the truth is .....

....a forced budget caused by automatic, even draconian budget cuts and tax increases which satisfies neither side, may be the very grudging compromise that is needed to steer the ship of state back onto a safe course, out of the economic shoals it currently is headed to ground itself upon. It does offer both sides a unique opportunity to say "we tried, but those others...." while giving both sides some of what they want, where nobody can be directly blamed. It may be both sides have seen going over the fiscal cliff as the acceptable alternative, but just aren't willing to admit it?