Obama, his team and Congress have to work out what to do next. Their fiscal cliff has been in sight for a
long while and has come closer as the debate goes on in the bus of state as to
whether to turn right or left or just stop or reverse continues. USA
we have our
own fiscal cliff and the Chancellor will have something, or not much to say
about it. Almost everyone will disagree
with him. Unluckily, it will be worse in
that those who do will be entirely at odds with each other. UK
Meanwhile with The Continent, i.e. Europe going into isolation they have a wide range of cliffs on offer, except apparently in
. Even the French have stopped buying their
state produced cars. The trouble is that
may be obliged to pick up the pieces of those who do fall over one cliff or
The Euro men in Europe are threatening to divert their money flows from
to ensure they can control them. This has the effect of brining down a fog
which will make the as and when the edge of the cliff here and there is reached
nobody will really know. It will only
when we hear the screams that we can be sure. London
This leaves all us taxpayers and consumers with mountains to climb. When that is done we may then have our own personal cliffs to fall over. There is talk of increased sales taxes, various ways of attaching property and other devices to take more and more money from us.
The essential difficulty is that if an economy has been run on extreme debt and consumer spending with delayed paying it arrives at the edge of reason. Because our mountains are quite steep, and we can neither consume at the same rate nor pay off debt quickly and successfully then we may be climbing the cliff.
Trying to climb a cliff when the government is falling off it seems to create a range of hazards that nobody wants or has really anticipated. We have not had a crash like this for some time and then in the past the situation was very different.
More to the point in the past people had very different attitudes to both money and the personal lifestyles that they felt were appropriate to their needs and standing. Adjusting to a life without much money, security and which is a long hard slog against adversity isn’t in the modern books of marketing or government management.
In the more critical reaches of the web where there is discussion on economic matters that are alarmist and scary there are many tales of woe about the deceits, frauds and lesser known crises under way. They range from gold to dirt with everything in between.
there is a real debate about whether our particular form of democracy is
defunct and unworkable. In the UK USA, it is argued that is now such a liability it might
be better if it became a sovereign state.
In California Europe stresses are building up in
other nation states. Will we see a
renewed ? Kingdom
We seem to have elites which no longer fund public buildings in their home areas to impress people or support local sporting or cultural activities. They buy yachts and homes elsewhere and take their money away. If they stop paying tax and the rest of us cannot fund governments at their current spending levels then we may be happy to see our governments go into history.
The maps of some parts of the world have changed radically in the last century or two and down the centuries past the story is one of persistent change. There is no reason why another series of major changes should not be under way.
The lesson could be that if you do not want to go over the cliff you do not climb the mountain.