Despite Mitch McConnell’s best attempts to hide the Republican agenda, his party keeps proving they’re willing to go to bat for billionaires at the expense of middle-class and working families. While President Biden is fighting to ensure billionaires and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share, Republican candidates across the country have made clear they think the middle class, seniors, retirees, and low-income Americans should have to pay higher taxes.
Mike Gibbons, a leading Republican candidate for Senate in Ohio, went on the record to say that middle-class families aren’t paying their fair share in taxes.
Associated Press: “Ohio GOP Senate hopeful: Middle class doesn’t pay fair share”
Associated Press: “Mike Gibbons, a leading Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, said at a media event last fall that middle-class Americans don’t pay ‘any kind of a fair share of income taxes.”
Heartland Signal: “Ohio GOP Senate candidate Mike Gibbons on a Crain’s Cleveland Business podcast: ‘The top 20% of earners in the U.S. pay 82% of federal income tax — and, you do the math, and 45% to 50% don’t pay any income tax… The middle class is not really paying any kind of a fair share.’”
But Gibbons isn’t alone. Across the country, Republican candidates for Senate are embracing Senator Rick Scott’s plan to raise taxes on half of Americans, including seniors and retirees.
Politico: “Chris Hartline, Scott’s spokesperson, reiterated the senator’s point that he released the proposal in his personal capacity because he believes voters want to see a policy plan from Republicans to run on. Like Scott, Hartline contended that the tax plank would encourage people who are able-bodied to seek work. He argued that sunsetting programs and requiring reauthorization by Congress is ‘common sense’ policy.”
Daily Beast: “At least four GOP candidates in the most important battleground states this fall have either explicitly expressed support for Scott’s plan or have campaigned on the political views that form the foundation of his platform.”
This stands in stark contrast to President Biden, who just last month released a plan to ensure billionaires pay their fair share so we can invest in our nation’s families, military, and law enforcement.
New York Times: “Biden to Include Minimum Tax on Billionaires in Budget Proposal”
CNBC: “Called the ‘Billionaire Minimum Income Tax,’ it would assess a 20% minimum tax rate on U.S. households worth more than $100 million. Over half the revenue could come from those worth more than $1 billion.”
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