From the moment Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) released a plan in February that called for a tax hike for about half of Americans, it was clear that this would be a big goal for Democrats during a mid-election year.
The latest to be targeted: the White House.
In an early morning “fact sheet” the White House uses the plan released by Scott, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to argue that Biden is trying to cut taxes on the middle class while Republicans want to raise them.
“Republicans complain that middle-class Americans have no ‘backgrounds’ and don’t pay enough taxes,” the White House said. “But the truth is, middle-class Americans are the backbone of our economy, pay heavily in federal, state, and local taxes, and in many cases pay a higher tax rate than the super-rich.”
The “fact sheet” does not mention the fact that Scott’s fellow Senate members, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), immediately distanced themselves from Scott’s plan.
Scott has argued that Democrats are mischaracterizing it, but the plan is clear: “All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in it, even if it’s a small amount.” Currently, more than half of Americans pay no income tax.”
It’s true that about 50 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes because they don’t earn enough to be subject to income taxes and because many receive tax credits.
Scott’s tenure as chairman of the NRSC, meanwhile, is examined in a new article by The Post’s Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey, in which Scott argues that he owes his critics nothing:
“All my life people have told me you’re doing it wrong. You can’t, you shouldn’t do this,” he said. “I’ve been up here for three years. Do you know how many people have come up to me and asked me before the vote what I think of something and if it’s good for my state? That would be zero.”
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