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From my column in today's Roll Call, here are my predictions for what's ahead next year after we deal (or possibly don't deal) with the fiscal cliff.

A Budget Crystal Ball for 2013

Don’t expect Congress to tackle a tax overhaul anytime soon

For the third year in a row I am not writing a year-in-review column because, honestly, they’re boring and unnecessary. If you’ve been interested enough in the federal budget to read my column in 2012, you already know what happened and probably don’t want to be reminded. If you didn’t care during the year, you don’t need to know now.

Besides, what’s to come in 2013 is definitely more interesting.

Posted by Stan Collender

My "Fiscal Fitness" column from this morning's Roll Call explains how the fiscal cliff might be reported by Variety if it were an entertainment story. Then again, so far, hasn't it been mostly entertainment?

Some Are Miffed the Cliff Tiff Not Diff

The headline above is how Variety, the Hollywood news magazine that uses its own insider lingo — what it calls “slanguage” — might describe what’s currently happening with the fiscal cliff.

Posted by Stan Collender

My column from today's Roll Call points out that you can't, as House Speaker Boehner wants us to believe, say the fiscal cliff discussions have stalled because they haven't really even started yet. So far, the only thing that's happened is the federal budget equivalent of two alpha males pounding their chests in front of the other.

Fiscal Cliff Talks Aren't at a Standstill; They Haven't Started

After all of the lengthy, difficult and failed budget negotiations over the past few years, did anyone really think dealing with the fiscal cliff was going to be fast, easy and painless?

Posted by Stan Collender

My column from today's Roll Call explains how the debate over the fiscal cliff is proving many of the (largely GOP-driven) beliefs that have dominated the federal budget debate for the past decade are nothing but myths.

Fiscal Cliff Should Alter Budget Debate

Other than the fact that we’re now two weeks closer to its tax increases and spending cuts going into effect, not much has really changed about the fiscal cliff since my last column was published two weeks ago.

Posted by Stan Collender
As I explain in my column from today's Roll Call, we're just as likely to go over the fiscal cliff after the election as we were before the votes were counted.
 
Election Day Did Little to Alter Equation
Last week’s election results did not change my opinion that we’re more likely to go over the fiscal cliff than to avoid it.
 
Yes, I heard the less defiant tone Speaker


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