By contrast with his fellow Democrats, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is voicing increasingly moderate views about the sort of deal lawmakers ought to strike to prevent the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff. “This is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive,” Dean said on MSNBC, “the truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich.” Dean argued that “we’re not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board.”
He also indicated that going over the fiscal cliff at year’s end may be an acceptable alternative to some of the deals currently on offer. “I actually think going off the cliff is a better solution to the nation’s fiscal ills than is just charging the people who make a lot of money what they were paying when Bill Clinton was president.”
Earlier this week, Dean said that the Republicans’ counteroffer to the president’s fiscal cliff deal was “the best deal” Democrats could expect to get.