As the adage goes, “If nobody’s happy with the results, it must be a good deal…“
Not in the case of the cliff. Neither Republicans nor Democrats seem to be very happy with the deal that was reached on Tuesday. In short: see everyone’s stale ideas, bad arguments, and partisan rancor back here in March for the next round of debt ceiling negotiations! Same time, same place, same President, [mostly] same Congress!
There’s [predictably] a whole lot that’s been written, sniped, press conferenced, and shouted far and wide beyond Washington D.C. about the
2012 2013 Fiscal Cliff compromise, but we’ve come across nothing as succinct and constructively critical as David Rothkopf’s CNN op-ed piece entitled “Cliff deal hollow victory for American people.”
We couldn’t have addressed independent voters and thinkers any better than Rothkopf, CEO and editor-at-large of Foreign Policy magazine, when he opined:
“The last political drama of 2012 and the first one of 2013 suggest that if you love America, you might want to consider making your New Year’s resolution quitting whatever political party you belong to…
Rothkopf later remarked [with dripping sarcasm]:
“Other than its lack of vision, creativity, accountability, sense of responsibility, courage, basic math skills, wisdom or competence, this (fiscal) cliff deal is not bad.”
Indeed. We agree Mr. Rothkopf! The whole column is well worth a full read, spelling out exactly what’s wrong with the fiscal cliff deal, and what we as a country can do about it (in addition to switching our own party affiliations to independent, none of the above, or no party preference):
How do we get out of this mess? The only solution is to recognize that everything in our system that institutionalizes and deepens our partisan divides and makes the compromises and collaboration that are the essence of democracy impossible must be seen as an obstacle to the greater good… It is time to realize that gerrymandering, campaign finance practices and the embrace of extra-constitutional traditions like filibuster rules deepen the divides that have made Washington dysfunctional. The two-party system is a boon for America when it is seen as providing a voice for two parts of a unified whole. But today’s Washington is a zero-sum world of ideologues, men and women who have lost sight of who and what they are working for… It may be that only a real massive movement away from the existing parties and the corrupt system they have created can break the destructive cycle in which Washington — and the American people — are trapped.
What’s your reaction to the Fiscal Cliff compromise as an independent voter? It certainly wasn’t the “grand bargain” that President Obama had hoped for, but should this “bipartisan” [emphasis on quotes] deal deserve to be universally panned by pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle, as it has been so far? Will you let this Fiscal Cliff fiasco be the last straw in withdrawing your own party membership? (Hint: it makes for a great New Years’ resolution… nudge… wink!) Let us know your take in the comments.