Avoiding the upcoming fiscal cliff may be a dream with cold fingers.
As you may have heard when not preoccupied with Dancing With The Stars, President Obama and Congress are doing all sorts of dance steps, otherwise known as political maneuvering, these days.
Their focus is negotiating a possible agreement to avoid tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect in five weeks — the fiscal cliff scenario that analysts fear could push the country back into recession and have the incomparable Zeke holding a tin cup at Fifth and Penn in cold weather.
So needless to say I have a vested interest in this fight but I fear that my voice is a bird trapped inside a tenement.
Fear, by the way, is a beast you must keep feeding fresh kills to keep it quiet; giving the beast a snack to hold it until morning.
Which is why I’m trying to have a pony under the tree optimism that the fiscal cliff showdown will be thee parts Dr. Jekyll to two parts Mr. Hyde.
Obama took his fight to the public today, urging Americans to call, e-mail, tweet and smoke signal their members of Congress to urge immediate passage of his proposal to extend tax cuts for most Americans while allowing rates on the wealthiest 2 percent to increase to 1990s levels.
Two conservative Republican congressmen, Tom Cole and Tim Scott, actually said — I’m not making this up – that they thought the Obama tax plan would pass the House, a measure that already has passed the Senate.
But John Boehner shot that talk down as if it were a clay pigeon and House GOP aides insisted there was no plan to bring the proposal up for a vote.
Which means that damn fear once again is churning like a cement mixer in my gut – an uncomfortable feeling when you still haven’t fully digested your Thanksgiving Day dinner.