Fiscal cliffs for everyoneby Toby Manhire
The term "fiscal cliff" has quickly become adopted to describe anyone's budget woes.
It hasn't quite reached that saturation yet, but a similar thing seems under way today, this time with the fiscal cliff. As this BBC News Magazine piece explains, the term has been in use in the US for a few years, but this year it has installed itself unavoidably in the popular lexicon.
The US has apparently avoided plummetting from said cliff with an eleventh-hour agreement, but - ta-da - everyone seems to have one of their own.
A quick Google search reveals that the following are now boasting of their "own fiscal cliff":
Britain (already fallen from).
The European Union.
The United Nations.
US states including Illinois, Florida. Washington, Maine.
US cities including Sarasota, Cincinnati, Rialto, Los Angeles.
Education in the US state of Arizona.
Education in the US state of Philadelphia.
The Canadian state of British Columbia.
A cable TV company in Idaho.
Celtic rugby nations.
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