The GOP tax plan is for the rich. The media knows it. The good people of America know it. Republicans in Congress have admitted it. Even Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch previously told Bloomberg, “They think that the rich are going to benefit? Well, the rich are going to always benefit. The question is: What works?”
But none of that stopped Hatch from getting extremely huffy in a committee meeting on Thursday night when Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, said, “The tax cuts are not really going to be for the middle class, no matter how many times they sing that song.”
In response, Hatch declared, “I come from the poor people, and I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance and I really resent anybody saying 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 oughta quit it.”
A lot of white dudes shouting over each other with some gavel banging and calls for “reg’lar order” can be heard next in video of the exchange. Hatch finally concluded his rant by calling Brown’s remarks “bullcrap” and saying “it takes a lot to get me worked up like this.”
Well, with all due respect, sir, it takes a lot to get me worked up too, and this tax plan is doing me in. A report released Thursday by the Joint Committee on Taxation found the Senate GOP’s tax bill would eventually increases taxes on the middle-class while continuing to cut taxes for the wealthy. According to The Washington Post:
Tax increases for households earning $10,000 to $30,000 would start in 2021 and grow sharply from there, JCT found. By 2027, most Americans earning $75,000 a year or less would be forced to pay more in taxes, while people earning more than $100,000 a year would continue to pay less.
Hatch’s angry diatribe did, however, earn him one new fan: