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The Week contest - The new fiscal cliff

Now that we're past the fiscal cliff, please come up with another phrase to describe where we are as a nation

Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Unlikely 2013 headlines

Last week's question: Last week's contest: Now that the U.S. is no longer on the edge of the fiscal cliff, we asked you to come up with another phrase to describe where we are as a nation.

RESULTS: 

THE WINNER: Debt ValleyJames Kennedy, Shreveport, La.

SECOND PLACE: Between a rock and CongressJames White, Casa Grande, Ariz.

THIRD PLACE: Six feet underTish Packman, Dunedin, Fla.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

In the valley of the shadow of debtBarbara Arnstein, Whitestone, N.Y.

Valley of the DollarsDebra Nemchek, Stamford, Conn.

Political quicksandFrank Letchworth, Knoxville, Tenn.

Debt squealingChris Shean, Seal Beach, Calif.

Bipartisan black holeJack Devilbiss, Silver Spring, Md.

Medicare morassJames Smith, Mill Valley, Calif. 

Broke Dollar-backed MountainCyrus Taraporevala, South Hamilton, Mass.

Mount NorushanymoreTony Stieritz, Cincinnati 

Dithering HeightsElizabeth Procter-Gray, Webster, Mass.

On a bridge to nowhereMary deWolf, Crossville, Tenn.

Ground 16 ZeroesFred Moreno, Westbury, N.Y.

Up the Potomac without a paddleNorm Vance, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Post Dramatic Press SyndromeAlma Cunningham, Charlottesville, Va.

The Mountain of DebtBob Meyer, Kimbolton, Ohio

Debtor's Canyon (D.C.)Jim Haviland, Thief River Falls, Minn.

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