This is who they are

A couple of important comments from leading Republican Senators this weekend, right on the heels of a vote to raise the debt by a trillion or so so that rich people can get richer.  First, Orrin Hatch on extending children’s health insurance:

“I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves, won’t lift a finger, and expect the federal government to do everything,” Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee Chair, said Thursday on the Senate floor.

Damn those poor kids who won’t lift a finger for their own health insurance!  Get them to work in the coal mines!

Perhaps, even more tone deaf, Chuck Grassley on ending the estate tax:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he favors repealing the estate tax, which the Senate tax-reform bill does not do, saying it “recognizes the people that are investing,” The Des Moines Register reported Saturday.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies,” Grassley told the newspaper.

Well, damn it, I’m sure I’d have a nice Eric Trump size estate if I just stopped drinking, taking my wife out to Wendy’s, and going to movies.  Shame on stupid me.  And to think conservatives complain that liberals don’t understand “real” Americans.  Apparently Republican Senators know who the real Americans are– it’s not those struggling to make ends meet in middle America, but hedge fund millionaires who have great health insurance for their kids and don’t want to pay a dime in estate tax.




About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to This is who they are

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    If only Democrats would use these words to expose what today’s Republican Party stands for in reality. Stop bashing Trump; he is busy telling everyone what he really thinks.
    Show the voters what the GOP stands for and then contrast with Democratic goals and how we can get there.

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