KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Fiscal Cliff here, Fiscal Cliff there, Fiscal Cliff everywhere.
Kansas City tax payer Dennis Dewitt says you can't get away from it.
"Of course the news is going to blow it out of proportion, you can't get away from it on TV," he said. (You think we would do that?) "Oh yeah, look at the television today. It's everywhere, right?"
Maybe, but are we doomed? Is the economy spiraling toward a fiscal free fall Thelma and Louise style? Or maybe, we are getting ahead of ourselves.
"I'm not sure the cliff is the right term, maybe a financial bump," said Financial Planner Eric Jones. According to Jones, it's a bump many Americans will feel if Washington does nothing. "It means higher taxes, maybe a couple more thousand a year."
President Obama said in a press conference on Friday that he doesn't want that to happen to the middle class.
"Let's extend middle class tax cuts right now," he said. "I've got a pen, I'm ready to sign it right away, let's do it."
Colleen Low, another Kansas City tax payer, said she hopes it happens.
"I just hope the other side of his argument of going across the aisle and trying to build some unity with the government will come through," she said
To put his plan in gear, President Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House next week to discuss the fiscal cliff in hopes of driving home a compromise instead of driving off the cliff like Thelma and Louise.