the fiscal cliff is a manufactured docu drama that Congress needs to keep the audience tuned in. oh, look! Congress to the rescue!
Congress is Hollywood for ugly people. Drama queens of the first order.
if there were a real "free market" of ideas in the Congress, then reasonable stuff would probably be enacted. However, with the two PARTY system, it has become crips and bloods and all the good Mr./Mrs. Smiths who go to Washington to do good get co-opted into the R & D gangster bloodbaths.