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Fixing the Fiscal Cliff Will Hasten Entitlement Crisis

scclj Wrote: Nov 22, 2012 2:43 AM
Why are both parties now wanting to renege on something they both agreed to? What is this country's fascination with kicking the can down the road? Why not have a day of reckoning like Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, etc. have had?
The coming fiscal cliff's mix of tax hikes and spending cuts are projected to seriously hamper economic growth over the next two years, and Congressional leaders would be wise to negotiate fixes for the problems. One of the more popular potential fixes, however, is only going to hasten the coming entitlement crisis by worsening the finances of Social Security.

A one-year extension of the employee-side payroll tax cut was passed in December of 2011. It's scheduled to lapse along with the other fiscal cliff policies in 2012. This is a particularly popular tax cut because it goes by and large...