This is why we can't have nice things. When NBC News, along with all of the other main network channels, insist on overdramatizing the "fiscal cliff" -- really, let's just call it what it is: a fiscal bluff -- and making it sound like Armageddon is coming on January 1, 2013, well ... it's very difficult to outshout them.
It's also easy enough to get poll results that back up the idiocy put forward by people like the FixTheDebt gang, which is really just a stealth effort to kill Medicare and Social Security altogether.
An overwhelming majority of Americans want Congress and the Obama White House to reach a deal featuring both tax increases and spending cuts to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
In fact, majorities of Democrats, Republicans and political independents each support such a deal.
Yet respondents are split over whether any kind of agreement can be reached, and nearly seven in 10 believe that the coming year will feature Democrats and Republicans in Congress showing little willingness to come to an agreement on important matters.