Speaker of the House John Boehner's "Plan B" solution to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, which the president and Senate Democrats refused to consider, fell apart with Republicans in Congress last night despite earlier signals that it would pass in the House. Now with no deal on the horizon, Congress has decided to head home for the holidays still with no plan for the Fiscal Cliff.
Despite being one of the only major players in all this to come out strongly behind a plan of compromise, Boehner is suffering a crushing blow as the media has focused on Republican votes pulling away from the Speaker on Plan B (after it was clear that the proposal would not be discussed in Senate).
Before all the cards crumbled, last night during a sudden gathering of the House GOP caucus, the Speaker, who is a devout Catholic, reportedly said the serenity prayer as a last hope to get Republicans in line behind is plan--“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Since it doesn't look like at this point that any plan will get through before January 1, or at least Christmas, it may be a time for hypotheticals. Considering Boehner's prayer, the "Real News" team debated Friday what exactly would God do on the Fiscal Cliff? The Pope may have given his thoughts on an answer for this question in an editorial for the Financial Times yesterday.
“Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,” was the response of Jesus when asked about paying taxes. His questioners, of course, were laying a trap for him. They wanted to force him to take sides in the highly charged political debate about Roman rule in the land of Israel. Yet there was more at stake here: if Jesus really was the long-awaited Messiah, then surely he would oppose the Roman overlords. So the question was calculated to expose him either as a threat to the regime, or as a fraud.
Watch the panel below discuss the failure of plan B, and WWJD on the Fiscal cliff: