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Local reaction to fiscal cliff concerns

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

When it comes to government trying to work out a solution to avoid the fiscal cliff, some people from Mid-Michigan say they're watching it and just scratching their heads.

"I think it's utterly ridiculous," said Bridget Palmer Friday night.

Palmer said if we go over the cliff and the price of milk skyrockets, she'll have to change her shopping habits. She's not alone.

"Well, we wouldn't be drinking a lot of milk, that's for sure," laughed one woman at Food Depot in Saginaw.

Washington's milking the clock, so to speak, while keeping fiscal cliff fears real. Some people on Friday even called Congress a joke.

"Just do something," laughed Michelle Crooker.

But they said the realities of it are no laughing matter.  They're concerned about drastic cuts in governmental programs and automatic tax hikes.  Tax hikes which mean an average $3,500 bump a year in a family's taxes.

"Feeding the family, paying the bills, having a place to live, things like that," said Palmer.

Darnell Barefield speaks directly to Washington when he says it's time to do something.

"You all need to be thinking about things that are going to fix the country, instead of things that's going to make it worse," Barefield said.

And others, like Cornell McBride, say Americans are just witnessing a good ole' game of politics.

"It's all just politics as usual, but I do think they'll work something out," McBride said.

And the consensus message from Mid-Michigan to Washington? Get it done.

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