If President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's closed-door meetings aimed at solving the fiscal cliff crisis trouble anyone, you'd expect it to be the open-government watchdogs who routinely bark their outrage at public officials who work overtime to avoid public scrutiny.
Congress and the White House appear far from a deal to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year. The sudden changes in taxes and spending that would result, would hit home for some farm families and people depending on support programs in the Farm Bill.
Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 10:25 am
Every time President Obama explains why he wants to increase taxes on the richest 2 percent, Republicans have a ready answer: Most small business owners file their taxes as individuals, and a rate hike would discourage them from hiring new workers.