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Fiscal cliff - could be worse

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lisab
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Dec31-12, 06:59 PM
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Looks like they could not do their jobs. Totally unnecessary and unwelcome drama.

I'm disappointed in my government. What a bunch of yahoos. Are they thinking it's a long time until the next election cycle, so they thought they'll be able to get away with this with no consequences?
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Dec31-12, 07:09 PM
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Does the use of the plural 'they' mean everyone but the President garners your disappointment? He has no next election, ever.

If so, I see things the other way 'round.
http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/29/ev...dership-video/
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Dec31-12, 07:40 PM
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Analysis: Fiscal Cliff Breach Makes Sense for Pols
http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-fisca...223724203.html
Going over the "fiscal cliff" may seem irresponsible and self-destructive for the nation as a whole, but it's a politically logical, self-preserving step for many individual lawmakers.
In other words, Politics as usual in Washington DC.


And the administration needs to agree to cuts in expenditures.
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Dec31-12, 08:11 PM
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Quote Quote by mheslep View Post
Does the use of the plural 'they' mean everyone but the President garners your disappointment? He has no next election, ever.

If so, I see things the other way 'round.
http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/29/ev...dership-video/
Is your post in response to mine? If so...really? You see only *one side* playing politics here?! Wow that's absurd, IMO. Both sides are playing.

Re your blog link: Krauthammer has become a partisan hack of late. I used to read him and I respected him, at least. Not so much anymore.
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Is fiscal cliff an actual issue of imminent concern? I believe when elections ended, the US media ran out of ideas to attract viewers and hence hyped the fiscal cliff issue. The consequences of not meeting the deadline seemed to be blown out of proportion.
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Senate passes 'fiscal cliff' deal, House up next
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...082813845.html

With 2013 just over two hours old, the Senate voted 89-8 on Tuesday to approve a last-minute deal to avert income tax hikes on all but the richest Americans and stall painful spending cuts as part of a hard-fought compromise to avoid the economically toxic “fiscal cliff.”

The country had already technically tumbled over the cliff by the time the gavel came down on the vote at 2:07 a.m.. The House of Representatives was not due to return to work to take up the measure until midday on Tuesday. But with financial markets closed for New Year's Day, quick action by lawmakers would likely limit the economic damage.

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Compromises on tax rates

Under the compromise arrangement, taxes would rise on income above $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for households, while exemptions and deductions the wealthiest Americans use to reduce their tax bill would face new limits. The accord would also raise the taxes paid on large inheritances from 35% to 40% for estates over $5 million. And it would extend by one year unemployment benefits for some two million Americans. It would also prevent cuts in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients and spare tens of millions of Americans who otherwise would have been hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax.

The middle class will still see its taxes go up: The final deal did not include an extension of the payroll tax holiday. And the overall package will deepen the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending the overwhelming majority of the Bush tax cuts.
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Efforts to modify the first installment of $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense programs over 10 years -- the other portion of the “fiscal cliff,” known as sequestration -- had proved a sticking point late in the game. . . . .
The government still has to address the deficit and cumulative debt.


'Fiscal cliff' deal to block pay hike for Congress
http://news.yahoo.com/fiscal-cliff-d...-politics.html

Analysis: Economy would dodge bullet for now under fiscal deal
http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-econo...-business.html

Senate Passes Legislation to Allow Taxes on Affluent to Rise
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/us...cal-cliff.html

NY Times - News Analysis: Grand Deals Give Way to Legislative Quick Fixes
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/us...ick-fixes.html

China commentaries demand U.S. responsibility on "fiscal cliff
http://news.yahoo.com/china-commenta...-business.html
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Jan1-13, 09:38 AM
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Senate passes 'fiscal cliff' deal, House up next
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...082813845.html



The government still has to address the deficit and cumulative debt.


'Fiscal cliff' deal to block pay hike for Congress
http://news.yahoo.com/fiscal-cliff-d...-politics.html

Analysis: Economy would dodge bullet for now under fiscal deal
http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-econo...-business.html

Senate Passes Legislation to Allow Taxes on Affluent to Rise
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/us...cal-cliff.html

NY Times - News Analysis: Grand Deals Give Way to Legislative Quick Fixes
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/us...ick-fixes.html

China commentaries demand U.S. responsibility on "fiscal cliff
http://news.yahoo.com/china-commenta...-business.html
Notice what the republicans fought so hard to protect.....

*Hurray* now we get to argue about the debt limit and if we should drive the country over that particular section of the road. This self destruction politics is working well......
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Jan1-13, 11:31 AM
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I wonder how much money would not be spent if ...


–Cut the number aircraft carriers in the fleet from 11 to 6 and reduce carrier air wings appropriately, which would save operations and support (O&S) costs and long delay the need to buy expensive new ships and aircraft.

–Cut Army division-equivalents from 10 to 5 (similar savings in O&S and new equipment).

–Cut Marine divisions from 3 to 1 (similar O&S and procurement savings).

–Cancel the F-35 for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force and instead upgrade current model fighters with new electronics.

–Cancel purchases of Virginia-class submarines, but provide some modest funding to keep the submarine industrial base warm.

–Eliminate costly dedicated military housing, health care and commissary systems and buy such items from the existing civilian market.

–Abandon the unnecessary American Empire, eliminate all U.S. military bases overseas, and decommission the forces stationed there.


http://consortiumnews.com/2012/12/29...y-contractors/
mheslep
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Jan1-13, 04:47 PM
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Quote Quote by Alfi View Post
I wonder how much money would not be spent if ...


–Cut the number aircraft carriers in the fleet from 11 to 6 and reduce carrier air wings appropriately, which would save operations and support (O&S) costs and long delay the need to buy expensive new ships and aircraft.

–Cut Army division-equivalents from 10 to 5 (similar savings in O&S and new equipment).

–Cut Marine divisions from 3 to 1 (similar O&S and procurement savings).

–Cancel the F-35 for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force and instead upgrade current model fighters with new electronics.

–Cancel purchases of Virginia-class submarines, but provide some modest funding to keep the submarine industrial base warm.

–Eliminate costly dedicated military housing, health care and commissary systems and buy such items from the existing civilian market.

–Abandon the unnecessary American Empire, eliminate all U.S. military bases overseas, and decommission the forces stationed there.


http://consortiumnews.com/2012/12/29...y-contractors/
Those very detailed cuts would have consequences. Any idea what they might be? That is, what threats do you imagine the US military should defend against, and would those cuts impair the ability to do so?
mheslep
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Jan1-13, 05:01 PM
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Is your post in response to mine? If so...really? You see only *one side* playing politics here?! Wow that's absurd, IMO. Both sides are playing. ...
That's not remotely what I said, that "only one side" is playing politics. I'm disappointed in the President's leadership on the subject, as also indicated by both Newsweek's Evan Thomas and Krauthammer.

I can not imagine you really think I said only one side is playing politics either, but chose none the less to throw up a straw man in order to continue the narrative that criticism of the President's lack of action on this subject is absurd.
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Jan1-13, 05:10 PM
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House Republican anger clouds fate of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...-politics.html
A hard-fought bipartisan compromise passed in the Senate early Tuesday to spare all but the richest Americans from painful income-tax hikes teetered on the edge of collapse as angry House Republicans denounced its lack of spending cuts.
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I would agree that the spending cuts are insufficient.

A report released by the Congressional Budget Office Tuesday complicated matters further still. The nonpartisan group "scored" the Biden-McConnell compromise as likely adding nearly $4 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years, hardening opposition among many Republicans seeking further spending cuts.
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That's better than a projected $7 trillion from last year, but still problematic.

I imagine in 10 years time, with $20 trillion in debt, it won't be the 'right time' to raise taxes and reduce expenditures. The 'right time' to do this voluntarily never comes - so it just seems to keep going until - it doesn't.


And it's a bipartisan problem, as well as a national problem.
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Jan1-13, 05:30 PM
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Quote Quote by mheslep View Post
That's not remotely what I said, that "only one side" is playing politics. I'm disappointed in the President's leadership on the subject, as also indicated by both Newsweek's Evan Thomas and Krauthammer.

I can not imagine you really think I said only one side is playing politics either, but chose none the less to throw up a straw man in order to continue the narrative that criticism of the President's lack of action on this subject is absurd.
The "President's leadership"?



I also heard today that the Tea Party, instructed to destroy President Obama, has inadvertently begun the dismantling the Republican Party.

Might just be Facebook meme rumour, but I thought it was ironic also. (Those FB people told me it was ironic. I believed them.)
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Jan1-13, 06:37 PM
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I'm inclined to agree that one side is playing politics (and winning). The other side are playing at being politicians.

This could run for a while - a BBC news report pointed out that the current Congress is due to end on Thursday, which effectively presses the restart button on the whole negotiation process.
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Jan1-13, 11:22 PM
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Perhaps the GOP figures they will have another, better shot at spending cuts in a few weeks when Obama needs the debt ceiling raised again. Similar to:
When the previous fiscal year ended on September 30, 1995, the president and the Republican-controlled Congress had not passed a budget. A majority of Congress members and the House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, had promised to slow the rate of government spending; however, this conflicted with the president's objectives for education, the environment, Medicare, and public health.[1] According to Clinton's autobiography, their differences resulted from differing estimates of economic growth, medical inflation, and anticipated revenues.[2]

When Clinton refused to cut the budget in the way Republicans wanted, Gingrich threatened to refuse to raise the debt limit, which would have caused the United States Treasury to suspend funding other portions of the government to avoid putting the country in default.[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...996#Background
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Jan2-13, 06:46 AM
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House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...-politics.html

The House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes -- while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which had sailed through the Senate by a lopsided 89-8 margin shortly after 2 a.m. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

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In a few weeks, the government has to reach agreement on the debt ceiling, which ostensibly be tied to further cuts in expenditures.

Anaylsis from Xinhua: U.S. "kicks can" towards "fiscal abyss"
http://news.yahoo.com/u-kicks-toward...-business.html
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Jan2-13, 03:31 PM
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Monday morning will be interesting. I imagine the equities markets will pop up with a deal, and tank if there is no deal.
The S&P index was up 1.7% on Monday. It went up another 2.5% today, after the House passed the deal last night. I'm sure the euphoria will dissipate soon, but it's fun to watch on a gray afternoon.
Feodalherren
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We should just have walked off the cliff. I'm sick and tired of this astronomical debt that we're building.
Astronuc
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Jan2-13, 04:52 PM
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Winners and Losers from a Fiscal-Cliff Deal
http://news.yahoo.com/winners-losers...-politics.html

"Fiscal cliff" deal looks so-so for U.S. businesses on taxes
http://news.yahoo.com/fiscal-cliff-d...--finance.html
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "fiscal cliff" deal that slowly, painfully took shape in the U.S. Congress in recent days fulfills some of corporate America's tax policy goals, but leaves others unmet, including a big one - meaningful deficit and debt reduction.
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Some big-ticket items were part of that, including an extension through 2013 of the widely claimed research and development tax credit. Also included was a provision allowing businesses to write off immediately half the value of new investments, known as 50 percent bonus depreciation.

The legislation also includes a wide range of other favors for select industries, including tax breaks for railroad track maintenance, restaurant and retail store improvements, auto racetracks, film and television production, and rum production in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

WIND POWER BACKED

Numerous tax breaks for wind power production and other alternative energy technologies were also included.

"This agreement might not be seen as perfect by everyone, but it gives American consumers and businesses the certainty they need to put worries over this issue behind them," said Matthew Shay, head of the National Retail Federation.
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The compromise also makes no mention of setting up a new method of taxing profits made offshore and brought into the country by U.S. multinational corporations. Many such businesses have been pushing for a "territorial system" that would let them bring foreign-earned profits home with little or no taxation.

Obama begins second term facing pessimistic public: Poll
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/p...-election.html
By Rachel Rose Hartman, Political Reporter, Yahoo! News

As President Barack Obama heads into his second term, he faces a pessimistic and weary public, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released late Tuesday.

The percentage of Americans satisfied with the direction of the country stands at a paltry 23 percent in a poll taken Dec. 14-17. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country's best years are over.

Fifty percent of respondents said it is somewhat or very unlikely that today's youth will have a better life than their parents.

That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.

When respondents were asked to choose adjectives to describe their feelings about the president's re-election, the poll showed the excitement and pride many Americans felt about the president's first term has diminished.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents in November 2008 said they felt optimistic about the president's election and the same percentage said it made them feel proud. Last month those numbers fell to 52 percent for optimistic and 48 percent for proud. Forty-three percent of Americans surveyed also said they feel pessimistic about the president's re-election and 36 percent said it made them feel afraid—both increases from 2008.


Boehner Meeting With Angry Sandy Republicans This Afternoon
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...his-afternoon/

Although members from both sides of the aisle representing the region struck by Superstorm Sandy lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner on the House floor today, Boehner will meet at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon with Republican members from the area to tell them that his first priority in the next session of Congress is a resolution to the imbroglio.
. . . .
The 113th session of Congress begins Thursday at 12:00 p.m., when Boehner loses a little of his majority after Democrats gained 10 seats in the House in November.
. . . .
When members reconvene Jan. 14, they’re only in session for three days before taking another break leading up to the Jan. 21 inauguration. Then the House is scheduled to be back in session Jan. 21 until Jan. 23, before taking the rest of the month off.

Gov. Chris Christie to Congress: Shame On You
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video...shame-18115183

Christy and Cuomo, governors of NJ and NY, respectively, are upset about the delay in getting the Sandy emergency relief federal funding bill through the House, after the Senate approved it.


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