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  •  Much appreciated, congressman (7+ / 0-)

    But please, I urge you to not use the term "fiscal cliff", because it's innacurate and misleading. For one thing, falling off a cliff suggests immediate and grievous harm. What will happen on January 1st if a deal isn't reached will be neither immediate nor grievous, for the most part. With certain notable exceptions, most Americans will not begin to feel the pain of spending cuts and tax increases for weeks if not months, giving legislators ample time to reach a deal after the 1st. And even if a deal is still not reached then, the pain felt won't be of an order justifying the word "cliff". Furthermore, this is a right-wing focus group-tested term, like "death panels" and "death tax", whose use by us only enables the other side's credibility and power. We cannot grant them that, especially since their terms are so dishonest and manipulative.

    At least use the more accurate and dismissive "so-called fiscal cliff", or "fiscal bump" or "fiscal curb", which serve much the same purpose.

    We must not, and do not need to, cut benefits to the least fortunate among us, especially these days when it would hurt them and the economy so much, and certainly there is no moral or economic equivalency between raising top tax rates and cutting benefits for poor, disabled and older people. The two shouldn't even be discussed together, because they have no economic linkage. We can discuss other spending cuts, including to providers, facilities and drug companies, or on defense programs. But not to benefits. That must be OTT: Off The Table.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:50:22 AM PST

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