- Posted December 31, 2012 by
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The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington
Fiscal Cliff: American Voters Lost Election 2012
With only hours before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, the full outcome of Election 2012 has now been determined. What has become clear on this last day of the year is that the American people are the real losers.
With Americans choosing to keep government as divided and splintered as it is with ideologues digging in on both extremes of the political spectrum, the people of the US of A have sealed their own economic fate for the coming year. While a deal is being bandied about to try and keep the nation's financial ship from sinking in the sea of red ink all around us, it is now apparent that the waterfall known as the fiscal cliff will find that ship going over the edge.
Sure there is still time to keep the worst from happening and ways to stave off the full effects of the inaction by members of Congress and the inability of the White House to redirect the course by seizing control of the helm, but there will still be fallout and still be those who will feel the pangs of having dived into the murk below. Dynamics change and as 2013 begins those dynamics in Congress change as well. The divide between Republicans and Democrats will only grow rather than bring the parties closer together. There will be no desire by either side to find the calm and serenity of a port though the nation is being lambasted by a fiscal storm.
Yes, the result of Election 2012 is now clear and the American people, the voters, are the clear losers.
From the Cornfield, while I try to find some sliver of optimism in the midst of this dark night, I am starting to feel a sense of resolution that the government we have is the government we voted to keep. We, the nation, will survive, but times will become leaner before we once more can lay any claim to being the land of milk and honey.