Sen. Orrin Hatch labeled President Obama's proposal to avert the looming fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts "a classic bait and switch on the American people," saying Mr. Obama and others on the left have shown "an utter lack of leadership" to tackle reform to the country's entitlement programs the Utah Republican says must be part of a deal to work toward curing the nation's financial ills.
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