REUTERS - Amplifying his recent call for the poor to “share some responsiblity” for the federal budget deficit, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is vowing not to support raising the debt ceiling unless taxes are increased on low-income Americans.
“Gosh darn it, enough is enough,” said Hatch in an appearance on the Sean Hannity Show. “How can the job creators create jobs when Uncle Sam is robbing them blind?”
Under the Hatch proposal, no one earning over a million dollars a year would pay any taxes, while those making less than $20,000 a year would pay a flat tax of 35%, with no deductions.
“We need to re-instill the work ethic in America,” said Hatch. “The rich have proven themselves worthy. It’s time for those at the bottom of the economic totem pole to start pulling the wagon up by its own bootstraps.”
According to some analysts, Hatch’s new hard line reflects the pressure he’s feeling from conservative activists in Utah.
“Orrin Hatch is trying to avoid getting primaried by the Tea Party,” said Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. “Basically — he’s now their bitch.”