Lusting after a cliff deal
December 28th, 2012
12:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Lusting after a cliff deal

(CNN) – Call it fiscal frustration.

After a dry-spell of deal making in Washington, Americans are ready for lawmakers to kiss-and-make up for the good of the country.

If the “Come Together” message on Starbucks cups wasn’t innuendo enough, a video from the group “The Can Kicks Back” puts the metaphor in more explicit terms. The bipartisan group, also behind a video of 81-year-old former Sen. Alan Simpson Gangnam Style-ing, wants young people more engaged in Washington process.

“It’s almost midnight and the window of opportunity is closing,” a silky-voiced male narrator begins over video of a man and a woman flirting at a party. “Ever since arriving he’s been checking her out from across the aisle, and despite the chatter and chaos, she’s been flirting and glancing back.”

The pair exchanges only-in-Washington sexts: “Hey baby, let’s get fiscal.”

“Maybe. $4 trillion package?”

The video came out last week – and negotiators haven’t gotten “fiscal” yet.

Some point to Republican intransigence on raising taxes as the root of the problem, while others say Democrats aren’t putting enough spending on the table.

The party line has shown signs of cracking – but according to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, that doesn’t mean Republicans are abandoning their chastity.

“No Republican has voted for a tax increase,” Norquist said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “We’ve got some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.”

Perhaps it’s a sign of deeper issues. Enter 84-year-old year old sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer:

At least someone’s getting together.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. callmecrazy

    Dr. Ruth?? Really???

    OK it should be good for a laugh.

    Maybe her followers have fallen down and can't get up?

    December 28, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Democrats campaigned to get rid of the Bush-era Tax Cuts so get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts.

    December 28, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. BlkPwr817

    First of all...Nobody voted Grover Norquist into any public office. Secondly I think Dr. Ruth is correct. Look at all the GOP's causing trouble in Washington. Where is Monica Lewinsky when you need her...lol

    December 28, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Throughout the Bush-41 administration, Democrats howled about a revenue problem because of the escalating annual deficits. When the annual deficit hit $1.5T in FY2009, the public finally got the picture, and voted Republicans out of DC in droves. Repubilcans lost the White House. America had noticed the $1.8T turn around on the annual budget deficit.

    Suddenly, deficits did matter according to the GOP. Suddenly, we have a spending problem according to the GOP. America had a relapse in 2010. Suddenly, America woke up and re-elected Pres. Obama in 2012. Not surprisingly, the GOP is still slow on the uptake. They seem to think that most Americans will blame Pres. Obama for all of our fiscal woes just because the GOP tells them to believe that.

    December 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Sheila

    I follow Dr.Ruth , and she's very educated / and smart in that department. I've watched her shows in the past, and will continue to do so. She has educated millions of people, and has a lot of knowledge in her profession. I will however Agree with her Last comment, since it's happened to me, and believe me, it was not only great, but it was also exhausting !!

    December 28, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Yonni

    The most dysfunctional congress will be remembered in American history. These are not a functional human being but commodity bought and sold for the biggest bidder. How to make the US congress to work for American people will be the biggest challenge of this nation.

    December 28, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    well no need to lust after a fiscal cliff bill just go ahead a let the middle class people the poor people and the rich people pay higher taxes and x out boehner and the let republicans go back to their bat cages and an hide out you all have a happy new year with your families and let obama call press conference

    December 28, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Thomas

    The children will never play nice. They will let us go over the cliff. The taxes will automatically go up and the economy will take a hit. Then the politicos will vote for a retroactive tax reduction for the majority of Americans leaving the top 2% holding the automatic increase bag. Afterwards, everyone in Congress can say, "I never voted for a tax increase, I only voted for a tax reduction." Yes, they think we are that stupid.

    December 28, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Dr. Ruth vs the NRA ?

    Dr. Ruth vs Grover Norquist ?

    Dr. Ruth Vs John McCain ?

    December 28, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    “No Republican has voted for a tax increase,” Norquist said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “We’ve got some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.”

    Give me a freaking break, Norquist. THIS is the man that GOPer operatives kiss the "ring" of? I'm shaking in laughter. What next? Strike that ... I really don't want to know.

    December 28, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Congress is no more than a "House of Thieves" that must be overturned.

    December 28, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. No kissing going on, just rape

    I don't want them to kiss me, I want them to stop raping us. The american public is getting gang raped by both sides, they are taking turns giving it to us making excuses as to why we should be enjoying one gangs rape a little more than the others.

    December 28, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Folks,
    You can start booking your own life anytime you want to start. You don't like all the problems the country has. Well people voted and voted and voted for it. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. Today you see the results. So if you don't like the situation change it.

    December 28, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They seem to think that most Americans will blame Pres. Obama for all of our fiscal woes just because the GOP tells them to believe that."

    Let's keep it our little secret, Rudy. By the time GOPers get out of their 2012 election mode, 2014 will be long past and America will have finally shelved it's tri corner hats back to the closet from whence those hats (and dangling tea bags) first originated.

    December 28, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. TheVoice2

    Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire!!! Obama can then do an executive order to lower taxes for the middle class. The GOP will appease Grover Norquist. America will then vote out the Rethuglicans in 2014. Everybody wins!

    December 28, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. callmecrazy

    fiscal = physical

    Haha. I just got that.

    December 28, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Wake up People!

    Ok I didn't get to post my favorite political moments of 2012, so here they are.

    1. Mitt pretending to be the POTUS, running over to England and making a complete azz of himself and being dubbed Mitt the twit.

    2. The amateur comedy hour when the GOP finally accepted Mitt as the nominee when half of his own party didn't like him.

    3. Watching Mitt sweat after the 47% video came out.

    4. The republican primaries!! Newt calling Mitt a liar and Rick S. saying Mitt was the worst republican to run against President Obama.

    5. Legitimate rape.

    The final two go hand in hand....

    6. President Obama being reelected.

    7. Karl Rove having a nervous breakdown on Fox News election night.

    There are many, many, more. Unfortunately I have some work to finish before my little mini vacation.

    December 28, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Democrat Party

    Cut spending, cut spending, and then cut some more spending...

    We can't affort this bloated government any more – we are all going under!

    December 28, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. b0bc@t

    On the contrary, Voice2, EVERYBODY Loses! We pay or taxes, they spend it badly, we pay more, and they plan how to spend it before we can pay or collect it. Now they squander two years time pointing at each other while they all know the problem. Good thing we have volunteers for FEMA response, not Legislators, who would sit with piles of sand and piles of sacks as the river swept us all away, without ever filling a single sandbag as a barrier against the rising tide. Help US, we voted for you guys to help us, not squabble like children who don't want to do the heavy lifing and hard chores. It is time for the country to take our medicine, as unpleasant and unpalatable as that choice may seem.

    December 28, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I am tired of watching Republicans run around with their herd mind set, thinking and acting like they're some sort of superior intellectual breed of beings. In a herd, you either submit or dominate. No middle ground exists in a herd.

    You cannot get less sophisticated than a herd. The herd is strong because of strength in numbers. Individually, the members are weak, simple minded creatures, which act on a purely instincive level.

    December 28, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. jpmichigan

    If the democrats feel the have the upper edge, then why hasn't the Senate taken up any of the Houses passed legislation. Reid hasn't done his job for 4 years , hasn't passed a budget for 4 years, the President budget didn't pass the Senate. So all that left is the legislation passed by the House and Reid is AFRAID to bring it up in the Senate for a vote. Is this what you (American tax payer ) voted for, maybe you did but I didn't.

    December 28, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    Grover Norquist and all those who signed his agreement are enemies of the people and should be treated as such. Show them absolutely no respect for their office at all. They had not respect for it.

    December 28, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Norman G. Kirkendall

    I said it before and I will say it again. Get rid of Grover Norquist, the T Party and the NRA official and you will see the Government working together again.

    December 28, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Chris

    I find it funny that people think "the economy taking a hit" is avoidable even with a fiscal cliff deal. These dice got loaded via years and years and years of overspending. The economic hit is going to come sooner or later. The precious "98% of people" (of which I am one) that Dems self-righteously preen and strut around defending are in for some tough times, sooner or later, regardless of taxes on the rich. People need to wake up and realize there will be some sacrifice involved for all to fix this budget problem. The economy taking a hit = one sacrifice. It's easy and comforting to believe "the other guy" will take the pain, but belief does not equal truth. There is no painless solution. In that vein, the cliff is brilliant and welcome- tax increases and budget cuts will address the problem, regardless of which approach one's political persuasions prefer. I'd rather accept an unpleasant solution that I hate, that actually solves a problem, rather than than stick dogmatically to partisan talking points that kick the can down the road. Let's suck it up and let the cliff do it's necessary work!

    December 28, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Does Obama lead....?

    Does Obama lead..? He sure does leading Americans by the nose and over the "Cliff"

    December 28, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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