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Washington Uses Pinky Finger to Avert Financial Flooding

Updated on January 1, 2013
The Fiscal Cliff: How America Can Avoid a Fall And Stay On Top
The Fiscal Cliff: How America Can Avoid a Fall And Stay On Top

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This is my first foray into politics on Hubpages so please just indulge me if you can.

I have to say that I've been quite entertained by the "Politics As Usual" approach of government over the last few weeks in our nation's capital.

We the People just ushered into office for another presidential term president Barack Obama, and after all the hand shaking and political posturing we (that's you and I fellow American) have been witness to the same dysfunctional approach of governing the greatest country on the face of the planet (at least for the moment anyway) as we awaited the verdict of where or not we'd plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff.

I went to bed last night after the ball dropped in Times Square, and giving my spouse a kiss good night and laid my head on my pillow with visions of little tax men vacuuming the cobwebs from my wallet in hopes of finding cash that was just not there.

By now I'm pretty sure that most of you are already aware that there's a deal in the works to avert the the country from it's fiscal precipice, but from what I've gathered from what's already in our newspapers and on the early morning televisions programs this solution can be compared to that little boy who stuck his finger in the dike.

This tentative "deal" wasn't even reached till after that glittering ball dropped and many of us celebrated the new year, and as I write this hub...this is not a done deal as of you may want to have another drink on Washington while you still can.

The measure as it stands still has to pass the House in Washington, and if they can't pass this measure as it stands then expect to more pain in your paycheck as it screams bloody murder, and you right along with it!

The real problem as I see it is that our government ummm...that means the politicians that We the People went to the polls this past October and elected into office to represent our best interests, seems unable to or unwilling to just get the job done any longer.

It seems like our country narrowly avoids crisis after crisis, and all in the name of Politics as Usual in our nation's capital.

So what exactly are our politicians addressing with this tentative deal:

  • Tax hike on household incomes $400,000 and above
  • 30 million households are going to be covered from the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • No payment cuts in Medicare for doctors next year...honestly this was something that I cared almost noting about. I feel that doctors should feel the same pain that I do.
  • Unemployment benefits are extended for another year

Hold your applause for the moment...thank you.

What our political leaders did not fix at the moment are Medicare, Social Security, the problem with Military funding (personally, we are no longer at War, it's time to bring our young men and women home) or infrastructure projects and school projects.

As a nation, we should be ashamed of the way our government functions. These problems should not exist. They should be addressed in a timely fashion, with an approach that is a bi-partisan effort on both sides of the aisle.

There should be expediency in dealing with these issues,and there is not. As a matter of fact as I write this I already have heard that the next crisis in this convoluted daisy chain is this coming March 27th.

I just hope that Washington is able to take that pinky out of the dike and use some "Gorilla Glue" to fix this problem permanently.

Is this measure Too Compromised?

I could care less.

It's necessary and the country needs to be able to move onto it's next crisis.

Let's just get this done...Today Washington.

Pass the measure, and let's get to work on tackling the rest of this financial nightmare.


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    • deeman63 profile image

      Derek Grass 

      5 years ago from Brewster Ohio

      The problems we face as a nation are very complicated, and any politcal ideology stands in the way of those solutions being solved. I don't even know what the "center line" would be when comparing it to a diffrent shades of the right and left ideology. Would they be dino's, rino's or would both be part of the new third party?

      The physical presence of a third party seems pretty rare, I'm pretty sure the only thing partisan's on both sides agree on is that a third party is not viable. This is because it is good for both parties to be so partisan and divisive. Thats what pays the bill's for golf outings, free lunches, and the G-4 sitting on the run way. Need some money make an uber partisan statement send out the money bomb e-mail and away you go.

      I don't forsee a third party starting anytime soon, however if moderates from both parties are able to reduce the power of thier most partisan members and marginalize them and the special interest groups that pay thier bills then hopefully both parties would be moderated. How would they accomplish this? To over simplify it, the hard way. They will have to win the debate and show that compromise and reason not partisanship and ideology will solve the problems we face as a nation. This means they will have to use factual non-biased points to make a strong argument, that takes elements from both sides and blends them together to get the best solution to the particular problem they are trying address. They will also have to limit the sources of fundraising and use that as a weapon agaisnt the partisans in thier party. Tell the American people who pays the bills, how much funds are raised (on our dime) , and what legislation they paid for. Hopefully these truthes will set us free as a nation.

    • animekid profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hello everyone and thanks so much for the comments. Well I wanted to wait a few days to see what would happen in Washington. While the fiscal cliff was averted (and not by much) there are still taxes that will fall upon the middle class worker more than any other as usual.

      Addressing the idea of a viable third party. I think this is something that's been mentioned many times in the past, with none appearing on the horizon thus far.

      And as to that party not having a preference except the center line, well the issues are never that simple to address in the first place.

      Any sort of shifts in policy, no matter the issue sooner or later has to be a painful endevour for all Americans. I can't imagine any significant change to not include some type of reforms that will affect tax payers and their wallets.

      My one hope is that the burden of additional taxes is distributed evenly across the board, including those who can most afford to pay a little more to finally turn the country around in the right direction.

    • jerjnks profile image


      5 years ago

      The viable third party would have to be one that did not have strictly left, right or center ideals, but would take a individual issue as is and on a case by case basis and for the good of the nation, not the party.

    • deeman63 profile image

      Derek Grass 

      5 years ago from Brewster Ohio

      I realize the difficulity of a viable third party emerging, and becoming a political force. However I think the extreme right wing of the republican party may create a third party, if they continue to legislate as they have been doing. By isolating themsleves from the main stream republican party they may become the defacto third party giving the moderates of both parties the poltical cover they need to take back control of thier parties.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California


      I second the addition of a viable third party.

    • jerjnks profile image


      5 years ago

      That makes sense mio, and I should probably cut back on what could be considered trash talking. Sometimes aggravation comes out in our writing when we want an immediate release of our own building anger and disgust. However there are things that make it seem hopeless and all a person can do is scream disapproval over the internet. I haven't mastered the art of linking a site in this forum yet but check out this interview from freshman congressman Paul Ruiz. Things like this are a telling sign of where our government is at this time and where it could be heading if enough people don't take notice.

    • mio cid profile image

      mio cid 

      5 years ago from Uruguay

      Without going into details I for the most part agree with the view you very eloquently express in this hub.Let's remember that politics is the art of what's possible.And if you are not a simpleton you know that the people that make their mission in life to trash politicians ,political parties,government ,and education don't have the best interest of the country or its people in mind.Political parties are the backbone of democracy,of real democracy that is.A republic may not be the perfect form of government but it is the best possible system the human mind has been able to come up with, so until a new ,better form of government is discovered or invented we should try to make that system as good as it can possibly be.And as far as a third party goes, it would be great! but a viable third party won't materialize from nothing over night .It will take hard work, for a long period of time,participating in multiple election cycles with programs ,ideas,constructive political work,and the participation of men and women that can present a real alternative to the two major political parties currently in power.There has been nothing like that in our life time , however successful third party candidacies have been in the past, they have been a one person attempt without any kind of political movement behind them, and that won't make for a real lasting alternative to the Democratic or Republican party in the long run .

    • jerjnks profile image


      5 years ago

      Even as I stand in the voting lines I wonder why, with the choices as they are there shouldn't even be names on the ballots why not simplify the ballot:

      ___Devil you know

      ___Devil you don't know

      See, easier than worrying about party or names. I posted a hub within this last week stating that we need a third major party, I know on the face of it, it sounds like more politicians= more problems. But at least it would desegregate Capital Hill and force each party to come out of their perspective club houses to get things done as opposed to just disagreeing for the sake of sticking it to the other party.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      The problem is not entirely with the governmental, the primary primary is the people. And the fifty percent that voted out of the eligible people to vote.

      The people keep electing politicians who fail to move the country forward. The Federal Government has usurped the reasons for having States. They have manipulated themselves into having the people rely on the federal government instead of the state government. This nullifies the need for a state government.

      The federal government needs to be reduced in size and scope. Unless we deem ourselves to really be socialists wrapped in a republic, we are going in the wrong direction.

      Abolish the Federal Income Tax and replace it and the IRC with a simple National Sales Tax.

      Don't knee jerk reelect incumbents, look at their accomplishments as the basis for any reelection.

      Make a cutoff of for SS and Medicare and replace them with a system more like that enjoyed by the government employees. SS, Medicare and Obamacare are TAXES, with a tinge of benefits.

      You can't have a TAX and a benefit in the same shell, as the TAX is a benefit eating virus.


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