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I like the idea that somewhere, out there, is a person as scared of the ‘fiscal cliff’ as some people were of Y2K. He’s got canned food, ammo, a bomb shelter, a generator. The neighbors snicker. “You’ll see”, he says dreamily, a faraway look in his eye. “You’ll see on Jan 1 when we go off the Fiscal Cliff, but by then it will be too late.”
Of course, that person, if he exists, does not live anywhere near Washington DC or have anything to do with the governing, pundit, or academic classes. I know this because, as far as I can tell, none of the people currently ostentatiously fretting about the ‘fiscal cliff’ in this ongoing saga of Fiscal-Cliff Theatre we’re being regaled with – all of whom seem to hail from those classes – are sincere or genuine in their feigned fear of the ‘fiscal cliff’ or the supposedly associated pressing need for the (R)s to accede to a tax-raising ‘deal’ to avoid it.
Of course, I’m willing and happy to be proved wrong. So if somewhere out there you know of a, say, Keynesian econ professor, a Brookings institution scholar, or a Democratic congressional aide who is genuinely scared of the ‘fiscal cliff’ and, like, stockpiling food and sundries in advance, as opposed to just, like, blogging and writing pieces about how awful the ‘fiscal cliff’ would be, do feel free to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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