With negotiations still appearing stalled, a growing chorus on the left and right has been suggesting that a so-called "cliff dive" wouldn't be so bad. Better than cutting a bad deal, anyway.
The health-care reform law, aka Obamacare, is poised to enter a crucial 12 months that includes setting up state exchanges, levying taxes on the wealthy, and preparing for the individual mandate.
Stephen Colbert could essentially just pocket the money his super PAC didn't spend – a point he made in his further attempts to show the underside of campaign finance.
No tax increase on the super-rich will even put a small dent in the US tax shortfall, Dr. Cornwall writes.