The candidate is pouring millions into the South Florida congressional race

Wealthy candidate promises wealth

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, who has poured $2.3 million of her own money into her campaign for Congress, wants the government to send a $1,000 check every month to every adult making less than $75,000 a year.

A website promoting the People’s Prosperity Plan and Cherfilus-McCormick’s has a large block that says “$1,000 A MONTH FOR YOU.”

The plan would cost $2.2 trillion, according to the candidate’s own estimate. That aligns with the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates for all personal and corporate income taxes for the current fiscal year.

Cherfilus-McCormick said she would pay for the program with a $400 billion “automation tax” on employers shedding jobs because they switch to automation and a $200 billion “data tax” on top the sale of private information.

Bullet points on the site also suggest a $1 trillion sales tax that would function like a national sales tax; a $300 billion “wealth tax” and a $250 billion tax on carbon, emissions of which contribute to global climate change.

Though the proposal is extremely unlikely to become law, it could gain support from some voters, said Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University.

Cherfilus-McCormick dismisses questions about whether it has any chance of becoming a reality. She referred to the temporary monthly payments that were just going to families with children.

“There were some other people who are naysayers, some other candidates who say I’m selling pipe dreams. But it just shows you why our district is in poverty,” she said. “I’m the only one who has the courage to dream differently and do something different. But that’s how I was successful in my personal life. So I’m not afraid to make bold policies.”

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