‘Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas

From the Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell comes, ‘Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas,’ which arrives at this festive time of the year, while our nation is on the brink of a Fiscal Cliff caused by the government’s lack of fiscal responsibility.

Time is running out for President Obama and Congress to reach a balanced agreement between tax increases coupled with spending cuts. The cuts have not been forthcoming.

So for this Christmas Eve, here is a 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” It was produced by Public Notice as part of its Bankrupting America project.

Heritage wrote that the poem was sent to members of Congress and President Obama “to hopefully inspire some responsibility from all concerned.

I hope you enjoy it, and have a Merry Christmas tomorrow.


’Twas the night before Cliff-mas, and all through the House
Not a member was working, no ideal to espouse;
Their offices closed, the members all gone,
No solution for a budget plan had yet to be drawn.

Our Congress had spent a year feuding again,
While uncertainty and poor growth plagued businessmen;
The economy had slowed, unemployment was high,
Things weren’t looking up for a taxpayer, like I.

On December 31st tax rates were scheduled to rise,
Which many agreed was not in itself wise.
With this, another date caught the country’s fiscal fixation—
The second of January was set for across-the-board sequestration.

I’d heard all the talk, all the senators saying,
“If we’re spending this much, someone has to be paying!”
The rhetoric from the news droned on in my head,
As I turned off my light, and crawled into bed.

When out on the Mall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
It was the President! His sudden arrival was thrilling,
He went after the Congress, he called them by building:

“Now, Senate! Now, Hart! Now, Russell and Dirksen!
On House! on Rayburn! on, Longworth and Cannon!
The fiscal cliff is approaching! We need to make cuts!
Bad policy and spending got us into this rut!”

Out came the lawmakers, their cheeks from sleep rosy,
I saw Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi;
They gathered together, their eyes straight ahead,
Some seemed optimistic, as the president said:

“We need to end this uncertainty, if we are to stay strong,
I know we can do it, if we all get along.
We won’t hurt the middle class, we’ll raise taxes on the wealthy!
It’s right for everyone to pay a fair share to keep our economy healthy!”

Reid stepped up as well, his voice rather hoarse,
“We know that we need to include a few cuts, of course.
This deficit spending hurts our economy in the long-run,
But for now, raising some taxes will help everyone!”

“Now hold on one minute,” Boehner said with a sigh,
“You know the tax increase you propose is too high!
The wealthy you speak of—they aren’t you and me;
They’re middle-class, and small business owners you see!”

“You won’t close the tax loopholes, you won’t lower our debt!
You’ll create a situation where new investors will sweat!
We need tax reform, to resolve all this clutter!”
He stepped back with a nod—the crowd started to mutter.

Was he right? Was it true? Could reform solve it all?
Or would a tax hike spur investment and keep us from a fall?
It was the same talk I’d heard, the same from before—
So I ran down the stairs, and I opened the door:

“You say you’ll manage the tax code, and cut wasteful spending,
But it’s these political struggles that keep our economy pending!
We need real reform, not this spending obsession;
‘Else this cliff should put us in another recession!”

The lawmakers started, they had not known I was there;
And they sputtered and scattered and ran without care;
I watched them go and yelled after them, as they took flight:
“Avoid the fiscal cliff for all, and to YOU a good-night!”

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!



  1. Another slow day at the Heretic Foundation.

  2. Obama just wants to let it expire, grab all the money and redistribute the way he wants. Marxism 101.

  3. JRM_CommonSense

    So it is alright for the Heritage Foundation to take another step that removes a Christian figure from Christmas. And here we were led to believe that it was the Leftists and Secularist Religion nuts that were conducting a “war on religion”.

  4. Either let it go over the cliff, at least there are spending cuts and then Obama owns it

    Or, give Obama’s tax rate hikes but make them contingent on a 3:1 spending cut to revenue ratio. No spending cuts, no tax hikes. Make Obama choose

  5. Obama has owned the economy since the middle of 2011, according to Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz.

    6/15/11 11:35 AM EDT

    Democrats are ready to take responsibility for the state of the economy and they deserve credit for putting it on the right track, the party’s chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said on Wednesday.

    “We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57025.html#ixzz2GDYcIqcJ

    See: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57025.html

  6. This fiscal cliff fiasco is so sad you need to laugh to keep from crying. Richard Cohen had a syndicated column in the AZ Republic this morning that made me chuckle over my coffee. In his column he rightly, in my opinion, blames both the President and Congress for the inability to reach a solution to the problem. But two lines in the column made me smile even as I think there are serious consequences ahead for the country by our leaders ineptitude. The first line Cohen attributes to Dana Milbank which posits that maybe Boehner’s “Plan B” failed because that is also the name of the morning after pill. “Maybe for that reason – one cannot underestimate the stupidity in Washington – 26 Republican members of the House said they would vote no.” Too funny. The second line was to the effect that Obama’s “mandate” is “chimerical, made of rhetorical filigree that evaporates in the intellectually arid atmosphere of congressional districts that voted ‘Tea Party’ Republican”. Again, very funny. Since it looks we’re going over the cliff I figure it’s better to go over laughing than weeping.

  7. If you think the fiscal cliff is bad news, check this out:

    Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States

    America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. An increasing number of Americans expect the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave, and they expect the government to dig into the pockets of others in order to pay for it all. This philosophy can be very seductive, but what happens when the number of takers eventually outnumbers the number of producers? In 11 different U.S. states, the number of government dependents exceeds the number of private sector workers. This list of states includes some of the biggest states in the country: California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is interesting to note that seven of those states were won by Barack Obama on election night.

    Read more at: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-number-of-people-on-welfare-exceeds-the-number-of-people-with-jobs-in-11-states

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