In an interview with one Republican and one Democratic House member, Chris Matthews probed to determine how close the lower chamber of Congress was close to agreeing on a resolution to the impending fiscal cliff. Matthews informed the Republican congressional representative that any deal which does not include an increase in income tax rates would be insufficient for Democrats, as well as voters who turned out to deliver President Barack Obama a second term. He said that Democrats “want to see the bite marks on your neck,” and know that Republicans “paid a price” for supporting the rich.
Matthews asked Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) whether the House GOP caucus would come to terms with increasing income tax rates. Terry replied that he would prefer to see tax reform, reducing loopholes and deductions rather than raising rates.
“That won’t work,” Matthews shot back. “The liberals will never get in the deal with you guys unless you raise the rates. I promise you that.”
“They want to see the bite marks on your neck,” Matthews added. “They want to know that you guys, defending the rich, have paid a price before they will pay it. The Pelosi core of the Democratic party will not deal if the president does not get a rise in the rates for the rich people.”
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