The so called "Fiscal Cliff" is a construct of the Federal Government. It was created by the Feds, and now the big drama to avoid it is being carried out by the Feds.
It is a series of laws that they can legislate away.... just like the way they spend your money on massive amounts of debt that they have no right to accrue.
Don't you feel like the state of the US Federal Budget is a runaway juggernaut, and that nobody has the balls or expertise to take the helm? The President is the Leader. It is ultimately his responsibility. History will never even footnote who was the Speaker of the House when the ship went up on the rocks.