Generally speaking, the public at large, is well ahead of Congressional thinking. The gap seems larger every year. However, when it comes to sneakiness and deceitfulness; you still got to give it to the politicians. The stage managers and legislative artists arranged to have spending items attached to the “cliff ” bill. These were “goodies” that had little possibility of passing by themselves on their own merit. A sizable majority of both branches of Congress voted for the unsavory and polluted bill. The bill passed due to excessive pressure, maybe, from some unwitting and questionable sources. The passage is a testimony to the members toughness. Any bill of considerable importance, with national and even world implications, should be stand alone legislation or it should receive nay votes from everyone.