Senator Orrin Hatch To Poor: Do More For The Rich

Senator Orrin HatchAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

According to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the poor and middle class aren’t doing enough to share the economic burden in America. In a speech on the Senate floor, the 77 year old Republican, whose net worth is estimated from $2 to $5 million and takes in a $174,000 per year salary from the Senate, said that the poor “need to share some of the responsibility” of the deficit, and that he preferred the Republican approach of “shared prosperity.”

Hatch went on to say that “51 percent of wage earners, of all households, do not pay income taxes.” He attempted to clarify a few sentences later, saying that payroll taxes were the same thing as social security taxes.

Senator Hatch appears deeply out of touch with exactly what “poor” people endure and where most of the federal budget goes. The richest Americans Hatch felt the need to so quickly defend pay less taxes than the previous generation, and the only people who really pay any taxes are those who earn so little they don’t qualify to pay according to the tax code, or are unemployed. Shall we start shaking out the pockets of Americans in the unemployment line? Perhaps we should start taxing people on the way out of food pantries? At present, America has one of the largest income gaps in the industrialized world, and the gulf between rich and poor hasn’t been so wide since the 1920′s.

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  • Tio Holtzman

    Once upon a time, in a budding Republic, these words would have caused outrage…perhaps even a good tar & feathering.  But nowadays a member of the political elite can say the most outrageous things and common folk barely notice.  

  • Tio Holtzman

    Once upon a time, in a budding Republic, these words would have caused outrage…perhaps even a good tar & feathering.  But nowadays a member of the political elite can say the most outrageous things and common folk barely notice.  

    • GoodDoktorBad

      I feel with great certainty that a reckoning is coming soon. There will be hell to pay. Everyone who has been reasonably honest with their fellow man better stay that way or be swept aside. The whirlwind is approaching. Take faith.

      • Hadrian999

        if the nba and nfl lockouts happen there is a small chance the electorate might actually notice

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Very astute.
          It certainly would represent the removal of a huge distraction. Professional sports are certainly one of the most addictive “opiate[s] of the masses”. I have no sympathy for professional athletes being underpaid. The whole thing is a battle spotlighting gross examples of greed on both sides of the table. They’re digging their own graves with great effort. May their efforts be rewarded with the pushing up of daisies.

          • Micho_rizo

            As usual, it’s choosing between the lesser of two evils. At least the athletes are the ones putting their health and bodies on the line to entertain us. What the fuck do the owners do besides charge exorbitant ticket and concession prices that most “blue collar” folks can’t afford and rein in millions upon millions of barely-earned cash.

            So, yeah, fuck the athletes, but fuck the owners even more….

  • Hadrian999

    how the hell are the poor supposed to do this, they are already fucking poor

  • Hadrian999

    how the hell are the poor supposed to do this, they are already fucking poor

  • wizard troll

    sleeping people please breath slow…

  • wizard troll

    sleeping people please breath slow…

    • wizard troll

      breathe *

  • wizard troll

    breathe *

  • Koen_De_Groote

    2 words come right up in my head: “golden cage”

    • GoodDoktorBad

      The “golden cage” is caked with rust and losing integrity. 

  • Anonymous

    2 words come right up in my head: “golden cage”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I agree with him partly…the part about sharing…and since the rest of us are sharing a third or more of our wages plus countless fees and fee based surcharges…it would be really nice if the sharing included the ultra wealthy chipping in better than ten or fifteen percent…and especially corporations that earn billions and pay nothing…sometimes even raking in additional cash from the taxes the rest of us pay.

    On the part about the rest of us sacrificing more… especially after we have done ALL of the sacrificing to date for the last three decades…fuck him…fuck him in his face!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I agree with him partly…the part about sharing…and since the rest of us are sharing a third or more of our wages plus countless fees and fee based surcharges…it would be really nice if the sharing included the ultra wealthy chipping in better than ten or fifteen percent…and especially corporations that earn billions and pay nothing…sometimes even raking in additional cash from the taxes the rest of us pay.

    On the part about the rest of us sacrificing more… especially after we have done ALL of the sacrificing to date for the last three decades…fuck him…fuck him in his face!

  • MoralDrift

    Orrin Hatch…….and I’ve been meaning to say this for ages, your name is terrible. Just terrible.

    • Hadrian999

      orrin, newt, rand….I think all you have to do to get elected as a republican is have an odd name, also prostrate yourself before your corporate masters and have an ethicectomy of course

  • Anonymous

    Orrin Hatch…….and I’ve been meaning to say this for ages, your name is terrible. Just terrible.

  • Hadrian999

    orrin, newt, rand….I think all you have to do to get elected as a republican is have an odd name, also prostrate yourself before your corporate masters and have an ethicectomy of course

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HVZZCZC5I67WBON4CHZJG2BGY maudrindead

    Is it a case of his constituents not identifying with being middle class or lower when they actually are? Big screen TV’s and SUV’s are a sign of being rich or at least not poor, yes? Spank those *truly* poor people, whomever, wherever they are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HVZZCZC5I67WBON4CHZJG2BGY maudrindead

    Is it a case of his constituents not identifying with being middle class or lower when they actually are? Big screen TV’s and SUV’s are a sign of being rich or at least not poor, yes? Spank those *truly* poor people, whomever, wherever they are.

  • DeepCough

    Like John Kyl, I don’t think Orrin Hatch really meant what he said, or for that matter, understood what he said, because in order for there to be “shared prosperity,” there needs to be SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.

    • Guest

      Well, I’ll share the responsibility when I’m guaranteed that I get a piece of the “shared prosperity” pie. It doesn’t appear as though that is going to happen, however, since I do not happen to be in the top 1%.

  • DeepCough

    Like John Kyl, I don’t think Orrin Hatch really meant what he said, or for that matter, understood what he said, because in order for there to be “shared prosperity,” there needs to be SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.

  • DeepCough

    Like John Kyl, I don’t think Orrin Hatch really meant what he said, or for that matter, understood what he said, because in order for there to be “shared prosperity,” there needs to be SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.

  • The_Baffler

    Yeah, lets show the Rich what we can do for them. Start loading those magazines and tying those nooses.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, lets show the Rich what we can do for them. Start loading those magazines and tying those nooses.

  • tyrantler

    whether he understood what he was saying or not. No man has the right to demand that I participate in his republic. LET THE UNION DIE WITH HIM.

  • tyrantler

    whether he understood what he was saying or not. No man has the right to demand that I participate in his republic. LET THE UNION DIE WITH HIM.

    • tyrantler

      Allow me to elaborate…
      this man will probably live to be 90.  If there is a sliver of justice in America he will turn 90 while retired in florida.  VOTE FOR SMART WORKING PEOPLE. STOP VOTING FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE.

  • Hadrian999

    where the hell is brentskinner and his civic truth showers?

  • Hadrian999

    where the hell is brentskinner and his civic truth showers?

    • GoodDoktorBad

      When I saw this post that was the first thing I thought. I noticed he also took leave of the “discussion” of the
      “The Final Nail In The Supply Side Coffin” post. True to form. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    What republitards don’t seem capable of understanding is that x% of the income of a single mother who makes 30K a year is A LOT MORE proportionally than the very same x% of the income of a wealthy oil tycoon or a CEO. If you take 15% of the income from someone making 24K a year, they might not be able to afford to fix their dishwasher, their car, their air conditioner, (assuming they can even afford any of these things to begin with) take sick leave, go on vacation etc. If you take that same percentage from someone making 500 Million a year, they aren’t even going to notice unless they are supremely greedy and need every dime to buy 10 private jets, 14 mansions, and 25 cars.  

  • bobbiethejean

    What republitards don’t seem capable of understanding is that x% of the income of a single mother who makes 30K a year is A LOT MORE proportionally than the very same x% of the income of a wealthy oil tycoon or a CEO. If you take 15% of the income from someone making 24K a year, they might not be able to afford to fix their dishwasher, their car, their air conditioner, (assuming they can even afford any of these things to begin with) take sick leave, go on vacation etc. If you take that same percentage from someone making 500 Million a year, they aren’t even going to notice unless they are supremely greedy and need every dime to buy 10 private jets, 14 mansions, and 25 cars.  

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Too much is never enough….

  • Guest

    Well, I’ll share the responsibility when I’m guaranteed that I get a piece of the “shared prosperity” pie. It doesn’t appear as though that is going to happen, however, since I do not happen to be in the top 1%.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this post that was the first thing I thought. I noticed he also took leave of the “discussion” of the
    “The Final Nail In The Supply Side Coffin” post. True to form. 

  • Anonymous

    I feel with great certainty that a reckoning is coming soon. There will be hell to pay. Everyone who has been reasonably honest with their fellow man better stay that way or be swept aside. The whirlwind is approaching. Take faith.

  • Hadrian999

    if the nba and nfl lockouts happen there is a small chance the electorate might actually notice

  • Anonymous

    Very astute.
    It certainly would represent the removal of a huge distraction. Professional sports are certainly among one of the most addictive “opiate[s] of the masses”. I have no sympathy for professional athletes being underpaid. The whole thing is a battle spotlighting gross examples of greed on both sides of the table. They’re digging their own graves with great effort. May their efforts be rewarded with the pushing up of daisies. 

  • Anonymous

    The “golden cage” is caked with rust and losing integrity. 

  • Anonymous

    The “golden cage” is caked with rust and losing integrity. 

  • Anonymous

    The “golden cage” is caked with rust and losing integrity. 

  • Sickofpoliticians

    Apparently the economy hasn’t taken 30% of his pay, while his bills remain the same.  Flipping idiot!!

  • Sickofpoliticians

    Apparently the economy hasn’t taken 30% of his pay, while his bills remain the same.  Flipping idiot!!

  • FuckAuthority88

    I would shit in his face,,,

  • FuckAuthority88

    I would shit in his face,,,

  • Andrew

    How positively elitist.

  • KxBk6U

    It apparently didn’t occur to him that if 51% pay no taxes, it means
    that 51% of households are below the minimum taxable income level.

    If you are married and filing jointly, the lowest federal tax bracket,
    10 percent, applies to you if your taxable income is between $0 and
    $16,700.
    The standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly is $11,400,
    so your gross income must be between $11,400 and $28,100 to be in this
    tax
    bracket. If you have other deductions­, your income may be higher and
    still qualify for this bracket.

    That says to me that 51% of American households earn $28,000/ye­ar or less.

  • Andrew

    How positively elitist.

  • KxBk6U

    It apparently didn’t occur to him that if 51% pay no taxes, it means
    that 51% of households are below the minimum taxable income level.

    If you are married and filing jointly, the lowest federal tax bracket,
    10 percent, applies to you if your taxable income is between $0 and
    $16,700.
    The standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly is $11,400,
    so your gross income must be between $11,400 and $28,100 to be in this
    tax
    bracket. If you have other deductions­, your income may be higher and
    still qualify for this bracket.

    That says to me that 51% of American households earn $28,000/ye­ar or less.

  • Anonymous

    Too much is never enough….

  • Curumim

    Rich people are the same everywhere, the same greedy, that despise the poor at the same time it takes advantage from them, some day people will get tired of this and they will regret all the pain that theyve caused.

  • Curumim

    Rich people are the same everywhere, the same greedy, that despise the poor at the same time it takes advantage from them, some day people will get tired of this and they will regret all the pain that theyve caused.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Can we lynch this boot licking scum? 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Can we lynch this boot licking scum? 

  • Micho_rizo

    As usual, it’s choosing between the lesser of two evils. At least the athletes are the ones putting their health and bodies on the line to entertain us. What the fuck do the owners do besides charge exorbitant ticket and concession prices that most “blue collar” folks can’t afford and rein in millions upon millions of barely-earned cash.

    So, yeah, fuck the athletes, but fuck the owners even more….

  • Salxx

    Time for another French Revolution, off with their heads!

  • Salxx

    Time for another French Revolution, off with their heads!

  • Jin The Ninja

    orrin hatch, as a representative of the PEOPLE who elected you, why don’t YOU do something for the POOR- OHHH that’s right! you’re another corporate shill from the party of fascist Pr*cks

  • Anonymous

    orrin hatch, as a representative of the PEOPLE who elected you, why don’t YOU do something for the POOR- OHHH that’s right! you’re another corporate shill from the party of fascist Pr*cks

  • tyrantler

    Allow me to elaborate…
    this man will probably live to be 90.  If there is a sliver of justice in America he will turn 90 while retired in florida.  VOTE FOR SMART WORKING PEOPLE. STOP VOTING FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE.

  • Richiefoster

    wake up people these millionairs are breaking the american people the things our parents and grandparents worked so hard for! GOD HELP US

  • Richiefoster

    wake up people these millionairs are breaking the american people the things our parents and grandparents worked so hard for! GOD HELP US

  • Sheilagonzalez42

    Hatch, you are a racist idiot, and you know it.

  • Sheilagonzalez42

    Hatch, you are a racist idiot, and you know it.

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