Mike Cummings, a professor of political science at the University of Colorado Denver, says the dysfunction and discord in Washington is as bad now as he’s ever seen.
There was a last-ditch effort on Friday in Washington to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. President Barack Obama wrapped up what calls a “constructive” meeting with lawmakers.
The focus on the fiscal cliff deadlock has lawmakers apparently ignoring a critical farm bill, and that means there will be a big jump in dairy prices — a so called “milk cliff.”
Some Coloradans aren’t just emailing and calling their representatives as the deadline for the looming fiscal cliff grows closer, on Thursday they broke out in song.
More than a month after the election, things continue to get worse for the GOP brand. The lead Republican spokesperson during the fiscal cliff negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner, has a 34 percent approval rating. President Obama has a 54 percent approval rating.
Colorado economists say the state’s tax receipts continue to be higher than expected, but uncertainty over fiscal cliff negotiations is preventing stronger growth.
The president would do much better by staying in Washington, D.C. where the action is rather than taking a road tour-styled trip to talk to the American people. In D.C., he actually would be talking to the people who are going to make the decision with him.
Republicans built a trap for themselves, having for years passed bills with highly unpopular cuts and little public notice. Now Republicans will take the blame if we go over the fiscal cliff.
For weeks Democrats and Republicans have talked about compromising to avoid the fiscal cliff. Now it’s back to the same old political posturing, and if a deal isn’t reached, the impact on Colorado could be enormous.
With one month to go before we reach the fiscal cliff, Republicans are going to have to figure out how to do something serious for a change instead of grandstanding and avoiding specifics.