A certain part of Congress behaves like a bitter, spiteful spouse.
Imagine a couple with a child that went through a nasty divorce and decided the child between them was the most important thing in their divided lives to think about. Now imagine the Democrats and Republicans deciding the middle-class tax cuts are the most important piece of a complicated puzzle to build first on; this would be a starting point to solving the stalemate on the "fiscal cliff" between both political parties. It would be like the child needing her divorced parents to see her as the most significant part of their present and future moments. The behavior and actions of the parents toward the child determines the future of the child.
If that extreme part of Congress continues to dig in its heels and take the middle class down with it, no one will win. It is my opinion that the extremists in Congress have lost their focus after the re-election of President Obama; Obamacare is no longer in danger and cannot be used as a wedge issue. This, I believe has left many in Congress in a very disgruntled state.
Like the child that needed her parents to overcome their bitterness, the middle class needs that part of Congress to overcome its arrogance.
West Dennis, MA