And away we go …


We’re going over the cliff folks, courtesy of the United States House of Representatives.

And please, don’t give me the partisan arguments about who is naughty and nice in this deal. It’s not the Republican’s fault. It’s not the Democrat’s fault.

It’s our fault.

We elected these bozos.

A lot of otherwise intelligent people are out there spinning up excuses for “their” political team like hamsters in a road race. Their story — and I’m sure they’re going to stick with it no matter what — is that their guys are white as new snow in this debacle. They’ll claim this in the face of the obvious realty that you can’t make a mess this big without everybody involved pitching in. That means both the Republicans and the Democrats and you and me  as well for letting them get away with it.

Will they vote on it tomorrow? Who knows? Whichever way it goes, they’re sure to pass something and do something that hurts people like me … and you.

I’m going to celebrate the New Year and have a fun evening. Then, tomorrow, I’m going to start my annual New Year’s diet. After I sleep in.

Somewhere in there I think we all need to think about housecleaning. And I’m not talking about the houses where we raise our families, cook our meals and mop the floors. I mean our political house.

Here, from the Washington Post, is the gist of the story. Read it and weep.

No Vote on “Fiscal Cliff” Package

Tonight: House Aides

The House will vote on other matters at 6:30 p.m.

and adjourn for 2012, House aides told NBC News

Monday, Dec 31, 2012

Members of the House of Representatives will not meet their midnight deadline to approve a “fiscal cliff” package, aides told NBC News. Instead, they will vote on a series of non-controversial “suspension bills,” before adjourning for 2012 without a new fiscal agreement.

The decision to leave “fiscal cliff” matters unsresolved came despite President Barack Obama’s earlier assessment that a deal was in sight but not yet finalized. The emerging deal he described would raise tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year, increase the estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

“There are still issues left to resolve, but we’re hopeful Congress can get it done,” Obama said at a campaign-style event at the White House. “But it’s not done.”

What was done, officials told NBC News, was a deal to raise the tax rates on family income over $450,000 and individual income over $400,000. Also, estates would be taxed at 40 percent after the first $5 million for an individual and $10 million for a couple, up from 35 percent to 40 percent.

Unemployment benefits would be extended for one year. Without the extension, 2 million people would lose benefits beginning in early January. (Read more here.)

  • vox borealis

    Well, some of us didn’t vote for these bozos, and I for one refuse to take credit (blame) for what’s going on. That said, this mess is 50 years in the making, at least. If the republic survives these morons, who knows, maybe we’ll be shocked back into paying attention that, like, hundred year old document called the Constitution.

  • Sus

    I do blame the House, Senate, the President and his administration. Our founding fathers all had to compromise to get the Constitution written. Our elected officials should be able to do the same.

    We watched Apollo 13 earlier today. The NASA engineers were locked on a conference room until they figured out how to get those astronauts home. Why aren’t our elected officials doing the same?

  • kenneth

    What we need is a constitutional amendment that provides a mechanism for revoking the pay and pension of Congress when they fail to keep the government running or to engage in good faith negotiations.

  • neenergyobserver

    Nope, Rebecca’s right as rain, we elected these fools, and when we elect fools we get foolishness. It’s going to hurt, you, me , big business, small business, families and every other group you can think of, especially the ones that can least afford it.

    Anybody who is proud of our politicians (present company and a very few others excepted) needs to be institutionalized. Way to go, America.

  • Imelda

    It is a little scary. But the Congress may have unwittingly given the best solution for the economic difficulties. Sure, the fiscal cliff will perhaps escalate economic difficulties – both for the government and for the people alike. But perhaps, not having the safety nets that deluded the government and the people into some measure of financial ease, we – the institutions and the people – will be forced to face reality and adopt behaviors that conform and address this reality. It may be difficult at first but hopefully, everybody will come out wiser and more fiscally prudent.
    Having said that, I agree with you that there is no sense blaming any one party for the fiscal mess. True, ineptitude is not the illness of just one party. While that may be the case, we, the people should, perhaps consider our individual roles in the financial mess. For example, we might ask if we have been exactly responsible in handling our private affairs? Or, if after having been irresponsible, do we cry and run to government to please solve our problems?

    Meanwhile, there is no reason to despair. I see the foreseen catastrophe as a catalyst for action from either side of the aisle. I may sound cynical – but, if only for political considerations – each party will try to work hard in the next months to mitigate the result of the crisis. There is always a silver lining. :-)


  • Bill S

    The debt ceiling crisis will be next

  • FW Ken

    My check came direct deposit let night. It was $74 less due to the tax hike. Maybe Congress will pay my electric heating bill.

  • Will

    It is the Democrats and Republicans fault. I get to vote a few times a year at most. I send letters and emails to state and federal representatives and, at best, get lip service back. In my state, our state representative committed what the county prosecutor called election fraud, but the prosecutor then said he could not find that a law was broken. (Guess who makes the laws!) Then the representative was re-elected in a close election in our partisan district. Then our representative was re-elected speaker of the state house! No reponsibility or shame.

  • Manny

    I agree there, they are all a bunch of putzes. We elected these bozos when we knew the Senate had not passed a budget in three years! Isn’t that amazing. Yeah Republicans are partly to blame, but who created this fiscal cliff? It was the Senate and the President who have avoid the tough choices just so they could get re-elected. And it worked. In a year when Senate Democrats had over twenty seats up for re-election and the President was facing a re-election in a poor economy, their cynical strategy WORKED!!! And with all that the Republicans are still getting the blame. Wow, is life fair or what?