Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador said Democrats “are like bank robbers” who would prefer taxes to go up on all Americans.
“The money is not in the 2 percent. It's in the 100 percent,” he told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on the Sunday morning news program “This Week.”
He also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley and responded to President Barack Obama’s Meet the Press interview, where the President said he wants Congress to pass a simple plan that preserve tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 and prevents a cutoff of extended unemployment benefits.
“I think the President wants to go over the cliff,” Labrador told Crowley. “He’s not negotiating in good faith.”
But he said he would not have voted for House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “plan B”, which would have only raised taxes on people making a million dollars annually. He also said he is a likely “no vote” on any bill that attempts to avert automatic tax increases and stop massive across-the-board government cuts.
Both Karl and Crowley suggested that Labrador has not been willing to compromise, which is why we have the fiscal cliff crisis.
"I'm willing to compromise if we have cuts," he told Karl. "In Washington, we talk about raising taxes today and we talk about making cuts 10 years from now. It happened under Reagan. It happened under Bush, and it's going to happen to us once again."
Without a complete package that gets us to $4 trillion in deficit reduction in the next decade, Labrador told me later Sunday he can't support any deal. He said he's not alone.
Obama talked about his willingness on Meet the Press to reduce federal entitlement payment increases to account for inflation. Then later Sunday Senate Democrats said they would not support such cuts as a part of the deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Labrador said he doesn't to protect the rich, he wants real tax reform that gets rid of the special tax breaks.
"If we do real tax reform guess who's going to pay more, the rich," he said.
The current deal, which he expects will pass sometime this month even without his vote, will hit people and small businesses in the $250,000 to $1 million income bracket. The rich will actually benefit.
"They can afford the accountants and the lawyers... and the lobbyists who come to Washington and get them tax breaks," Labrador said.