Sen. Roger Wicker has been talking about the defense cuts for several months, which resulted from the failure of a joint "super committee" to come up with a solution to mounting fiscal problems for the country, caused by over spending and unpresendented national debt.
Wicker appeared on FOX Buisness Channel Tuesday to talk about tax hikes and the possibility of working out a solution to problems that are set to cause heartache for thousands of Mississippians.
"The voters in their wisdom have given us divided government again," he said, "a Democratic president, a Democrat Senate, a Republican House and a Republican speaker. So, there's gonna have to be some give and take and I think there is a solution out there."
Wicker was asked what was more important to Republicans, avoiding the fiscal cliff, or avoiding tax hikes for people who make over $250,000 per year.
"I think what's most important to us is avoiding a recession in the precarious time in our nation's history," he said. "We're down just below eight percent unemployment right now. The last thing we want to do is send it right back up."
Wicker said a tax hike would do that. He issued this statement in a news release:
The reason that we object to raising tax rates is that it will cost us jobs, pure and simple… It is the result of the tax hikes which will mean fewer jobs, fewer jobs created, and fewer risks taken. These business people don't have to create jobs. We want to encourage them to do that, and the last thing we need to do is throw the country back into an era of high unemployment.