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Rick Scott to poor: “Pay fair share”

Then-Governor Rick Scott speaking at CPAC FL 2011 in Orlando, Florida. PHOTO: Gage Skidmore
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Florida’s former governor and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott declared that poor people should “pay their fair share” of taxes. WTF? This from the nation’s wealthiest senator, who made his first millions running a healthcare company that defrauded Medicare and Medicaid.

“Over half of Americans pay no income tax,” he moralizes. Yes, 52% of people earn such poverty wages that they do not owe federal income taxes. Meanwhile, the richest dodge $163 billion annually. The top 25 gazillionaires pay almost nothing.

In February Scott unveiled “Rescue America,” his chilling, far-right plan. It would: close the Department of Education, which oversees equal access to education and funding; cancel diversity training in the military; make colleges with affirmative action admissions ineligible for federal funds; prevent immigrants from collecting unemployment or welfare in their first seven years of residence; permit no government tracking of race, ethnicity, or gender identity.

Rescue America’s drastic cuts to important services has provided a superb case for the pressing need to tax — and punish — the criminally wealthy. It is time to go after the real cheaters. Tax the rich and corporations!

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