The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Shock alert: Obama blames GOP for imminent fiscal cliff

The Hill

President Obama said Sunday that the “pressure is on Congress” to reach a compromise and resolve the “fiscal cliff,” sharply criticizing GOP leaders for the unresolved talks.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, his first appearance there since the healthcare debate in 2009, Obama seemed intent on putting the blame solely on congressional Republicans if lawmakers fail to meet the pivotal year-end deadline.

“I offered not only a trillion dollars in — over a trillion dollars in spending cuts over the next 10 years, but these changes would result in even more savings in the next 10 years and would solve our deficit problem for a decade,” Obama said, in the interview . “They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.”

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