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Coping With The Fiscal Cliff, Using Haiku

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The "fiscal cliff" refers to automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will take place in 2013 unless a deal is reached in Congress.
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The "fiscal cliff" refers to automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will take place in 2013 unless a deal is reached in Congress.

As fiscal cliff negotiations continue on Capitol Hill, some people are looking for ways to break up the monotony of the process. While we await signs of any progress, Elahe Izadi — a reporter for National Journal and a former WAMU blogger — took to Twitter to solicit fiscal cliff haiku. Surprisingly enough, it turns out that there were quite a few poetic policy wonks in the District. Izadi received dozens of responses in the 5-7-5 syllable form, and explains some of her favorites.

WAMU staff and reporters were also eager to take up the challenge.

Morning Edition anchor and reporter Matt McCleskey is a news hound to his core:

Heading for the cliff...
Will we jump or will we stop?
Either way it's news!

Jerad Walker, a production coordinator with WAMU Bluegrass Country, recalls a famous cliff-based couple:

Barack and Boehner
Driving U.S. off cliff like
Thelma and Louise

Chris Chester, on the web team, knew about the fiscal cliff before it was cool:

Hipster wonks recall
When the fiscal cliff was still
Called sequestration

Michael Pope, always bringing it back to his beat in Northern Virginia:

Whatever happens
The transient lodging tax
Is forseen to spike

The fiscal cliff is tangible in Susan Thomas' household:

Fiscal cliff has caused
spouse's frozen salary
Cut wages cause pain.

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