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Obama 'Balanced'; Market 'Unbalanced'

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He came; he spoke; he said 'balanced' a lot. The market decided it's not so 'balanced' and is responding thus...


S&P 500 futures ramped on the hope in the first few words and then slipped back as he went on and on in a 'balanced' way...


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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:57 | 3109885 tooriskytoinvest
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US Economy Is At Depression-Era Levels: This Slow Motion Economic Collapse...Beyond The Obvious -- Mountains Of Deficit And Debt. It Is About Polarization" In Washington And Dysfunctional Structure Of The Current US Economy... US GDP Priced In Gold Worst In A Century. Stop The Debt, Spending, & Wars!!!



Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:15 | 3109993 true brain
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What Obama doesn't know is that the power elite is determined to make an example of him. His reign will be over  the Greatest Depression ever.. He thinks he has all the cards but he does not; he will be the only and last black president this country will ever know. The secret is the Republican really wants to go over the cliff. When the rich gets soaked , the poor blacks and hispanics end up in the street. They outsmarted Obama- always have and always will.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:23 | 3110035 Michaelwiseguy
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Complete hopelessness comes in less than 10 hours. Thank you God.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:23 | 3110037 Snakeeyes
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There is little doubt that we are way over the top on spending and borrowing with the little guy getting foodstamps and cellphones.


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:41 | 3110092 Obchelli
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And markets move higher and higher crashing VIX - is that invisbible hand of chairsatan Beernank?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 17:51 | 3110675 ball-and-chain
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We're in a depression.

But this isn't the first time.

And it won't be the last.

Got to keep things in perspective.

We'll survive.


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:57 | 3109887 knukles
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Todja he secretly watches Fox News.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:02 | 3109930 ACP
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And the Tylers forgot to label the red arrow "change."

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:05 | 3109938 TruthInSunshine
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Obamney Translator Just Produced This Translation:


"We are going to ensure that more flesh & blood is extracted from the rapidly dwindling pool of actually productive individuals & businesses, and we will implement measures in a series of steps to save the parasitic Banking/WallStreet/Defense/BigPharma&HealthCare complex from any cuts (let alone not see their taxpayer provided trillions in subsidies increased dramatically), because Deep Capture is here to stay, and that's how Deep Capture rolls bitchez. Happy New Year!"

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:07 | 3109955 derek_vineyard
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is this all scripted?   (this = the f____ c____ words i just cant say or type anymore)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:12 | 3109982 Taterboy
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"Does this mean those meany Repubs can't take my Obama phone. Time to hit the New Year's Eve 40 oz."

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:18 | 3110014 TruthInSunshine
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KromyKomradeDerKommissar has rationed lager, ale and pilsner, and is substituting malt liquor in 40 ounce bottles, for sales completed with EBT Swipes.

This is part and parcel of Chain CPI and Hedonic Quality Adjustment.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:04 | 3109943 fourchan
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i think i will leave my shorts fully in place. look out below. dow 12,250 by friday

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:18 | 3110012 Panafrican Funk...
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The levitation only has to happen through 4 pm EST.  We're looking at a pretty solid dump from Jan. 2nd - Jan. 21st.  

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:57 | 3109889 Lost Wages
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Which market are you looking at?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109906 DavidC
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The one that went down and is now going up again...


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109890 scatterbrains
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looked to me like an effort at taking advantage of gathering all eyes just before everyone leaves the office early for the holiday...  and no deal

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:11 | 3109976 TheFourthStooge-ing
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looked to me like an effort at taking advantage of gathering all eyes just before everyone leaves the office early for the holiday...  and no deal

But, but, he said a potential deal appears to be in sight. Why aren't the markets reassured by that? It sounds like it's almost a sure thing, unless the punchbowls in Vichy DC have been spiked with Psilocybe cubensis.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:20 | 3110025 toady
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OK, off to the new years party. Push all this off till a #supercliff in March, and a #supercalifragilisticexpialidousioscliff in July.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:34 | 3110073 GMadScientist
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+1 for "Vichy DC", I'm stealin' it!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109894 slaughterer
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Fuck, MErry Recession and Happy NEw Misery.  See you wrecked at the bottom of the cliff, all barefoot and bloody, mein Kumpels.    ZH town--built by Clayton, with Third World hands.  

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:00 | 3109917 DoChenRollingBearing
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dupe, sorry

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:01 | 3109918 DoChenRollingBearing
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You didn't write that post by yourself.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109908 Cognitive Dissonance
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I loved that blooper of his. Something about shoving it down their..........oops.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:02 | 3109929 Spastica Rex
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He meant "up."

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:35 | 3110074 GMadScientist
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Consult Larry Craig for details.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 17:14 | 3110517 Spastica Rex
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Lazy foot Larry!

/fomer Idahoian

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109909 devo
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That chart looks like a nerd's boner on prom night.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:59 | 3109911 Boilermaker
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Fuck it!  Ram the RUT!!! Ram the SPX!!!


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:06 | 3109948 Water Is Wet
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I love your wildly bullish enthusiasm!  It's depressing seeing so many bears on here.  Good to see a good guy willing to put up with all of them!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:13 | 3109985 Boilermaker
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FUCK YEA!  The fate of the entire Republic and my son's personal future ride on the valuations and multiple on common equity!!!

It just makes sense!  Now RAM THAT SHIT!! RAM IT!!!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:00 | 3109912 Freddie
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The House Tea Party repubs should tell Mullah and Hairy Read to go F themselves.   Cut everything 10%.  Then when the debt ceiling comes up in a few weeks - cut everything 10% again.   They need all out war against the islamic. F him.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:05 | 3109946 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, it's the spending.  But, I have little confidence that the Tea Party Republicans are up to the task of holding ALL of their feet to the fire.


I agree as well re the debt ceiling.  That would be a great opportunity to gum-up .gov!  Cut, cut, cut!

If they cut spending enough...

1) They might LOWER taxes

2) We would have fewer "programs"

3) Less NASA aid to our Muslim country pals... (N Korea is Muslim, right?)

4) Too many other things to even list

What's not to like?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:11 | 3109970 Ookspay
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Hairy Greid is the most despicable human being ever to stain the halls of congress, may he soon go the way of number two Arlen Spector.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:19 | 3110023 Cloud9.5
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I don't know?  Barney comes in a close second.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:39 | 3110086 GMadScientist
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They've been stymied so far by the inability to find anyone that actually knows how to pass a bill.



Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:01 | 3109915 Snakeeyes
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LOL! The market is reacting to the expectation that the can will be kicked down the road ... yet again.

Fiscal cliff replaced by fiscal insanity!


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:06 | 3109951 cliffynator
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Fiscal Cliffs of Insantity! (from Princess Bride)


I need to change my screen name...

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:16 | 3110004 Pool Shark
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"A deal is NEAR."

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means...


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:01 | 3109919 Pool Shark
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Sorry DJIA and NASDAQ;

NO 13k/3k FOR YOU!!!

[The Grinch came late this year...]


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:02 | 3109921 CrashisOptimistic
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This is still a fairly stiff smack at 2013 GDP.  The Payroll Tax rate is going up 120B across the entire year.

The Sequester will be another 100B+ across the year, and what's amusing is he wants to say "that has to be balanced with revs" when that deal was already defined in Aug 2011.  He got his price for that already -- the payroll tax cut (not rising).  He's trying to get paid twice for the Sequester.  Not going to happen.

In sum it looks like 1.5-2% reduction in GDP for 2013.

Then come March, the Boehner insistence on $1 of baseline spending cut for every $1 of debt ceiling increase again comes into play.  The MSM isn't understanding all this, but the GOP is winning.  Spending cuts ARE happening. That is what the Sequester is.  The tax increase on the rich is only a few hundred billion.  The spending cuts are trillions.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:22 | 3110033 Panafrican Funk...
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I think the 120B payroll tax going up will have a "multiples" effect on GDP.  That's 120B taken directly out of consumption spending.  Consider the implications of leverage on that 120B.  I think the knock-on damage is probably closer to 600B from that tax hike.  Recession guaranteed just from that point alone.  

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:02 | 3109924 gimli
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It was wonderful he had all those "folks" behind him laughing and clapping. Next time maybe we can watch in 3D and sense-around. Then he can add the Academy award for acting to go with the Nobel.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:11 | 3109971 cliffynator
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Seriously!  What was that crowd he was speaking to, the Press Corps?  I didn't expect to hear hootin' & hollerin', raucus laughter and clapping, let alone invitations to New Years Eve parties...

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:13 | 3109988 gimli
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They were obviously his wife's servants

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:16 | 3109999 gimli
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....... whoops, excuse me, I meant staff

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:18 | 3110011 gimli
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..... but then again it is possible they were orcs or goblins

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:40 | 3110085 glenlloyd
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I'd be hard pressed to find a difference.....

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:02 | 3109927 Ookspay
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AU 2K!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:03 | 3109931 XtraBullish
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Never underestimate the replacement power of equities within an inflationary spiral. Short U.S. fiat by buying ANYTHING "tangible" because the currency of the world's largest debtor nation is going to get trashed. Short cash; short bonds; short the banks. Buy gold stocks, oil stocks and depressed junior mining issues for the torque. And turn off CNBC.

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