The Other New Normal (Which Isn't So New)
Here's where we stand on the fiscal cliff at the moment:
The deal in the works would return tax rates on families making over $450,000 to 39.6 percent. The tax on estates worth more than $5 million would increase to 40 percent. And unemployment benefits would continue for one year.
The officials say the White House and Republicans are at an impasse over what to do about automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin taking effect on Jan. 1. Democrats want to put off the cuts for one year. [Emphasis added, but duh.]
The "one year" being 2000-never.