House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates for skipping out on explaining how they would pay for their ambitious proposed policies.
Wednesday marked the second night of the second 2020 Democratic primary debates, where candidates have backed policies such as the widely-panned Green New Deal, slavery reparations, and “Medicare-for-all.”
These policies carry hefty price tags with them — the Green New Deal would cost an estimated $93 trillion, “Medicare-for-all” would carry a $30 trillion price tag, and spiritual advisor Marianne Williamson‘s proposed reparations plan would bring a cost of $500 billion.
Now, Scalise wants to know how to cover those costs.
In a tweet posted Wednesday night during the debate, the House minority whip took aim at the candidates, calling out those onstage for skipping out on explaining how they would “actually pay” for their “fantasy big government” policies and pointed out that “higher taxes” would result in “longer wait times and less choice.”
“Looks like in tonight’s [Democratic Debate] they skipped the part about who would actually pay for their fantasy big government takeovers of YOUR life,” wrote Scalise. “Higher taxes for longer wait times and less choice: that’s the Dem platform!”
Looks like in tonight’s #DemDebate they skipped the part about who would actually pay for their fantasy big government takeovers of YOUR life. Higher taxes for longer wait times and less choice: that’s the Dem platform!
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 1, 2019
Big promises with hefty price tags have appeared to become a theme within the Democratic primary.
As IJR Red previously reported, 2020 Democratic candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) proposed an “Ultra-Millionaires Tax” — a wealth tax targeting families in America with a net worth of $50 million or more, around 75,000 households — which would bring in an estimated $2.75 trillion in tax revenue.
This would cover the costs of her other campaign proposals, such as a plan to end the opioid crisis, cancel student loan debt, and her “Green Manufacturing Plan,” with about $450 billion left over to cover “down payments” on the Green New Deal and “Medicare-for-all,” although she does not have a funding plan to cover her health care proposal.