Frustration boils over as fiscal cliff approaches

Americans watch in disappointment as Congress appears to let any chance of a last-minute deal slip away. 'They've got to settle this,' 1 person says.

By Bruce Kennedy Dec 31, 2012 3:18AM

Image: Skeptical woman (Image Source/age fotostock)Do you know anyone who's pleased by the fiscal cliff negotiations?

Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but over the weekend many Americans said they felt burned by Congress as lawmakers fiddled with their economic future.

"You remember how when you were in kindergarten if you were bad the teacher would put you in time out?" Conroe, Texas, resident Traci Medinas told the Conroe Courier. "That's what needs to happen to everyone up there. I don't want any of my taxes to go up because they're all too busy trying to look good."

After House Speaker John Boehner was unable to rally support from fellow Republicans for a fiscal cliff fix, the focus shifted Sunday to the U.S. Senate. But both sides appeared far apart there, even with the clock counting down the hours until the start of 2013, when about $600 billion in tax hikes and government spending cuts kick in.

"Everybody is going through so much right now," Margaret Roberts said in an interview with WJZ Baltimore. "So many people out of work. They've got to settle this."

In Kalamazoo on Sunday morning, Caitlin O'Rourke and John Curran stood outside Michigan Congressman Fred Upton's office. The two are part of The Action, a group that wants Congress to "stop the political theater and pass the Bush tax cuts for the middle class."

"I'm disappointed Congress can't get a deal done for the American people," Curran told the MLive website. That's what we send them there to do." O'Rourke added that he worried the middle class wouldn't be able to absorb the tax increase.

"Maybe this is a sign we need to step up and talk to our representatives because they are in 'La la land,'" Portsmouth, Va., resident Courtney Felton said.

"They can't make a decision on something that's going to happen at the first of the year so do you think most of them can make a decision on what's going to happen five years down the road?” another Portsmouth voter, Bernard Brooks, told WAVY-TV. "Do most of them care? Do they not think they are going to be in office that long?"

"My concern is that they don't have a concern of their own about how their lack of action is going to affect the rest of the country," Richard Mobayed of Huntington, W.Va., said in an interview with the local Herald-Dispatch. "It seems like they are staying so rigidly by their party lines that they aren't taking the people of the U.S. into account over their parties' interests."

In South Dakota, Ron Cunningham believes there’s only one certain result to the fiscal cliff fiasco.

"I think regardless of whether it gets resolved or not, taxes are going to be increased, even though people don't want them to,” he told KSFY in Sioux Falls. It's just going to make people who are struggling, who are working minimum wage, it's just going to make it harder to get by."

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Dec 31, 2012 9:15AM
It is about time we get rid of ALL the incumbent miscreants in DC.  That is everybody!  These people don't give a damn about the people who elected them and pay their salaries.  It is all about them and their political ties.  They are more focused on sensationalism like gun control, environmental issues, and other things like that.  Anything to spent money on their personal projects rather than to  conserve and help the general public.
Dec 31, 2012 10:53AM
Let's see here...for over fifty years congress has been jerking Americans.  Now we borrow money and give a great deal to contries that...well maybe even hate us.  Yet the only thing congress is saying is that we need to look at internal spending cuts and tax increase.  I have not heard one representative call for spending cuts directly related to money being sent to other countres or military gifting etc.  So we borrow borrow borrow.  Stupid asses that we elected...keep doing what your doing and look for a different result?  I guess we hired a bunch of insane idiots...Mathematically, it's not too hard to solve, hell most of us Americans can do it quite's call balacing your check book!
Dec 31, 2012 10:30AM
All together, 1-2-3 jump. It's the only way to get our house in order. If you are working you need to be paying taxes. Only if you are retired or truly poor, should you not have to pay something. We will never stop wasteful spending and we will never fix SS and medicare if we let them just keep raising taxes and extending the debt limit. Some pain now, but our children will thank us later. Jump now or end up like Europe later, not much later.
Dec 31, 2012 11:36AM
"Fiscal cliff" is probably our best outcome. Spending cuts across the board and slight tax increases. Seems like a good solution to our deficit issue.

The media is really making this out to be an "end of the world" scenario when it is not. Sensationalism is getting tiresome.
Dec 31, 2012 11:58AM
There is one simple solution.  Vote them out of office.  Unfortunately, people forget to quickly and the politicians sashay around with their big mouthes and we continue this charade over and over and over.
Dec 31, 2012 10:56AM
Face the facts. We cannot sustain our American way of life without evryone paying their fair share, and that means everyone pays something. The rich are not going to fix the problems of deficit spending. EVERYONE is going to have to participate and pay something and then we need to really cut the budget. CUT< CUT< CUT or we will be the next Spain only 100 times bigger.
Dec 31, 2012 10:49AM
Why the panic our elected officials have had only 2 years to get this done. I don't
see them all upset about the future of the USA. A deal will get done that will
only slowly destroy america. I am 72 so not that concerned right now as I will
be dead before all is gone. Happy New Year to all. Keep the faith...

Dec 31, 2012 10:45AM

and the president said, "I'm not giving in, let the republicans take the blame"

Hey it worked for me the last four years, all I care about is more free stuff promised for more votes.

Don't worry have a plan....................My plan is forget looking for a job, just find some new moma's and get your raise in income that way.

Dec 31, 2012 12:41PM
The only people frustrated are the ones getting the handouts. The rest of us want to go over because it's the only way to wake up Bozo.
Dec 31, 2012 12:43PM
Think term limits.
Think voting out incumbents who are extreme, left or right.
Think....for heaven's sake,  think. 


Go over the cliff, make evryone pay the price. The rich will hide their money better, take it out of the economy. If you think they will hurt more, your'e crazy.

Businesses will close, money will leave our country. Jobs will go overseas.

Those on welfare-tattoo prices will go up, 24" wheels will be more expensive, and pajamas and bedroom slippers will go up in price.

Dec 31, 2012 5:15PM
You all had your chance less than 2 months ago to vote Libertarian and 99% voted to keep business as usual. Now live with it. The 99% voted to turn the entire country into one big Detroit city. That is exactly what you will get and you deserve it. fda
Dec 31, 2012 2:33PM
Where is the outrage for what Obama did yesterday with an executive order which gave congress and Biden a pay raise!  For what are they being rewarded? All the "good work" they've done toward the budget problems?  WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE OVER THIS??? I'm willing to bet than more than 80% of the people on this board are even aware that this happened yesterday...why, because the main stream media won't go near the story..........what a joke
Dec 31, 2012 1:42PM
Dec 31, 2012 1:21PM

Load them all up in buses / drive them over a cliff. Get new Congressmen.

Dec 31, 2012 1:01PM

Someone (you and I) elected these people that cannot seem to solve issues in a timely  and cost effective manner. It is time to look at changes in our present form of government and the way our elected officials function.

Term limits for all elected officials would be an excellent place to start. Public access to more information would also help to clear the smokescreen that surround the inner workings of our government.

"Government for and by the people" is a dream and is best experienced while sleeping.



Dec 31, 2012 2:49PM
I hereby restate my long standing belief that in each congressional district you would do better if you merely picked a person at random to represent the district for, say, no more than three terms.  Then you would pick a new person.  The problem is you might pick one of my relatives, in which case the current bunch of bozos will look good by comparison.  For senators I propose a cage style smack-down, with last person standing getting the senate seat for one 6 year term.
Dec 31, 2012 5:37PM
What these miserable excuses for human beings don't realize is that WE  are THEIR bosses.  WE  pay their salaries!  They've lost that concept.  It's time to fire them all!  Every last one of them...get rid of them and hire people who WILL do their jobs!
Sorry if I sound angry...but I AM  angry.  I don't understand why MORE  people aren't angry at these frackin' idiots!

Dec 31, 2012 7:27PM
 Most people seem to think that they can collect  benefits from the state and the swarms of "greedy capitalists" will pick up the check. Dream on! The people with earnings in the top 1% are already paying 30% of income taxes and the top 2% is paying about 50% .So that means just two percent of the population is carrying half the load !!  That is a rediculous imbalance especially  when you consider that all the government benefits go disproportionately to the poor and middle class. So now we middle class folk have decided  that this division of effort is not good enough so we want the top 2%  to carry even more the load. And to add insult we ourselves will pay exactly zero additional tax. And any politician  that talks about maybe cutting back slightly on our generous middle class entitlements is called some sort of a treasonous radical lunatic who needs to be run out of town. So given all this is it any wonder we have a difficulty to balance our accounts and avoid the cliff.  Considering the intransigence of the middle class the performance of congress is about as good as we can expect. If politicians are expected to make bricks without straw and turn thread into gold then what outcome do we expect.
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