CNN Money: While it’s not ideal, the founder of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA, Fortune 500) thinks that President Obama must be willing to keep pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy, even if it triggers the fiscal cliff that would lead to the automatic onset of tax increases and spending cuts on Jan.1.The U.S. economy, he said, can weather it for a month or two. “We’re not going to permanently cripple ourselves,” Buffett told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s Omaha headquarters Wednesday.
Buffett shrugged off the Congressional Budget Office’s warnings that failure to address the fiscal cliff by Dec. 31 could lead to a recession. “We have a very resilient economy,” he said. “The fact that [lawmakers] can’t get along for the month of January is not going to torpedo the economy.”