Most important, though, Americans blame Republicans for the situation. While just 34 percent of Americans blame President Obama for the current fiscal cliff...
Shapiro has let the benefit of hindsight corrupt his thinking. Reliance on the Super Committee, even likely knowing it would fail to reach agreement was the least damaging alternative available to the Republicans in 2011. Government shutdown had been tried in the 90's and proved to be a disaster for the GOP. Further, Republicans had good reason to believe they would win the presidency and control of the senate in 2012 in which case the cliff would easily have been dealt with in January, 2013.
America is about to plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff -- and Americans are fighting mad about it. According to the latest polls, 77 percent of Americans believe that the fiscal cliff -- a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in at the beginning of 2013 -- will hurt them personally. A full 70 percent of Americans want a compromise solution. And 67 percent believe that political leaders will act like "spoiled children."
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