Butch, Sundance, and Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff
My all-time favorite movie is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. At one point, Butch and Sundance are being relentlessly pursued by a posse of Pinkerton agents. Finally, they come to the edge of a cliff overlooking a ravine with a raging river below. The outlaws have three choices. They can surrender, in which case they will probably be tried and hanged as bank robbers. They can stand and fight, in which case they will certainly die gloriously in a hail of bullets. Or, they can jump. They decide to jump.
Butch Cassidy: I’ll jump first.
Sundance Kid: Nope.
Butch Cassidy: Then you jump first.
Sundance Kid: No, I said!
Butch Cassidy: What’s the matter with you?!
Sundance: I can’t swim!
Butch Cassidy: [laughing] Why, you crazy — the fall’ll probably kill ya!
It seems to me that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell find themselves in a similar situation. My advice: JUMP. Given the alternatives, it appears to be the best choice. And, as it turns out, the fall didn’t kill Butch and Sundance after all.