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Republican Orrin Hatch Slaps Down Democrat on Senate Floor But Misses the Real Issue

Donald Trump has made it safe for people like Orrin Hatch to go after the political opposition. Republicans have been fearful of taking on the Democrats with rhetorical force. They’re afraid the media will label them as mean.

The Democrats understand how they can get away with murder (they do support abortion with the full support of the media and Hollywood) every time they go before the microphone or camera and blame Republicans for being racists, Nazis, pushing the elderly off cliffs, and stealing candy from crying babies.

It all stopped on Friday when Sen. Orrin Hatch had enough of the “bull crap,” as he put it, when he was attacked by Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio who claimed that Hatch was only out to help the rich. Hatch has served in the Senate since 1977, representing the state of Utah. It’s taken him 40 years to figure out that the Democrats are all about demagoguery.

Fireworks erupted in a Senate committee hearing on tax reform when a Democrat accused the Republican chairman of writing the bill “for the rich.” Senate President Pro-Tempore Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) paused the hearing to criticize Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio for claiming he was intentionally trying to hurt the middle class.

“I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break,” Hatch boomed. “You guys overplay that all the time and it’s getting old,” he said.

“Wait a minute, I’m not through,” Hatch said as Brown attempted to interrupt him to give a response. “I come from the lower-middle-class originally so don’t spew that stuff on me,” Hatch said.

I’m thankful that Sen. Hatch did what he did, but he missed an opportunity to tell the truth about our nation’s tax and spending policies.

Sen. Brown is calling for more theft. No one has the right to pass laws to tax people because they’re rich. It’s immoral.

The Republicans and Democrats are in the tax confiscation business. They are only debating over the percentages of how much they will take from some people. Sen. Brown wants a higher number while Hatch wants a lower number. No one should be taxed at 39 percent, or 30 percent, or 20 percent, or even 15 percent.

We should not have a progressive income tax where people who earn the most money pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes.

Everyone should pay the same percentage — from the person who makes $1000 to the person who makes $1,000,000 per year.

You might ask, “But how will we pay for all the government does?” That question assumes an unstated principle. Most of what our government does is unconstitutional. Where does the Constitution say that the national government should be involved in funding education, the arts, abortion, healthcare, and any number of other programs?

For example, the Department of Education was founded in 1979. Its annual budget is $68 billion. Consider that we landed men on the Moon and young men in garages (e.g., Apple and Microsoft) started the computer revolution before we had a Department of Education.

Hundreds of billions of dollars could be cut out of the budget with hardly anyone knowing, except the bloated federal bureaucracy. Social Security should be self-funded. That way, people would understand how expensive the system is. It’s a giant Ponzi scheme. If any private insurance company did what our government does, it’s owners would be spending time in prison along with Bernie Madoff.

In 1935, there were 45 people paying into SS for every one person receiving benefits. Today, that ratio is about three to one. By the year 2030, the ratio will be less than 2 to 1. Is it any wonder the SS has been described as the “world biggest chain letter”?

If we would stop going to war, we would save trillions of dollars and save tens of thousands of lives. That includes the war on poverty (that has created more poor people) and the war on drugs:

Since Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs back in the 1970s the United States Government has spent nearly $1 Trillion towards eradicating the drug problem in this country. In 2015 alone $36 billion was spent on the war on drugs, but that number was just for law enforcement and some social services, and does not take into account the cost of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders once they are arrested and sentenced to jail.

Roughly $80 billion is spent each year on incarcerating American prisoners and since 50% of our prison population is serving time for drug-related crimes that means that an additional $40 billion needs to be added to $36 billion price tag for the war on drugs, bringing the grand total to $76 billion. (Elevations Health)

Over time, the welfare system should be dismantled.

The people need to vote, not only for massive tax cuts but for massive spending and program cuts.

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