Gleckman asks: Will it take the fear of a financial market collapse and a cliff-driven recession to change the karma on Capitol Hill? Or, can Congress find an easier route to fiscal sanity by ducking the coming showdown?
When it comes to tax reform, there is a lot of common ground, but still many differences, between Romney's approach and Obama's approach, Rogers writes.
Americans could face an average tax hike of almost $3,500 in 2013 if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff, Gleckman writes. The looming fiscal cliff poses a major threat for the US economy.
Gleckman offers five suggestions for reducing the portion of Americans who do not pay federal income tax.
Half don't earn enough to pay federal income taxes; many pay other ways.
Gleckman profiles a single mom who likely owes no income tax thanks largely to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.