After superstorm Sandy left the East Coast devastated and waterlogged, claiming 100s of lives as well, I read that the U.S. government and insurance companies will collectively pump in about $240 billion to rebuild the affected areas.
That week, the American people overwhelmingly re-elected President Obama, spelling out that they were all happy with the hard-fought Obamacare which benefits the whole nation, People are sensible, and while the Recovery is gradual, people realize the value of the social net. When New Hampshire voted for Democrats, it became clear people were happy with the certainity of the status quo and a gradual Recovery and the proactive style of Mr Obama as the genuinely caring leader.
It may have dawned on the American people that a government of bi-partisan co-operation may mean the best governance of a democracy in the world, leading to natural growth, fulfillment of people's aspirations and perhaps even a growing prosperity. When a people work together in the national interest, they can pool their resources and surmount any challenges. By grace of God, with imrpoved exports, more jobs, and hence improved trade balances, the fiscal cliff will become a ledger entry in the Comptrollers books of sovereign nations.