Barack Obama and Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) just left the floor of the Senate after saying he would rather go over the “fiscal cliff” than make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

Harkin noted the only real difference between America today and America at the time of the Clinton tax rates was that the rich had gotten richer and were now trying to protect their wealth. He specifically noted the attempt to make the estate tax cuts permanent and said the Clinton tax rates were fine by him.

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