Mayor sees middle class in revolt if tax rates rise from ‘fiscal cliff’

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“I think America’s becoming frustrated,” said Mr. Coleman, a Democrat. “I think those in Ohio are becoming frustrated, those in Columbus are becoming frustrated, because it seems this [deal] can be done. We can forge an agreement with Congress that will result in an extension of tax cuts for the middle class, allowing us to keep $2,000 more in our pockets for our children, for shelter, for groceries, for food, for savings.”

Judge Clay Jenkins, executive of Dallas County, Texas, said the economy is too fragile to handle the combined blow of across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts.

“If we hold the middle class hostage and we fall off this cliff, I do think that in areas like ours, where things are going well, we’ll fall right back into recession,” he said.

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