From hope to hopeless on budget talks
We have to determine where the market can find firm support on a definite lack of real negotiation.
It's going to get old real soon. That's how I am starting to feel about this Washington situation. If neither side is choosing to negotiate in earnest on the fiscal cliff issues, then the market will have to reach a level where everyone has figured out there will be no earnest negotiation, and they aren't selling regardless.
Last week seemed incredibly confusing. On the one hand, there was plenty of talk about how a deal could be reached. I keep thinking about that comment from Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd Blankfein in particular -- the one that said the sides were real close. How could he say that if it weren't at all true? Wasn't it based on something? How about all of those CEOs? Don't they make any difference? We thought they did last week.
On the other hand we have the perception that, if Washington was near a deal, something critical broke down -- because the positions got further apart over the weekend.
What happened in those intervening days, when the business leaders were hopeful and when President Obama went to the Pennsylvania toy factory? Did Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner misjudge things and play too much hardball?
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I am thinking like this because it is highly unusual to see a situation go from hope to no hope in three days without anything really changing.
I have to tell you that, behind the scenes, the presidents' people are very certain that there will be a deal -- so certain that it's a bit daunting. Maybe that's what the business leaders were imbibing.
To me, the important thing is how quickly the complete transformation was made. This went from last Wednesday's happy belief that a deal will be struck, to a harder line by both sides Friday, to a total collapse by Monday. That last stage was on the heels of a Republican offer that someone would put out only if they wanted to end talks. Sure, I am certain some people thought Monday's Republican gambit had some substance, but to me it was more of the same.
Get that "total collapse" offer into the market. Figure out where there is no hope -- and then the market will have some firmer footing, which is certainly lacking right now.
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Maybe...No one should be allowed to vote, IF their IQ is under 80.....hmmmmmm.
And maybe no one should be allowed to comment with an IQ under 110.......hmmmmm.
Just sayin'.......Delky ??
Yup......That's what I was THINKING....Rev. Wright,runs America.
OMG...What the hell is that coming up the driveway.....??
From Hope to Hopeless............that's OBAMA's AGENDA
He is up to destroy America..........as Rev. Wright preached him to do!
A Revolution is coming.................
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Americans want a deal which includes higher tax for the upper 2%. The Republicans say F the 98% we made a deal and signed away or rights to serve the people.
Actually Miss Lilly....Says most should be taken out and shot...
Ahhhhhhh, I languish for the 1800s.
NEXT TIME IN....Once again you have me confused....Please make it simple for us Old Guys..
And many of the others, that only have an eighth grade edcatshun...Thank you,Sir.
Heavy cuts would cause deflation. The stock market would crash and the real estate market. The bounce real estate has came from QE3, All the stimulus money pumped up the financial markets. I don't agree with you. Obama wants inflation, or all the stimulus would be a waste if we have deflation.
Delmar...That is beneath you...What are the rest of the so-called esteemed leaders doing ??
Trying to backpaddling, name call and pull off piddly press conferences..?
And now they cannot use as an excuse...."Gonna get Obama out of office in 4 years."
About the ONLY agenda they had the last 4 years.....PATHETIC..
AND AMERICA ISN'T BUYING IT ANY MORE....
Does anyone recognize that the "fiscal cliff" represents $500B "savings" per year over 10 years.
This means we bring our deficit from (depending on which figure you believe) $1.35T to $850B per year? So in 10 years, even with this "unimaginable" cliff, we will still rack up $8T MORE debt.
I am sure they will compromise at some point. Obama's "plan" is to raise taxes $1.6T over 10 years. The GOP "plan" is to cut spending and raise revenue $2.2T over 10 years. Both plans lead to downgrades and default in 10 years.
Where is a "real" plan to balance the budget, ever?
I stated last night to friends that the ****s in DC will implement an 'emergence extension' on into next year until they can come to terms. More can kick-age.
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