The wait for a resolution is already having an impact, because it creates so much uncertainty.
In Colorado, some local jobs aren't being filled because of all the unknowns.
"I kind of feel like there's a bunch of people in a schoolyard; a bunch of 12-year-old boys throwing sand in each others' face, and I just wait to see who takes the first punch," Jack TerHar, who owns a group of car dealerships, said.
TerHar wants to hire four more people right now, but he's not posting those jobs-- for fear we may go over the so-called "fiscal cliff."
Car sales would slow to a trickle if (as some economists predict) going over the cliff causes a double-dip recession.
"If we go back into a double dip I won't need those people. It's that simple," TerHar said.
TerHar doesn't want to hire people just to have to lay them off next year-- and that is the real tangible price of uncertainty today.
He also cut a $250,000 out of a construction project to build his new Maserati showroom. It's going to be a little smaller and slightly less flashy.
STALLING A RECOVERY
This uncertainty comes at a time when car dealers should be doing better.
People really abused their cars when the great recession hit, trying to stretch their vehicles' life-spans.
TerHar says most trade-ins these days have more than 150,000 miles on the odometer.
"A lot of those people are no longer in a position where they want to buy a car," TerHar said. "They have to buy a car."
That trend helped car dealers bounce back.
Sales have been heading up in recent years, but lately Terhar says it's flat-lined.
It's tough to close a sale with somebody worried about the big question mark on next year's economy.
"If somebody's buying a Ford it might be somebody who's a construction worker and they're hesitant to put money in new equipment right now," TerHar explained.
He'd love to see the President and Republicans strike a grand bargain just to end the uncertainty, but for now TerHar's money is where his mouth is. He's not taking resumes.
We heard from several 9NEWS followers on our Facebook page about similar cuts in other industries.
"My company has designed websites for 17 years," wrote Marty Dickinson. "Peaks and troughs throughout the year are normal but I've never seen an immediate drop off like this before."
Dickenson says sales leads dried up since the election. He does see some companies adopt more aggressive marketing strategies in the face of uncertainty.
"It's pretty easy to gauge what people are thinking out there. They're either crawling into a hole with a can of beans to ride out whatever storm they're expecting or they're taking advantage of the situation to dominate their competition with no looking back. And, not a lot in between," said Dickinson.
"My family has a skate shop and it's been slow," wrote Lynn Schriner, who adds that her husband was laid off on Monday.
Not everybody had a tale of woe, however:
"Depends on the industry, mine is doing pretty spectacular because people are in fear of the fiscal cliff," wrote Jason Sweet who sells gift certificates. "I'm finding people are turning to purchasing gift certificates more than products or services especially if the certificates are good for a quantity."
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