I suppose if the Republicans were to cave and give in completely to Obama, it would be a bitter pill indeed to swallow, but at the same time, there would be absolutely no place to lay the blame for the consequences except directly on Obama. His proposal, and his alone. On the other hand, I would really enjoy a trip over the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" just to see if it is real, or just more political theatre. I have a feeling that citizens were getting tired of some of the old rhetoric ( i.e. "The government is going to shut down"), so the politicians had to come up with a fresher and scarier line.