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Fiscal Cliff (Pork) Notes

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The 'deal' is done and even the evening news seems perplexed by the market's excited reaction to three-quarters of the nation paying more taxes. Perhaps, as ABC News highlights below, it is the 'pork' that stuffed the bill...

The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years, includes everything from incentives for employers to hire veterans to incentives for employers to invest in mine safety. But it also includes these:


  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can expense up to $15 million of costs for their projects.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

And the not so Cliff Cliff notes from Bloomberg:

Wind farms, motorsports tracks, global banks and other businesses won revived tax breaks in a $75.3 billion package included in a last-minute budget deal Congress passed yesterday.


The tax-break extensions, mostly for companies, made it into the bill past Republican demands for spending cuts and Democratic resistance to benefits for businesses. Both parties have complained for years about some of the special-interest provisions.


Most of the tax breaks had expired at the end of 2011 and will be extended through 2013. The companies that benefit say the on-again, off-again breaks are important though the uncertainty makes it almost impossible to use them to plan business investments.


Although they are lumped together, the miscellaneous tax breaks are very different.

Some are broad, like the credit for corporate research, which is backed by a coalition of technology companies, manufacturers and lawmakers such as Representative Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, and Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who is chairman of the Finance Committee. The two-year extension of the research credit would cost the government $14.3 billion in forgone revenue.


Some breaks are specialized, like the $11.2 billion, two- year extension of the active financing exception, which lets GE, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Citigroup Inc. (C), among others, defer taxes on financing income they earn outside the U.S. The congressional supporters of this provision include Pat Tiberi, an Ohio Republican, and Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, both senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee.


Others are narrow and often ridiculed by lawmakers. They include $78 million worth of accelerated depreciation for motorsports tracks, $248 million in special expensing rules for films and television programs, and a $222 million provision that directs excise taxes on imported rum to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Alex Brill, a former aide to Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, said tax breaks that some consider questionable -- such as the motorsports benefit backed by International Speedway Corp. (ISCA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat -- are often made temporary as a compromise.


Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) benefits from a $650 million tax credit for manufacturing energy-efficient appliances. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and other financial institutions are aided by the $1.8 billion extension of the New Markets Tax Credit for investments in low- income areas. That is supported by Representative Jim Gerlach, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat.


Restaurants such as Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (CBRL) and McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) benefit from the $1.9 billion extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring workers from disadvantaged groups.


The bill includes a one-year extension through 2013 of the production tax credit for wind power, at a cost of $12.2 billion. That will save as many as 37,000 jobs in an industry that’s expected to stall this year, the American Wind Energy Association said.

Read more on the 2013 Corporate Recovery Act Obama Tax Cuts here.

(h/t nmewn)


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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:27 | 3117352 Muppet Pimp
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Weeeee!  Handouts bitchez! 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:30 | 3117364 flacon
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For those unbelievers that Governor Chris Christie engaged in PRICE CONTROLS OF GASOLINE, you need to read the following from the Governor himself:


"New Jersey's price gouging statute, N.J.S.A. 56:8-107, et. seq., makes it illegal to set excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency or for 30 days after the termination of the state of emergency. 


Price increases are deemed excessive under the law if they are more than 10 percent above the price at which the good or service was sold during the normal course of business, prior to the state of emergency."


For those who are economically challanged, price gouging is a euphemism for FREE MARKET PRICE. Nobody is holding a gun to your head to buy the gasoline, it is VOLUNTARY exchange. In addition, if the price increases significantly it would drive supply to where the price is highest, thus lowering the price in short order. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:39 | 3117379 lasvegaspersona
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theater for the masses from a 'conservative'....wonder what Christie thinks conservative means...something different from what it means in Nevada that is for certain...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:56 | 3117416 SafelyGraze
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many people neglect to account for the amazing by-product of increasing taxes, even if said increase doesn't actually increase treasury receipts -- the resulting spending can be increased by even more than the tax increase.

the increase in spending leads to more dollars for everyone, which is why this recent (overdue) action by congress is so good for america, and for middle-class america in particular.


mdb & pk


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:04 | 3117428 flacon
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‎"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." --Thomas Sowell

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:30 | 3117443 SafelyGraze
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good quote

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 00:58 | 3117738 Michaelwiseguy
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I don't want to hear it referred to as the "Fiscal Cliff" anymore.

From hear on out we are going to be referring to it as a "Fiscal Episode".

Everyone needs to get on the same page with this and refer to it with the proper ZH terminology.

Thank You.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:24 | 3117904 Dr. Sandi
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I've stopped reading bold faced comments including this one.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 06:52 | 3118040 GetZeeGold
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Thanks you for that.


If you really want to be should always post in all caps.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 07:02 | 3118051 smlbizman
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lets just call it what pastor williams calls it...the physical cliff...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119009 theprofromdover
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I find that typing louder convinces me my message gets across better.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 08:09 | 3118102 TraderTimm
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I use a script to replace words in my web-browser for this specific reason. If I'm sick of someone's name showing up, or a certain news story title - it gets replaced.

For instance, "Fiscal Cliff" is now "Oiled Boobies" in my browser, leading to amusing titles like "We're sliding off the Oiled Boobies!" in news articles.

"Debt Ceiling" is now "thong-clad asses" - leading to "Extension of the thong-clad asses is contemplated"

Just one way I try to retain some humor and sanity.


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:45 | 3117562 James-Morrison
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Well I'm glad none of these loopholes went to the rich. </sarc>

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:58 | 3117422 flacon
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I'm just reporting FACTS and the FACT IS that Governor Christie used price controls with the unintended consequence of having even MORE fuel shortages. Facts are stubborn things. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:01 | 3117429 fonzannoon
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flacon it is also a fact that Christie went to alternate day fill ups and he very successfully eased New Jerseys fuel crisis. That is a fact. Unlike NY which kept their heads up their asses for weeks after that.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:15 | 3117450 flacon
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Is there really any difference between PRICE CONTROLS vs. DEMAND CONTROLS? If Chris Christie had allowed the FREE MARKET PRICE of gasoline to be what it was (what ever that would be, $25/gallon, or $2,500,000,000/gallon or WHATEVER...) wouldn't PRICE HAVE DICTATED WHAT DEMAND WOULD HAVE BEEN?


Christie imposed UNNATURAL LOW PRICES of gasoline, and so people bought more, so he had to also impose UNNATURAL DEMAND.... What's so wrong with having NATURE do it's thing? There is no FREE LUNCH. Nobody can erase the fact that the hurricane caused havoc.... but government seems to think that by putting all these unnatural controls and counter-controls makes things better, but it doesn't. 


Government NEVER, EVER, EVER, AND NEVER EVER makes things better by interveining in the supply/demand/price dance. NEVER EVER!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:17 | 3117476 fonzannoon
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flacon i agree with you philosophically. I am pointing out a simple fact. there was a fuel shortage in NY and NJ and people were acting irrationally and by going to alternate days and controlling demand it actually worked to calm people down and made things more efficient. If gas station owners tried to charge $20 a gallon to let price determine demand there would have been a lot more dead people. Going to alternate days allowed soccor moms to get to the mall and others to get to work with less violence. I lived it. I am just pointing that out. The fuel shortage was a function of temporary loss of power. when the economy collapses more permenantly price and demand controls will not have the same success.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:28 | 3117503 flacon
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Not trying to bicker like a married couple, but you only lived one scenario, you didn't live the Free Market scenario. How can we know which would have been more humane? The answer is that we can't. so glad you didn't get shot. :)


The only thing I know is: Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:34 | 3117529 fonzannoon
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let me be clear, I am a total hypocrite. For example I am the first person to say any problems with gold can be solved by price, because despite my boating mishaps I still believe in it. So for me say what I have said is absolutely hypocritical because had I not been here I would be up arrowing you left and right. I just have to call it like I see it though. I am out on Long Island. There was very little in the way of gas delivery's. I live a block away from a gas station so I passed my time by watching people. I know in my heart that if that guy put up $20/gallon on his sign, anyone who would have filled up would have been carjacked. I probably sound dramatic, but that kind of shit was happening as it was. I remember Kito on here saying that going to alternate days in Jersey calmed things down weeks before that happened here. Soon after they announced alternate days here things calmed down. I just had to throw that out there.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:45 | 3117565 flacon
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No problem. Glad to hear you were safe. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:48 | 3117574 fonzannoon
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Thanks, I have been married almost 10 years. I wish bickering with my wife went this smoothly.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 00:07 | 3117629 flacon
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:32 | 3117789 RichardP
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 06:18 | 3118018 zhandax
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fonzannoon, RichardP may be trying to say this, but my tolerance for psychobabble is about two paragraphs, and I tend to be a bit more direct.

I rode out Andrew, so I am not unsympathetic to the hardships which hurricane survivors have to endure.  That said, I rode out Andrew in Boca, which was probably 50 or 60 miles north of the eye.  Fuck the soccer moms in Boca getting to mall if it diverted gasoline away from rescue efforts, or basic survival, in south Miami.  Unlike Miami, there were people trying to just keep from freezing after Sandy.  I don't have a big problem with preventing price gouging in severely affected areas, but some bureaucratic attempt to maintain normalcy in relatively-unaffected areas that would rather pretend it didn't happen, is delusional, as well as bad public policy.  /rant off, glad you came out OK.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:49 | 3118709 PrintemDano
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Fonzannoon:  I too live on LI and lived through it.  What I saw was the government waited a week before stopping the ethanol mandate which exacerbated the problem immensely.  I also noticed deliveries were increasing and lines were getting shorter BEFORE they went to odd even days, they then kept the odd even until way after there was no longer  a problem.  I grade governments response a big ole fat F.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:29 | 3117513 XitSam
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Once again a politician mangles what would have been free trade by imposing foolish economic rules.  Actuallly, we don't know what the result would have been.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:50 | 3117817 tango
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I have to agree.  As a free market supporter, I admit there are extraordinary circumstances when temporary common sense rules can work.  Like not using water for beauty projects in the midst of a drought or lowering thermostats due to energy shortages or requiring vaccinations.  One is not abandoning their philosophy when emergency measures are in place.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 07:38 | 3118075 Nostradalus
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yeah, and we had all this "energy shortage" Kabuki theater 40 years ago, seems like we used billions of bbls of oil since then... and "requiring vaccinations"? = statist moron. Enjoy your diminished living standard along with mercury poisoning/SV-40/cognitively deficient children.   YAY!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:17 | 3117474 keesooi
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The first rule of golf:  Never follow a bad shot with a stupid shot.

First rule of government:  always follow an immoral rule with an even more immoral rule (and then another, and another,...).

Please read

And please stop relying on the government, I now they appear well intentioned, but the fact is, they are all morons who couldn't survive a minute in the real world. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 00:15 | 3117651 flacon
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Good article. Thanks for posting it. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:20 | 3117771 Fake Jim Quinn
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There is no mathematical reason why alternate odd/even days makes an iota of difference. It just makes things more inconvenient. Demand is demand, regardless of the mix. Christie did nothing to ease the shortages with that move (maybe some psychological difference at best). However, his hot air and other flatulence may have added carbon supplies

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:37 | 3117799 RichardP
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You sound like you don't know much about Que theory.  For starters, see:

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 06:39 | 3121376 S.N.A.F.U.
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Quinn is right.  If you have random people showing up every day, making the "odds" show up randomly on odd days and the "evens" show up randomly on even days doesn't do jack to reduce the number of people going to the pumps on any given day (it doesn't change the mathematical distribution unless the # of odds/evens is mismatched, in which case it makes it worse every other day) -- except as he pointed out for possible psychological impacts (fooling people into thinking things "were under control" and thereby preventing people from rushing to the gas station to fill up their vehicle to make sure they got some.)

I skimmed the referenced doc.  I didn't see anything that contradicts what I just said.  Rather than just pointing to a large document without specifying what part applies you could, you know, make a logical argument why such scheduling would make a difference.

(Happy to be proved wrong...  Queueing, though not the human variety, is part of my job and I'm always looking to improve.)

edit: OK, after thinking about it a bit I realized it might flatten out the distribution a bit.  (If you could break it down into even more bins it would flatten it out even more.)  However, that doesn't really change the supply/demand situation -- it only means SOME people might have to wait a bit less time in line to get gas while some others will have to wait LONGER.  Still not sure how that's supposed to be some kind of significant net win for "NJ society" though, and why it justifies the government stomping on individual's rights.

edit #2: If the strategy had a significant (non-psychological) effect, I suspect the real answer (from here: is this:

"who are led to waste endless hours, day after day, trying to get the supplies that don't exist"

I.e., instead of have N people waiting every day for gas they won't get, you now have only N/2 people waiting on a given day for gas they won't get.  (That's somewhat simplified of course since presumably some people got gas before they ran out and started turning people away.)

Ideally no one would wait in line when they won't be able to get gas.  The strategy is basically telling 1/2 the people up front "you can't get gas on this day", and whether it was true or not before, the law is now making it true.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:01 | 3117746 spdrdr
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If I recall correctly, you are a Global Warming/Peak Oil alarmist, with extremely partisan Democrat leanings.

Be that as it may, I agree with you 100%.  Fatso is an embarrasment.

Happy New Year!



Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:24 | 3117906 Dr. Sandi
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I've stopped reading bold faced comments including this one.


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 07:33 | 3118072 Bobbyrib
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How long has this country fixed food prices? No more crop subsidies, let farmers manage their own business.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:45 | 3117395 GMadScientist
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Them RINO votes ain't free.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:53 | 3117413 DoChenRollingBearing
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Maybe that's why the bitch RINOs went along.

Or maybe they're just scaried wussies...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:10 | 3117454 ball-and-chain
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Why demonize the poor?

It's the rich who put us in this hole.

They made bad bets.  They didn't want to pay.

We got left holding the bag.

Food stamps have nothing to do with it.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:23 | 3117491 keesooi
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Stop blaming "the rich".  We are all to blame, because we allowed our constitutional republic to be transformed into a fascist democracy.

I know plenty of rich folks, who became so by providing a product or service that their fellow humans were willing to pay for.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:01 | 3118546 earnulf
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So do I, in fact I read about them every day when they are busted for dealing drugs because they aren't getting rich enough, fast enough.

They are "becoming so, by providing a product or service that their fellow humans were willing to pay for."

Like fraud, mismanagement and corruption, it's illegal, so it's all in how much you make, how fast you make it and how you apply it to avoid the consequences.

Same applies to politicians, they are"providing a product or service that their fellow humans were willing to (let others) pay for."

As long as you are self-sufficient, that's one thing.   It's when you need something you can't produce that things start to get hinky.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:30 | 3117518 Just Ice
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I doubt if anyone here associates gubmint handouts as necessarily corresponding with "the poor".  The political pork lading down bills more often than not consists of  handouts to the well heeled.  There's much corporate welfare in want of elimination.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:25 | 3117910 Dr. Sandi
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There are obviously a lot more rich people bribing politicians than there are poor people bribing politicians.

I guess that means the poor are more honest.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 06:36 | 3118032 zhandax
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Virtuosity may be a better way of describing it.  The difference is, on hitting the lottery, the poor man will think of buying a car, and the rich man will think of bribing his congressman.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:17 | 3117473 Chupacabra-322
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These people are Criminals and treasonist. They're protecting a global criminal economic bankster enterprise system that controls the world's Governments and politcians. It's a criminal cabal based on shadow CIA/Mossad/MI6 etc.. intelligence, murder, espionage, blackmail, rackertering, bribery, threats, drug trade, human trafficing. It's a Global Criminal Cabal based on Evil Lucerferian belief system.

The rest is just political therater the consumption by the masses.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:23 | 3117489 Go Tribe
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Brought to us by the revolving door of insider lobbyists - Breaux, Lott and the Clinton Administration.


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 00:07 | 3117628 Fred Hayek
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When the corruption is this open and disgusting, it helps to present the bill to the 80 year olds in the senate at 1:36 a.m. for a 1:39 a.m. vote.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:26 | 3117911 Dr. Sandi
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The problem isn't the age of the cheese. It's the cheese itself.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:27 | 3117353 I think I need ...
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whats after a trillion, a quadrillion and then what 2X that decimillion?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:51 | 3117405 logicalman
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The word you are looking for is 'quintillion'

closely folowed by 'sextillion'

Now that's what you call 'hyperinflatiillion'

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:28 | 3117357 Half_A_Billion_...
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who would have imagined?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:29 | 3117358 ThePhysicist
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Congress has "porked" us one more time. Our asses a sore today, but we're used to it.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:55 | 3117418 Anusocracy
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Government eats up wealth and shits out poverty.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:27 | 3117912 Dr. Sandi
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Felching for the Fed, anybody?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:55 | 3120972 Anusocracy
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I wish I hadn't looked up felching.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:29 | 3117360 MyBrothersKeeper
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I just regained a little respect for Boehner when I read this:

It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a "dictatorship" in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

"Go f— yourself," Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: "What are you talking about?"

Boehner repeated: "Go f— yourself."


I consider Reid the biggest obstructionist to legislation the last 3 years

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:39 | 3117380 Zer0head
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please that boner story has been the echoed by the Whore media all day no doubt released by boners people to elicit a response such as yours

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:33 | 3117920 John_Coltrane
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Never-the-less, consider this dilemma, I hand you my S&W .45 magnum with only two rounds.  You see Pelosi, Reid, and Bohner walking down an  alley.  Who emerges from that alley?  I think every ZH reader knows the answer to that one.  See, there are major distinctions when it comes to the parties.  When it comes to human evil you need a log scale and on that scale Pelosi and Reid are orders of magnitude more evil than Bohner.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:35 | 3118252 exi1ed0ne
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If you position the shot right, one round will do.  45 magnum packs a punch.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:51 | 3118288 LFMayor
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45, 46... what ever it takes

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:35 | 3118435 flattrader
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I could take out all three with two rounds.

>>>I think every ZH reader knows the answer to that one.<<<

If you think Boner survives, you're a fool who takes a lot for granted.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:31 | 3117916 Dr. Sandi
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I thought Reid was the one who was telling people to go fuck themselves on the Senate floor lo those many years ago when it was a BAD thing. It takes a real man to tell somebody to 'go fuck yourself.' What do politicians do after that, empty their colostomy bags on each other?

Of course, it takes an even bigger man to say go f___ yourself. I for one don't even know how you'd pronounce f___ . Do you make some kind of farting noise with your lips after the initial 'f'?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:32 | 3117361 Insideher Trading
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There's gotta' be something in there for an about-to-be-bankrupt solar manufacturer in there.

No taxpayer provided Bloomberg Terminals for members of congress/senators to trade on at work?

On the for real-for real. Remember any of this?

 a $2 million tax benefit for makers of wooden arrows for children; a $100 million tax break to benefit auto racetrack owners; $192 million in rebates on excise taxes for the Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum industry; $148 million in tax relief for U.S. wool fabric producers; and a $49 million tax benefit for fishermen and other plaintiffs who sued over the 1989 tanker Exxon Valdez spill.

That was from Obama's bailout in 2008. We have a black president, you didn't really expect him to be responsible with money did you?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:40 | 3117547 Just Ice
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I think there were clean energy tax credits left intact and the handout to railroads to maintain their own property is probably a nugget thrown crony capitalist Buffett's direction.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:34 | 3117921 Dr. Sandi
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Speaking of racist stereotypes, I'll bet Obama's dick is a lot bigger than yours.

And he gets to use it on all of us, regardless of race, gender or favorite sports team.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:31 | 3117365 zorba THE GREEK
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All that pork and nothing for NY or NJ for Sandy. What a slap in the face.

Maybe they will join the states who wish to secede from the union. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:35 | 3117371 foodstampbarry
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Chubby Butt kissed Barry's ring. Payback's a bitch blue state.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:42 | 3117390 zorba THE GREEK
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Rim-job proves to be a bust. Life's a bitch for the fat boy.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:45 | 3117394 espirit
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Sandy's victims will have relief by friday, just ask those still waiting on aid from the Haitian Earthquake.

Bottlenecks tighter than a Bud Light.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:47 | 3117398 GMadScientist
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What did you want...a tax credit for Jersey Shore and N'yorican BJs?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:29 | 3117516 Darksky
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If NY and NJ want to secede from the union then we Texans want to stay in.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:31 | 3117366 PrintemDano
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Gimme som dat Obama Algae Bitchezzzz

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:48 | 3117400 GMadScientist
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Uhhh...I'll stick with the peas, thanks.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:39 | 3117382 jim249
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There is no hope. We are doomed!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:02 | 3117432 Bollixed
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Not if you're Ricky Bobby...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:53 | 3117593 Mr Pink
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Shake...n Bake  Bitchez!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:43 | 3117391 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Fiscal Cliff (Pork) Notes"

I subscribe to the Clara Peller school of thought. "Where's the beef?"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:38 | 3117925 Dr. Sandi
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Wanna see my 'beef' list. Where do I start?

I think my biggest beef has to be the total disintegration of contract law in the U.S. No real production goes on without a binding contract between 'gentlemen.' With that obviously gone, there little to prevent the total hollowing out of the economy by thieves.

Some bastards came and took the beef, replaced it with oatmeal and told us to shut the fuck up about it. And the kids who are supposed to stop it have all been paid to go to their rooms.

There's the beef.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:45 | 3117393 tooriskytoinvest
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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly From The Fiscal Cliff Deal

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 22:48 | 3117402 Caviar Emptor
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Why is anyone surprised? The pork is where the REAL action is. 

You didn't really think they were Representing YOU, now did ya??


We are entering into early innings of the political consequences of a depression: fighting over everything and anything you can grab. The country that emerges won't resemble the one that entered before the crisis. 

From now on when they cry "Austerity", they mean for you. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:32 | 3117520 GeorgeHayduke
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You've hit the nail on the head. This whole fiasco is about mining the consumers (as we are no longer citizens) for anything and everything the owners and their minions can pry from us.

This latest fiscal cliff show is just an opening salvo to see how the herd reacts. If they get the usual insignificant response, they they will come at us for even more in two months. Then they will do it again two months or six weeks later as they'll do another half-assed, short-term bill at that time too. They won't pass any long-term stuff at this point as more and more consumers are becoming insolvent each month and they need to keep adjusting their parasitic attacks much more often than once a year to keep feeding from the diminishing few with anything left to steal.

My question for some time has been: How long before the herd no longer recognizes the authority of these so-called leaders?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:48 | 3117580 Caviar Emptor
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I totally agree. But for now the consumers remain comatose. They still believe that what they're experiencing is a hangover after a wild party. "They deserve it". Up to now they could easily reach for assistance from Uncle Sugar. The more the programs they rely on get cut (and they will), the more they'll start to feel pain. Then we'll see

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:53 | 3117590 fonzannoon
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Other than this slap on the wrist with Sandy, which will probably get passed soon....what other programs have been cut off? I thought we had a money printer? All is well......?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:15 | 3117468 catacl1sm
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this worked for FDR as well. How do you think he got reelected 3 Times?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:15 | 3117470 A Lunatic
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I'm just glad they passed it so we could finally see what's in it..........

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 23:34 | 3117530 zombiebank
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Our lawmakers suck!  At what point will we revolt against their destruction of our country? 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:48 | 3117936 Dr. Sandi
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It's glaringly obvious that there will be no revolt for quite some time yet.

Except for an apparent anomaly in Arizona, nobody is taking shots at these bastards when their show their badly tanned faces in public. Until congress creatures are afraid to be seen by the public during daylight, you can be sure it's crooked business as usual.

Now if unhappy voters were to skin and eat a couple of these bastards on the same day, you might want to start taking citizen unrest seriously.

But as long as you idiots (and you know who you are) keep putting these vermin back in office, they will keep fucking us and laughing about it to friends and family.

Terrified politicians = Real Democracy

So relax, have some popcorn and enjoy the show for awhile. You'll know it's turned nasty when you smell bacon on the wind.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:15 | 3117764 dumpster
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drink Rum .. and live the tax subsidy blues

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 01:55 | 3117824 The Joker
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Looks like they offset that $15b "spending cut" almost dollar for dollar.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 02:34 | 3117867 awakening
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'$430 million for Hollywood'

I would not be surprised to see that work it's way back to Capital Hill (and similar internationally) in the form of (bribes) lobbying with regards to the 'War on Piracy' (copyright).

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:21 | 3117902 laosuwan
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only in the usa could they pass a tax increase and actually increase the deficit. someone ought to call transparancy international, helloooooo.



  • $430 million for Hollywood  obama supporters
  • $331 million for railroads warren buffet
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Bayer, McKessen, Pfizer, etc.
  • $70 million for NASCAR no idea, probably some real estate deal
  • $59 million for algae growers Go green, go broke, do not go to jail, collect 200 million dollars
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers see above

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 08:57 | 3118160 Disenchanted
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Why was this fiscal cliff pork subsidy left off of the above list?


5) Subsidies for Goldman Sachs Headquarters – Sec. 328 extends “tax exempt financing for  York Liberty Zone,” which was a program to provide post-9/11 recovery funds. Rather than going to small businesses affected, however, this was, according to Bloomberg, “little more than a subsidy for fancy Manhattan apartments and office towers for Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Corp.” Michael Bloomberg himself actually thought the program was excessive, so that’s saying something. According to David Cay Johnston’s The Fine Print, Goldman got $1.6 billion in tax free financing for its new massive headquarters through Liberty Bonds.



edit: and this one as well...



6) $9B Off-shore financing loophole for banks – Sec. 322 is an “Extension of the Active Financing Exception to Subpart F.” Very few tax loopholes have a trade association, but this one does. This strangely worded provision basically allows American corporations such as banks and manufactures to engage in certain lending practices and not pay taxes on income earned from it. According to this Washington Post piece, supporters of the bill include GE, Caterpillar, and JP Morgan. Steve Elmendorf, super-lobbyist, has been paid $80,000 in 2012 alone to lobby on the “Active Financing Working Group.” 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:41 | 3118464 flattrader
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Yes.  I wondered that as well.  Those two were by far my "favorites" of the bunch.

What's up Tylers?  You don't think tax perks for big banks rates as ZH red meat?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:03 | 3118170 djsmps
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And if you bought more house than you could afford, and then used it as a piggybank, fret no more. There's an extention of the tax credit where you don't have to report the shortfall in a short sale as income.

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