Countdown to the fiscal cliff
After a summertime lull, a series of potentially market-moving events lie ahead, leading to a federal showdown. Here's an end-of-year cheat sheet for investors.
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Presidential DebateThis tells the whole story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term. Don't just skim over this, it ' s not long, but read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out! The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush ' s Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time: The DOW Jones closed at $12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush ' s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH! Remember the day... January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA! And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush.. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!" Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is "I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th." There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! "Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine."-
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I don't know about Kool-Aid but much of what you say here is laced with pickle juice. Tax increases may not seem correct but they will come like a Tsunami unless we stop tax evaders. Private funds have been making billions and skirting tax obligations. If you do
"Tax increases do nothing for a struggling economy. It seems everyone here is drinking the tax Kool-Aid. More taxes= bigger government spending & size. It is the opposite of what we need. We need to stop stimulus and bail outs, shrink the size of government by reducing spending, consume less, produce more, lower taxes, raise interest rates, bring back Glass-Steagall act."
I don't know about Kool-Aid but much of what you say here is laced with pickle juice. Tax increases may not seem correct but they will come like a Tsunami unless we stop tax evaders. Private funds have been making billions and skirting tax obligations. If you don't want higher taxes then we have to get RID of pariah. Bain Capital treated "management fees" as investments not income. If you grasp that some business executives paid Bain "an investment" to sell off it's assets dump it's personnel and give them windfall profits instead of calling it "income" then it must have been "hit" money and JAIL time would be the better solution for Bain and ilk. Stimuli and bail-outs already happened and with devasting trauma to America. Don't say "stop drilling holes in the dike" when the hole drilled in it already, have caused irreparable destruction. I think everyone who talks about smaller government and lesser expenditures needs a wake up call. I'll take a government that is precisely the size needed to run the country and the precise budget to do so. GIVEN that, business and financial sector pariah need to be put to death if they cross the line and meddle with our government. The slow death by financial control exceeds all other ways people die. You want to see Glass Steagall return? Me too. But I want segregation in more than just money touching, I want a government that governs, business that minds it's own wholly regulated business and PEOPLE who have the Rights our forefathers fought for. Romney proposes keeping the military as it is. It spends a BILLION a day in just size-funding and picks fights overseas while terrorists rape and pillage the homeland. How about bringing our people home, reconciling the entire commercial and military machine and creating a new currency, not to be hoarded but to take us into the 21st Century and beyond, not moored to Inflationistic thinking, devices and manipulation.
Close the banks. End the Fed. Get rid of Wall Street. If we aren't 100% invested in job recovery, we won't be here by the New Year.
OR... recover jobs. Plain out, if you don't think 50% more in taxes is good, then we need to get rid of hired-in executive "talent" making ridiculous wages and benefits. Millions of unemployed, under-employed and no longer looking Americans aren't lazy, they're suppressed by people making 500 times what YOU are. The sooner we lop off the top, the sooner the pain will stop. There never ever was such a job as financier, nor anything good about law firms, unregulated banks and politicians benefiting from both.
On November 6th, for President, I will write in Forrest Gump!
At least he was able to make a profit for his business and not screw others by doing so.
No more "stupid is what stupid does" in Washington D.C. any longer!!!
If the republicans take the whitehouse, senate and house then we can expect a log jam to be released. For better or worse the economy will surge and we will retun to full employment rapidly. Banks will benefit and will begin lending again for sure. Small businesses will feel a surge of confidence because the will have an ally in the whitehouse.
If Obama wins and the democrats hold their current status we will simply limp along for another 4 years. The damage to our economy will be so long lasting that it may take 5 presidential terms to recover if that is even possible.
To quote a certain VP "this is a big %$^#%^ deal".
Good article; however, one would have to be an idiot to believe the country can continue on its current path. Too many people EXPECT handouts while corporate executives and their boards are out of control driven by greed. Throw in the do nothings in Washington and the middle class is in a three way squeeze. We don't have anyone with the mentality or balls to lead the country. The ballot box just isn't working while the apathetic and uninformed voters continue to sell thir freedom for crumbs from Washington. I am tired of supporting socialist handouts to underserving people that can work. The fiscal cliff could be a blessing else we face massive civil unrest or even a civil war. One way or another the wasteful spending has to stop.
Sorry folks but tax increases and spending cuts are going to have to happen if we are going to balance the budget and reduce federal debt. It will be painful and no one is going to like it. We are going to have to raise taxes by 50% or reduce spending by 35% or we will be another Greece.
Famous last words, I'm afraid. There are obstacles. First, the- throw money at it... philosophy is how we got here. Second, who do YOU know who has wealth is willing to part with some? Third, we are unable to stop segregate suppress or disable the financial sector. It has the Gramm Leach Bliley Act of Terrorism on it's side and cleverly, the Head Supreme Court Judge and Congressional House are bought and paid for in offshore accounts. YOU need to realize that grandpa knows he is in his final years. Any psychologist will tell you that his grandpa's Budweiser-fried brain would like to go down in history for taking down America. HE built it, you know. Romney will speak tonight. Take the time to listen for solutions, not just trash talk noise pollution. A reminder, any idiot can start a war, very few can stop one. IF YOU truly want to help the nation not careen off the 'fiscal cliff', these things I repeat often MUST happen now...
Close the banks: they finance and fund terrorism (HSBC, BofA, Wachovia, etc.). End the Federal Reserve: it printed us into this corner. With TARP and Quantitative Easing, we would have had BRIEF hyper-inflation, then blow-out, full job restoration and a two dollar DOW because all the Blue Chips terminated personnel, sold the factories, assets and trade secrets, then invested it in anti-American ventures like Shanghai no-questions-asked accounts, Cayman accounts and Euro Shark Bonds. Get rid of Wall Street: name an Exchange that is not deranged and taking us off that fiscal cliff? B of A and Goldman Sachs are LEADING GOP campaign donors. BOTH were involved in legal matters that were mysteriously dismissed. go figure why. If we aren't 100% invested in job recovery by the New Year, we won't be here. While the GOP would have dim minds believe we are spending too much, commonsense says- when one family- the Waltons of Wal-Mart are worth more than 120 MILLION of us (30% of 400 million), whole cities cannot function, 100 MILLION families are impoverished, schools close, crime is up and we have the single largest number of Americans given up on finding work (most major corporations are headed by card-carrying Republicans)... then it isn't SPENDING, it's job RECOVERY that makes revenues from taxes that can settle our incredible debt-- whose instruments are owned by banks and Republicans!!!!
FIGURE IT OUT, AMERICA. While there still IS an AMERICA.
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