The day after the election I posted an Open Letter to Congress. I wrote:
"It's time for you to put partisan politics aside and focus on working together to solve the challenges facing America. Now is not the time to put ideological differences above practical solutions. Now is not the time to toe the party line for fear of retribution within your respective parties. Now is the time for you to be bold and daring. You have been entrusted with the future of our nation. It's time for you to live up to our expectations and figure out a way to get it done."
My question is if we created the cliff through legislation why can't we remove the cliff? Why must we risk putting our country in financial peril when we have the ability to avert it. Both parties are playing a dangerous game of chicken and "us common folk" will bear the brunt of their inability to get things done.
Although all of this makes good press, I am cautiously optimistic that a compromise will happen. I do not believe the entire budget ordeal will be resolved by the end of the year but I do believe there will be a resolution. Falling off the cliff will impact everyone. No politician, Democrat or Republican, can afford for that to happen. One thing to remember, at some point they will need to answer to their constituents. I'm sure that they want to be reelected.
One thing is for certain, we should not feel powerless during this ordeal and the upcoming budget process. These are our elected officials. We're the ones that put them into office. We need to tell them how we feel. Check out this website, it has a wealth of information about the fiscal cliff and it's impact. http://www.friendsoftheuschamber.com/fiscal-cliff/
It starts now, let's get this thing done....