With automatic spending cuts and tax hikes on working Americans set to kick in at midnight on Tuesday, Jacksonville residents say they're getting ready to go over the 'fiscal cliff' in the event that lawmakers in Congress cannot or do not strike a deal in time.
Lee Matthews says he's not happy about the idea of going over the cliff, but from his standpoint there's not much he can do one way or another other than prepare
"What's going to happen is going to happen, so it's going to be part of the change. You just have to deal with it if it comes down to it."
Others say it's tough to watch negotiations come down to the last minute after seeing them go on unsuccessfully for months on end.
"It's like two kids on the block, you got two bullies and no one wants to give up," said another Jacksonville resident.
That small business owner says he worries a lot about his taxes increasing because it means his bottom line could take a hard hit. He thinks that some may resort to desperation if a deal isn't reached and milk prices are driven up over $7 per gallon.
"If milk goes to seven, eight dollars a gallon, if you think with unemployment the way it is and milk going to seven dollars a gallon, you don't think there will be more robberies and things of that nature? People are going to be starving in this country even worse."
As of Monday morning talks were continuing on Capitol Hill but the sense is there is still some distance between Democrats and Republicans on certain issues.