Orrin Hatch Rips 'Perverse' Tax System That Spares Lower Middle Class
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pushed back Monday on criticism that he wants to tax the poor, but called it "perverse" that people on the bottom half of the income ladder pay little or no federal income tax.
Hatch attracted heavy criticism last week for saying the poor need to "share some of the responsibility" for lowering the deficit while complaining that the rich already pay too much in taxes.
Hatch backtracked somewhat on Monday, but still suggested that the rich have an unfair share of the load.
"I don’t want to tax the truly poor, those who would help themselves if they could," Hatch said. "But you can’t tell me that 51 percent of all households are the truly poor. Really, I don’t want to tax them either to be honest with you, but it’s apparent we’re going to have to find a better way broadening the base of the tax system."