Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jake Johnson on November 17, 2017.
A Senate Finance Committee hearing devolved into a shouting match late Thursday after Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took umbrage at Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown’s suggestion that “it would be nice” if Republicans would acknowledge that their tax plan “really is not for the middle class, it’s for the rich.”
“When Republicans are in power, the first thing they want to do is give tax cuts to the rich,” Brown said. “It’s in their DNA.”
Brown clearly “hit a soft spot,” as Hatch retorted angrily that he is “from the lower middle class originally” and said any characterization of the GOP tax plan as pro-rich is “bullcrap.” …