Over a year ago extremists of the Tea Party held the middle class tax cuts hostage to their agenda of furthering the same policies put in place by George W. Bush that helped bring about the Great Recession. The destabilizing effect, the lack of certainty, the damage to American economic stature and the global perception of a weaker United States caused by Tea Party intransigence, resulted in a downgrade of America's credit rating for the first time in our history.
Today another threat of economic crisis, the Fiscal Cliff - another result of right wing extremism and intransigence. The result? Higher unemployment; $600 billion removed from the economy; a tax increase not only for the 2% but for everyone, including the middle class; the repeal of the payroll tax holiday resulting in another 2% increase for both business and wage earners; and the across the board mindless cuts to spending that will leave no one unscathed. Grover Norquist's goal to destroy America? If it's up to the Tea Party then "Mission Accomplished."
At least Thelma and Louise only drove themselves over that cliff - the Tea Party is quite content to drive over the cliff and take us with them.