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Washington Post: Yes, voters ‘deserve to know’ this GOP plan would raise taxes by $1 trillion

In case you missed it, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote about how Democrats are making sure everyone knows about the Republican plan to raise taxes by $1 trillion on Americans if they retake their Senate and House majorities. Last week, all three NH Republican Senate candidates refused to condemn the plan that would raise federal income taxes on a quarter of Granite State families and seniors and end Social Security and Medicaid. Washington Post (Opinion): Yes, voters ‘deserve to know’ this GOP plan would raise taxes by $1 trillion Key Excerpts:

  • Suppose, for a moment, that the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the group overseeing the 2022 campaigns of all Democratic senators and Senate candidates, announced that Democrats, if they keep congressional majorities after November’s elections, would enact a plan that would raise taxes on working families more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

  • Further suppose that this top Democratic official also pledged that the Democratic majority would “sunset” laws that provide Americans with Social Security and Medicare, military retirement benefits, veterans programs, unemployment compensation, student loans, deposit insurance and more.

  • The cry from Republican officials and the Fox News echo chamber would be deafening.

  • An outline of exactly such a legislative agenda was introduced two weeks ago — by the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).

  • Scott’s proposal is easily the most radical document to be put forward by a member of the leadership of a major political party in modern times.

  • The NRSC chairman is proposing a 10-year tax increase of more than $1 trillion on, in his own words, “more than half of Americans,” to make sure every household pays taxes.

  • The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ran the numbers on what ITEP called the “only possible interpretation of Sen. Scott’s proposal”... and found that the Republican plan would raise taxes by $100 billion a year, or more than $1 trillion over the standard 10-year budgeting time frame. Almost all of it would be shouldered by households with income of $100,000 or less.

  • Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years… That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything else mentioned above — and potentially more.

  • The DSCC has done radio ads, news conferences, statements and a mobile billboard that circled this week’s Senate Republican retreat.

  • All Democrats need do is repeat Scott’s own words… As Scott himself says, “Americans deserve to know what we will do.”

Read the full opinion piece here.


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