"I don't know if I ought to go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic."

Black Friday's an exhausted—if expensive—memory. All the leftovers are gone. And the election's ancient history.

So, of course, now we have to sit around and fret over—and hear about—the so-called fiscal cliff. When did the news go from reporting the simple facts of a story to a bunch of phony opinions about the story? We've gone from reporting what happened to predicting what might. And usually getting it wrong. Our immediate gratification, 24-hour news cycle society apparently wants its news from the future. Where's Daniel Singer when you need him?

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