Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the administration will "absolutely" let the double whammy take effect as scheduled unless Republicans give in to Obama's demand to raise tax rates at upper income levels. He told CNBC on Wednesday that the problem is too big to be solved without raising tax rates on the wealthy.
Geithner drew a fierce response from Republicans. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah called his statement "stunning and irresponsible." He said going over the fiscal cliff would "put our economy, jobs, people's paychecks and retirement at risk."