The “Fiscal Cliff” has consumed innumerable hours of press time (both air and print) for a “crisis” that was actually the intended result of the failed debt ceiling negotiations of 2011. Although all of the pundits and politicians never thought it would not be worked out, here we are. But don’t worry about this too much. The creeps that manufactured the “crisis” will develop work arounds that will, in the end, be worse than the alleged “cliff”.
The bigger question is why we are here at all. Other than the obvious answer that all politicians are only interested in maintaining power (as opposed to actually serving constituents), there are some underlying fundamental things in society that both drive the ruling class, and are deeply troubling for the rest of us. The first of these is the fact that half of our fellow citizens pay no income tax whatsoever. They have no “skin in the game” for whatever the government does. I dragged up a old Heritage chart to display this. It is here. There are also links within to show more problems.
The other big problem is the decay of the family, which is accelerating. Fatherless families are on an exponential rise. The Breitbart article is here. This is just another dependent class that is driving an even bigger government.
Politicians react according to where the populace is – both geographically and economically. More’s the pity, and the greater the worry.
Think about this on New Years.