You have to look at the current political rhetoric and understand that one is an intelligent way to serve the few moneyed elite and the other is more plain and bold. Sort of like the "good cop - bad cop" scenario the thugs in law enforcement play with the designated offender, whether the crime was done or not considering any mitigating circumstances if you are weak and poor or innocent - in fact that makes the machine more ferocious.
So essentially in this capitalistic system gone wild it does not matter who the thieves are, because they are the elite - so we can't ask them to bear this burden they have given birth too. The political discussion takes on the shape of some type of "equals," the privileged thieves become the equals of the middle class and poor - the "good cop" is Obama and the valiant democratic senate, and the "bad cop" is the nasty republican horde. How much the people are in trouble it can be measured by how much they buy this complete BS, this ruse of so-called compromise and fair play, there is no such animal. It is similar to looking at the imperial foreign policy, and not seeing a pattern of destructive exploitation - it takes a kind of "genius" to not see a repetitive and destructive pattern for the enrichment of the few (both foreign and domestic)...
Suddenly programs that the people have paid for become "entitlements," and that merely because the money used to support these programs has been stolen. The politicians and the government, which in reality is nothing but a franchise of the elite in any time in American history (there, I said it again for the thousandth time) acts as a compromised referee - but must convince the people that he (collective he) is an impartial judge and jury and is fit to conjure up a benign program. However, in reality the elite are merely slapped on the wrist and go on hardly scathed, it is really a farce, indeed, if anything is really done at all - the poor and the weak (the other "equal" side) are summarily gutted.
There is never a thought about reducing the funding of the military and its industrial complex or for that matter the prison complex, because the people are to be either spent in war for the profits of the few or thrown away like refuse in prison rather than face the failure or take responsibility for the sick society which this inequality has created. So there are no sustainable jobs created, or adequate housing for the people (in fact part of the process is throwing them out of their homes and re-selling them, because the money stolen from the people in part is used to cover the inflated price of the home in the original loan - they can hardly wait because it is all gravy, you're demise is their job, or blowing the cost up in an artificial bubble which keeps them out of the reach of most - how can one take advantage of these houses when they have poor paying jobs and this is all that is created?). So the gap between the rich and the poor yawns further and those who thought they were enfranchised are engulfed in this systemic dragnet as it were, by their own targeted disenfranchisement or by the creation of new laws/felonies by the flick of the pen - now we are all potential terrorists and criminals.
So what do we do about this situation? You better ask the question because the fiscal cliff was created to throw the people off of to their ultimate demise, while the moneyed few walk off into a bright sunset.
The fact of the matter is simple, whether it is those in the Euro-grip or the American people, they are all leaning toward that "austerity" direction - we see what is happening in the targeted countries in the Euro alliance, they sink into depression as the elite walk off unscathed. These governments, no matter what their plea all have the same charge, to maintain the status quo for the few and the hell with the majority of the people - these so-called "democracies." In reality, "democracy" for the few, and unending commiseration for the rest.
The only answer has been and always will be the complete dismantling of this worldwide system by the people, and NONE of the current government crews will ever ever lead that charge, that is not their job, their moneyed elite employers never will allow this. What these government officials are sworn to is upholding this current system no matter what it does to the people globally.
Now, I have always appreciated the direction of the Occupation movement, and their current activity needs to be recognized and respected - I am talking about the Rolling Jubilee, Strike Debt - the people are bailing themselves out. They have started a campaign to roll people out of debt, to buy up their debt on that murky market of vultures, and then just cancel the outstanding balances they buy. It is a good short term stopgap, and it is a swift answer to some of the issues at hand.
However, it does not answer the movement of this current system, nor the condition of the people presently preyed upon now or in the future - it is a good temporary relief. What it should become is a beginning point, and it should be picked up nationally and internationally - as a starting point. Something has to be done to shoot the systemic predator, this is the part everyone shy's away from - they do not want to be seen as a threat or as a truly revolutionary viable option because this makes you a target. There is fear because the people suffer from the Stockholm Syndrome collectively - and they truly do not know what to do. The answer is how large can we make the proposed target which the system will take aim at so that it would be nearly impossible to stop short of blowing up the planet, so what can we do to start substantive permanent change which is unstoppable?
The process has to be one of extraction and action - extraction from the instruments of debt which puts the public into the position of slave-like debt penury. The creation of alternative financial instruments to not only free people from debt so that they inevitably become re-enslaved (because this is what the current system does), but a system which makes available financial resources without predatory designs - a bank if you please for the people (for lack of a better term), a virtual Andrew Jackson of the collective people to slay the many headed hydra (minus the the colonial carnage which Jackson participated in).
Understand that these proposed actions are not without any precedent historically, and even though President Jackson had his faults, in regard to this issue he was dead on and his prejudice and activity was the only course. We do not have the luxury of leaders like this today, or at least, we do not have such leaders supported by the majority of the American population.
The state of the American people is for the most part one of delusion, isolated in their respective manufactured cocoons - glued to a media which feeds their ideas of "safety," people who can watch a super- storm approaching like Sandy on their luminous tubes oblivious until they are swept away in disaster - maybe they think they are watching a movie. They think that the pittance they possess and the delusional comfort that they feel is invincible, until they are struck without remedy - and we cannot wait for the whole population which is artificially anesthetized to wake up from their slumber.
So while we are in a mood for positive action lets not think we have done enough with just freeing some from debt slavery, but lets embody what is truly revolutionary not only in word but in deed. It has never been a majority which has brought change, but a vanguard, a token of the population has always benefited the majority in the long run. Strap on your swords of truth to action not merely truth to words, and complete the action which is so needed by the people so that the population is not rocked to sleep unaware of their planned fate.
A PROTEST OR A DEMONSTRATION IS A FORM OF PLEADING WITH THOSE WHO HAVE PUT US HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHY DO YOU EXPECT SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM THEM? THEY ARE SWORN TO UPHOLD THE STATUS QUO - WHICH IS BAILOUTS FOR THE FEW AND NOTHING FOR YOU. WE DO NOT NEED A DEMONSTRATION, WE NEED TO TAKE EVERYTHING BACK FROM THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THIS TO US.IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO COME TO THEE REALIZATION THAT THE MONEY, YOUR MONEY GIVEN TO THE FEW IS INTIMATELY TIED TO YOUR DEMISE AND IMPOVERISHMENT AND THOSE IN GOVERNMENT ARE THERE FOR THEM - NOT FOR YOU, WAKE UP!