As the deficit super committee nears its deadline with failure likely, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press today to slam Republicans for refusing to negotiate in good faith. Appearing after Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the number two Senate Republican, Kerry told host David Gregory that much of what Kyl said was “patently not true.”
He also took on the GOP’s proposal for being egregiously misguided. As ThinkProgress has noted, the super committee plan presented by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) would result in a massive tax cut for the rich while enacting budget cuts and tax increases that primarily buden the working- and middle-classes. Today, Kerry called out the GOP’s plan on Meet The Press, calling the proposal the biggest tax cut since before the Great Depression — “we all know how that turned out,” he quipped — and noting that the super committee was formed to reduce the deficit, not to make it larger with huge tax cuts:
KERRY: This is the most important thing of all: The Toomey plan still results in the biggest tax cut since the Great Depression. It would be the biggest tax cut since Calvin Coolidge, and we all know how that turned out. Now, we didn’t come here to do another tax cut for the wealthiest people while we’re (asking) fixed-income seniors to ante up more, people on Medicaid, who are poor, to ante up more.