Here’s two ways to think about the “fiscal cliff” deal that just took place in Washington.
You are sitting at dinner and television is on, broadcasting the news. There is one story after another about things you don’t want to hear. Recession. Unemployment. You walk over to the TV, turn it off – or switch to a sitcom or sporting event - and sit back down to finish your meal in peace.
Or a more personal version.
You take your mail out of the mailbox and see the bills that are due. Without opening the envelopes, you throw them into a...