With the midterm season coming up, media coverage generally consists of talking about the competing strategies of both parties. During the 2018 coverage, it was a mixture of whether the Democrats would be able to propose new ideas that would energize their base and whether or not swing voters would fall for the GOP’s latest racist hype of a caravan on the southern border (even though it was obvious far more voters were concerned about their own healthcare). This time, it’s been a mix of doom casting about how poorly Democrats will do in Congress while iterating that Republicans have no clear message to run on, aside from what they did two years ago: just echo whatever Donald Trump wants.
The thing is, that may not be as bad for them as actually having a terrible strategy that anyone outside of their base can see for what it is. Chair of the Republican Senatorial Committee, and notorious con man Sen. Rick Scott decided to reveal exactly what their plan was on Tuesday. He wants to increase taxes for the majority of Americans – with even those who make just $28,000 a year having to pay an income tax. It’s part of an 11-point plan to extort money from the majority of Americans while keeping the GOP’s donor class protected with the tax cut they were given in 2017.
If anything could make it more obvious that the GOP was just looking out for its donors, it’s this – and every Democratic candidate should force their opponent to take a stand on it one way or the other in 2022.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making