Fiscal cliff: More blame on GOP

By the time you read this, we all could be careening off the fiscal cliff, which would be a shame. The inability of President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the House of Representatives, to get together on a smart resolution (unless it happened after we went off to an early press run as a result of the holiday) is pathetic. While there had been some give and take from both sides, we view the Republican Party as the more dominant culprit here. A majority in the House guarantees absolutely nothing for the GOP and its Tea Party members. We view their actions as divisive and obstructionist. Our view: This hasn’t been about true negotiating – which should have been the case all along – but more about digging in heels and casting blame. It’s really quite sad that the two sides couldn’t come up with a solution that makes sense. In the end, the real and appropriate blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the American voters, for they are the ones who put these intractable, so-called leaders in the position to drive all of us over the edge. When will the voting public learn?

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