Orrin Hatch: Jesus Would Never Tax The Rich

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!

  1. #1 by brewski on February 3, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Corporate taxes are at a 40-year low of only 12.1 percent,

    Ask yourself, why and how.

  2. #2 by Simon on February 3, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Obama is a retard- America isn’t a Theocracy. Plus Jesus never exercised the use of force. Hatch can be accused of the same thing. He’s used plundered funds (taxes) to pick HIS winners and losers. http://www.hatchrecord.com
    He’s also burdened this country with 7.6 trillion dollars of debt, 17 votes to increase the debt limit

  3. #3 by cav on February 3, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    Wait a minute…didn’t Jesus nuke the money-changers and toss their shit onto the floor? They’re lucky they got off so easily. See: The French Revolution.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on February 3, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    Great post Richard. I’m glad somebody caught this. I heard the story about Obama’s speech on NPR, but I couldn’t wind it back to make sure he said that.

    Orrin Hatch wasn’t the only angry person there. A lot of very wealthy and powerful people who attend “The Prayer Breakfast” believe Jesus wants them to be wealthy and powerful. The breakfast is just one more breaching of the idea of separation of church and state and it’s incredible that Eisenhower was there at the beginning.

    You’re dead-on about the bible having a quote for every belief, but that one you found for Orrin is perfection.

  5. #5 by Nathan Erkkila on February 4, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Didn’t he get the memo about Jesus being a Jew?

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    I heard Ralph Reed was also outraged by Obama’s reference. Yes THAT Ralph Reed.

  7. #7 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2012 - 6:35 pm

    Rachel Maddow reminded us the other night that the National Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by the scary, secret fundamentalist group known as The Family.

  8. #8 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Depending on how your intestines are feeling these days you may – or may not – want to find out more about “The Family“.

    I would describe them as seemingly nice people who would love to watch you die if you cross them.

    Here you go, (no flag pin required):

    Click on Listen near the top left.

    And:

    With video and transcript.

    Sorry. But, sadly, this too is American history and American Christianity. :(

  9. #9 by james farmer on February 5, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    FUCK Senator Hatch.

  10. #10 by cav on February 5, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    With your dick. I am, among other things; homophobic – and staying out of this.

  11. #11 by Adam Gale on February 8, 2012 - 1:20 am

    There are great alternatives to Hatch, Chris Herrod being one of them. A pro American, pro liberty, states rights Conservative. Has stood up for Utah on more than one occasion. Want to learn more? http://www.herrod2012.com

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