It was desperation and their own fiscal cliff that had one couple moving cross-country from Pennsylvania to California with five of their seven children in the unheated cargo area of a Budget rented moving van.
A relative of the family called Indiana State Police, saying children could be in the cargo area. Troopers spotted the moving van at a truck stop near New Carlisle, Indiana, Wednesday night.
The parents were each charged with one count of neglect of a dependent.
When they were stopped, the 41-year-old dad said he knew it was a bad idea. He said they didn't own a car, were down on their luck and were moving the family across the country for a possible job opportunity in San Bernadino, California.
In this case, I would call their actions "desperation." It makes me wonder if this saga should be required reading for all those in Congress who need to decide before December 31 if we are going over the "fiscal cliff."
How much real life experience are the legislators depending upon in thinking about how to make their decision?
And it isn't looking good for everyone else eitehr.
Optimism gave way to a partisan reality on Capitol Hill as congressional leaders acknowledged Thursday that little progress as been made with the White House to reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" coming at year's end.
That's when all of the Bush era tax cuts will expire and billions in automatic spending cuts are triggered.
And the Associated Press said "I've got to tell you that I'm disappointed in where we are and disappointed in what's happened over the last couple of weeks," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
He told reporters "no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the White House and the House over the last two weeks."
Obama has outlined his proposal to raise the individual rates on the top 2 percent of Americans in order to raise $1 trillion in revenue over the next decade.
Democrats counter that the onus is on Republicans to put forward a plan outlining spending cuts.
Meanwhile, the average family is no longer "average" and is becoming the "new" poor. As the old saying goes, "desperate times call for desperate measures."
I hate to see any family pressed to the limit. There has to be a reasonable way to resolve this. I mean, isn't that why we elected them to represent us?