When even Fox News won’t let a Republican Senator lie, obfoscuate, and point fingers about what’s in his policy proposal, you know it’s got to be a bit extreme. How extreme is the plan Rick Scott is proposing? Well, it would raise taxes on over half of Americans, to begin with — and that’s not a “Democrat talking point,” no matter what the Senator would have you believe.
Check out the clip below — Fox News host John Roberts pushes back when Senator Scott insists that the criticisms of his plan are just mischaracterizations or partisan attacks. He affirms a basic fact: if Scott’s plan was put into place, a majority of Americans, including the poorest, would be forced to shoulder new tax burdens, and programs like Medicare would be at risk.
"It's in the plan! It's in the plan. But Senator, hang on, it's not a Democratic talking point. It's in the plan" — even Fox News's John Roberts can't believe it when Rick Scott lies about his own policy plan, which calls for a tax increase on a majority of Americans pic.twitter.com/sa4WgUBgyJ
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Scott is reduced to trying to dodge, saying he wants to “talk about reality,” and finally to tacitly admitting that yes, those things are in the plan, but insisting that the plan also says “we should talk about” fixing programs like Medicare and social security every year — which by no means ensures continuing programs Americans rely on.
Of course, it’s not just social security, Medicare, and similar that could be affected — if all Federal legislation gets a 5-year expiration date, that attacks laws that protect equality, the environment, voting rights, military well-being (including, for example, the G.I. Bill), and anything else that has been enacted by Federal legislation.
Aside from the risk to these programs, it would require Congress to focus a lot of legislative time on re-passing (and re-passing, and re-passing) legislation that has already been in effect for decades — adding to the slog of getting anything current done.
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