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Frank Rich: America's Real Fiscal Crisis

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For all the Beltway hysteria about the fiscal cliff, the forgotten Americans in the debate are American workers: both those who are employed and have seen their wages stagnate and those who are unemployed and can't find work. The fixed ideas in Washington right now -- reducing the deficit, cutting entitlements, increasing tax rates for the upper 2 percent -- do not begin to address this crisis. What the stunning victory of the Michigan GOP (the governor as well as the legislature) demonstrates is that while Romney may have lost, the Koch brothers and other right-wing industrialists determined to erode workers' pay, benefits, and standing have only just begun to fight. It's going to be trench warfare in the coming years.

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