Lusting after a cliff deal
December 28th, 2012
12:39 PM ET
5 years 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. Smacky Smooth

    The only good to come out of this is a higher voter turnout in 2014!

    December 28, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. CanadaONE

    2013 Perdiction

    In 2014 the GOP will no longer exist – 67% will turn INDEPENDENT 29% will turn DEMOCRAT and 4% will form the TEA PARTY let by Norisk

    December 28, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It'll be darn if they do and darn if they don't, we need to get rid of this "Gang of Hoolums" and hire some "Hoodlums" off the street at a dime a dozen.

    December 28, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The gop would rather kiss the ass of grover nitwitquest ,the gop crook lobbyist all the gop morons signed a pledge to. Nitwitquest should be hanged from the nearest tree along with the rest of the gop losers

    December 28, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. yogi

    @ Rudy NYC. I completely agree!
    The Republicans never were good at leading simply because they lack creativity, vision, compassion, and last but not least courage. They are followers of a man with a piece of paper called pledge that has the names of other followers on it. The followers love to protect the well-to-do but don't care about the middle class.
    The followers are a pathetic bunch stuck in the past simply because they don't believe in evolution, but it will catch up with them in the next elections in 2014 when another wave will be voted out of office, and thank God for that.
    The choir of republiparrots will slowly disappear.

    December 28, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. ronvan

    Isn't it nice to see that our "elected children" ARE bought and paid for! Norquist, NRA, Special Interest groups, you name it! Ans some where WE, the people, are at the very bottom of their interests.

    December 28, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. CanadianJohn

    Fiscal Cliff” put in a much better perspective.

    * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
    * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
    * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
    * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
    * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

    Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700
    * Money the family spent: $38,200
    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
    * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

    Got It ??.......OK now,

    December 28, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Name learn to write

    Grover is an idiot

    December 28, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. commonsense

    Remove them all from office. That is the only cure for the plague we call Washington.

    December 28, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. dannyC

    Repubs are going to let us go over the cliff so they can say they are CUTTING the taxes that have gone up automatically, and in the next election cycle can say they held fast to their pledge to never RAISE TAXES.
    That's what they think of the intelligence level of their supporters.

    December 28, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Hang nitwitquest and all the gop lobbyist after trial ,why should the American people put up with published bribery,ops,i mean campaign donations and public graft by these gop losers .in China they would be excuted in a public square in front of thousands of cheering people for curruption !!!!

    December 28, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP/Tea Party has locked itself into a rigid fiscal ideology at the expense of doing what is right for the country. They will pay a heavy price in 2014 and 2016 elections if they force the country over the fiscal cliff.

    December 28, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. commonsense

    Republicans and Democrats alike have proven their inabilty to do the job we are paying them to do. They have both made it clear to the American people that their agenda far outweighs what is good and right for the American People.

    December 28, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Andy in Minneapolis

    @ myviewis: Democrats campaigned to get rid of the Bush-era Tax Cuts so get rid of the Bush Tax Cuts.
    No they didn't either. Obama ran on the promise to extend the Bush tax cuts for individual incomes of 200k for individuals, 250k for joint filers, and allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for incomes above those amount. HE DID NOT RUN ON GETTING RID OF THEM ALLTOGETHER. Geeze you're thick headed.

    December 28, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Jerry

    The only reason we are going over the cliff is because Obama and the senate refuse to cut spending, the real mandate at hand.

    December 28, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Jim Hahn

    You've got to wonder how one man can hold an entire nation hostage and nothing happens. If our President or other leader were being held hostage over seas, the entire military would be called out to rescue them. But yet Grover Norquist is holding America hostage and no one seems to care?

    December 28, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Squigman

    Lusting after a Cliff Deal, really? This bunch of so called leaders, have had close to two years to get this done. And no progress has been made except to hear McConnell say his only words (I Object), thus holding the entire country at what could be called for ransom. After this is over, what few of us are financially alive and kicking should make it our goal, to ensure that no cretin like McConnell, ever gets access to power ever again. This has got to be the darkest hour our country has faced in a long time. And it's been brought on by the likes of a pinch face, no good racist republican. Sick of the whole damned lot of them. If any person old enough to know whats going on believes otherwise, they need to tear up their voter registration card, and let the rest of the human race go on without them. You're in the way of progress.

    December 28, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. curious

    Republicans believe 47% of Americans are free loaders.

    December 28, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. DumbasRocks [R]s

    So, which party is serious about moving America forward?

    We have the following scenario afoot in DC right now. Let's say we get the President on board with a proposal. And, with an agreement from the [R] senators not to filabuster, there are more than 50 votes in the Senate to pass it. AND there are enough votes to pass it in the House. Finally, after all this time and effort negotiating and hand-wringing.......DONE DEAL, right? No, not at all!!! We have this from Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., an ally of the speaker, who said Boehner told [R] lawmakers that "he didn't really intend to put on the floor something that would pass with all the Democratic votes and few of the Republican votes."

    The [R] party of 'NO' coiled to launch yet another of its attacks against America!!!!

    December 28, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    jpmichigan wrote:

    If the democrats feel the have the upper edge, then why hasn't the Senate taken up any of the Houses passed legislation.
    Why not? Because like almost everything else that the House passed, it was absolutely ridiculous. It was 100% spending cuts, 0% revenue. It was 0% defense cuts, 100% discretionary spending cuts. It was not a compromise piece of legislation, but rather a double down on the spending plan of the Ryan Budget Plan.

    At least the Senate passed a measure that included deep spending cuts. The House has not gone that far. Just talk and accusations.

    December 28, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. tonyl

    GOP goons are on a suicide mission. Even the majority of Repugs know and acknowledge they lost the election and it's way pass the time for the stubborn, out of control, thugs to get out of the way of the nations desire to move forward with Obama's mandate by the Americans. The few southern rednecks are out to destroy the nations future because they are still fighting the civil war against a black man in the white house.

    December 28, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    @Canadian John – Your impressive metaphor lacks one significant factor: how the income/expenditure ratio got so out of balance in the first place. It was because the wage earner cut his pay, and then dramatically increased his spending. It was because the wage earner repeated that process a second time to an even larger degree. And now that wage earner is being advised by the right to cut his income even further, cutting spending in such a way that will only increase the disparity between income and spending.

    December 28, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. spoof

    Lets push Congress over the fiscal cliff!!!

    December 28, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Larry in Houston

    I'm glad that I pay my 3 gals that work for me 10 bucks an hr . When I used to pay my workers 7.50 an hr, I couldn't get anybody that I could trust . They either stole product / acted like they were selling it / (but wasn't) and stole money out of the cash register, everytime they were left by their selves.One of these days the government is going to HAVE to Raise the minimum wage. Otherwise, paying people 7.50 per hr, you'll never have anybody that really cares.
    Larry In Houston

    December 28, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Canadian John - I sure hope the name reflects your location, because we sure do not need any more intellectually lame, rightwing budget "experts" here in the USA.

    Here's the deal with your pretend family:
    It is a large family. The family's expenses are 'structural', i.e. consisting of unavoidable payments for mortgage ($14,500), property taxes ($3000), utility bills ($2500), insurance premiums ($7000), out-of-pocket medical/dental/perscription expenses ($1500), food ($11,000), etc. For this family to have found even $38 in savings is a miracle.

    The family's income was hit hard when the main bread-winner lost his long-standing job due to the poor economy. However, the husband and wife did find part time work which intially helped pay all the bills. But then the family was taken off of unemployment benefits and food stamps at Congress' behest, which drove them into debt the last three years. Add to that the fact that the family car finally gave out and there was a need to purchase a used car, and the fact that 2 of the children are now going to college, and no wonder the family is in debt. However, Canadian, it is quite naive to think they carry all of this debt on a high-interest credit card.

    Got It ??.......OK now

    December 28, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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