NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When I observe American politics, I wonder if we're not actually audience to the original reality television show. Something that came before MTV's "Real World."
Maybe that's why MTV never gets credit for inventing the entire medium. Because Washington did, immediately after somebody shot RFK.
The entire governmental apparatus, alongside a handful of advertising agencies, is keen to what goes down. They're actively-participating covert stars of the big screen disguised as public servants. Each of us watches on the virtual boob tube that is our life.
Only the top Fortune 500 executives know the drill. Everybody else -- high- and low-level employees, the media, investors, you, me -- has no idea that the reality we're watching is not real -- or, at least not organic and authentic.It's a highly choreographed performance, tweaked on the fly to keep you watching and reacting with everything from anxiety to anger to sadness. It costs people money. It costs them jobs. It makes some commit suicide. Others leave the country. Burn the flag. Join the military. Blow themselves up in a crowded square. It's a bad ass version of what Michael Douglas apparently went through in "The Game." With that in mind, rest assured, the fiscal cliff everybody is freaking out about will be averted. These cats in Washington have you on the edge of your seat. Relax. Start the office pool now. Pick the day between now and the end of the year when the Breaking News hits that ... President Obama and Congressional leaders have reached ... either a deal or a "stop-gap measure" to keep the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. I'll take somewhere in the first week of December. Actually, give me Friday, November 30th. Producers in Washington get kicks watching "Saturday Night Live" and "Meet The Press" scramble to rearrange their lineups. Quick. Call Cramer! See if he can come on this weekend if the Eagles aren't at home! The spectacle would actually be fun to watch if it wasn't for this nagging notion in the back of my mind that my cynicism is off-base.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV