GOP’s new plan: Raise taxes on working people, quit Social Security and Medicare
GOP’s new plan: Raise taxes on working people, quit Social Security and Medicare

GOP’s new plan: Raise taxes on working people, quit Social Security and Medicare

They are up and running again: Republicans want to raise taxes on poor and working-class Americans, put an end to Social Security and Medicare, raise pollution and corporate profits, all the while continuing to pamper their billionaire donor base.

This time, it’s the guy in charge of getting Republican senators elected and re-elected, Florida Senator Rick Scott.

You may remember him as the guy who ran the company convicted of the largest Medicare scam in American history, who then took his money and ran for governor of Florida, where he prevented the state from expanding Medicaid for low-income Floridaers for all those years. he ran the state.

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Now he’s the second richest guy in the Senate and, IMHO, the leading candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2024. And, frankly, he’s repeating the feelings of the richest guy in the Senate, Mitt Romney, the last guy before Trump to get that nomination.

“There are 47 percent who are with him,” Romney said said of Barack Obama’s voters back in 2012, “who depend on the government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of those who believe they have the right to health care, for food, for housing, to you name it. These are people who do not pay income tax. “

Low-income workers in America in general pay a higher percentage of their income as tax than most of our billionaires and multi-millionaires do. They pay social security taxes, Medicare taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and taxes in the form of fees for everything from a driver’s license to tolls to annual car inspections.

As Romney pointed out, about 47 percent of Americans in 2012 earned so little money that after applying the standard deduction, they paid no income tax.

However, this does not only reveal how few people pay taxes. On the contrary, it reveals how many Americans live in or on the brink of poverty.

The simple reality is that if you want more people to pay income tax, you just have to raise the wages of the workers. We saw this on a grand scale between 1950 and 1980, when the Keynesian economy ruled, and unions helped wages – and the taxes they paid – rise steadily for working people.

But Republicans do not like the idea of ​​what they call “wage inflation.” They would rather just push working people harder while continuing their contribution to the lifestyle of the morbidly rich “donor class”.

More than half of Americans make so little money from their work that they can not afford an unexpected expense of $ 1,000 like a car accident or a medical bill. And it is precisely these people that Rick Scott and the GOP believe need to be taxed further so they want what Scott calls “skin in the game.”

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In the early years of the Reagan administration, before his neoliberal “seep down” and “supply-side” policies really began to bite Americans, only 18 percent of Americans were so poor that their income did not qualify for taxation.

As the laws of “Right to Work for Less” spread across America and the Republicans at the Supreme Court made it harder for unions to function, and more and more working people fell under the tax limit.

Today, it takes two working adults to maintain the same lifestyle that a worker could provide in 1980, so one estimated 61 per cent of working Americans this year will earn so little in wages that their income is not subject to taxation.

Rick Scott and the GOP’s solution to this situation is not to raise the income of working class people. On the contrary: they suggest that low-income people should be hit with their very own income tax – in addition to the dozens of other taxes they already pay – all so that multimillionaires and billionaires like Scott and his friends can hope to see their own taxes fall slightly.

Scott has made his best imitation of Newt Gingrich and has rolled his out 11-point plan to soak up the American middle class, lock down elections, destroy consumer protection, increase pollution and climate change, and squeeze a few more dollars out of every family, no matter how tight their budgets may be in advance.

Scott calls it “saving America.” And that may be true if you are morbidly rich and have earned your money to spit out pollution or house opioids.

His plan not only requires a 50 percent cut in the IRS workforce, presumably to complete all revisions of rich people like Scott, but also requires that all federal legislation “sunset” within five years. It would almost certainly end Social Security and Medicare, programs that have been at the crossroads of Republicans since Reagan’s time.

Mitch McConnell has realized how “raising the tax on 60% of American voters” will play in campaign ads, and has withdrawn from Scott’s bizarre proposal. But Fox News is all over the place, inviting Scott repeatedly to pursue his plan and prepare the ground for his candidacy. After all, billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and his family need their tax breaks!

Som Sean Hannity told Scott said in a recent speech, “I would like to welcome you. I would like to see Parliament and the Senate come together on these issues, make these promises to the American people, be elected and then fulfill those promises.”

There was no doubt that multimillionaire Hannity was telling her own truth. But for the majority of Americans who are so poor that they barely have to pay income tax, Scott’s plan is just the latest in a 40-year spate of abuses and insults coming from the GOP.

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