The mainstream media is abuzz with "news" of the fiscal cliff-- a end-of-year deadline when the Bush Era tax cuts expire and other financial maneuvers by the federal government either end or take effect. (It's a really long list-- read more about the fiscal cliff here and here.)
The fiscal cliff is a crisis manufactured by Congress because on multiple occasions they put off making decisions. Seriously, makeshift, stop-gap deals is their forte.
Grassroots activists from Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) have hand-delivered 70 letters to members of Congress, urging them to vote against austerity measures which will hit average Americans and the poor the hardest and vote for measures-- like the Robin Hood Tax-- which will raise revenues by increasing taxes on the rich.
Here in Tucson, PDA Tucson members delivered such a letter to newly elected Congressman Ron Barber.
For detailed background on the fiscal cliff, check out the video from The Real News, after the jump.