I was absolutely shocked last week when Nancy Pelosi said something true.

I was absolutely shocked last week when Nancy Pelosi said something true. Iíve never heard such from her before, and may not again, so I didnít want to pass up the opportunity to congratulate her.

It was a small item but caught my ear, given the source. Pelosi was speaking of the current debate going on relating to the approaching "fiscal cliff." She noted elections have consequences and Republicans lost.

Bingo! Sheís dead-on right.

So here cometh those consequences. Taxes are going up. The open sore of unemployment will keep oozing. We conservatives can get over it.

The United States will languish under the weight of the victorís boot, and I hope "languish" is the extent of it. However if President Obama manages to spend fast enough and interest rates tick upward as they must, it could quickly go critical.

So we losers are expected to grab our ankles and grit our teeth. Thereís no way that this administration will agree to anything that alters its socialist trajectory. Karl is on the march and heís singing, "Forward!"

He must really love poor people because heíll be making a pile of them. Now Democrats enjoy a "please donít throw me in the briar patch" situation. If they do nothing, all taxes rise. Itís pure Elvis. They want it, they need it and they love it.

To grant the president due credit, heís only doing what he said heíd do. "We the People" chose to let him reload, so weíre now watching political Kabuki Theater as the mighty winner smites we lowly losers into our proper place of subservience.

Obama won a Pyrrhic victory but not by his arithmetic because the country canít suffer any costs he values above political expediency. Weíll see. Thereís a fat lady somewhere.

For the present itís a dead issue. It is what it is and no volume of rants and recriminations will change anything, yet talking heads are still everywhere; theyíre everywhere!

All news broadcasts, bulletins on the Internet and every newspaper headline is about the "cliff." I know itís very serious, but we wonít know how itís going to play out until the "Boss" finishes moon-walking and fist-pumping.

Then heíll tell us, possibly during an appearance on "The View" or "David Letterman." Iíll check my local listings.

If any substantive deal gets done, it wonít be driven by love of country but rather polling and party ramifications. Itís politics. Red, white and blue has become black and blue.

To whom and to what have we surrendered our nation? Is the national audience that obtuse? Thankfully rhetorical questions arenít explosive. Boom!

Iíve even avoided watching Bill OíReilly lately. I like him but current political mumbo-jumbo offends my loserís ears. Holy candidate, some are even jabbering about the next presidential election!

Iíve got a flash. Everybody should wait to see just how bad it gets. Much of the American fabric might be unrecognizable by 2016.

In the meantime insert the tube, Nancy. America has a lot of "consequences" on the way.

Otis Gardnerís column appears here weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com.