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Jim Jordan: GOP Shouldn't Worry over Blame for Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 01:42 PM

By Martin Gould and Kathleen Walter

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Republicans should not be worried about who gets the blame should the country go over the “fiscal cliff,” Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Group tells Newsmax.

“I never worry about the blame game,” said the Ohio congressman. “What I worry about is are we doing the right thing, and the right thing is don’t raise taxes.”

He said the higher rates on the wealthy would fund Washington for only eight days in any case.

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“That’s not going to solve the problem, he said. “Someone’s going to have to tell me sometime why it makes sense, that raising taxes on job creators is actually going to create more jobs. I’ve never figured out how that actually is going to work.

“So I’m more focused on not who gets the blame but are we doing the right thing, and the right thing is we need to curtail spending because that will promote economic growth and keep us from getting into a debt crisis.

“And we need to keep tax rates low and provide that certainty that they aren’t going to go up so job creators can actually do what they do best in America: create jobs and grow our economy and get us to that higher percentage growth that we need to really make things prosperous and opportunity exist out there in America.”

But Jordan said he fears that the two parties will cobble together a deal to avoid the cliff, rather than take hard decisions.

“The sad thing is that there’s this tendency in Washington to put together a short term measure to kick the can down the road and never really develop the discipline to deal with the problem at the time.

“We’re at the point where we need real solutions,” he said. “We need solutions that promote growth and we need real solutions to our looming debt crisis. So I hope that’s not the case.”

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