The thought of falling off the fiscal cliff is raising a lot of questions not just in Washington but here on the Western Slope as well.
With just days before the deadline, we asked you what should be done.
"I’m concerned about my children and family," Linda Cabler said.
Tax hikes, spending cuts, and lost benefits will be sure to follow. But what does that mean to the average American? For some here on the Western Slope, it means worry and uncertainty come the first of the year.
Gale Fehlman says, "Well it’s something that's going to happen whether we want it to or not. Things are a mess and we all just have to work and pay through the nose to get through it."
Others are fed up with our government's indecision and how it's being handled.
“It’s a bunch of crap," Dutch Afman said.
"Nobody cares. At least I don't care,” Gregory Brian said. “Everyone else seems to have a fear. I’ve been through too much in life to worry about a lousy fiscal cliff."
But like congress, those we talked to didn't seem to have a consensus on what should be done to avoid the looming cliff.
"The tax structure has to be changed. It has to be mended," Kenneth Zaracor said.
Afman says, "If we let this thing go everybody is going to suffer."
"I’d like to see our taxes go down and be able to put money in the bank," Fehlman said.
Still many Americans remain resigned to hoping for the best, realizing little of the decision making is within their control.
"I’m not in the senate and I’m not in the congress, so I have nothing to do with it,” Brian said. “Whatever they make up their minds to do, I’ll deal with it."