Partisan tensions over the direction of the country exploded out into the open on Thursday night, when the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the GOP’s tax bill became a shouting match between Sens. Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown, of Utah and Ohio, respectively. (Brown is a Democrat and Hatch is a Republican.)
Brown began what became the argument by attacking the GOP for framing tax cuts for the upper class as something good for the lower class. Trickle down economics has, in short, long been debunked.
Towards the end of the Thursday night committee hearing, Brown commented:
‘I just think it would be nice, just tonight, before we go home, to just acknowledge well this tax cut really is not for the middle class, it’s for the rich. And that whole thing about higher wages, well it’s a good selling point, but we know corporations don’t just give away higher wages… Corporations are sitting on a lot of money now, I don’t see wages going up.’
Sen. Hatch, who chairs the committee, fired back at Brown by seeming to suggest that since he has a lower class background, that he can do no wrong when it comes to enacting policy that affects lower class people in the U.S.
He told Sen. Brown:
‘I come from the poor people. I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody who says I’m just doing this for the rich, give me a break. I think you guys just overplay that all the time and it gets old, frankly you ought to quit. I get kind of sick and tired of it… It’s a nice political play, but it’s not true.’
Brown shot back, saying:
‘With all due respect… I get sick and tired of the richest people in this country getting richer and richer.’
From there, the argument only got more heated. Sen. Hatch repeated his original argument against Brown, saying: “I come from the lower middle class originally, we didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me, I get real tired of that crap.”
Check out the video below.
Sherrod Brown really takes the fight to Orrin Hatch here. No Trumpian namecalling or low blows. Instead focusing on the GOP helping only the ultra-rich. Judging by how mad Hatch got, Brown hit a soft spot. pic.twitter.com/WxDFb8ipHB
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 17, 2017
Hatch’s background has nothing to do with the legitimacy or lack thereof of his proposals for dealing with the middle class.
He made some changes to the Senate GOP’s version of the tax plan before his committee passed it on Thursday night. Under Hatch’s changes, numerous cuts for middle class Americans would phased out over time. The idea is that future Congresses could vote to extend the cuts. As CNBC also notes, “millions of middle-income people could end up seeing a tax increase, due to the plan’s elimination of provisions like state and local tax deductions.”
Controversially, the Senate’s plan includes a repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate, which demands that all Americans have health insurance, a move that has won the already unpopular bill even more critics.
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