Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

“Righteous indignation” is often used by politicians when the truth doesn’t serve them.

On Nov. 16, I was dismayed as our Sen. Hatch, a key player in the GOP’s proposed tax plan, became “righteously” indignant toward Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Referencing Congressional Budget Office estimates of who would and who would not benefit under the GOP tax plan, Mr. Brown expressed his concerns regarding the big winners of the bill — billionaires and corporations, with losers being those who earn under $75,000.

Sen. Hatch knows that rich “donors” have been upset about not getting results from their hefty investments toward congressional re-election campaigns. Our aging senator from Utah, with precious little truth to respond with to Sen. Brown, opted to go self-righteous as he sought to use indignation to deflect Mr. Brown’s factual expressions.

“Allowing” Sen. Brown to “spout off,” Mr. Hatch spouted off himself about coming from lower-middle-class beginnings, and that he “gets sick and tired” of false statements from Democrats. After the indignant words, Sen. Hatch cooled down a bit and justified his outburst, saying, “It takes a lot to get me stirred up like this.” Truth is, it upsets most of us when we are “called” on our false statements.

Quoting Mr. Hatch, I want to say that I am personally “sick and tired” of being told, by GOP leaders, what a massive tax cut this is for all classes of citizens.

Martin Roundy