Third Party Views on the Fiscal Cliff

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.

10 thoughts on “Third Party Views on the Fiscal Cliff

  1. NewFederalist

    It is interesting that the GOP sacked Justin Amash from the Budget Committee. I guess “Ron Paul Republicans” are NOT wanted when budget deals are being worked out to save America!

  2. Jed Siple

    While I don’t like the tax increases, if this “fiscal cliff” cuts spending it could turn out to be somewhat of a blessing.

  3. Independent Green Party Voter

    Let’s get back to the reason tax rates of the 1990s.
    Let’s get back to the defense spending levels of 2000.

    That’s what the hyped media – and two larger parties refer to as phony fiscal cliff.

    It would bring us fiscal responsibility. We’d have a federal deficit this year of only $200 billion vs $1 trillion.

    Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. Save $70 billion.

    Cut wasteful military spending by another $500 billion.

    We’ still be spending $250 billion a year on military. Twice what any nation on earth spends.

    We’d have a balanced budget in 2013, a virtuous economic cycle. Balance the budget, and start paying off the federal debt.

    The economy would boom!

  4. From Der Sidelines

    We went over the cliff about $16T ago. It’s just that they have been engaging in Looney Tunes’ Selective Gravity where it only happens if one is aware of it.

  5. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    I’ve heard the “fiscal cliff” will result in some defense cuts. That’s a good thing.

    On the whole, the “fiscal cliff” sounds better to me than either the Democrats’ or Republicans’ alternative plans. The GOP, for instance, wants no defense cuts.

    I say, let’s go over the cliff. It won’t be good, but it’ll be better than the offered alternatives.

  6. paulie

    I say, let’s go over the cliff.

    Agreed. This is not the real cliff – it’s a speed bump in the grand scheme of things. We are still headed towards a real cliff either way, and if anything going over the mini-cliff may buy us a little bit of time.

  7. paulie

    We went over the cliff about $16T ago. It’s just that they have been engaging in Looney Tunes’ Selective Gravity where it only happens if one is aware of it.

    True in its own way. There are many cliffs of varying size behind and ahead of us.

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