The “fiscal cliff”, a phrase that I believe was coined by Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, is rapidly approaching. Most American’s probably have no idea what it is, but, they view it with fear and trepidation because the main stream media tells them to do so.
Personally, I think we will survive. Heck, if we could survive the end of the world on Friday (per the Mayan calendar), a mere “cliff” should present no problems.
On to negotiation techniques.
During a meeting between the President and Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Mr. Boehner,
told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”
That should certainly move the discussions along nicely.
At another point,
[i]n an Oval Office meeting last week, he [the President] told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.
That is, assuming that anyone (other than my brother) will listen to either the inaugural address or the State of the Union speech. But by now we all know that regardless of what happens it will always be the Republicans fault.
So let me leave you with two question?
Does anyone remember an administration, other than this one, that is as thoroughly consumed with blaming someone, anyone for anything (real or imagined) that happens?
And, whatever happened to taking responsibility?