Since the Congress passes laws and the President just signs them, shouldn't Congress pass a law that averts the fiscal cliff and put the onus on the President to either sign it or veto it? That seems to be the best way to get some serious action going to avoid the fiscal cliff, since the President can't actually intitiate anything to stop the U.S. from going off the fiscal cliff. It will require a law from Congress.
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I agree, but my point is that the one party in these negotiations that can actually do something is the Congress, or more specifically the House and Senate. Pass a new budget bill, and send it to the President. The Prez can't initiate action.
In violation of law, the demwits have refused to adopt a federal budget for three years. They will not allow one through the senate even now. The absence of a budget gives their authoritarian in the white house more spending flexibility.
I understand what you are saying about the puppet show, but in reality the puppet masters didn't so so well in the fiscal cliff bill (rich taxes up). Laws are still enacted in the U.S. via Congressional action and the signature of the President.
Our politicians may sign bills and put forth legislation, but they are handed the pen and ink and told what to sign and when to sign it. Any legislation that comes about is not of their doing. These unfortunate souls are merely public place holders.