A socialist candidate for governor of Florida joined CNN’s Dana Bash for an interview Sunday during which he struggled to explain how he would fund Medicare for all.
“First of all, and I want to be clear about this, the state of Florida could not take this road by itself,” said Andrew Gillum, current mayor of Tallahassee. “We would need to [impose Medicare for all] as part of a federation of states coming together.”
When pressed, Gillum promised that taxes would not need to be raised in order to fund Medicare for all, which according to a George Mason University study, would cost $33 trillion.
“I don’t buy that [taxes would need to be raised],” Gillum said. “First I’d say – one – Florida could not do it by itself. But secondly, we have the opportunity to expand Medicaid for up to 700,000 of the most medically needy people here in the state of Florida.”
Gillum then bashed President Donald J. Trump and Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and launched into a diatribe about his rough childhood, where he had to get his teeth cleaned at a mobile dental clinic and calling the issue “personal.”
The story was a typical politician’s red herring, meant to distract from the question at hand and garner sympathy in the absence of a real answer.
To Bash’s credit, she forced Gillum back on track, pressing him again to answer how he would accomplish his goal without raising taxes.
“The first step we would take is expand Medicaid and pull down about $6 billion from the federal government,” Gillum said. “Secondly, as governor of the state of Florida I would work to bring a number of states into the conversation around how it is, together, we might be able to negotiate prices and access to healthcare to cover more people.”
Finally, Gillum was forced to admit that he will in fact need to raise taxes in order to accomplish his goal.
“I will absolutely not raise taxes on everyday working Floridians,” he said. “So what I said – and I ran on this by the way – is that we will increase taxes for corporations in our state who right now.”
He then continued to bash Trump, calling Trump’s tax cuts which have been wildly popular among those “everyday working people” whom Gillum referenced, the “GOP tax scam.”
He introduced the fallacy that corporations received more of a tax break than average citizens, which is a mathematical truism given that corporations pay a huge amount more in taxes in than the average person.
The entire segment was akin to Gillum walking on a tightrope, obviously knowing that he will need to increase taxes to pay for his socialist healthcare plan, but also understanding that campaigning on raising taxes is not a smart strategy.
Watch it here.
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TROLLED: Pelosi For Prison Banner Flown Over Her San Francisco District
It calls for Pelosi to be locked up for her “crimes against America.”
Liberals in San Francisco were immediately triggered Thursday morning by the sight of an impossible-to-miss 25-foot by 80-foot “Pelosi for Prison” banner flying in the spy upon the left-wing stronghold.
Her lawlessness, ignorance and corruption have gone on for too long!
— DeAnna for Congress🇺🇸vs Nancy (@DeAnna4Congress) February 6, 2020
The banner, paid for by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Republican opponent, DeAnna Lorraine, directs those who see it to a petition, located at PelosiForPrison.co, which calls for Pelosi to be jailed for her “crimes against America.” With the banner coming just a day after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Pelosi-driven impeachment hearings, it is a sign that some conservatives are moving off of the defensive, and instead focusing on offensive attacks against left-wing figures like Pelosi.
Speaking with Big League Politics, Lorraine states that the banner was a part of her plan to expose Pelosi’s record while in the Congress, along with her “egregious crimes against America.”
“I am running for Congress to clean out the corruption that is Nancy Pelosi. Instead of caring for the people of
San Francisco and advancing their issues on a national scale, she spends her time conducting asinine
impeachments and investigations that amount to absolutely nothing” said DeAnna. “It’s past time we start
hitting her hard on her record of poor leadership and egregious crimes against America, and I look very much
forward to retiring her in November.”
This banner definitely gets that message across, and surely has Nancy Pelosi shaking with rage.
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