Monday, December 31, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Averted - One More Foot in the Grave


So, the word is that the fiscal cliff has been averted.

Seriously? In a broad sense, cuts were extended another two years, and the debt ceiling was increased. That was the solution to reducing debt and relieving American taxpayers.

From the news release:

  • Tax rates: current tax rates will be extended for all wage earners making below $400,000 and couples making below $450,000.
    This was a key concession for both Republicans and Democrats. Democrats wanted the threshold for tax increases to rest at $250,000 and Republicans didn't want marginal tax rates to increase for anyone.


  • The automatic spending cuts under the sequester will be delayed for two months. The cost of continuing current federal spending levels will be offset by revenue increases and some spending cuts. The spending cuts will come half from defense and half non-defense accounts.The two-month window is to allow Congress and the White House to come up with a larger deal on spending cuts, leading to another (though smaller) "fiscal cliff." Democrats see this deal as a victory because Republicans had objected to using any new tax revenue to offset the loss of sequester spending cuts, reports Garrett.


  • The estate tax: it was set to increase from 35 percent to 55 percent in 2013. Instead, the compromise sets the new rate at 40 percent with the first $5 million worth of property exempt from being taxed.


  • Capital gains tax: Capital gains and dividend tax rates will increase from 15 to 20 percent.


  • Alternative Minimum Tax: a permanent fix to the tax that would hit middle class families


  • "Doc Fix": doctors will be shielded from a massive reimbursement gap for treating Medicare patients.



  • Unemployment benefits: unemployed workers will receive their benefits which expired over the weekend.


  • Renewable energy tax credit: the tax credit for renewable energy companies will be extended for another year.


  • I say we depose our leadership. Call for a vote of no confidence and send in the police to arrest each and everyone of those crooks.

    I'm not going to spend much time on this, but for the sake of my children, I'm afraid for the future of this country. These back-room dealers are the reason we can't rub two pennies together without making a squeaking sound.

    The 'cliff' needed to be met and tumbled off- we're spending ourselves on a path that leads right to the lot where Greece and Italy, and soon the rest of the EU, have parked their ignorance.

    It's a sad day to be an American.

    Here's the CBS feed on the deal: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57561465/its-official-deal-reached-on-fiscal-cliff/