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Fiscal fatigue is by-product of fiscal cliff wrangling

10:45 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hardly a typical New Year's Eve when the news of the day focused on the pending "fiscal cliff" with Congress and the White House wrestling on how to handle tax increases and deep spending cuts that would be ushered in with the new year.

"I am kind of getting tired of it," said Ruth Hunt as she checked out getting fireworks to ring in the new year.

Katie Frazier also planned to bring in the new year with some sizzle and pop.

"Every time turn on the television it is fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff. So I just change the station now," said Frazier who complained of fatigue settling in.

"For some odd reason at first confused with that (fiscal cliff) and the end of the world thing. I thought the fiscal cliff thing about end of the world. Whoops," said the mother of two children.

Don Smith had more on this mind than the fiscal cliff as he worked New Year's Eve to open a mini mall on Normandy Boulevard.

Starting a new business he says has consumed his time and attention.

"Don't know a lot about it, no time really or interest," said Smith.

In the waning hours of New Year's Eve, congressional leaders and the White House report finding middle ground on tax increases and spending cuts. A vote could happen as early as Tuesday as Washington works into the wee hours to finalize a deal.

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