HATFIELD, Penn. — President Barack Obama hit the road on Friday to turn up pressure on Republicans in the “fiscal cliff” talks, urging Americans to support his drive to raise taxes on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for the middle class.
In a Christmas-season visit to a toy factory, Obama portrayed congressional Republicans as Scrooges who risked sending the country over the fiscal cliff rather than strike a deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that begin in January unless Congress intervenes.
“If Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their taxes automatically go up on January 1,” Obama said at a factory that makes Tinkertoys, among other things, in suburban Philadelphia. “That’s sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas. That’s a Scrooge Christmas.”
At immediate issue is whether the tax cuts that originated under former President George W. Bush…
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