ThinkProgress catches Sen. Orrin Hatch doing an amusing flip flop. In response to President Obama’s new spending proposal, which would include $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and other social programs in exchange for a tax increase on the top 2%, Hatch calls this a “classic bait and switch” because “I don’t recall him asking for any of that during the presidential campaign.” Here’s the video:
But here’s the punchline. Those same proposals were in a the plan put out by the Obama campaign a couple weeks before the election. And Hatch knew that, because he responded to it at the time and called it nothing but a rehash of old ideas:
Much of President Obama’s current proposal appeared in his 20-page plan, released in October. Hatch apparently missed these explicit mentions of tax cuts for the middle class (but not the wealthiest Americans), small business tax breaks to stimulate the economy, and entitlement savings — then and now. In a Politco op/ed following the plan’s original release, Hatch mocked it as a “glossy 20-page brochure” but not a “plan,” and dismissed it as “nothing but a rehash of the same failed ideas of the past four years.”
Okay Orrin, pick an argument. We’ll wait.
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