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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As another day ticks by with no compromise in Washington, Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Friday that some would have expected the markets to be down huge, as they were after the TARP program was passed in 2009 and after the debt ceiling debacle of 2012. So why didn't the markets crash? Cramer said there's no easy answer.
When it comes down to it, Cramer said it's simply easier for Republicans who have pledged not to raise taxes to lower them after we go over the cliff than it is to raise them, even slightly, before hand. That means a budget deal isn't likely until January and investors should plan accordingly.Fortunately, Cramer said his game plan for next week remains the same: Buy on weakness but only in those sectors that have proven to be strong, including anything housing-related, anything auto-related and anything that sells into a recovering China. A compromise can be reached, Cramer concluded, but don't expect it before the Super Bowl in late January.