Even Washington Bored by Fiscal Cliff
Ultimately, stakes aren't that high: Howard Kurtz
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2012 12:53 PM CST
This Nov. 16, 2012 file photo shows President Obama, accompanied by John Boehner, speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Last year's debt-ceiling debate had Beltway insiders on the edge of their seats—but just like the rest of the US, Howard Kurtz thinks that even those in Washington have little passion for fiscal-cliff negotiations. The fact is that "the country won’t plunge into a recession on Jan. 1 even if taxes go up and spending is slashed," writes Kurtz at the Daily Beast. "A compromise can always be hammered out in the following weeks." And, while some in Washington see signs of progress, Kurtz says that neither party is really "serious" about talks at this point.

Both sides "are in the posturing phase, playing to their bases, and offering virtually nothing to the other side," Kurtz notes. Meanwhile, the Dems appear happy to go over the cliff; higher taxes would mean more leverage for their tax vision. It's all "a faux crisis, artificially created, the handiwork of politicians who could easily undo it with a little bit of compromise." The likely outcome: a "papered-over" last-minute deal. "That’s how Washington works; nothing happens until the clock is winding down and Congress wants to go on vacation." Click for Kurtz's full column.

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cornelison
Dec 11, 2012 12:23 AM CST
The Republicans are acting like a tax hike on the rich is like assault. Don't they know that the rich can, "shut that whole thing down?"
GeorgeL
Dec 10, 2012 6:09 PM CST
I had to laugh when I read the line "That's how Washington works". It's probably this country's biggest problem.
1freeusa
Dec 10, 2012 5:50 PM CST
our political parties must be takeing lessions from the W W F. Build up a main event that is already determined. let both sides get bloody and bruised with fake blood and rouge just to appease the audience. but the winner (democrat ) comes out with the mask of the beaten (republican). As they limp off they vow to return and get the title belt (lobbyist)