09/17/2010 08:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Paul Krugman: GOP Is 'Pointing A Gun At The Heads Of Middle-Class Families' Over Tax Cuts

Mr. McConnell, who was self-righteously denouncing the budget deficit just the other day, now wants to blow that deficit up with big tax cuts for the rich. But he doesn't have the votes. So he's trying to get what he wants by pointing a gun at the heads of middle-class families, threatening to force a jump in their taxes unless he gets paid off with hugely expensive tax breaks for the wealthy.