While the mainstream media and major parties are rambling on and on about the so-called “fiscal cliff,” not much has been heard from third parties on the subject.
We contacted and researched the three largest third parties in the US, including the Libertarians, Greens, and Constitution Party.
A Green friend pointed us to the Green Party press release on the fiscal cliff from mid-November. They objected to President Obama making any kind of deal that “involves cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, or other safety-net programs,” calling instead for him to “let the tax cuts expire, bring the troops home from the wars, and cut military spending.”
2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson put out a message yesterday: That Sound You Hear. As he put it:
Only in Washington would cutting $100 billion be viewed as an impending disaster. The real disaster – the real “fiscal cliff” – is the one we face if spending ISN’T cut by far more than $100 billion.
Carla Howell, Executive Director for the National LP, described the term “fiscal cliff” as a manipulative term. The real cliff is our failure to cut spending and address the deficits and debt.
Asked about what happens if no compromise is reached, Howell felt that raising taxes will be bad and cutting spending will be good. Tax increases will have a negative effect. Tax increase are a transfer of wealth from the private sector to government which keeps growing. She also noted that the supposed cuts are not genuine cuts.
We called the Constitution Party presidential campaign and left a message. If we hear back from them or others, we will update the article.
None of the third parties seem to buy into the mainstream media and major party view that the so-called cliff will provoke an economic crisis.