[ANALYSIS] For a few minutes, you’re a member of the U.S. House

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

Not as an excuse for the continuing gridlock in Congress, but let’s try to walk a mile in the shoes of those politicians when it comes to reaching an agreement to keep from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Perhaps a family situation could serve as an analogy.

Your family agreed early in the year if your two kids couldn’t end by Christmas their fighting over the amount of their allowances, neither would receive any allowance for a year.

John 15, receives $150 per month in “spending money” which includes lunch, and Billy, 17, gets $200, based on $25 increases per year until they both reach 19 years old.

John has all his spending money committed to monthly payments for video games, to which he is pretty much addicted.

Billy uses his money to “buy” friends he probably would not otherwise have because of his personality shortcomings.

Both of your kids have to blink to avoid losing their allowances.

Meanwhile, peace in the family goes over the cliff if they don’t.

This is not to say Billy and John are in a dysfunctional family; it is to say Congress is a dysfunctional family.

And by direct link, we are its neighbors.

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