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Fiscal cliff: the album
December 26th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Fiscal cliff: the album

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – The Fiscal Cliff looms, a federal Frankenstein created by Congress. As lawmakers remain frozen, individual Americans are responding to the situation. In song.

They range from comical to cynical to practical. But the common denominator is sharp wit.

Mike Offutt, retired chemistry teacher and songwriter sings "you can't kick this can off the road. Especially if that road goes off a cliff."

Website designer and songwriter Jeff Michaels says "while its a very serious thing it's also comical because we've known about this since last summer."

Accountant (and songwriter) Todd Chappelle expressed voter frustration using an 80's anthem of teenage soul-searching, Night Ranger's Sister Christian. "Fiscal cliff you know the time has come. The first of January won't be very fun..."

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  1. Snowshoes

    Let's fire them all and hire working class people with INTEGRITY to get America on track!

    December 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. diraj

    I just dont understand all of you. Thanks to Bush who created this higher taxes for the middle class and lower taxes for the rich. we are all fighting each other with words when Bush affected all of us. Bush junior first 6 months in office over 1 million job lay offs and those comapanies shipped their jobs overseas. The business owners that all you middleclass republicans work at cut your medical and all other benefits as well as mines, But none of those big bosses you and I work at cut any of their beneits. Those owners are Rublicans yet you love Rublicans anyway. Let Congress have the same healhcare and social security as the regular people and we will save 1 billion just on that alone.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. m

    Both of these "men" are such imbeciles! One is the other. They have us where they want us!

    December 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pappy

    Bammy and his boozey wife spend money like a sailor on shore leave, what do you expect,, oh thats right blame it on bush, you voted for it, enjoy it the new norm, single parents, no parenting, kids going off, but a pathedic model for kids to look at mr obummer, total loser

    December 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ted

    The GOP is well on the way to irrelevancy and not effectively coming to the table and negotiating with Obama will condemn the GOP to a miniscule existence on an island with Grover Norquist and Wayne Lapierre. Make sure you take Faux News and Limbarf with ya. buh bye.

    December 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pappy

      Oh Teddy go take off your wifes panties

      December 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andrew

    Like I said before, vote out all republicans in 2014 if you want to see any work done. This include voting out my friend Lindsey Graham. He's just so bitter all the time. You can't work like that.

    December 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pappy

      did you borrow teds panties ????

      December 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. akted

    Now you shall understand that Obama has a superior intellect compared to all these other good ol white republican low IQ individuals. . Thats what you get when you take a Harvard educated genius and put them in thesame class as people who ascended to power because of money and not because of brain power.Obama is a chess player and he is giving the repubs an a3ss whipping....and they don´t even know it yet.
    Ofcourse Obama knew that the only way to make the republicans bulge on tax increases was to liberate them from lobbysts like norquist. So he made the deal leading upto the fiscal cliff (which at the time was celebrated as success by the repubs). Now when taxes go up january first, norquist and republican opposition to tax increase become irrelevant. Obama can then negotiate a tax reduction, from the increased level. He gets the rare chance to renew the entire system, and comes out as a hero. He planned it all along....and know what...I am his greatest admirer. This guys story shall be told for generations to come.We are witnessing the making of a legend.

    December 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BG

      So, higher taxes will fix our problems? I think they will, I don't agree that dipocrats saying "no higher taxes" for the middle class, don't see how it can be avoided. I DO NOT LIKE dipocrats figuring out ways to increase my payments to the government and saying "this is not a tax", they are, as is most of the current government, treating Americans like they are to stupid to understand what is going on. obama is intelligent? probably not "stupid", but far from intelligent.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pappy

        I agree, but what is really sad is the low I Q people who voted for obam , i was shocked to see that americas breeding has gone that far down hill. in fl and other states, they are lowering grade scores for the blacks so they can pass classes, look for yourself, everytime we try to raise the bar democraps find a way to step back

        December 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
        • diraj

          NO THE ONES WHO VOTED REPUBLICAN HAS LOW IQ'S tHE MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES, CEO'S, WALLSTREET REPUBLICAN BANKERS LOVES PEOPLE LIKE YOU. i WISH i WAS A CEO AND HIRED ALL YOU REPUBLICANS. i CAN CUT YOU MEDICAL, SOCIAL SECURITY, FAMILY BENEITS YOU HAVE ON YOUR JOB AND YOU WOULD STILL LOVE ME. WHILE I GIVE ME AND MY REPUBLICAN CEOS MILLION DOLLAR BONUSES AND FREE HEALTHCARE FOR THEIR FAMILY AND RAISE YOUR COPAY FOR MEDICAL DOUBLE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. STEAL BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LIKE BUSH DID. IN CASE YOU DIDNT KNOW, THIER WAS OVER 700 BILLION DOLLARS UNACCOUNTED FOR WHEN BUSH LEFT OFFICE. E TOLD PRES OBAMA IF HE TAKES HIM TO COURT, HE'LL BANKRUPT AMERICA. THEY LOVE YOUR SO WHO HAS THE LOW IQ

          December 28, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Pappy

      You cant be be that stupid, well maybe, bet your your a sissy boy

      December 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dreamer96

    Spinning Wheel goes round and round...or There is a season for all things...or Leave Reaganomics in the 1980's....and that includes his tax cuts too...

    December 26, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
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