Why follow the cynical politics of the past that led us over the cliff in the first place?
John Avlon on the politicians only too happy to take us off a cliff.
At least if we go over the cliff, no individual congressman is on the record as voting for tax hikes or benefit cuts.
Old English clif "rock, promontory, steep slope," from Proto-Germanic *kliban (cf. Old Saxon clif, Old Norse klif, Middle Dutch klippe, Dutch klip, Old High German klep, German Klippe "cliff, promontory, steep rock").
Clift has been a variant spelling since 15c. and was common in early Modern English, influenced by or merged with clift, a variant of cleft (n.). Cliff-dweller first attested 1889, American English.