Local residents react to no Fiscal Cliff deal

By WEEK Producer

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Many Americans' frustration with the fiscal cliff has boiled over, as they stand to pay the most for the partisan finger-pointing in Washington, D.C.

Some say they're worried how their paychecks will be impacted while others are worried what could happen to medicare and social security.

However, one taxpayer says it's obvious what's happening between both parties on Capitol Hill.

"If they wanted to come to a resolution a month ago, they would have," said Le Claire, Iowa resident Matthew Hentrich. "They didn't want to, they wanted to wait until the last second if at all possible for the political drama or to get more attention or to make everyone happy they're not working with the other side because apparently, that's a bad thing."

Regardless of what happens, your paycheck is still likely to shrink.

That's because the Senate's deal does not address an increase in the payroll taxes, and the cut on those taxes has expired.

"I think they've forgotten they're Americans first and citizens first and not a Republican or Democrat," said East Peoria resident Gary Fell. "So, I think they ought to forget all that stuff and do what's right for the country and get on with it."

Peoria resident Scott Hecker agreed. "I'd say you need to get off your feet and work a little harder, a little faster toward coming to a resolution rather than waiting until the last minute. I understand it's the holiday season and stuff like that, but we all have to work and do our jobs."

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