Reality-based community? Lulz.
How do you KNOW?
How do you KNOW it would've been all OK for the unemployed in a couple weeks and that they'll all make it during that undefined time period after the fiscal cliff where they don't have benefits?
How do you KNOW that a temporary recession will HELP Dems in 2014 and HURT the GOP, the latter of whom don't hold the Oval Office and Senate?
How do you KNOW that the Regressive Party of America would've been any more willing to negotiate after the cliff fall? Isn't recessionary America really their vision of Utopia for the Wealthy anyway?
Here's what I know:
Income tax rates up on the top 2%.
Inheritance taxes up.
"41:1" increases to spending cuts, per the RW sites (see my last diary).
NO SS cuts; the payroll taxes will expire so there'll be more funding coming IN instead.
NO Medicare cuts.
A year-long extension of UE benefits for people WHO HAVE NO MONEY OTHERWISE.
Markets reacting POSITIVELY around the world (positively affects all us wee folk who have retirement investments).
BERNIE SANDERS VOTED YES. RAUL GRIJALVA VOTED YES. PELOSI VOTED YES.
I'll take what I know, versus what you speculate, guess, predict, etc (and that you have been for how many years now?) any.day.of.the.week.
Reality-Based community indeed.