Rick Scott’s tax plan ‘extreme, like most MAGA things are’

  • On Wednesday, Biden railed against Sen. Rick Scott’s economic plan, calling it an “ultra-MAGA agenda.”
  • Scott’s proposal includes an income tax requirement that would largely affect low-income households.
  • Other Senate Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, distanced themselves from Scott’s plan.

President Joe Biden was embroiled in the Senator Rick Scott controversy economic policy plan Wednesday, calling it “extreme” and detrimental to American workers.

“Let me tell you about this ultra-MAGA agenda,” Biden said. “It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are.”

Biden pointed to Scott’s tax provisions, which would require all Americans to pay some

income tax

so they “have skin in the game”. The Tax Policy Center found that the plan would raise taxes on most low-income households. Households earning less than $54,000 would pay over 80% of such a tax increase. Under a plan with a $100 minimum tax, the lowest-earning Americans would have paid nearly $1,000 more in taxes in 2022, the analysis found.

Biden also pushed back on Scott’s proposals for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs. The Florida Republican’s plan would require Congress to reauthorize such programs every five years. Biden said seniors have paid into Social Security “all of their lives. And that needs to be reauthorized?”

The president called Scott’s plans ridiculous, telling White House reporters that “if they hadn’t released this, you’d think I was making it up.”

“Under this new plan, this tax plan — the ultra-MAGA program — while big business and billionaires won’t pay anything more, working-class people will pay a lot more,” Biden said.

Scott said on FoxNews that he had listened to the president and that “almost every sentence was a complete lie”.

Scott’s plan has already received its fair share of backlash from Democrats and Republicans. Launched in February, the proposal laid out the topics Scott thought Republicans should focus on when campaigning for the 2022 midterm elections. Still, the GOP was quick to distance itself from the plan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in March that the package “will not be on the Republican Senate agenda,” adding that the party will instead focus on inflation, energy, crime and other topics.

McConnell is not alone in his opposition. Other Republican senators complained to the party leadership about the proposal and the attacks they faced because of it, The Washington Post reported in April. Many members reportedly “reprimanded” Scott for creating an unnecessary problem for the party, especially ahead of the election that is expected to give the GOP control of the Senate.

Biden has consistently pushed for higher taxes for ultra-wealthy Americans to offset social spending. His proposals included a higher tax rate when high earners sell assets like stocks or real estate – called

capital gains

— and a minimum tax on the income of billionaires. But Biden has run into his own party-line issues over potential tax hikes, with key centrist Senator Kyrsten Sinema continually shooting them down.