Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean doesn't mince words when it comes to the fiscal cliff.

In an interview with CNBC, Dean says going over the cliff could cause a recession but at least would bring certainty to Wall Street. "Let's do it," he said bluntly.

Dean said higher taxes on everyone -- not just the wealthy -- are necessary and that the benefit of tax increases and spending cuts might be worth sending the country back into recession.

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