The Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 31, 2012 in News & Opinion |

Haven’t we been here before? Didn’t we go through exactly this same problem last year as one political party – it makes no difference which one it is in the end – decided to block any fiscal changes right up until (beyond) the last moment simply because the changes were proposed by someone of the other political party? What, you may well ask, has all this to do with the well-being of our country, with the furtherance of the American Dream, with governing the people, for the people, by the people?

The answer, sadly, is nothing whatsoever as far as the last question goes. Yes, we’ve been through it before and, yes, we’ll go through it again and again and again. And who loses out in the end? Certainly not the politicians. There is, however, a solution, but it lies exclusively in the hands, in the power of the people themselves.

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Sad to say, this power for change, this power to bring things back to where they should be is unlikely to be used, we are so ingrained in our ways and in our narrow-sighted beliefs.

Perhaps it is time to review exactly what we, the people, demand from our political masters and, at the ballot box, tell them once and for all, regardless of political party, regardless of affiliation and free from all lobbyists. Perhaps it is time but, as we all know, it isn’t going to happen. What will happen, guaranteed, is that this sad scenario will repeat itself, with monotonous regularity, year after year until we really cannot go back, until there is no chance of recovery.

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  • Francois says:

    Shown above: the exact place where the Second Amendment was intended to be used as needed.

    • You know, I sometimes think that a massacre there would be more acceptable than anywhere else. Not that I am advocating such a thing, but there is less acceptance for politicians than there ever will be for children.

      A second place would be the annual general meeting of the NRA, but I won’t go into that one, it’s already been covered….

  • Francois says:

    As a citizen of the United states of America, you would be committing a serious crime if you were advocating overthrowing that specific government by force.

    I, however, am not governed by the same strictures: members of the House, Congress and Senate both, should be lined up against a wall when it reconvenes and showered indistinctly but methodically by staunch advocates of the right to bear arms. Preferably by members of the NRA using kalashnikovs (the irony and poetic justice of it…)

    This would not actually overthrow the Government but it would do wonders for the policies of the candidates in the ensuing emergency elections.

    On this warm and fuzzy image, I wish you a happy new year.

    p.s.: I am a man of honour and will today publicly shame myself for losing our bet. However, it is -15 here now so, of course, we are off to the aquapark; please be patient.
    Unless you want “double or nothing” for 2013?

    • Unlike some others, I am also not an advocate of such measures. The ballot box is the only means in a democratic society. Still, we have another two months leeway until the next fiscal cliff rears its ugly head; let’s hope that something constructive and useful gets worked out.

      Double or nothing? No, not this time!

  • Francois says:

    I have no time do do this properly this week. You have three choices:

    1- Wait for me to have time to shame myself.
    2- Shame me yourself, I will endorse it.
    3- A more tangible reward.

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