Fiscal cliff? Heard it all before
The Kansas City Star
High school and college students should really “get” the arguments between President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress over the fiscal cliff — especially this time of the year.
It is a lot like the internal disputes many students have with themselves over whether to study early or cram, pulling all-nighters before final exams. The president is like the students’ internal voice of reason and conscience, imploring Congress to act ahead of the deadline for the good of the nation.
Such steady, thoughtful behavior for students and Congress takes the worry off the table and won’t get in the way of the few weeks left before the holidays, which are much more enjoyable without the unnecessary stress. The Republicans, on the other hand, are not so disciplined.
They are like the internal voice students hear telling them to go play, drink beer, goof off and poke fun at the diligent kids. Their strategy, like the Republicans’, is to get super-busy at the last minute hoping to skate through the finals.
Most of the time, that is not a winning routine for good final grades for students, and it makes for pathetic legislation, too.
It will likely not end well for the economy if the Republican strategy prevails.