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January 1 is by no means the real "fiscal cliff". The real one will come at some undetermined future date, probably sooner than anyone expects, after we've allowed the debt to grow so large that it becomes unmanageable. At that point all of the temporary fixes that we've tried or that are now on the table (stimulus, tax increases, printing money, etc.) will no longer work, and we very likely could slide into a worldwide depression. I am normally very much of an optimist, but this rapidly mounting debt problem has me very concerned about our future.
"The House will welcome some 70 new members who will get a crash course on how Congress operates with a class on ethics Wednesday." -- It should be required for all of them each time they start up a new session...reminder to all of them of what ethics is.
If Washington acts as they normally do i suspect the can will be kicked down the road 90 days. Then the problem starts i suspect the Republicans will fold because they want to get reelected. If they cant come to an agreement Obama will do it by executive order. The debt keeps piling up, the middle class quits squawking and the amount of money the rich are taxed, a grain of sand on the beach or 40 billion in 10 years, is applied to the 16 trillion doing nothing. I hope we hit the cliff and the automatic cuts kick in, then everybody will be paying.
Why the issues mentioned in the article were not a bigger part of the debates, campaigns is beyond me. It amazes me how now they are the big issue. Why? The media did America a dis-service by not keeping these issues front and center during the campaign.
Obama is the guy in charge. Let's see what he has aside from taxing the uber rich. I heard infrastructure, immigration, education and green power during his campaign but no specifics on dealing with the cliff. Should be interesting.
A class on ethics - you have to be kidding! Who in congress could they possibly find to teach it and keep a straight face??
marathongirl and thecynic5712 are right - An ethics class for House members is an oxymoron. The class is listed as about how the House operates, while it really should be how we want the House members to understand what being ethical really means. There's a reason that Congress has such low approval ratings, and ethics is part of it.
Unfinished business????? They mean more obstructionism in the next year then in the second year, they'll try to make nice, nice. But it will be too late.
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