Why is this so difficult? We're going over the cliff. The only question is who takes the blame.
The GOP created this fiasco by agreeing to this idiotic "sequestration" deal in the first place. We could have had everything WE wanted by simply saying "NO!" to raising the debt ceiling. Instead, that perennial idiot Boehner negotiated us into this corner.
Even now, the solution is obvious. The GOP controls the House. So pass a bill to remove sequestration, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, and cut the budget across the board.
Would such sanity survive the Senate? Of course not. But it would put the blame for the coming recession right where it belongs -- on the Manchurian President.