Isn't it time to end the charade about pretending to cut the deficit? Obama's "tax the rich" mantra is a campaign slogan about "fairness" rather than a serious attempt to raise government revenue. At the same time, his "spending cuts" are ephemeral "savings" that will never materialize. The whole idea of the "fiscal cliff" was to impose budgetary discipline on a dysfunctional political system. It's time for everyone to understand that the free ride is over. If there are specific national security or equivalent problems that arise as a result of going over this cliff, they can be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is interesting that the Democrats are the ones screaming the loudest about this impending "catastrophe." They need the GOP to give them cover for reneging on their unrealistic campaign promises, as well as someone to blame when the economy goes back into recession. I say let them eat their cake and choke on it.