I don't want to go over the fiscal cliff. The CEO of Ford Motor Company doesn't want to go over the fiscal cliff. You don't want to go over the fiscal cliff. So why won't Washington put down their toys, stop playing around, and confront this very dangerous dilemma.
Most Americans don't want to go over the fiscal cliff because it's not good for business or their paychecks. They'll have less money to spend and save, they'll owe more in taxes, the stock market will wobble, and this country's reputation as a great table game will lose players.
Most people I know blame the Republicans for the stalemate. They're playing loose with the future of the Republic. They've presented no plan of their own but keep rejecting proposals from the White House to frustrate a President they didn't elect. Meanwhile the countdown continues.
The best fix for the fiscal cliff is to do something that immunizes us from economic illness in the short term while making long term commitments to initiate adjustments to spending and taxes to go into effect gradually instead of all of a sudden. That's what a sane nation would do.
Theres not much you or I can do about preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff. Thats up to our elected officials who represent special interests. It's not so much of a collision of economic philosophies as it is a train wreck of political posturing and gamesmanship.
No one on the planet wants us to go over the fiscal cliff. Especially China. If we fall into recession, China's economy will feel the vibration.
Hopefully Congress will stop posing for pictures and understand that the people of the United States do not want any more bad news spooned on their plates. They want to be optimistic. Slow recovery is better than no recovery. Threatening a fragile recovery is not what we gave the children in Congress permission to do.