GOP Sen. Rick Scott denies wanting to raise taxes after releasing tax hike plan

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Tuesday denied planning to raise taxes for millions of Americans even after releasing a GOP platform that would do just that.

at Scott “11 Point Plan to Save America” released earlier today, calls on more than half of Americans who don’t pay income taxes to “pay a little income tax to get your skin in the game.”

Yet when asked about his plan for government if the GOP wins back Congress midway through 2022, Scott told Sean Hannity that raising taxes is not on the agenda.

“By the way, did you see Chuck Schumer say your plan is to raise taxes on more than half of Americans?” asked the Fox News host. “I didn’t see that in your plan. Did you have that in your plan? Was it in invisible ink on the copy I received? »

“Of course not,” Scott replied, saying that as Governor of Florida he had “cut taxes and fees a hundred times over.” Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY), he added, “is ready to take every penny you have.”

But it was Scott’s plan, not Schumer’s, that drew heavy criticism after it circulated online. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it “does not include a single proposal to lower prices for the middle class”.

A Washington Post To analyse of Scott’s plan cites the Tax Foundation’s findings that in 2020, 61% of Americans paid no income tax. Many of them are low-income people or Social Security retirees.

Scott, who was challenged last year over taxes and the national deficit, included goals in his plan that viewers of Hannity’s show will likely agree with, such as finishing the wall border and naming it after former President Donald Trump, banning all racist disclosures on government forms, halting “left-wing efforts to rig elections” and treating “socialism” as a “foreign fighter.” Scott also insists that public school students take the oath of allegiance, stand for the national anthem, and salute the flag—odd demands from someone who attacked the effects of “big government” on individual liberties.

Either way, Scott seems to believe it’s all for the best.

“That’s what our parents taught us, isn’t it?” Say the oath of allegiance, salute the flag,” he said.

“We have the greatest country in the world. We have great founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison. They have given us more opportunities to succeed than anywhere in the world. We should be color blind. We shouldn’t ask people what color their skin is, what race they are. Why is the government doing this? We must not separate, but regroup. »

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