Poor Republicans. They just don’t get it. In the case of Rick Scott and his “rescue” plan for America, Scott shows just how out of touch he and Republicans are with everyday Americans. Like so many other Republicans, Scott thinks all he needs to do is invoke the name Trump and people will fall in line. Not only has Scott become a running joke among Democrats, but both Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy think he has lost his mind.
According to Business Insider (“BI”), Scott hoped his plan would “stir criticism from the woke left.” He succeeded, though it’s not turning out the way he hoped. Democrats gleefully jumped all over the plan and are now using it for fundraising. The reaction from Democrats comes as no surprise, as the main theme of Scott’s plan is to “tax everyone, finish the border wall, and name it after Trump.” That plan does absolutely nothing to “rescue” America, but Scott does not stop there in turning off people. According to Market Watch, he wants racial disclosure and all references to ethnicity removed from government forms. He also wants to declare only “two genders” and to call unborn babies “babies.”
As critics point out, Scott fails to address inflation, which could be a viable argument for Republicans, and his answer to America’s economy is to ensure that “all American pay some income tax.” Well, duh. Who knew Rick Scott was such a genius? About the only people getting out of paying taxes are rich people like him. The rest of us shoulder their burden. He also wants to limit absentee voting (no surprise) and require that school children recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and salute the flag. Rick Scott would be a better fit in Russia or some other authoritarian dictatorship. For Rick Scott to think any of these things will “turn America around” shows just how lost he is, but Mitch McConnell is having none of it.
The Hill reported that McConnell has distinctly distanced himself from Scott’s ridiculous plan by quoting McConnell: “We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years.” McConnell is a self-centered ass, but he is no fool. Democrats, however, saw Scott’s plan as an opportunity to remind people which party is on their side. BI reported that within hours of Scott’s plan going public, Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Gary Peters took Scott’s yoke and hung it around every Republican senator or candidate who is running for office. Chuck Schumer used the plan as a call to action by placing it in a fundraising email and reminding people: “This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such drastic views from Republicans, and it won’t be the last.” Val Demings used it in her campaign, calling it the “Rubio-Scott tax hike,” but Nancy Pelosi really brought it home by revealing that a Tax Policy Center study that found 80% of the tax increases would be borne by people making $54,000 or less. As usual, Republicans talk shit because their ideas are shit.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years