When Paul Ryan's plan, which wouldn't balance the budget for around 20 years, gets roundly criticized as a 'throw grandma over the cliff' budget, it is clear as day that the current leadership has absolutely no stomach to do what's necessary.
Going over the fiscal cliff will hurt, but what does anyone expect for the blatant irresponsible spending that has occurred over the last couple decades? Any real solution is going to hurt. It's time to take our medicine.
The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants