No matter how hard they try, millions of Americans continue to struggle in an economy that seems unable to gain any kind of traction.
And Jim Cramer thinks he knows why.
Partisan politics involving the fiscal cliff have paralyzed Corporate America – absolutely paralyzed companies – making them afraid to hire, afraid to make capital purchases –afraid to spend on anything.
And that fear of the cliff is preventing a great prosperity that would otherwise be sweeping over the nation – and improving the lives of millions.
"We are seeing rumblings in this stock market of what could occur if Washington would just put aside politics and agree to some shared sacrifice," Cramer said. Read More: Fiscal Cliff: America's Looming Financial Crisis .
If lawmakers would set aside politics and reach an agreement – any agreement – Cramer believes the resulting economic boom would far outweigh the burden of raised taxes or spending cuts.
"We have so many things going for us in this country that the two percent would be able to make major gains in their wealth, again, much more than they would pay, proportionately, in taxes," said Cramer.
But - Cramer doesn't just think the period of sustained prosperity would only benefit the rich. Quite the contrary.