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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The fiscal cliff remains the biggest story in Washington and for once, the consequences of falling off could actually live up to the hype.

But ironically, the solution is not really that hard. There are a whole slew of plans to out there that would fix the debt and head off the fiscal cliff, like Simpson-Bowles or Domenici-Rivlin, just to name a couple.

But they've all got one thing in common: they require us to pay more and get less from government. Most of us in our heart of hearts already know this. And that's why polls say most Americans desperately want our leaders here to just get it done. Compromise.

The president needs higher rates on the well-to-do. The GOP wants to close loopholes. Okay: does it have to be either/or? People's taxes will still go up. You can't do 39 percent as top bracket, how about 37.5 percent? People making $250,000 not rich enough? Make it $350,000 or $400,000.

Find some common ground. Make some actual tough choices on entitlements and defense spending, and then make the case for the sacrifice. This is not rocket science. It's leadership, which is much harder.

In fact the latest polls suggest most of us don't believe Washington is up to it. This would be a really good time to prove us wrong.

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