The “Devil’s lettuce.” How long has it been since you’ve heard that term used in any but the most ironic of contexts? Well, prepare yourself — a Republican Senator is applying it again, in 2021, with marijuana use legal (in varying capacities) in more than half of U.S. states.
Senator John Kennedy appeared on Fox News, where he trashed the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better plan, specifically attacking Biden’s claim that it won’t add to the national debt. Kennedy declared that “someone in the White House” must be partaking of “the Devil’s lettuce” in order to suggest that the plan won’t cost anything.
“Somebody at the White House has been smoking the devil’s lettuce.”
— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on WH claims that the Build Back Better plan won't cost anything. pic.twitter.com/7KCrA8V9m7
— The Recount (@therecount) October 28, 2021
Of course, Biden has also been very clear on what he means when he says that the plan won’t cost anything. It doesn’t mean that the components of the plan don’t have a cost, it means that funding is built into the plan.
My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars.
Instead of wasting money on tax breaks, loopholes, and tax evasion for big corporations and the wealthy, we can make a once-in-a-generation investment in working America.
And it adds zero dollars to the national debt.See Also
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 26, 2021
Of course, the plan is still fighting its way through Congress, and the end result is yet to be seen. However, in terms of the plan itself, the intent is to balance the costs through eliminating tax loopholes for the wealthiest corporations and individuals, without raising costs on small businesses and people making under $400k.
The plan is more than fully paid for by asking the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. It does not raise taxes on small business and anyone making less than $400,000 per year. It will also generate economic growth that will increase tax revenue and contribute to deficit reduction.
One of Biden’s particular targets has been corporations that are using these loopholes to avoid taxes to such an extent that they pay less than some middle-class families, or nothing at all, placing a higher tax burden on the average taxpayer instead.
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