So we didn’t fall off cliff … this time

Published 12:01am Thursday, January 3, 2013

With a crack of the gavel late Tuesday, the so-called fiscal cliff was averted and Americans should just return to their regular lives.

Everything is fixed now, correct?

Not even close.

If, using the “cliff” imagery, America was indeed headed for the edge of a great economic precipice, we essentially tapped the brakes a bit Tuesday.

Rest assured, however, momentum will soon carry us back to the cliff again.

Despite all the glad-handing and posturing after the last-minute fiscal cliff avoidance, at the end of the day, we’re all paying more in taxes this week than we did last week. Payroll taxes went up as part of the legislation passed Tuesday.

Although the immediate crisis of huge automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts were delayed, our nation’s problems remain.

Not only do problems still exist after the political drama in Washington, they worsen by the day.

Economic experts argue over specific solutions, but most common-sense folks realize that if we continue running high spending deficits, a trip over the edge of the cliff is only a matter of time, unless our glutinous spending habit ends.

The next partisan showdown is expected to come as early as next month when Congress must raise the debt ceiling so the federal government can keep borrowing money to pay its bills.

Can our nation truly be so divided that our leaders (and we use that term loosely) cannot sit down and work out a compromise without all the drama, hype and vitriol?

If not, God help our country, because we’re not certain how much more economic squeezing and political fighting citizens can take.

The solution begins with reducing federal spending. Period.


  • Anonymous

    Time to elect a new congress, do a 100% house cleaning, and senate cleaning for that matter, and throw in a white house.

  • Anonymous

    First we need to repeal the 17th Amendment, a “progressive”, republic-killing boondoggle, and return to Senators being appointed by state legislatures to represent the interests of the states, as was originally intended. Then clean House 100%.

  • Anonymous

    535 people in Congress racked up 16 trillion in debt in order to get elected, or to help benefit the people who helped them get elected, or to benefit the people who will employ them after their elected career is over.
    So part of the solution may be reduced Federal spending, but it should start with TERM LIMITS, just like the Presidency. Remember, all of this spending has to do with getting/remaining in office. Period.
    There are other things like making it illegal to work for any Lobby firm if you were ever an elected official (too many promises while in office). And enacting no laws exclusively benefiting Congress past and present (special health care, special pensions, special perks, etc).

  • Anonymous

    Amen to term limits. It’s the only way this foolishness will stop. Maybe, if they know they’re not coming back, they will do the right thing. Even that’s wishful thinking.

  • khakirat

    Democrats have represented the working middle class people as they have always in history while the Republicans(NO PARTY) represent their millionaires and billionaires even if it should bankrupt the USA!! I suggest to the Ms. Folks as the other 50 states to vote this no party bunch out as that of the Sandy storm taxpayers are going to do!! People have you noticed the republican governor states have depressing statistics in employment, economy, crime, quality of life, civil rights, decaying school system, trying to over throw Obama care with these exchanges to cheat the people to a cheap health care plan, now folks wise up to these no party people and lets get the nation back to booming and prosperity!!!!