’s right — paying their fair share. No longer will households making under $50,000 watch helplessly as Wall Street suffers. This bold new plan will ensure that even the poorest Americans can help protect our most valuable hedge fund managers and billionaires. And senior citizens who missed their chance to sacrifice themselves during the pandemic? Don’t worry. The Republican plan to rescue America ensures that you can turn those golden years into a golden opportunity for America’s frightened billionaires.’
Check out the video below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 18, 2022
As quoted by Roberts, Scott’s plan also lays out a scenario in which all “federal legislation sunsets in five years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again” — which suggests that Republicans, at least if they went along with Scott’s proposals, would threaten the existence of critical programs like Social Security and Medicare. Potentially threatening the continuance of these possibly life-saving programs is the best Scott can come up with? Seriously? It’s worth noting that Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pushed back on Scott’s proposals. Recently, McConnell said: “Let me tell you what will not be a part of our agenda: 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 after five years. That will not be part of the Republican Senate majority agenda.” Control of the U.S. Senate will be at stake in the upcoming midterm elections, and with the chamber currently split 50-50 and Democrats in control only because of Vice President Kamala Harris’s role as a tiebreaker, it could be close. Seats in Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada are among the most vulnerable on the ballot this year that Democrats currently hold.
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