Hatch: Poor Should Help Shrink Debt

July 7th, 2011 at 10:19 pm | 12 Comments |

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The Huffington Post reports:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted against beginning debate on a measure that would have the Senate declare the rich should share the pain of debt reduction Thursday, a day after arguing that it’s the poor and middle class who need to do more.

“I hear how they’re so caring for the poor and so forth,” Hatch said in remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, in reference to Democrats. “The poor need jobs! And they also need to share some of the responsibility.”

Hatch’s comments were aimed at a motion that passed 74 to 22 to start debating a non-binding resolution that says millionaires and billionaires should play a more meaningful role in reducing the nation’s debt.

Just one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), voted against having the debate. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who had previously called the resolution “rather pathetic,” nevertheless voted to move ahead on it.

But it was Hatch whose remarks Wednesday raised the idea that the wealthy are already doing too much, even as the nation’s effective tax rates are at modern lows since the Bush administration slashed rates in 2001 and 2003.

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  • seeker656

    The shameful attitude of a 76 year old multi-milllionaire who lives in fear of losing an election. He has lived off the taxpayers since 1976 and in his dotage is determined to protect the embattled wealthy from the demands of the 50% of Social Security recipients who depend on Social Security for the major portion of their income and from the beleaguered middle class who have failed to share in the growing prosperity of the upper 10% for more than 3 decades.

    It is unlikely that even his blatant pandering will pacify the Utah Tea Party folks who consider him a liberal.

  • limbo

    A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift


  • Bunker555

    Sing it loud, sing it with enthusiasm, sing it as a good Republican

    Close your eyes and imagine Orrin Hatch singing — wonderful voice — tenor but not high enough in Hatch’s world — he loves to sing what he believes.
    Utah Senator Orrin Hatch — perhaps one of the biggest assholes in the entire Senate — wants unemployed people to be drug tested, because as Hatch believes the reason the unemployed don’t have jobs is because the they have drug problems. Of course, the unemployed were once employed and the drugs were not a problem then.


    • dmnolan

      Show me a single one of Orin’s constituents who isn’t dependent on drugs.

  • think4yourself

    I’m not a Hatch fan, and I’m favor of raising tax revenues including on those who have the highest incomes.

    Having said that, it seems to me this title and article is misleading. I don’t know what Hatch said regarding the poor sharing some responsibility – was it for getting reducing the national debt? Or was it for getting jobs. If it is for getting a job – yes, if you’re out of work, you are responsible for getting a job. It’s not the gov’ts responsibility to get one for you. I also think (not having the full text of Hatch’s comments on Wednesday) that all of us including the middle class and less well off share a responsibility for funding the programs We the People decided were important. Last year a family of 4 making $50K or less paid zero Federal income tax. Why not? Doesn’t that family of 4 benefit from living in the US? You drive on the roads, generally have access to fairly decent education for your children, have access to various services, live in a country with free and fair elections – that ought to be worth supporting.

    As for Hatch not voting that the rich should share the pain of debt reduction, I don’t know the wording of the specific bill, but Hatch is being consistent with his no more tax position. I may not agree, but that doesn’t mean he is arguing what the title and article says he is.

    You want the GOP to quit twisting the issues, then lead by example. At least that’s what I tell my children.

  • Slide

    “Last year a family of 4 making $50K or less paid zero Federal income tax. Why not? Doesn’t that family of 4 benefit from living in the US? You drive on the roads, generally have access to fairly decent education for your children”

    Well actually the middle class buy gasoline and gasoline taxes pay a good portion of our roads. They also pay the tolls on those roads. Schools are funded by local property taxes which the middle class largely pays for.

    When you are a family of four making $50K you are living from paycheck to paycheck. Every dollar goes to supporting your family and you are always worried about losing your job, getting your hours cut, having your medical insurance increase. The “pain” for a middle class family cannot be compared to the pain suffered by some millionaire that has to pay higher taxes. That money is not going for necessities as it is for the $50K family. To not acknowledge that very basic reason for progressiveness in the tax code is either disingenuous or self-serving.

  • TJ Parker

    Wow, is that gonna be replay if he comes up for reelection.

  • ottovbvs

    Let them eat cake?

  • tommybones


    GOP policies send deficit through the roof, mostly through policies which favor the wealthiest Americans.

    GOP suddenly decides the deficit is a serious problem, even though they created it.

    GOP then says everyone BUT those who gained from the spending spree should suffer to pay the bill.

    They literally represent at most 10% of the population’s interests and yet they still get voted into power.

    How ignorant can the average voter possibly be?

  • dmnolan

    I’m guessing that the people who re-elect Sen. Hatch would agree with his unstated premise, which seems to be: The drinking classes syphon off the nation’s wealth. And now they should give back some of that unearned wealth. But Mr. Hatch seems to aim his contempt at his colleagues ‘accross the isle’ rather than at a segment of the electorate with whom he has no connection. Anyway, he’s always come across as a brittle, snotty scold so these remarks come as no surprise

  • Bunker555

    In 2010, Utah Republican primary voters ousted pro-life Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) in favor of pro-life Tea Party candidate Mike Lee, who was considered by some to be more conservative. “On abortion, Bennett and Lee had little difference. In 2012, Tea Party organizations like FreedomWorks would like to see the same happen to Sen. Hatch. However, looking strictly at the issue of abortion, ousting Hatch may not be in the pro-life movement’s best interest considering his influence on the Senate Judiciary Committee and his fervent support for legislation against abortion”