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Approaching cliff
The fiscal cliff approaches

Date published: 12/14/2012

ALTHOUGH the guys in the driv- er's seats seem blind to the fact that their neck-and-neck drag race is leading America screaming down the road toward a fiscal cliff, the vast majority of folks in the passenger's seats want them to apply the brakes and figure out a deal.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 70 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans say President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner should find a way to compromise, even if it means the principals must abandon their party's normal policy positions on taxes and entitlement reform.

But there's no movement to report on the negotiations to bridge the gulf between the two sides. Democrats want to extend the Bush-Obama tax cuts for the middle class and raise taxes on families making more than $250,000 per year. Republicans want to extend tax cuts for all, but modify the tax code to eliminate certain deductions and reform entitlement programs.

Our dysfunctional government continues. But consider this: Four out of five Americans think Congress is doing a bad job, but voters still returned about 90 percent of representatives up for re-election to their positions in November. So who's dysfunctional? We have met the enemy