The so-called "fiscal cliff" is an imaginary disaster of invented by politicians of both parties to cover up the fact that they are allowing themselves to be diverted from doing their jobs. There is no "fiscal cliff". There is only the perpetual unwillingness of rich people -- the 1 percent -- to contribute their fair share to the common good.
If the government needs money to do its job -- to "provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare" according to the Constitution -- it should get money from where the money is. And where's that? In the hands of the 1 percent. Tax 'em. If they won't pay, denounce them for the parasites they are.
The rest is all hoohah, obfuscation in the service of socially irresponsible greed.
Today the Prez sent his supporters a letter asking them to tell him what they'd do with $2K next year if he manages to keep the fearsome bogeyman -- that's the fiscal cliff -- from taking it away from them. Nice, but irrelevant. People need to be banging on the government to do its job -- to ensure the solvency of necessary programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. If that requires upsetting the 1 percent, screw 'em.
Here's how a brave President deals with this kind of phony "crisis":
Would that the current incumbent would show a little of that spirit.