Let’s be honest, time is running out for the “fiscal cliff” fiasco and some sort of simple bipartisan agreement in our near future is looking pretty grim. As the looming December 31st deadline approaches and we are still in a partisan stalemate and to be honest I had lost hope. Haven’t you? It seems like no agreement can be made and the more and more articles I read the sadder and sadder I become. However there may be one shining, glimmering beacon of hope in our foggy future.
What is this key to unlocking the stalemate you might ask? The answer is actually pretty surprising. There are thirty-three outgoing members of congress who are either retiring or were defeated who have all signed the Grover Norquist pledge that they will not raise taxes. How does this help us at all you may ask? I wondered that myself, but according to Elizabeth Hartfield these thirty-three outgoing members of congress could be that glimmer of light in our dark horizon.
How could these random thirty-three exiting members of congress help during this time of terrible stalemate? Well to put it simply, because they are exiting Congress this vote will be purely out of what they believe in rather then them trying to get more political votes in the future. The ABC political direct Amy Walter puts it perfectly when she declared, “these are people who theoretically can vote based purely on the issue rather than on how it will impact their political future”.
As the clock continues to tick forwards and a deal is placed on the table, it will most likely be these exiting members of Congress that are going to give in and agree to raise taxes. How can an agreement ever really be made? Elizabeth Hartfield believes that both sides need to drastically compromise and the, “Republicans will need to agree to some tax increases and Democrats will need to agree to some spending cuts”. The question that everyone is wondering as December 31st approaches, is which side will cave first?
– Amy Rowland