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Nebraskans respond to fiscal cliff dilemma
Just four weeks to go for the President and Congress to reach an agreement on the so called fiscal cliff.
One trillion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts will take effect midnight on December 31st if the two can't sides don't reach a compromise.
And residents in Central Nebraska are sounding off.
The people News 5 spoke with say they're not too concerned about the taxes themselves, but rather Republicans and Democrats working together. Something they are optimistic will happen.
It's down to the wire to come up with a solution. The fiscal cliff threatens the largest tax increase in American history.
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns released an assessment Monday saying Nebraskan's won't be immune to the spending cuts.
"I'm more worried about the price of food and the price of fuel and what we're going to do for that, taxes, to me that's all taxes," said Eric Rothell.
While many are still worried about taxes, they're even more worried that the two sides can't agree on a compromise.
"I just think something needs to get done, I don't understand all the details of it, but it needs to get worked out somehow," John Dale said.
"Lock them up in Camp David without any media and enough food, but no fancy meals, and just leave them there until they get something worked out," said Jean-Esther Dale.
President Obama's opening bid to avoid the cliff, $1.6 trillion in new revenue, twice what was on the table in last year's failed grand bargain and $600 billion in spending cuts, much of it from Medicare.
But Speaker of the House, John Boehner says that isn't good enough bringing negotiations to a stand-still.
"It's kind of a big game they're playing in Washington," said Rothell.
Eric Rothell says he believes the cliff is a scare tactic to keep minds off what's really going on.
"We're forgetting about all this other stuff and we're worrying about this fiscal cliff, I don't think there's going to be a cliff, I think it's just like Y2K, I think it's just a big game that they're playing in Washington, both sides," said Rothell.
With that cliff looming, there's hope a compromise can and will be reached.
"I think it's going to happen either way, we're just gonna have to figure out a way to get through it," Rothell said.
New proposals were made by Republican this afternoon, but so far, still no deal.
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