How the Fiscal Cliff Will Affect You

Washington hasn’t sent you a parachute, yet it’s pushing the nation off the fiscal cliff anyway. So it’s time for ordinary people to figure out how the shenanigans in Washington will affect them.

Democrats and Republicans seem unable to make any kind of deal to prevent a huge set of tax hike and spending cuts from going into effect at the start of 2013. The media tends to refer to the cliff as if it’s one huge measure that will instantly cause a recession if Congress does nothing to stop it.

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