The New Years Eve deal to avoid the fiscal cliff isnt just a lousy deal: its entirely corrupt. Obama insisted on what he called a balanced deal, but to him a balance is only between increased government spending and higher taxes. It allowed President Obama to pretend that the deal reduces federal spending by $732 billion over the next ten years though, in fact, it increases federal spending by $332 billion more than it cuts. And it did precisely nothing about federal spending. In fact, it adds $4 trillion in new debt over the next decade. The American Spectator : Bridge to a Higher Cliff we're worse off than when we started. enjoy what you've done to yourselves you stupid Americans.