"Today it's the fiscal cliff, but that surely will not be the end of it; next year it will be the fiscal mountain, after that the fiscal black hole, and after that fiscal Armageddon. But the truth is Washington already drove us off the fiscal cliff while no one was looking. A nation that has a $16.3 trillion debt, a debt that is larger than our entire economy, has already driven through the guard rail and is in free fall with the cliff somewhere in the rear-view mirror." — Gov. Bobby Jindal in a Dec. 6 op-ed for Politico.
"The only way (Gov. Bobby) Jindal's argument makes any sense at all is if you read it to mean that, as many people seem to think, the 'fiscal cliff' means 'high deficits' rather than 'deficits shrinking too fast.' That's the smart interpretation of his argument. The non-smart read of his argument is too incoherent to express in words. This from one of the GOP's most touted brains!" — Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine, under the headline, "Bobby Jindal Unclear on What Fiscal Cliff Is."