Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) remained on the defensive Monday for his proposal that everyone have “skin in the game” when it comes to taxes and that the era of “free government stuff” needs to end during an appearance on Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle” with host Laura Ingraham.
Since the announcement of his 11-point plan to “Rescue America” Scott has been engaged in a public back-and-forth with Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). McConnell postured after the plans release asserting that he would be Senate Majority Leader after the midterm elections.
When asked about Sen. Rick Scott's agenda, @LeaderMcConnell: "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. That will not be part of the Republican Senate Majority Agenda." pic.twitter.com/XN7q9Kc6b4
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No Republican would run on “a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years,” McConnell declared even though these are exactly the proposals that Scott has suggested.
Scott has not backed down and penned an op-ed calling out fellow Republicans without a firm plan of action as, “a speed bump on the road to socialism.”
FL senator taking on Republicans who are nothing more than ‘a speed bump on the road to socialism’ https://t.co/hR8NdsQVXo
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“I’ve been told there are unwritten rules in Washington about you can and cannot say,” Scott wrote suggesting that the Republican party’s agenda was to hold power in Washington D.C., not work toward accomplishing the goals their constituents elected them to achieve.
Ingraham called McConnell’s reaction “visceral” noting he took issue with the proposed “tax raise.” After indicating polling showed voters received the other aspects of the plan well Ingraham asked for Scott’s reaction.
The senator reiterated his position that the Republicans “oughta have a plan” and cited his record on tax cuts before breaking down current issues with the tax code. “Here’s what’s not fair,” Scott said. “We have hard-working Americans – they’re paying all these taxes, and retirees pay them. Who’s not?”
“We’ve got some billionaires not paying it,” Scott went on, “and we got people that want free government stuff and they don’t want to have any skin in the game. That’s not fair.”
Scott proposed that an amount as little as $2 in income tax would allow certain Americans who have otherwise been benefiting off of the system to have liability as they continue to vote for expansions of social welfare programs.
Referring to Scott’s proposals as “populist” Ingraham listed some of the accomplishments that McConnell has had during his extensive tenure in Congress, to which Scott agreed. Ingraham then suggested that McConnell’s failing was in not wanting to have a specific plan that he could be held accountable to.
Scott hedged on that being the motivation of McConnell’s distaste for his proposal, but did take a strong stance that he himself wanted to be held accountable. Ingraham asked again to clarify on the matter of his disputed 11-point plan, “You’re fine holding this up to the voters?”
“Hell yeah!” Scott exclaimed stating he wouldn’t just sit there, “We have to have a plan. We have to work a plan. That’s how you get things done.”
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