John Avlon Independent Nation

12.05.12

Fiscal Cliff a ‘Self-Inflicted Crisis,’ Says John Avlon

Ideological entrenchment in Washington has led us to a completely foreseeable impasse.

Why aren’t politicians from both parties getting together behind the scenes? As the country races toward the fiscal cliff, it’s time for President Obama and Speaker Boehner to get together and strike a bargain.  “The parties need a new wake up call,” I said in an appearance on CNN Tuesday. “This is the most anticipatable problem ever. We knew the Bush tax cuts were expiring, we knew the sequestration cuts were coming in. Those cuts that everyone is so upset about, that itself was a measure of the failure of the super committee.” Now it’s time for the adults in the room to act.

 Watch the full video at CNN.