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The Most Critical 48 Hours In The Fiscal Cliff Melodrama Have Begun

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There is now about 48 hours until the rubber hits the road. What happens in the next 2 days: in a somewhat surprising development earlier, the Republicans today managed to turn the tables on the president, and as reported this morning, proposed an alternative "Plan B", one which the president has already said he will not to accept as it extends the current Bush tax cuts on all those making $1 million or less (and thus not nearly punitive enough in the eyes of Obama's electorate). The reason for this strawman is that unless Obama settles on some compromise definition of 'wealthy' between his already adjusted definition which moved from $250,000 to $400,000 earlier, and the $1 million cutoff proposed by the republicans, republicans will take the Plan B proposal to the House on Thursday and pass it, only so it is immediately voted down by the Senate, but have the popular backstop of saying "they gave it their best" just as Ken Langone suggested to Rand Paul earlier today on CNBC. And as Reuters reported, it appears that the drop dead date for House majority leader Cantor is Thursday, at which point he will vote, and pass, Plan B. At that point the Fiscal Cliff debate for 2012 is as good as over, as the resulting animosity that develops in the subsequent days will guarantee no further compromises are achievable for the balance of the year.

In other words, tomorrow is when all the horse trading will culminate: if there is no resolution by the end of day, the Thursday Plan B vote is all but assured, as is the resultant Risk Off phase, especially for all those who saw in today's moves yet another glimmer of a compromise when in reality it was all merely the latest and greatest big PR stunt. In the meantime, trigger happy algos will send stocks moving wildly in eiuther direction based on headlines over the next 24 hours, although the consensus is that following the massive overbought surge in stocks in the past month, that a fiscal deal is now largely priced in, and a sell the news event is likely to result following a firm agreement... assuming one comes of course.

From Reuters:

After important concessions in recent days from both President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Republicans moved to increase pressure on the Democrats by vowing to vote in the House on a "Plan B" back-up measure that would largely disregard the progress made so far.


The Republican proposal was part of a political dance by both parties to try to spin the "fiscal cliff" narrative in their favor even as they edged closer together. The White House rejected the offer but remained confident of an agreement.


"The president has demonstrated an obvious willingness to compromise and move more than halfway toward the Republicans," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, adding that Obama is making a "good faith" effort to reach a compromise.


House Republicans were still meeting to discuss the matter on Tuesday evening.

Why did the market surge today? Because it shared the same view as this espoused by Republican Tom Cole:

"They've still got a long way to go, but you can't help but say that the odds are better today than they were on Friday that we'll get some sort of agreement," said Republican Representative Tom Cole.

Maybe. Maybe not. Based on some preliminary reports, numerous conservatives in the House are still fuming over the concessions already granted by Boehner. As National Journal explains:

A second aim of Boehner’s Plan B strategy is clearly directed internally—at grousing House Republicans. He is telling members of his conference who are restive that he will cave more significantly on taxes now that it is as much on their shoulders as his--because they can cut bait on his negotiations or wait them out. He’s not going to take all the heat for any eventual deal they don’t like.


One senior House Republican aide said that some members have been saying they've had it with the private negotiations between Boehner and the White House, including some who believe these talks should be held in an open conference. What Boehner is now offering, the Republican aide said, is, “We can do something else, if you want.”

A just as big problem is whether a schism will develop in the Democrat party, many of whom see no reason to budge on the $250,000 definition, especially in the aftermath of Obama's trouncing victory.

Obama could face unrest from fellow Democrats. Liberals were likely to oppose a key compromise he has offered to permit shrinking cost-of-living increases for all but the most vulnerable beneficiaries of the Social Security retirement program. His proposal calls for using a different formula, known as "chained Consumer Price Index," to determine the regular cost-of-living increases, essentially reducing benefits.


"I am committed to standing against any benefit cuts to programs Americans rely on, and tying Social Security benefits to chained CPI is a benefit cut," Democratic Representative Keith Ellison said in a statement.


Obama also moved closer to Boehner on the proportion of a 10-year deficit reduction package that should come from increased revenue, as opposed to cuts in government spending. Obama is now willing to accept a revenue figure of $1.2 trillion, down from his previous $1.4 trillion proposal.


Boehner's latest proposal calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenue from higher tax rates and the curbing of some tax deductions taken by high-income Americans.

No matter the final resolution, it appears that the payroll tax cut holiday is over starting January 1, which as reported previously alone will have an rather adverse impact on Q1 GDP. In fact, with all carryovers, even assuming a compromise is reached in the next 48 hours, the hit to GDP in 2013 will be about 0.5%-1.5%. But at least the economists will have something to blame yet another economic miss on, for an economy whose quarterly scorecard is starting to be pockmarked with one-time charges, and "non-recurring" fees to the same extent as Alcoa.

So keep a very close eye on tomorrow's news flow: the next 24 hours is when any hints of a final compromise will have to come. If there are none, bring a helmet.


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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:52 | 3077154 fonzannoon
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algo's only move the market one way. Next round of of shorts to the slaughter please begin boarding.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:58 | 3077173 Zer0head
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brilliant and very environmentally friendly (as in recyclable)  headline

The Most Critical 48 Hours In The Fiscal Cliff Melodrama Have Begun

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:28 | 3077259 Debtonation
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Just in time for the end of the world:  Dec 21, 2012.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:09 | 3077387 Lore
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Oh please, let's stop reinforcing that stupid meme. Bad enough that we'll still have to listen to global warmists on the 22nd.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:27 | 3077436 old naughty
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Debt: "Just in time..."

So you're suggesting someone timed the fiscal cliff to be...

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:13 | 3077705 TwoShortPlanks
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Oh look, it's another one of those Doomsday Clocks, oh-goodie!

Open wide, now swallow!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:45 | 3077732 Handyman
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No, no...THAT deck chair goes over THERE!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 11:17 | 3078600 Panafrican Funk...
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It's not just the payroll tax cuts going away.  It's also extended unemployment benefits.  The resulting drop in disposable income available for consumer spending means that even if we scrap every other provision, a recession is already guaranteed. We're really just talking about the depth and length of dive into the pool, not whether we're going in.   

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 01:07 | 3077644 q99x2
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Tomorrow the world will end. That is fact and not speculation.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 01:44 | 3077673 walküre
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Can't do tomorrow. I'm out of town.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:19 | 3077714 TwoShortPlanks
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Oh fuck, did I miss a meeting or something?

Can someone please forward me an Outlook Invite:

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:30 | 3077265 CrashisOptimistic
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"No matter the final resolution, it appears that the payroll tax cut holiday is over starting January 1, which as reported previously alone will have an rather adverse impact on Q1 GDP. "


Hmm, excuse me, but why is this only Q1?  Won't the higher payroll tax be extracted from every paycheck all year long?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:44 | 3077319 fonzannoon
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If we go over the cliff and stay over then yes.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:43 | 3077481 CrashisOptimistic
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It's not an over the cliff thing.  It's somewhat agreed on.  Neither side wants to extend it.  It's 0.6% GDP and it's steadily extracted from paychecks all year. 

This is the second time I've seen talk of the payroll tax restoration to previous levels only being a drag in Q1.  It's wrong.  It's a drag year long.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:42 | 3077482 CrashisOptimistic
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It's not an over the cliff thing.  It's somewhat agreed on.  Neither side wants to extend it.  It's 0.6% GDP and it's steadily extracted from paychecks all year. 

This is the second time I've seen talk of the payroll tax restoration to previous levels only being a drag in Q1.  It's wrong.  It's a drag year long.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:37 | 3077727 Midas
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This is the second time I have seen your post.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:04 | 3077194 Cult_of_Reason
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There was a heavy volume algo assisted distribution today (someone was definitely marking up, squeezing the shorts, and selling hard into the short covering panic).

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:47 | 3077330 LongSoupLine
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One big fucking horseshit show to distract the ADD fucking voters into thinking there's a fucking two party "system".


All the while, the CB's and real power elite fuck us all up the ass.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:30 | 3077443 FL_Conservative
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Tyler, please don't use a little "r" to address the Republicans, led by the Boner himself.  They're anything BUT, little "r" republicans.  In fact, they haven't the first clue what the difference is.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:54 | 3077156 Mae Kadoodie
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Shush..don"t tell BOA employees.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:54 | 3077164 max2205
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My palms are getting scwheety. Scwheety balls too

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:00 | 3077184 Global Hunter
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more of a v than a w

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:34 | 3077456 wee-weed up
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@max2205 - Playing with your balls again?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:55 | 3077168 ramacers
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48 hrs is gonna address circa 175 trillion in unfunded liabilities?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:57 | 3077174 Dr. Engali
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Barack  has no intentions whatsever to negotiate. He has one assignment..bring down America for the NWO. The repukes could offer him everything he wants and he would still turn it down. It's all theater for the stupid.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:06 | 3077195 fonzannoon
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That's the funny part isn't it Doc....If B does have that intention....the market freakin loves it. He can send us off the cliff and I could see us rallying. He could release the statement: "Fk you stock market you piece of shit!" and CNBC will talk about tough love. Art cashin will drwon some ice cubes and wax nostalgic.

He could raise the capital gains and div taxes to 75% and the market would be the leather clad, ass cheekless pants wearing drunk blonde stammering around the house yelling "This party ain't over yet!"

(It's not one of my best visuals but just work with it)

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:26 | 3077216 Dr. Engali
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Lol. ... I hope I have a few drinks in me before I see that. But I agree with you... This " market" is designed so that nobody can make money. The shorts get squeezed out because they jump on every downtick and the longs jump in after the rally. The buy and holds just see their balance move back and forth in a range. It's a great market if you're nimble but it sucks if you have to move major money. There is no liquidity. The more I witness this crazy shit the more I believe that we will walk in one day to a no bid market.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:02 | 3077366 Treason Season
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Anybody who believes Barak Hussein Barry Sotero Obama Whoever has any say in this hasn't learned a thing.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:15 | 3077396 Lore
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Everyone here should understand the concept of 'figurehead.' It is interesting, though, how the attacks on the pillars of free Western society seem not to be limited to any particular 'side.'  You could say "They're all in this together."

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:56 | 3077523 Tommy Gunner
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If you want to know who REALLY runs the show - all you have to do is watch this banker tell Ronny Raygun to 'Speed it up'

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:23 | 3077248 macholatte
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It's all theater for the stupid.


Facts are meaningless drivel.  It's all emotion aimed at a single, well known target so the sheeple will have something simple to understand and blame for their enslavement. Obama is their saviour. The Progressive Propaganda machine never sleeps.


Boehner’s House Has Increased Debt $18,944 Per Household



Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:59 | 3077175 ball-and-chain
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Where's the drama?

We know that Cry Baby Boehner is going to cave.

Taxes will be hiked.  Spending will remain out of control

What could be more simple?

In fact, I'm predicting the DOW at 37,000.

Happy days are here again.

Wash, rinse, repeat.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:01 | 3077179 Squid Vicious
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that little cunt/traitor Eric Cantor is House Majority Leader...what a meteoric rise to power he's had... I wonder why...?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:13 | 3077217 Things that go bump
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Gives best head?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:58 | 3077180 Cult_of_Reason
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Democrats have come out strongly against the bill, meaning Boehner will have to come up with most of the 218 votes on the Republican side.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told The Hill afterward that he thought the proposal would get the votes it needs to pass the House. “I do think so, yes,” he said.

Other members were no so sure.

"There is a shot to get to 218 among Republicans, but it is hard to tell," Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:01 | 3077187 nmewn
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"The reason for this strawman is that unless Obama settles on some compromise definition of 'wealthy' between his already adjusted definition which moved from $250,000 to $400,000 earlier, and the $1 million cutoff proposed by the republicans, republicans will take the Plan B proposal to the House on Thursday and pass it, only so it is immediately voted down by the Senate, but have the alibi of saying "they gave it their best."


It has ALWAYS been about the definition of the wealthy.

250k for couples and 200k for singles is NOT wealthy...not when you have your little troglodytes running around screeching about "millionaires & billionaires" and "fairness" making that exact amount or a tad more...the figure was going to go up, it had to.


They wanted a class war involving the middle they've got it.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:15 | 3077225 DeadFred
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Middle class? What's that?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:37 | 3077289 nmewn
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The cows that are milked until they quit giving milk and die.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:17 | 3077410 Pharming
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My udders are so sore.  I need some uddercovers.  Oh yeah...My favorite Christmas song by Burl Ives, "Silver and Gold".

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:49 | 3077618 ZeroAvatar
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Wed, 12/19/2012 - 11:25 | 3078632 MachoMan
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250k for couples and 200k for singles is NOT wealthy....

Agreed.  But I think this concept is presented in the wrong manner...  income does not necessarily equal wealth...  if you really want to tax wealth, then tax it...  but don't tax something else and pretend it's wealth

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:10 | 3077211 alien-IQ
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Why are we even pretending any of this matters? We all know this is just a farce that will conclude, as all farces do, with the audience walking out as they mutter to each other..."that's it?"

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:17 | 3077232 imapopulistnow
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Message to the working poor: your hours are cut to 28 a week because of the Obamacare penalties and now your take home pay is cut by 2% starting January.  Have a nice life.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:51 | 3077623 ZeroAvatar
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And that's the 'good' news.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:19 | 3077238 Uncle Remus
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I won't be wasting any more popcorn on this one-trick circus.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:23 | 3077247 Cabreado
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"There is now about 48 hours until the rubber hits the road."

The "Fiscal Cliff" is contrived; no rubber will hit the road in 2 days.

The rubber hit the road a long time ago.

All that is happening is the proverbial frog is getting a bit more toasty, while the Self-Absorbed in Control miscalculate -- they always miscalculate -- and it is always the "give a shit" button that breaks first.

Consider that "Give a Shit" is relatively Critical.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:33 | 3077273 Mike in GA
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These bastards used to be accused of mudslinging during campaigns.  Now they're down to pure shit-slinging every day.  There can be no political solution.

They are too busy jockeying for party position to see the tendrils of smoke rising across the country.  Hate to break it to ya but the blue states will be redder than the red states when the money runs out and the blood starts flowin. 

To borrow a thought from the great Mogambo Guru:



Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:35 | 3077283 Renewable Life
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I think there will be a pretty significant sell off, if we dont get some candy from this cliff bullshit!  Plus there might be another credit downgrade, I don't think people are positioned for that either! These cocky, spoiled wall street pricks have been conditioned since 2008, to believe they are untouchable and nothing wont go their way!! Will see!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:36 | 3077287 Insideher Trading
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I'm really sorry to bring this up but this whole thing is Bush's fault.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:00 | 3077532 Tommy Gunner
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Why hasn't Bush been hung for War Crimes yet?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:36 | 3077288 Bicycle Repairman
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Taxes up.  Spending?  LOL.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:49 | 3077334 nmewn
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You know whats hysterical about this whole thing?

They're saying "millionaires & billionaires" in their rhetoric but they're targeting middle class (200-250k) in their plan. There is no way they can raise the taxes in their own projections WITHOUT including the 200-250k range.

O'Barry and Reid are completely screwed if someone with half a brain can explain it to the sheeple.

With O-Care EVERYONE who works is looking at a 3-4% increase in taxes as it matter what they decide on this.

Liquidate...let it burn.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:11 | 3077390 Freddie
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The Dems can rig elections all day long now. They don't care. The Repubs will not stand to them.  I am sure anyone who tried will be suicided.

Yeah yeah red team blue team but Reid has not presented a budget in 4 years.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:39 | 3077476 wee-weed up
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Ah, Harry Reid... that slimy little worm!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:42 | 3077311 zorba THE GREEK
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Kabuki, Kabuki, Kaboom. Government is so out of touch

with the real world that they will cause the collapse that

will bring great pain and suffering to the people who rely

on them the most, the poor and the struggling. Yet only

through that collapse can we clean house and build a better

system of governing our nation.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:45 | 3077321 zerozulu
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This "fiscal cliff" dram is making me sick. They simply want to kick the can one year at a time until KABOOM.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:51 | 3077337 Hayabusa
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Look, they are ALL on the same side... they lie, manipulate, cheat and primarily PRETEND to be on opposite sides when in reality they are on the SAME side... the side that pretends to be working for the 99% and instead screws them (the 99% fight their wars, pay the banksters gambling debts, watch the 1% commit crimes and not be prosecuted, take the brunt of the QE/bailouts, etc.).  Blue and Red do not exist... it is the rich expoliting the poor as much as possible that's relevant.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:04 | 3077540 Tommy Gunner
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Can we have a rule - if anyone posts a partisan comment on ZH ever again - they should be pounded to death using ball peen hammers.

Don't you fucking idiots get it?  They play you off against each other so that you spend your time arguing over stupid points when these COCKSUCKERS are sitting back and laughing at you like the fucking idiots that you are - and ass raping you.


Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:54 | 3077346 Yen Cross
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 Just wait until q-4 earnings start bitchez.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:59 | 3077360 pragmatic hobo
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wasn't bush tax cut a temporary measure? Wasn't it suppose to expire? last year? Why is it keep being called tax increase?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:31 | 3077584 Pharming
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Because you are looking at it through a sane person's eyes.  Go to Australia, stand on your head, flip it inside out, THEN it looks like a tax increase...duh...oh and you have to be in the 5th dimension too.  Wait...I'm confused...where is my money?  Is this a tax cut / increase / decrease ?  Is that a black hole up ahead?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:24 | 3078318 GMadScientist
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Because conservative logic vis a vis taxes bears great resemblance to a ratcheting system.

Remember: they don't ever feel "entitled"...that's only poor people.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:03 | 3077372 Salon
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Why are all of you afraid to go short?

Look at the technicals!

Look at the macro!

Look at Boehner!

We are going cliff diving!

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:17 | 3077411 Fix It Again Timmy
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Congress is constipated, it can't pass shit....

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:23 | 3078302 GMadScientist
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More like an obstructed bowel, which left unattended, can kill.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:37 | 3077470 yogibear
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Time for the algo's to trigger some competing algo's derivatives to blow up. 

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:24 | 3077579 Pharming
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Bill Murray summed it up...  "And then, depression set in."

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:28 | 3077588 TahoeBilly2012
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How do you pay taxes when your rent/fuel/food/medical is at 2012 prices and your income is back to 1992's?? There isn't anything to pay with....

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:23 | 3078310 GMadScientist
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For "everything else" there's MasterCard!

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:45 | 3077611 David99
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The entire media is useless except ZH.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 00:53 | 3077626 David99
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Don't buy any thing at these high levels. FED, ECB, BOE, BOJ are pumping but for how long?

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:06 | 3077698 Body of Lies
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"will guarantee no further compromises are achievable for the balance of the year" ... there was never a possibility for compromise, the Administration will get so much political mileage from the cliff fall, that there is no way that they would compromise, except if they got everything that they asked for and thus humiliate the repubs. Simpson-Bowles suggested $1 revenue for $4 of cuts. Obama has offered $1 of cuts for $4 of revenue ... pretty far apart.

Once over the cliff, the Administration will be in the driver's seat since nothing can get through Congress or overcome a veto, so they will write the ticket and that only after much, much pain has been inflicted. The ultimate prize is the Debt Ceiling (since everyone knows that the revenue from taxing the 'rich' is a pittance). The repubs will surely accede to the infinite Debt Ceiling now that the Tea Partiers have been purged. Woe is us.

The run up in the markets has a compromise built in, so when this does not transpire, "There Will Be Blood"

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 02:24 | 3077718 are we there yet
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Machel's vacations and ginormous staff is entitled to that revinue.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 03:13 | 3077736 Catullus
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I think Senate Democrats defect and pass the bill to send Obama. Why should they take the political hit for this? The prez is the one with all the political capital from the election victory (whatever the hell that means). If they also get a debt ceiling increase that gives them two years, this should be a yea for some senate Democrats.

Here's the deal, if the democrats send it to Obama and he vetoes it, and the market tanks, then he becomes lame duck. If obama passes it and the market doesn't tank (effectively calling the bluff), they get the debt ceiling increase and another 2 years of breathing room and a feather in their cap for lowering middle class taxes and creating a millionaire's tax. If O vetoes it and the market does nothing, then you'll still have the debt ceiling problem. But if nothing gets sent to O and the market tanks, it's all Congress' fault and that means Senate Democrars who couldn't pass the bill. . If nothing gets sent, and the market doesn't react, there will still be a debt ceiling problem come March (these tax increases don't solve the cash flow problem).There's nothing to gain by Senate Democrats blocking plan B

My prediction, a no volume ramp market gives back a lot to open 2013 after the record date for mutual funds prospecti has passed. This is just shifting into big name winners and repositioning for next year market volume. It has little or nothing to do with what DC is doing.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 06:36 | 3077854 David99
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FED is the biggest criminal on this planet.

ZH is only doing good job and reporting correctly. Tyler is a real true person though I have never met him. FED+BOE+ECB+BOJ are the biggest manipulators and JPM +GS +20PD's act on their behalf in this Ponzi Casino. It is all rigged Ponzi Casino. JPM & GS do maximum manipulations from London as no regulators are looking what is going on daily. London is the best place to manipulate Ponzi Casino as no regulators as they are watching porno. Manipulations of highest order without any regulations as every one has been purchased and regulators watching porno. In last 10 trading days, Rio Tinto manipulated by +25% gain and regulators watching porno. JPM doing it. It is just Casino and nothing else. Regulators are watching porno, don't know how Rio Tinto is manipulating daily. On LSE, there is no checks and balances and maximum manipulations daily by Rio Tinto. The market is Casino and the biggest manipulated stock is Rio Tinto and JPM is pulling up daily and no regulations for Rio Tinto in London

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 08:34 | 3077969 Waterfallsparkles
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I would like to see the income raised on the Payroll Tax for Social Security, Medicare.  Instead of cutting benefits on Social Security, Medicare.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:22 | 3078298 GMadScientist
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So much for their "$2k".

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 10:22 | 3078292 GMadScientist
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In stunning display of hypocrisy, the Tea Party takes "Plan B", but we're assured that the rape was condoned by God.

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 11:18 | 3078604 StychoKiller
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O.T.: Guess who got "borked" today... (R.I.P.)

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:39 | 3081723 are we there yet
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Lets pretend the government is a fisherman in a small lake and we are the fish (not a big stretch). Even the dumbest fisherman knows if you over fish the lake you kill future fishing.  Politiicans, the fed, and bankers have overfished us, our children, and grandchildren. And they are still ravinous looking for a way to escape their excesses. Like an obease man blaming a farmer for his heart disease. How did our leadership become so profoundly dysfunctional?

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