Connecticut U.S. Senate Candidate Leora Levy: Biden’s and Blumenthal’s ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Is ‘Gaslighting Americans’

Joe Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act,” which seeks to “gaslight Americans into thinking it is something that it is not,” will allow Biden and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) “to tax middle-class American families, to the tune of $10.6 billion in new taxes,” wrote Connecticut Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Leora Levy in an op-ed Sunday at the Hartford Courant.

Levy, who emerged the victor in the Connecticut GOP primary race to unseat career Democrat Blumenthal, put Biden’s signature legislation into perspective:

The reality is that it is another way for Biden and Blumenthal to tax middle-class American families, to the tune of $10.6 billion in new taxes, and hire 87,000 IRS agents who will target Americans earning less than $75,000 a year and small-business owners, too. Just for perspective, the UConn football stadium holds just under 40,000 people. That sure is a lot of new IRS agents.

In a recent CNN “State of the Union” interview, Blumenthal dismissed concerns over the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”

“I think the IRS is going to target the highest-income Americans,” he said. “As the saying goes, that’s where the money is. That’s where they’re going to look to collect. The idea that there’s going to be this army of IRS agents descending on the average American is just preposterous.”

For those who ask “why” Blumenthal would support Biden’s deceptive legislation, Levy responded in the Courant, “This is what happens when you have been a politician for 37 years.”

“You think the solution to $5 a gallon gas, empty shelves and hiring shortages is taxing Americans, but hiring agents to claw away more tax dollars in order to justify more government spending will only inject more money into an inflationary economy during a recession,” she asserted. “This is the opposite of what the American economy and American families need to reverse the economic disaster and pain being experienced today.”

Levy has made it a hallmark of her campaign to compare her family’s experience of escaping communist Cuba to the current situation in America.

“I understand Communism and its characteristic government control that crushes the human spirit, crushes initiative and creativity, resulting in poverty for most except for an elite few,” she explained. “Communism has failed wherever it has been tried. This election is about standing up for our freedom, fighting for what we believe, improving people’s lives by bringing real change to Washington.”

Levy pointed to the “countless” Connecticut families who are worried about how they will “feed their families, pay the mortgage and heat their homes this winter.”

“Out-of-touch Blumenthal,” she wrote, nevertheless voted with Biden to increase taxes on these same families “under the guise of reducing inflation.”

“In fact, Connecticut taxes are tied to federal tax rates so he also effectively decreased the amount of income for Connecticut families,” the Greenwich Republican observed.

In her op-ed, Levy reflected on her experience, as she campaigns around the state, of Connecticut voters asking if Blumenthal can actually be beaten in the general election:

Here’s what I say: Even before he voted to raise taxes on the middle class with the lie that is the Inflation Reduction Act, Blumenthal’s polling had been well under 50%, a sign that his popularity is not what it once was. We do not have to live this way. We really can have better leadership in Washington.

“After 37 years, Blumenthal thinks he is indispensable and that voters will continue to go along with the status quo,” she wrote. “However, this year will be different.”

Levy said that her experience as “a mother, a wife, a businesswoman, and a political outsider who has lived an American Dream,” has helped her connect with Connecticut’s families and taxpayers as well as small business owners, who “are paying the price for his inept, ideologically driven leadership.”

Voters, she said, “have a clear choice” between continuing “down the path of insider status quo with skyrocketing inflation, a broken supply chain, crime on our streets, an invasion at our border, and the indoctrination of our children,” or selecting the candidate willing to fight for traditional American principles and “always put Connecticut families first.”

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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Leora Levy” by Leora Levy. Photo “Richard Blumenthal” by Senate Democrats. CC BY 2.0.




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