By A.G. Gancarski
FloridaPolitics.com
March 29, 2022

“That’s not right! They ought to have some skin in the game.”
Florida Senator Rick Scott

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott denounced “Democratic talking points” from questioner John Roberts about the Senator’s controversial 11-point plan to “rescue America

But whether he repudiated said talking points is an open question, as Scott did not say no to some of the plan’s more extreme proposals, including a call for everyone to pay federal income tax.

Roberts presented quotes from the plan itself saying that everyone should have some “skin in the game” and pay federal income taxes. Scott defended the idea that everyone needs to pay something, even if it’s only a “dollar.”

“Here’s what’s unfair: We have people that don’t, that couldn’t go to work and have figured out how to have government pay their way. That’s not right! They ought to have some skin in the game. I don’t care if it’s a dollar. We ought to all be in this together.”

The discussion of proposed sunsets of Social Security and Medicare was also spicy.

“Here’s this thing about reality,” Scott said as Roberts talked over him to lead off the line of questioning on the topic.

“Also in the plan it says we ought to every year talk about how we’re going to fix Medicare and Social Security. Here’s what’s happening: No one that I know of wants to sunset Medicare and Social Security. But what we’re doing is we don’t even talk about it. Medicare goes bankrupt in four years. Social Security goes bankrupt in 12 years. I think we ought to figure out how we preserve those programs,” Scott said.

Of course, it’s not just Democrats dissing the Scott plan: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced it during a press conference at the Capitol where Scott was present, saying it would not be part of the Republican agenda.

Asked about that, Scott was coy, offering non-responsive critiques of the “woke left” and the need to “have a plan.”

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DAVID LOTT
DAVID LOTT (@guest_64344)
8 months ago

Why is this article being carried by the FO? The headline is sensational and not at all representative of what Senator Scott said.

Bill Fold
Bill Fold (@guest_64346)
8 months ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

Because…..Suzanne Thamme. .

randy mcgee
randy mcgee (@guest_64356)
8 months ago
Reply to  Bill Fold

is a lousy New York liberal who is stealing our oxygen…..

Robert S. Warner, Jr.
Robert S. Warner, Jr. (@guest_64363)
8 months ago
Reply to  randy mcgee

She’s been here almost 30 years, Randy. And you?

Doug Mowery
Doug Mowery (@guest_64374)
7 months ago
Reply to  randy mcgee

I don’t know what Suanne’s personal politics are but the part of NY she is from (as far West as you can go) mostly votes Republican:

Though the Republican Party has historically been dominant in Chautauqua County politics, the county had been a perfect bellwether county from 1980 to 2008, correctly voting for the winner of each presidential election in all eight elections in that time frame. Its 2012 vote (in which it voted for Republican Mitt Romney instead of incumbent Democrat Barack Obama) was its first miss since 1976. In 2016, Donald Trump won the county by the largest margin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

It is a mistake to paint the totality of NY with a liberal brush.

Finally, Suanne has done more to educate and inform the citizens of this city of what is happening here than any other person I know.

Alyce Parmer
Alyce Parmer (@guest_64377)
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

He is one of our senators and thus anything he has to say has relevance to FB residents.

Mark Tomes
Mark Tomes(@mtomes)
8 months ago

Mr. Lott, it is exactly what Rick Scott said. And it is no different from the heartless and hateful spouting he does on a regular basis. Poor people have skin in the game, much more so than anybody else in this country, by having to work two or three jobs to put food on the table, pay for insurance, pay for gas to get to work, to clothe their kids, and they still are struggling just to survive. Rick Scott is just another multi-millionaire who has no idea what ordinary people go through to live in this country.

Christine Harmon
Christine Harmon (@guest_64355)
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tomes

In addition to the points Mark made, poor people do pay taxes including sales and property (if they somehow manage to afford one and if they are renting it is likely built into the rent).

Last edited 8 months ago by Christine Harmon
DAVID LOTT
DAVID LOTT (@guest_64362)
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tomes

Mark, I don’t take any exception to the points that you make as you are entitled to your opinion. I question the relevance of this article to the Fernandina Beach community.

Debbra Sullivan
Debbra Sullivan(@debbrasullivanaol-com)
8 months ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

Why is this not appropriate for the FB community? Kind of obvious to me as he is our US Senator and I’m sure many of this community voted for him.

Richard Norman Kurpiers
Richard Norman Kurpiers (@guest_64368)
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

On the FO menu bar, click “City News”. You won’t see the article about Rick Scott.

Dr. Edgbert Souse'
Dr. Edgbert Souse' (@guest_64354)
8 months ago

I don’t agree with much of what Senator Scott has to say, BUT . . . I totally agree with this opinion. A recent report stated that approximately 57% of American households pay 0 federal income tax. This has to change, and yes, we need more skin in the game by our citizens.

Robert S. Warner, Jr.
Robert S. Warner, Jr. (@guest_64372)
7 months ago

Are you the Edgbert Souse’ of W.C. Fields’ “The Bank Dick” fame?

Dr. Edgbert Souse'
Dr. Edgbert Souse' (@guest_64373)
7 months ago

Yes accent drab over the e.

Robert S. Warner, Jr.
Robert S. Warner, Jr. (@guest_64381)
7 months ago

We know.

Alyce Parmer
Alyce Parmer (@guest_64375)
7 months ago

Yes, and a percentage of that 57% are people who can afford clever accountants to help them find every available loophole. Many mega rich pay 0 in taxes.

Anthony Miller
Anthony Miller (@guest_64357)
8 months ago

We have to make the world safer for the ultra-wealthy like Sen, Scott and take away more from the poor. Let’s make a law to make ’em pay. They should have some skin in the game after they lose the shirts off their backs.

Bob Carter
Bob Carter (@guest_64359)
8 months ago

Rick Scott says it’s ‘unfair’ that poor people don’t pay income tax
It says INCOME tax….. if a person can vote, why can’t they participate in the system with one dollar? It would give them a sense of ownership, rather than just watching from the outside.

Alyce Parmer
Alyce Parmer (@guest_64376)
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Carter

educate yourself. The poor pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than do the rich because the DO pay sales tax in Florida and guess what — you pay NO state income tax in Florida either. But you also pay far more in fed income tax relative to rich people like our Senator who plead the 5th to avoid incriminating himself when he was a health insurance exec.

Robert S. Warner, Jr.
Robert S. Warner, Jr. (@guest_64382)
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Carter

Bob. “Ownership” means ownership. Not exploitation. It’s why the 16th Amendment exists. Unfortunately the tax code has been debased by such as “the carried interest exception” – and the results of “”Citizen’s United”.
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Will Holder
Will Holder (@guest_64364)
8 months ago

Yo, Rick Scott, Did YOU steal BILLION$ from Medicare????
You replied, “I refuse to answer because my answer might incriminate me.”
Seventy how many times?

T. Brandl
T. Brandl (@guest_64386)
7 months ago
Reply to  Will Holder

The answer was a resounding yes! Straight up criminal in Florida politics…

john whitlow
john whitlow (@guest_64369)
7 months ago

The obvious here is Mr. Scott has never been poor, he has no idea what it’s like
for a mother with 4 kids to have no food. Here is a list of 50 corporations tat also pay
no taxes Rick.
https://truthout.org/articles/corporations-that-paid-zero-federal-income-tax-spent-400-million-in-lobbying/

John Moore
John Moore (@guest_64422)
7 months ago

Stop your left wing agenda on a local news blog. We get enough and we don’t care what your political aim is ….. or do we? Your killing this local news source!

Robert Warner
Robert Warner (@guest_64427)
7 months ago
Reply to  John Moore

What’s obvious is your attempt, above, to intimidate a bona fide, credentialed and credible local resource.

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