Now that Democrats are on the verge of passing transformational budget bill that will deal with rebuilding American infrastructure and investing in improving the lives of millions of people, Republicans in Congress are starting to complain that such legislation will raise the federal deficit and long-term debt.
One such Republican is Sen. Rick Scott (FL), who appeared on Fox News Sunday and was immediately called out for his hypocrisy when it comes to supporting massive tax cuts but now wanting to freeze federal spending by host Chris Wallace:
“Senator, you talk about living within your means, you talk about the debt, you talk about deficits. The Trump tax cuts which were passed in 2017, the year before you were elected to the Senate, is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that it is going to increase the deficit by over $2 trillion over 11 years.
“So should the Trump tax cuts be repealed?”
Scott didn’t answer the question and instead claimed incorrectly that taxes can be cut without increasing the deficit, leading Wallace to point out the fallacy of his suggestion:
“But, sir, respectfully, when Donald Trump was president, you had the tax cut, which added $2 trillion to the deficit, according to the CBO. And you didn’t have the commensurate spending cuts. So, the question is, if you’re not going to have the spending cuts, should you repeal the tax cuts — if the debt and deficit are so vital?”
The senator replied:
“I am not raising anybody’s taxes. I want lower taxes. I want to watch how we spend our money. I’ve been in the Senate for 2 years and 9 months. The waste is staggering. Americans should be furious with the way money is spent in the Senate and all Congress.”
Actually, what Americans should be furious about is the fact that the taxes of millionaires and billionaires have been cut while the rest of us have to foot the bill to give that extra benefit to the wealthiest in this country. It’s trickle down economics, and it has never and will never work.
If Republicans are only interested in tax cuts for the richest, they should say so and stop lying about their real agenda, which is to keep their wealthy donors fat and happy.
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