Observer forum will address fiscal cliff, government gridlock

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Hold on to your mountain-climbing gear - the fiscal cliff is upon us.

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The Charlotte Observer will host a public forum on Friday that will bring together former and current members of Congress to address the looming cliff and government gridlock. Participants include representatives Patrick McHenry, Mel Watt and Mick Mulvaney of the Charlotte region, as well as former members Jim Martin and John Spratt. Kimrey Rhinehart, a former top aid to Sen. Richard Burr, will also be there.

The Observer's Rick Thames writes:

Your government has worked itself into a national crisis. Call it a fiscal cliff. Call it a wall of fire. Or simply call it a train wreck.

Just know that it is coming on Jan. 1 if the president and Congress do not find some way to defuse a time-bomb that would again derail the economy.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of UNCC's uptown campus building, 320 E. 9th St. Click here for more information and to register.

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