The Fiscal Cliff: What it is and what it might mean for you

By the time you read this, the United States may (or may not) have gone over the “Fiscal Cliff.” In these last days of 2012, as the edge of said cliff approaches, here are some sources you can use to learn more about this situation and the consequences for you.

The Fiscal Cliff: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ":  this webpage by the Washington Post gives answers to basic questions about the Fiscal Cliff and links to past Washington Post articles and other published information about it.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides analysis of budgetary and economic issues. Here is the CBO blog related to the federal budget. You can also read opinions and statements about the Fiscal Cliff on the websites for each of the major players in the Fiscal Cliff negotiations: President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The library has lots of electronic resources for finding articles related to the Fiscal Cliff (or any topic). One of them is Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center in Context, which gives links to magazine and journal articles, as well as some videos and audio files (you will need a library card # and PIN in order to access this resource from outside the library.)

World News Digest is an electronic resource that presents analysis of issues and a chronlogical listing of news events related to them. Here is their webpage on Budget and the National Debt, which provides a good background of the history behind this issue (you will need a library card # and PIN in order to access this resource from outside the library.)

How will the Fiscal Cliff affect you and your money? Various media outlets have published what-if scenarios, including The Huffington Post and CNN.

Of course, all of this information could change in a moment if an agreement is ever reached among our various elected officials!

If you need any help now or in the future finding more information related to the Fiscal Cliff, issues affecting your money, or anything else, please contact a librarian. We are always happy to help find you the information you need!