The "fiscal cliff" isn't a problem, it is a symptom. The problem is Obama and all the rest of the statists who believe as he does, support him and voted for him. Electing Obama (and then re-electing him) was a catalyst/accelerator.
We went over the fiscal cliff on election day 2008 . . . since then we've simply been flying in the air with no budget, a constipated economy, bad foreign policy and no directional control other than down. It is only a matter of time until we hit the bottom of the canyon and the only thing that will affect how hard we crash is how many times we bounce off the canyon walls on the way.