The End of The Road

The Cliff Awaits

The road has ended at the proverbial financial cliff. At 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2013, our country goes off the cliff as the so called “Bush Era” tax cuts expire, the Federal income tax on capital gains increases to 20 percent, mandated spending cuts to Medicare and the military of $65 billion must be made, and the new “Obama Care Tax” of  3.8 percent begins.

It all just happens, consequences notwithstanding. Many economic experts believe our struggling economy won’t be able to survive the fall off this cliff and another recession will be born from the fall. Our current political environment puts great importance on “who is to blame?” So who is to blame for this? The answer, I venture is, our president and the Congress; all of them, everyone.

For the last three years our elected officials in Washington – all of them, everyone – have failed to address these issues through the constitutionally required budgetary process. Our elected officials in Washington – all of them, everyone – have simply passed temporary spending legislation to keep the Federal government running. Our elected officials in Washington – all of them, everyone –have just kept kicking the can down the road instead of making the hard decisions for which they were sent to Washington in the first place.

Well, we have run out of road. The cliff awaits.  Leadership from our elected officials in Washington – all of them, everyone – fell off to the side of the road a long time ago. Partisan politics is being driven by personal animosity on the road, and the road has ended. But in today’s political climate we just want to know: "Who is to blame?”

With the presidential election process well under way, Congress on summer recess, and personal animosity at the wheel, there is no time to change the resulting fall from the cliff. It does not matter who wins the presidential election or which political party has the majority of Congress; time has run out. 

So who is to blame for all of this? Again, I venture, our president and the Congress – all of them, everyone. How could we have let this happen? When we got swept up in the partisan politics and jumped in the front seat with personal animosity, we allowed leadership to fall off the side of the road.

We stopped demanding it from our president and the Congress – all of them, everyone. Without leadership, the cliff awaits.     

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Rick August 24, 2012 at 03:30 PM
A very well spoken point of view. I wish I knew what it will take for the people of this country to wake up and demand that our elected officials be the leaders that they were elected to be. Yes they are all to blame, including ourselves for allowing this to happen. Now is time to let our collective voices be heard and vote for those we think can be true leaders. It is time to take back our democracy from the political divisiveness that has taken it over.
Nassau Taxpayer August 24, 2012 at 05:28 PM
To "all, everyone" add those large corporate donors exercising "Corporations are people" sway over the process. No thanks to SCOTUS.
REG INDEP August 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I agree with you it's both parties. They probably can't fix it,not quickly at least. this election should be about survival,our economy, and jobs. Look at the other thread on here. worrying about abortion-rights what a joke. Wag the dog
JOE August 25, 2012 at 03:07 AM
The first question I ask people is this : who is to blame for the fiscal mess we are in? Just about everyone I ask give me the wrong answer. The answers I get are the repblicans, the democrats , and the President. The correct answer is that we can onle blame ourselves. Why? The highest voter turnout that we have had in the 3 or 4 elections have been in between 40% and 45%. That means that 55 to 60% of the eligble voters choose not to. That is pathetic . The second question I ask people is this: How many times in the last month or two have you contacted your elected officials to complain or voice your concerns about legislation that is being considered in congress . The answer I get is ZERO. Thomas Jefferson was once quoted as saying: If a nation expects to be ignorant and free , in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
JOE August 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
None of the politicians want to do what is needed. To begin with , the tax rates for rich people need to be raised. Whether you make $80, 000 or $800,000 a year , we should all be paying the same percentage. Secondly , most of the tax writeoffs for corporations need to be eliminated. Corporate America has been screwing our government out of tax revenue for the last 20 to 30 years . Corporations receive hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies every year. The third solution is to eliminate the cap on the Social Security payroll tax. Then S.S. would have more than enough money to survive for generations without cutting benefits .


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