Via Raw Story: Senator Orrin Hatch took to the floor yesterday to complain about President Obama’s citation of The Bible to justify progressive taxation.
Speaking to a group of mostly-conservative politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, the president proved that conservatives do not have a monopoly on using religion to advocate for specific public policies.
“And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe at a time when folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income or young people with student loans or middle class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone,” Obama explained. “And I think to myself, if I am willing to give something up as someone who has been extraordinarily blessed, give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy — I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.”
“But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,” the president added.
That was from the Gospel of Luke (12:48). Whatever you believe, there’s a Biblical quote to go with it. A sputtering Hatch set the record straight:
“Just this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president took what has always been a non-partisan opportunity for national unity and used it to promote his political agenda,” Hatch complained. “He suggested to the attendees that Jesus would have supported his latest tax-the-rich schemes. With due respect to the president, he ought to stick to public policy. I think most Americans would agree that the Gospels are concerned with weightier matters than effective tax rates.”
“In 2008, the president declared that his nomination was the world historical moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” Hatch recalled.
“Someone needs to remind the president that there was only one person who walked on water, and he did not occupy the Oval Office.”
Probably Senator Hatch would prefer Matthew 13:12:
Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
That fits Republican tax proposals like the one from presidential candidate Willard (“Mitt”) Romney. Raise taxes on the middle class to pay for more tax cuts for the rich, who are already enjoying the lowest tax rates in decades. And let’s not forget the corporations now wallowing in abundance while the middle class struggles with unemployment, flat wages and foreclosures. Corporate taxes are at a 40-year low of only 12.1 percent, but Republicans want to cut taxes for corporations too.
Another Republican running for President, Rick Santorum, recently encountered a “what would Jesus do” moment when asked about children whose parents can’t afford the exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs (up to $1 million a year). Santorum’s own daughter is ill with a genetic disorder, but he evinced no sympathy whatsoever for the plight of middle class kids.
Imagine how heartless our politicians might be if they weren’t such proud Christians!