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The Fiscal Cliff Rub

Posted on | November 30, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty



I, for one, don’t waste time when it comes to eating my vegetables or taking the hit when I’ve really jacked it up. I realize the whole notion of responsibility is passé in the era of “You didn’t do that”, even when you did do that.

I’m sick of the Sword of Damocles. I figure that, cynically, the Commies figure we’ll nuckle under and beg them to make the Bad Republicans stop hammering us. No’ so fast. I’m fully prepared to sail off the cliff and take the landing, provided that we learn from the experience and set about actual, contra-Progressive reform.

Redistribute power, not wealth.


11 Responses to “The Fiscal Cliff Rub”

  1. keyboard jockey
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    It’s all a dog and pony show for our benefit. I would guess they all have already cut deals or have decided to kick the can down the road till June of next year. Stay tuned for the debt ceiling being raised as the deal for extending out the fiscal cliff till next summer. The American people will be so relieved after all this fiscal cliff talk stuff right? It’s going to hurt the stock market, and we are going to go back into a recession.

  2. Gunga
    November 30th, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Heads, Obama wins. Tails, Boehner loses. What are the odds that the coin will land on its edge?

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 30th, 2012 @ 9:44 am
  4. AngelaTC
    November 30th, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Yes, I think that they’ll shove a deal through in the 23rd hour, then spend the rest of their political lives telling us that the economy would have crashed and life as we know it would have ended.

    Let the empire collapse already. Sheesh.

  5. keyboard jockey
    November 30th, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    They are a manipulative bunch. The constant dramatic posturing by the political class is getting old fast. I don’t think they will reach a deal, the republicans can’t cave on raising the taxes on the upper 2%, and get the 2% to donate to their campaigns in 2 years, they are between a rock, and a hard place. They will kick the can down the road, they will forestall the inevitable as long as possible.

    The deal is going to be over raising the debt ceiling that’s all the republicans have to bargain with. The debt ceiling debate is going to happen before sequester goes into effect. They will make a deal to postpone the sequester for raising the debt ceiling and the American public will think they saved them from dire straits. When they actually will have done nothing at all but draw a paycheck on the tax payer dime.

    Either way the market’s going to get hit after the debt ceiling is raised, and our credit rating get’s cut again, with no federal budget in sight for the 5th year, and more Dodd Frank regulations going into effect, we are headed for a recession, if you believe we ever came out of the last recession.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 30th, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    This is why you need good communicators and tough/clear negotiations. The perception of “fairness”: The challenge the GOP faces with some voters…

    The Dems are working feverishly to shape this argument. Do you think Republican leaders are doing the same?

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  8. Beeblebrocs
    November 30th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Lets see, there is NO ONE in the country more powerful than John Boehner. Why is he even going along with the charade?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Boehner has. All the cards: “Mr. President, do what’s want or I will shut this government down. You’ve over played your hand. You’ve called us obstructionists when you were the real obstructionist so now no one believes you anymore except your loyalists.”

    “We won the House and have a bigger mandate than you do to do things our way. So we’re lowering marginal rates, were cutting off funding for Democrat parasites. We’re getting rid of the EPA, Energy, Education, Natl Endowment for the “Arts” and no more vacations for you and your family. None. If you don’t like those terms, then call my bluff because I’m not kidding.”

  9. Adobe_Walls
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    In the first place it’s not a cliff it’s more of a slope or a slide, like the playground equipment children still enjoy. In the second place the effects are more of a cascade than a sharp drop so it’ll be enjoyable like those mountains.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Of course, Cryin’ John would never say such things.

  11. ThomasD
    November 30th, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    That a modest step towards fiscal sanity is being billed as a ‘cliff’ tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of the ruling class (aka everyone in DC and the beltway media.)