Fed chairman Ben Barnanke coined the phrase fiscal cliff to define the unsustainable fiscal path of the United States, and guess what, nothing has changed since he uttered these words in February and nothing will change in the near future. There are several ways to look at this. 1. Ben Barnanke is an idiot and does not know what he is talking about. 2. Nothing is being done because of the obstructionist GOP. 3. Nothing is being done because of the obstructionists democrats. 4. Nothing is being done because of the obstructionists GOP and democrats. No matter how you slice it, it does not seem to bode well for the country. My only question is, is this intentional or otherwise? Why would it be intentional? I thought about what Obama's right hand man, Rahm Emanuel once said. "You never want to let a crisis go to waste". The translation, people don't like change, especially when it negatively effects them. However, when a crisis occurs the people are already being negatively effected, so they demand change that would have otherwise been political suicide come election time. That is why it took the credit crisis to give trillions of dollars of taxpayer money to corporate America. I think Herbert Hoover said it best, "Every collectivist revolution rides on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries in Europe. It was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains." So is this the game plan from here on out? Are we just being set up for crisis after crisis in order to warp society into some sort of collectivist utopia? No matter how you look at these problems there is no escaping that the system is broken. With an Congressional approval rating of only 13% and those in Congress continuing to get reelected, democracy has truly failed in the US.