Rick Scott — Florida Man Gaslights Himself

by | May 13, 2022 | Money and Politics, Opinions, Wealth Gap

U.S. Senator Rick Scott speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons

Rick Scott — Florida Man Gaslights Himself

by | May 13, 2022 | Money and Politics, Opinions, Wealth Gap

U.S. Senator Rick Scott speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wiki Commons
Rick Scott has published an 11-point proposal to raise taxes on the poorest of Americans and set the stage to destroy Medicare and Social Security. But he now claims it isn't so.

It has been widely reported and published online that Senator Rick Scott of Florida wants to increase taxes on the poor and kill Social Security and Medicare. This is the entire Republican platform for the 2022 Midterms since no other Republican has offered any other plan.

In fact, Mitch McConnell has repeatedly stated that he would forward no plans at all other than blocking Biden’s agenda. Not much of a surprise since Moscow Mitch hasn’t had a useful idea in decades and has made the word NO his career centerpiece.

Just to be clear, there seems to be an actual species known as “Florida Man.” Members include such luminaries as Geoff Gaylord, who turned himself in to the Jacksonville police for murdering his imaginary friend; and Thomas Eugene Colucci who called 911 in Spring Hill complaining that the meth he had just purchased was actually bath salts.

Into this august phylum we now admit Rick Scott. According to an analysis on CNN,

…Scott and his team continue to deny even that he has proposed any tax increase.

The senator tweeted Thursday, “I’m about getting folks back to work & I’ll never support higher taxes.” In rejecting the Tax Policy Center’s calculations, spokesperson Lewis said in his email that Scott hasn’t called for “any tax increases of any kind.”

Facts First: These claims are just false. Scott’s plan clearly proposed a tax increase in calling for “all Americans” to pay some income tax. And the senator clearly proposed a tax increase even in the opinion article in which he said that his proposal was targeted only at wealthy people who are gaming the system and able-bodied, working-age people who are living off of government benefits.

And so we see Scott gaslighting his own proposal, in the full Florida Man tradition of assuming no one will notice. Meanwhile, his infamous 11-point plan, couched in innocuous language continues to be the only published Republican position for 2022.

To understand the true mindset of Scott’s proposal, all one has to do is read the headline of point 11: “America First.” Always remember that this is the motto of the Ku Klux Klan. Maybe we should reclassify Scott in a new subspecies, Florida “Klan” Man.

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