Rick Scott perpetrated the greatest case of Medicare fraud in history and this is what the history books should record him as – rather than a member of the U.S. Senate. His disastrous eight-year reign as Florida governor also was a clear indicator of how dangerously authoritarian a future Republican presidency would be as he censored state lawmakers from using the words “climate change” and ran a paid commercial against a random woman who once rebuked him at Starbucks.
It shouldn’t really be a surprise over what would happen when he took over the National Republican Senate Committee and they lost a sizable chunk of their fundraising – or that he would prioritize going after seniors’ social security with the possibility of ending it entirely within a period of five years – but that’s exactly what the GOP’s plan for America is as outlined. Most Republicans try to avoid mentioning this kind of thing since it cost them both Houses of Congress after President Bush brought it up in 2005.
With 60 days before a midterm and many conservative advisers calling for a reset on GOP messaging, Scott thought it’d be a good idea to remind everyone exactly what his party is calling for – a strategy that’s even dumber than the one that cost them 41 seats in 2018 – by passing out copies of this plan outside the White House. President Biden, who’s already been amplifying the GOP’s promises, seized this opportunity in a tweet – making it as clear as ever that when Republicans talk about MAGA and the good old days, they’re really talking about taking America not so much back to the 1950s as before 1928, an era with no social safety net or market controls that led to the worst depression in history. It’s exactly why we need to do everything we can to win the 2022 midterms and again in 2024.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making