Presidential candidate Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke is struggling to get the nation’s attention as he slowly sinks into the quicksand of obscurity in the crowded Democratic field.
Well, he might have just gotten it.
But the problem is, both Democrats and Republicans are wondering why he thinks his newest plan for the nation — if he’s elected president — is actually a good idea.
According to The Hill, O’Rourke is planning to impose a “war tax” on households that don’t have active military members or veterans.
How much each family would pay each year would be based on their household income, from $25 for those making less than $30,000 to $164 for families making less than $75,000 to $1,000 for families making more than $200,000.
What would the money go to? It would go into a trust fund for new veterans created by future wars.
"This new tax would serve as a reminder of the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve and their families," O’Rourke’s plan reads.
The fund would “support veterans’ hospital care and medical services; disability compensation; and any other programs directly related to the care of veterans.”
Many people on both sides of the political aisle criticized the plan.
O’Rourke is currently at 6th place in popularity among likely Democratic voters, according to a roundup of national polls by RealClearPolitics. He is at 3.6 percent, sitting below Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, who are tied at 7.1 percent.
Beto has not seen a significant rise in popularity since the day he announced his presidential run.