Rep. Kelly: President's plan is more of the same thing

Pennsylvania congressman weighs in on fiscal cliff deal


This is a rush transcript from "Your World," November 30, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": Well, fired-up protesters planning to disrupt the lives of Republican lawmakers this weekend. Their goal is to get Republicans like my next guest to side with the president on a deal that does not include big spending cuts. Will it work?

Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly, what do you think?

REP. MIKE KELLY, R-PA.: I'll tell you, Neil, I'm never sure if the president's come out of the North Pole, or he is just on the Polar Express.

He continues. Now, again, now in keep in mind, one of these things we all hated grab bags is somebody who re-gifts. They put it in a little different box, a little different wrapping, but it's the same thing. It has a $1.6 trillion price tag. And the president in addition to that Neil, think about this.

He is asking us to give him a credit card that he will set the limit on, not us, not those of us in Congress, not those who will actually pick up the tab, being the American taxpayers. I think he's very, very good at doing things, though he goes to Pennsylvania to a toy factory, to a company that makes not only K'NEX, but also makes something called Angry Birds.

And I would tell him, Mr. President, if you want to see some Angry Birds, you come with me now back to Western Pennsylvania, where the median average income for families since he came into office nationally has gone from about $55,000 a year down to $51,000 a year.


CAVUTO: Maybe he's rolling the Angry Bird dice and, he's thinking you will have a lot angrier birds and voters in your district if everything falls apart and there is no deal and all their taxes go up.

KELLY: Well, you know what? Listen, no one wants taxes to see anybody's taxes go up, and the president even believes in that.

I think that I'm a little bit disappointed after his election he goes right back to his divisiveness. Why would a man who's supposed to bring us together continue to divide us? Why would he -- if he's really serious about fixing the problem, why not sit at the table with an adult conversation to get things fixed, rather than going to a toy factory in Pennsylvania and telling people we need to divide the country more, we need to split you up even more, because I haven't got what I wanted yet?

Very spoiled activity on his part.

CAVUTO: Well, you know his supporters say that, look, what they're trying to say is, you agree on almost everything, in fact, the tax, and renewing rates for everyone but the rich. And then, if you can give up the argument for the rich, you're really all on the same page and why don't you just cool it?

KELLY: No, no, no, no.

Listen, Speaker Boehner right after the election said, listen, we're willing to put revenue on the table right now. Let's have a serious...


CAVUTO: So, he hasn't done that to your liking and no deal as of yet?

KELLY: Well, there's nothing of substance there, Neil.

CAVUTO: All right.

KELLY: It is all just flights of fantasy.

CAVUTO: OK. I like the Angry Birds reference. That was very clever.

Congressman, good seeing you again. Thank you.

KELLY: Neil thanks so much.

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