It could be because I work part time at a running shoe store that this cartoon appealed to me. Republicans are afraid that plunging off the fiscal cliff will ruin them, while Obama almost seems to be piling on more conditions in order to make sure the financial cliff is reached. Of course Obama also wants the ability to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. Is allowing the U.S. to go further into debt, solving the problem? Politicians need to start being rewarded for behaving responsibly with taxpayer money, instead of being rewarded with votes as long as the hand-outs keep coming. It is not in Obama’s best interest to compromise, especially since he has the flexibility to not worry about another election.