You can thank the tea party members of the House for your tax increase. I would not worry for too long though. The President will implement (unless the republican house opposes it) tax relief for those making under 250k.
After reading your comments, I know that none of you make over 250k a year. So you can relax and enjoy your continued tax breaks. Would not bother me at all to go "over the cliff." We need cuts to the military and federal employee retirements (including the military).
I make over 250k per year. If paying more in taxes means keeping food on the table of the elderly and the poor - so be it. If it means keeping a family on unemployment benefits for another year, so be it.