Fiscal Cliff Theater Off, Reality Sneaking Back On

Tyler Durden's picture

Just as we predicted, the Republicans effort to vote on 'Plan B' and throw the blame back to Obama's Democrats for a failed Fiscal Cliff resolution has halted discussions (which no matter how it is spun is not a positive!!!)...


Of course, the market does not care... why would it?

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knukles's picture

Just go over the cliff already.
Nothin' like a head on a stick to focus the mind.

francis_sawyer's picture

Wait until they toss "gun control legislation" into the Fiscal Cliff debate... I guess they're waiting to see of the world ends on Friday before somebody bothers with that one...

knukles's picture

Oh yeah, bring some clarity and rational thought to the debate.

Jesus.... why not?
Let's really fuck the whole point of the thing up.
After all, we've not had a budget for what, 5 years?  Can't do any harm...

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

This just in from our White House mole who taped a recent conversation between JonBonJove Boner, Nancy "Sweet Lips" Pelosi, and Obama.

Sweet Lips (While looking in a mirror) - Can you tell I had botox Tuesday? It was fully covered by our Congressional Health Care plan. Oh how I wish the little people could have a plan like ours.

They all look at each other and burst into laughter.

JonBonJove Boner - That's a good one toots. Our plan even covers my spray tan. The peasants wouldn't know what to do with a good tan.

Obama - Yeah... and they get enough sun working jobs in those silly red states. And botox... why do they need to look good. It's not like they are on TV like me. By the way... did you see my last speech? How did I look? Good? 

Sweet Lips - You look marvelous darling. Care for some caviar?

A courier arrives with a box marked US Credit Rating.

Obama signs for the package.

Obama - It must be a present from an addoring pleab.

JonBonJove Boner - (Grabs Obama's arm just before he rips open the box.) What is that ticking sound?


TruthInSunshine's picture

The ultimate deal will "slash" government spending by 900 billion a year while "cutting" the rate of growth of entitlements by 3% year, resulting in a still growing debt...

It's all fun and games until one realizes the debt can't be repaid without knowingly crashing the economy (although the economy will crash at any rate, and that's the part that is the salt in the wound).

Oh well, we're all turning Japanese & Krugman.

Chuck Walla's picture

Knukles, you just get better every day!

"Nothin' like a head on a stick to focus the mind."


francis_sawyer's picture

Congratulations!... Was it a Democrat or a Republican?

Lohn Jocke's picture

It was a populist so...both?

If I was feeling punny it would have been a poopulist, but aren't they all?

flattrader's picture

We're over the cliff. We are approaching the splat.

These morons are simply trying to install a ledge here and there on the way down.

It will get sorted out at the bottom.

Let's get to it.

buzzsaw99's picture

will this affect drone production?

Spastica Rex's picture

Maybe so, but no, it won't.

redpill's picture

Innocent children dying in Connecticut = national tragedy

Innocent children dying in Pakistan via US military drone strikes = "unfortunate"


No one should ever for a second believe these politicians actually give a shit.

tooriskytoinvest's picture

The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: We’re Going To Be In A New Recession, Washington Lost Total Control On Budget Since 2002, And The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble Are The Real Threats To Our Economy!!





Vashta Nerada's picture

The new recession started in Q3, we're just waiting for anyone with the courage to report it.

Spastica Rex's picture

But if it was reported, wouldn't that scare people into postpoing their latest new Escalade purchase at no down, no interest, and no payments until March, 2017?

Vashta Nerada's picture

True, the last bastion of the Keynesian Brigade is entrenched in editorial boardrooms across America, pining for a mixed economy of 60% government spending and 40% consumer goodies.

tooriskytoinvest's picture

2008 market crash happened 8 months after recession started in 2007. I believe we entered in recession in May-June. So market is about to reflect the weakness in the Q1 2013.

we'll see.

flattrader's picture

ECRI is rarely wrong.  I think it is on schedule as well.

Ham-bone's picture

On this news S&P collapses 1 pt...fear through the heart of the market...although copper seems to disagree with all the happy talk?

deejo's picture

Please vote for this post if you too would like to live in another galaxy.

Ham-bone's picture

sorta depends...what kind of "another galaxy" do you have in mind?

Bobportlandor's picture

No this Galaxy is fine, MOF Nasa will come out soon and say they found out Mars had life until conservatives migrated to earth due to higher taxes.

ShortTheUS's picture

Millions of algos suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced!

viahj's picture

OT: is today's router outages above normal?  several sites I frequent are not responding.

francis_sawyer's picture

A 'Super Duper Deluxe Dream Team Committee' [spearheaded by a Tsar ~ who is on hiatus from GS] ought to be able to work things out...

EscapeKey's picture

There is no such thing as "bad news", it is merely "misunderstood news".

knukles's picture

I'm having trouble figuring out if it's marbles in politicians mouths makes it so difficult to undersand or some form of mental imbalances/deficiencies.

Disenchanted's picture

both BUT not marbles, it's bankster bratwursts...

GeorgeHayduke's picture

"misunderstood news"

Or "poorly spun news" as spin and image are the only things that matter anymore in this fantasy land that America has become.

Vashta Nerada's picture

I really want the republicans to hold the vote and then go home.  This ridiculous kabuki theatre of offering deal after deal to the thug regime is tiresome.  The house is in charge of the purse; they can produce the final offer, and leave it to the democrats to either take it or go off the cliff.  Either of those turnouts look better than any other idea I have heard.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

The only reason the Rethugs are putting on this show is because the president is a Demoncrat. If the president were a Republican they would spend away, but only on their pet programs and projects, just like they did from 2000 - 2006 with Bush the Lesser as Prez. It's all theater designed to make it look like they give a shit about the average peon. Either way, the owners win as both parties work for them.

Vashta Nerada's picture

You have a point, though I think there are true policy differences between the two parties, as well as financial priorities. 

The bottom line is that we haven't had a federal budget in four years, and we are now in our fifth 11th hour negotiating session since 2008 and all of them involved accounting tricks; if congress was a private corporation, the BOD would be facing jail time.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

You only have half a point. 

With total majority from 2009 to 2011, and pre Kennedy death about 6 months of filibuster proof majority, the Dems could have increased taxes all they wanted.

They didn't.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

That is my point. Both parties are the same. From 2000 - 2006 the Rethugs could have shown the world their wonderful fiscal policies that they boast so much about. Yet by 2008 the shit hit the fan. (Don't forget 911 happened under their watch too.)

Same goes for the Dems, as you mentioned. Raising taxes aside, they could have banned guns, hung Marx posters in the Capitol and all of the other fear mongering BS conservatives accuse them of wanting to do. Yet here we are with a mushy, middle of the road attempt at driving the country along the same old path that no longer works, except for the usual thing that always works of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

surf0766's picture

Chained CPI. Did we not learn our lessons from the Boskin commission?

I Am Not a Copper Top's picture

They have to pass it so we can find out what's in it!

HD's picture

Everyone is bullish. Everyone.  Where are the bears? The shorts? Beaten, bloody while the bulls now consider a 5% correction a black swan event.

It all has to end well because you know, why wouldn't it?


Quinvarius's picture

Do you have any concept at all of how much money they are throwing into the financial system or how much leverage gets applied to it once it is in there?  The full effect of QE1 has not even been felt yet.  You need to stop thinking about the next 5 minutes or what is on TV.  Stop trying to outsmart the market.  Goldman tried it with stocks last month and got drop kicked.  Now they are trying it with gold.  They will get a new ahole for their efforts.

All that matters is easy money and cheap credit.

HD's picture

The endless printing is no longer stimulative - it is simply a replacement for real growth, wealth and investment. Ben does not expect his 85 billion a month to rocket the S&P to 2000 - he is trapped monetizing trillions in public and private debt just to prevent an all out collapse.

Japan has been printing for 20 years and their stock and housing market never recovered.  Expect the same in the US.

LookingForTruth's picture

So, the issue around the fiscal cliff, is that Dems and Reps need to negotiate a deal to raise taxes and cut spending in order to avoid an automatic tax hike and spending cuts.  Not understanding the logic here. 

Vashta Nerada's picture

Ox, butcher's knife: some assembly required.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

That's because financial reporters are fucking idiots.

THERE IS NO "RESOLUTION" TO THE FISCAL CLIFF.  The entire debate is about whether we have a 4% drag on GDP or a 2% drag on GDP.  In both cases, we'll likely see recession.

The market doesn't react to this because there is no market.  There are only HFT algorithms, which largely do not weight earnings much at all.

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Ham-bone's picture

Ummm, where is this "market" that is about to crash?  A market sounds interesting...