Not even Fox News buys Senator Rick Scott’s silly twist on his proposal that it could “shut down” Social Security and force the poor to pay more in taxes.
Appears clearly on Fox News Sunday discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and President Joe Biden’s European TourThe Florida Republican quickly found himself anchored by John Roberts in the legislative agenda he revealed recently.
As head of the National Republican Senate Committee, Scott hopes to give the GOP candidate a platform to operate by devising an “11-Point Plan to Save America.” ” last month. The plan, however, is roundly mocked through the political aisleand Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was quick to dismiss it.
We won’t put a bill to raise taxes on half of the US population as part of our agenda, and introduce a Social Security and Medicare bill for the next five years.” McConnell said earlier this month.
In his Sunday morning interview with Scott, Roberts brought up two of the most controversial things about the politically ambitious senator’s proposal.
“Two of the key points are that” all Americans should pay some income tax to have skins in the game, even if a small amount. Right now more than half of Americans pay no income tax,” said the Fox News moderator. “It also says, ‘All federal law will dive in five years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again. ‘ So that would raise taxes on half of all Americans and potentially shut down programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Why would you propose something like that in an election year? ”
Although Roberts had read his plan directly, the conservative lawmaker immediately objected, asserting that the anchor was echoing “Democratic positions”, prompting Roberts to reject it.
“No, no, it was in the plan! It’s in the plan! ‘ exclaimed Roberts in amazement.
“But here’s the thing about reality for a second,” begged a confused Scott, only to see the Fox host continue to grill him.
“But, Senator, wait,” Roberts announced. “That’s not the talking point of the Democrats! It’s in the plan!”
Defending his policy proposals, Scott went on to say that his plan “says every year we have to talk about exactly how we’re going to fix Medicare and Social Security,” adding that ” No one I know wants to turn down” those programs. In addition, he paints poor Americans as parasites who need to be taxed more by the government.
“This is not fair. We have people who can’t — can go to work and have figured out how to get the government to pay their way. That’s not right. They must have some skin in the game. I don’t care if it’s a dollar. We should all be together. “
Roberts, meanwhile, pointed out that McConnell disagreed with Scott’s plan, noting that the Florida senator followed that up with One The Wall Street Journal op-ed stated that he stood up against “Beltway cowardice” with his proposal.
“Are you calling Mitch McConnell a coward?” Roberts wondered.
Ignoring the Fox News Sunday host’s question, Scott instead listened to a familiar right-wing quip about the issues of culture wars and the “left” that is destroying America.
“What I’m saying is – I’ve been in DC for three years. I want to get something done. I came to DC to change this country,” he said. “Look where we are. You know, law enforcement, they control a lot of our government, they control academia, they control Hollywood. Look – we have an open border, we’ve decided we’re not going to be energy independent. We have to change this. You don’t change it without a plan.”