Former President Bill Clinton told CNBC Tuesday that the US economy already is in a recession and urged Congress to extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.
In a taped interview aired on “Closing Bell,” the still-popular 42nd president called the current economic conditions a “recession“ and said overzealous Republican plans to cut the deficit threaten to plunge the country further into the debt abyss. Clinton’s office released a statement after the interview. . . .
“They will probably have to put everything off until early next year,” he added. “That’s probably the best thing to do right now. But the Republicans don’t want to do that unless he agrees to extend the tax cuts permanently, including for upper income people, and I don’t think the president should do that.”
However, Clinton did say that Congress would be best off agreeing, at least for the time being, to extend all the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year, including the so-called Bush tax cuts named after Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush.
In the released statement, Clinton’s office assured us that even though he said “recession”, he hadn’t really meant to say we’re in a “recession”, and while he did call for extending “all” tax cuts, he really didn’t mean “all” because he would exclude the wealthy. And something about the word “is”.