You can argue all you want about how 70 years of creating entitlements and the world's most generous "safety net" got us INTO this mess but that's all in the past...
... we are where we are today and we can't change the past.
So, given where we are now, nothing is HAPPENING... there is no leadership, either right now or in 2011 when things first broke down and the "fiscal cliff" was created to kick the can down the road.
It's good that the GOP came out of the election offering Obama what Obama wanted in 2011... $800 billion in new taxes on the wealthy... and that's on the table right now...
... but Obama Refuses to offer any spending cuts... in fact, he demanded $400 billion in NEW spending for crying out loud.
If obama would simply move from the "far left" to the "left"... then he could probably get something done... but he simply has no leadership skills... he can't work with anybody with his "my way or the highway" attitude. It's snobbish, and it's elitist, and it's NOTHING like folksy Bill Clinton and his ability to work with all who are involved.
Bill Clinton accomplished great things... Obama has accomplished NOTHING except for ramming a huge new entitlement down america's throat without a single republican vote.
Obama's record speaks for itself... no deal this year or last, huge deficits, and a Senate that hasn't passed a budget it several years......
... and together, the 4 of them balanced the budget.
Today, Obama has practically shut the government DOWN and we've been running huge, Trillion dollar deficits for almost a half a decade now.
Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were the 2, best presidents of the past 50 years... and Obama and George W Bush have been the 2 worst... and at least with Bush, the government actually FUNCTIONED, even though he didn't.