We will go over the fiscal cliff because of political expediency. In order to solve our growing debt problem we must increase income and reduce spending. The political solution is amazingly evident: Do nothing!
If nothing is done, then the Republicans can blame the Democrats for not reducing spending enough, and the Democrats can blame the Republicans for not increasing income enough.
No one will be at fault, and the result will be what we know is inevitable, the fiscal cliff. This could be the painful but necessary first step toward solving our national debt problem.
Tom Walby, Palmetto Bay