U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's dismissal of Republican efforts to provide a solution to the looming fiscal cliff:
"Democrats have basically told Republicans to either raise taxes, or go to hell," said Broun. "Forcing us to choose between hurting families and small businesses or going off the fiscal cliff is not only counter-productive -- it simply doesn't make sense for righting our nation's fiscal crisis. The Democrats' math just doesn't add up; there is no way to tax our way out of this mess. Even if they attempt to tax every millionaire and billionaire in America at 100% of their earnings, it still won't even begin to put a dent in the deficit our federal government is currently running. The only way to begin restoring limited government is to attack the crux of our problem and drastically scale back this nation's spending. Unfortunately, this impasse is exactly what the President wants -- for the fiscal cliff debate to focus on demonizing the nation's job creators instead of on how his tax-and-spend policies kill jobs and hurt small businesses. If he's really on the side of the middle class, the President should lighten the load of debt he's saddled them with over the last four years."