Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) got into a round of verbal fisticuffs on Thursday over the reputation of the Republican Party and the effects of the tax reform plan that the GOP wants to put on the president’s desk by the end of the year. Hatch angrily defended the party from Brown’s attacks, saying that the Democrats’ arguments that the tax cut was just a gift to the rich was nothing but “bullcrap.”
These are unusual times in Washington, but it is still not the typical order of business to hear words like “bullcrap” on the Senate floor.
On the other hand, maybe it’s about time Republicans began calling a spade a spade. And given what comes out of the mouths of these liberals, the party could use a shovel or two.
Brown was delivering his screed about the impact of the GOP’s tax bill on the poor when Hatch, the typically-reserved chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, decided he’d heard enough.
“I’m going to just say to you that I come from the poor people,” Sen. 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.”
“Mr. Chairman,” Brown replied, “the public believes it.” Which is basically a Democrat admitting that their propaganda has worked, regardless of whether or not it bears any resemblance to the truth.
“Wait a minute. I’m not through. I get kind of sick and tired of it,” Hatch said. “I come from the lower middle class originally. We didn’t have anything. So, don’t spew that stuff on me. I get a little tired of that crap.”
Later, after some more argument, Hatch said, “All I can say is I like you personally very much, but I’m telling you this bullcrap you guys throw out here really gets old after a while.”
Strong words from a senator who, like most Republicans, is fed up to here with the usual liberal lines about the “rich getting richer” due to conservative tax plans. Will the rich benefit from the GOP tax reform bill? Of course! Why shouldn’t they? Why shouldn’t everyone? That’s exactly what the Republicans are trying to accomplish here, and the Democrats – if they would stop playing hometown hero and actually start trying to help this administration accomplish something for the American people – could be a part of that if they wanted to. But they don’t. They want to obstruct and grandstand until they gain control of Congress and the White House once again.
Well, we’ll have to see how that works out for them, because we don’t think Sen. Hatch is the only one tired of their bullcrap.