Cleveland: As fiscal cliff nears, local taxpayers' concern grows

12:30 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The fiscal cliff that could end up costing American families thousands of dollars is now just 22 days away. 

Without an agreement out of Washington, concern is growing among taxpayers over what will happen in the next three weeks. 

At a rally Monday evening, over a dozen people gathered to send a message to lawmakers on what they want and don't want to see happen in 2013.

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Organized by the ALF-CIO, people voiced their opposition to an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the top 2 percent of Americans, as well as their concerns about the future of social security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Political analysts say this week is critical for reaching a deal, because it might take two weeks after that to work through the complexities of one.

Fred Crow, Jr., says whatever they decide will impact his family.

"I'm frightened about it," Crow said. Crow is a 28-year truck driver, 51-years-old, with a wife and three sons. He could be any blue collar worker in America.

"Social Security and Medicare are two programs I'm counting on to take me into my golden years. I'm worried about my pension," Crow said.

As the end of the year nears, Republicans are seeking savings from benefit programs to the tune of $800 billion.

Even President Obama has proposed $400 billion in reduced "entitlement" costs.

Crow considers these programs that have protected his family. He admits, though, he has a better idea of what he doesn't want to see happen, than what the best solution is.

"I'd like to see both parties come together and do what's right for this country. Take the money out of it," Crow said.

WKYC-TV

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