Orrin Hatch is Terribly Offended

During the Senate Finance Committee hearing the other day about the new tax cut bill, Sens. Sherrod Brown and Orrin Hatch got into it a bit over whether the bill favors the wealthy (short answer: It does. That is undeniably true). And Hatch wants you to know that he is very offended at the mere suggestion that he would ever support such a thing.


Brown claimed that “this tax cut really is not for the middle class, it’s for the rich,” and that the GOP argument about tax cuts on corporations leading to higher wages is just a “good selling point.” Brown pointed out: “Companies don’t just give away higher wages just because they have more money. Corporations are sitting on a lot of money now. They’re sitting on a lot of profits now. I don’t see wages going up. Just spare us the bank shots.”

All this made Hatch angry. “I come from the poor people,” Hatch said. “And I’ve been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys overplay that all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.” When Brown pushed back by suggesting that previous tax cuts for the rich haven’t produced the results Republicans are once again predicting, Hatch silenced him.

Oh, such feigned outrage! Such unfair accusations! Except it’s true. Every single analysis that has been done confirms it. The mere fact that they made the personal income tax cuts temporary but the corporate tax cuts permanent proves it. Most people’s taxes will go down initially, at least a little bit, but within a few years only those making over $100,000 a year will see a cut and everyone else will see an increase in their personal income taxes. But those with pass-through income, mostly wealthy investors, get a huge and permanent tax cut. And they raised taxes on grad students while preserving tax breaks for yachts and private jets.

None of this is at all deniable, which is why Hatch didn’t actually deny it. He didn’t actually say it wasn’t true, he just acted all offended that anyone would point it out. Suck it up, Buttercup. Reality doesn’t bend to your personal preferences.

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