How will the "fiscal cliff" affect Americans? This is the scare tactic leveled at the American public by deceitful politicians playing the taxing game. We have heard politicians state that a good crisis should not go to waste. A crisis seems to require immediate action. Funding perceived solutions is win-win. The crisis favors solutions to avoid the debt ceiling cliff. The obvious choice for politicians is to increase taxes to fund their insatiable appetite to spend! Now is the time to launch trial balloons: eliminate charitable deductions, seize IRAs, etc.