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What is the 'fiscal cliff?' The Simpson's Montgomery Burns explains (+video)

  • Author: Thomas Mucha
  • Updated: September 29, 2016
  • Published December 5, 2012

Fiscal cliff this.

Fiscal cliff that.

President Obama makes his pitch on Twitter.

Blah, blah, blah.

There's been plenty of chatter on this week's biggest political and economic story, and rightfully so.

It's an important moment for the world's largest economy.

But, by far, the most entertaining fiscal cliff offering comes from our friends at Fox.

Not Fox News, mind you, but the part of Fox that's responsible for The Simpsons.

In a clip making the rounds on YouTube, evil billionaire Montgomery Burns — who, naturally, endorsed Republican Mitt Romney in November's presidential election — does his diabolical best to explain the fiscal cliff.






You betcha.

As Slate's Katie Kilkenny noted in September, this latest Simpson's offering confirms a decidedly more political direction for the Fox-produced show.

Here's how she analyzed an earlier clip that featured Homer Simpson trying to vote:

"As he walks down the street, Homer passes an Obama sign that reads 'Keep Hoping' and a Romney sign that reads 'I Have a House in Your State.' At the polling station, Springfield’s Rich Texan demands a photo ID, espousing a controversial and decidedly Republican policy. Homer decides not to vote for Obama, saying, 'I already have one wife telling me to eat healthy,' and expressing his disappointment with the absence of 'death panels.' As for Romney, 'I hear he wears magic underpants. I expect the leader of the free world to go commando.' Recalling, however, that Romney 'did invent Obamacare,' Homer casts a vote in favor of the Republican candidate."

Here's that clip. And you're welcome:

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