Saturday, November 24, 2012

'FISCAL CLIFF' : Obama Vs. Boehner


The 'FISCAL CLIFF' we hear so much about...
What are we REALLY up against?

Why is it so critical that the correct decisions are made - and what are those?


Obama wants to raise roughly $ 1.3 billion
How does  he want to  raise it?
1) Raising taxes on those making over $250,000 will raise about $450 million
2) In addition, Obama wants to cap deductions for those same folks which 
   could raise another $450 mil. 
But that leaves him still $400 mil. short

To close the gap Obama wants to raise capital gains taxes and increase government spending (more bailouts) some more and business taxes..

The latter can be especially dangerous, in our view,  since capital gains are what drive
the economy. New private and business capital is reinvested and creates
new jobs. If anything one would CUT captial gains taxes to stimulate
the economy as even Clinton did during his presidency - and it worked.
Russia, on the other hand, failed when it cut capital gains taxes.
As Jack Kemp used to say, ' There's no capitalism if you cut capital gains.'
But then, maybe Obama that's exactly what Obama wants - to move the econmy
away from capitalism to communism.

Perhaps Obama should harken back to the old tried and true principles from another era - as in the above 1913 'Road To Success' - when government was smaller and didn't have to come up with  schemes  to achieve its  own desires. Poster vvailable at http://www.RoadToSuccess.us


We haven't even mentioned Obama's other new taxes that will go into effect january 1,
namely that paying for Obama care amd others.

The John Boehner / Republican strategy would be to cap deductions as well as cut
loopholes - and government spending. For us that would make more sense. The 
government is currently spending at a record rate approaching 30%. We've gone
all the way from 2% which George Washington thought was excessive to this.

And then we'll all be saddled with the end of Bush's tax cuts at the same time.
Put this all together and it really many of us middle and upper class folks
may really fall off that financial cliff if

Without any real stimulus to the economy - other than more artificial  printing
of money - we'll continue on a downward spiral. Government spending hurts the
economy in the long run.  Obama may eventually get himself
in a hole with nothing left but to keep taxing the wealthy - nobody else will
have any money - and then we'll be just like Russia and European countries
where the wealthy are the only ones paying taxes - and to the tune of 90%.

The only hope, as we see it, is that Obama / democrats  will   compromise with  
the Republicans and Boehner, using other means than just raising the wealthy's taxes -
means that will also stimulate spending, not hinder it.

Ideally, the Republicans would stand firm, not raise any taxes  -  in fact lower them as they ' broaden the base' - and get rid of those loop holes and deductions.  It's doubtfull the Republicans could  fully get their way, as correct as we believe it is,  so they should compromise only to the extent of giving in to the 
deduction caps 


BROADEN THE TAX BASE - LOWER THE TAX RATES
Ideally, the Republicans would stand firm, not raise any taxes  -  in fact lower them as they ' broaden the tax base' - and get rid of those loop holes and deductions.  It would likely mean cutting cut the Obamacare tax hikes which will be difficult to budge.  Ideally a strong personality such as Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio could  stand up and well present the Republican case, as suggested here.   It's doubtful  the Republicans could  fully get their way, as correct as we believe it is,  so they should compromise only to the extent of giving in to the deduction caps  and NO NEW TAXES!  Otherwise the Republicans must hold their ground as any more tax increases could  get the country into such much debt they could never climb out from under, while citizens would become more and dependent on the government for benefits as they go broke.  IT WON'T BE THE WORST THING IF THE REPUBLICANS HOLD THEIR GROUND. IT WILL BE IF THEY GIVE IN TO HIGHER TAXES!!!