IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW! EVERYONE’S TAXES ARE GOING UP! THEY LIED. JUST KEEP VOTING FOR THEM!

Congress has apparently reached agreement on new tax rates to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, although they’re still fighting about spending cuts.

The details on taxes are still leaking out.

Here’s the best sense of the deal that have been reported so far (these are from the New York Times). We’ll update with more information as we get it.

If a deal is actually signed:

  • Income taxes will stay at current rates for households making less than $450,000 per year ($400,000 for individuals).  This is a huge tax cut relative to the Fiscal Cliff tax rates, which would have increased taxes for everyone.
  • Income taxes for income above $450,000 ($400,000 for individuals) will revert to the Clinton era 39.6% from the current 35%. These households constitute fewer than 1% of American households.
  • Capital gains and dividend taxes for households earning over $450,000 will rise from 15% to 20%.  This income will also be hit with the 3.8% surcharge for Obamacare, so the full increase will be from 15% to 23.8%. For dividends, this is still a massive cut from the Clinton-era rates of 40%.
  • Some tax deductions for households earning more than $250,000 will be phased out. So, on a net basis, taxes may rise for about 2% of American households.
  • The payroll tax will likely revert back to 6.2% from 4.2% for the first $110,000 of income (per the Washington Post). This will effectively increase taxes on almost everyone.
  • The estate tax will stay basically the same: The threshold for taxable estates will remain at $5 million, with a 40% tax rate over that level.
  • All of these tax rates would be “permanent,” meaning that Congress would have to agree to change them. This is a big deal. Almost every fiscal agreement reached by Congress since the Bush tax cuts of 2001 has been scheduled to phase out at a future date.
  • Some tax cuts for middle- and lower-income households would be extended for 5 years.  These include a child credit, the earned income tax credit, and a tuition credit.
  • Unemployment benefits would be extended for one year.
  • All these changes are expected to raise about $600 billion in new revenue over 10 years versus current tax levels. That’s obviously far less revenue than would be raised if the Fiscal Cliff tax rates were enacted.

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SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com

01/04/2013: GARY ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED INVESTORS EDGE RADIO BROADCAST

http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/InvestorsEdge/010418.mp3

JUST LETTING YOU KNOW

How This is Possible

Yesterday and Wednesday, I reported to you something very simple (without telling you to do anything):

The Russell 2000 broke out of a two-year base.

The New Your Stock Exchange broke out of a two-year base.

The Smallcaps broke out of a two-year base. The Mid-caps broke out of a two-year base. The Financials broke out again. Airlines broke out. Autos, commodities put in bottoms.  Foreign markets leading.

And nothing has changed. Now I want to make sure you know a couple things. Very important.

I abhor…I hate…I despise…I am sick over the news and the direction of this country. I hate everything about Washington DC right now.

When I say to you they are bankrupting this country, I mean it. It should not take a rocket scientist to understand that they do not even care about cutting spending – and all they care about is raising taxes.

Employment is not very good. The fake unemployment figure came out today at 7.8%. Here again is a  chart I put up yesterday of how many people have been taken off and out of the workforce, which enables the employment rate to come down.

 http://www.zerohedge.com/

If you added back just half the people that they say have come out of the workforce, my guess is that we’d be at 9.7%.

If you put back everybody –11% and change.

And I don’t make this up. And I emailed the Bureau of Labor Statistics to ask if I could have that list of people that have come out of the workforce. They don’t have a list. That’s the email I got back from them. They don’t have a list.

I hate what they’re doing on taxes and the President’s already said he’s coming back at us for higher taxes.

The Republicons didn’t do anything about it. Remember they were supposed to do this balance of spending and taxes? There were no spending cuts. The President’s out saying he cut a trillion dollars in spending and the corrupt lapdog con artist media that’s on its back with the paws in the air and their tongues wagging don’t ask, “What trillion dollars are you talking about?”

So the outcome is, we’re going to be at $21…$22 trillion in debt over the news few years, if not more.

And if interest rates go higher, the cost to fund that debt is going to keep going higher. Taxes are going to go up. They do absolutely nothing for nobody. They don’t help the middle class. They don’t help the poor.

And all they have going for them is us — that we care and go to work every day. Imagine if we work out one day on a business day and we told these people in Washington, “We not going to work until you have a budget plan that balances the budget and we’ll give you some leeway o er a 5-year period.”

Do you they’d start getting it done?

I may have to start that movement. We’re just going to go work today. Of course, that ain’t happening.

Why am I saying this? Because for me all the news stinks. Counties in Europe are in recession. But those same countries…their markets are into new yearly high ground. How can this be? It can’t be.

Now I know there are the perma-bulls out there. You have to be careful there. You know the strategists that come out and tell you what’s going to happen in the next year. They’re always bullish. They tell you the market’s going to be up 8% to 15%. And it’s all going to be good and great and wonderful. We try not to pay attention to them. Because there are some out there that still have 1700 price targets for the year 2000.

So why am I bringing this all up? Because in spite of this, to repeat: The Russell 2000 broke out of a two-base off a big gap triggered by the approval of the Fiscal Stiff. The Transports broke out of a one-year base and above resistance.

They’re not at the high yet, but getting there. Smallcaps, mid-caps broke out.

Now the Nasdaq and the Nasdaq-100 are doing the opposite of what they did at the beginning of the year. They’re lagging? Why? One stock. Apple is making the Nasdaq and the Nasdaq-100 lag. It is that poor. And you need to know that. And it’s an amazing thing to see.

Financials, strong. Oils now turning the corner. Industrials, paper, stuff – breaking into new high ground.

So I’ve gotten a hundred emails: How is this possible?

Well my opinion is that it’s due to the money printing around the globe. Because it’s not just us anymore.

And just so you know, the day Japan said they were going to print money, Japan started skyrocketing.

The day Europe said they were going to print money, Europe started going up.

Obviously, Bernanke got them in a meeting and they’re following suit because it worked for us for three years. Now we started QE 3 or 4 (whatever the number is) in September and the market didn’t react well. So the Fed came out with another one.

That’s what I think is going on here. When you have a fixed asset as a market, but you add trilllions of dollars that chase that fixed asset – the fixed assets going up in price.

That’s what I see.

But back to the point – I’m just reporting to you what’s happened. You have two-year base breakouts in all these areas. Now mind you, coming into the new year, we didn’t know about Fiscal Stiff and what they were going to do. And the market was getting into trouble.

And then coming into this week, we found out in the middle of the day that it looked like the deal would get done and the market had a good day on Monday. It gapped up 200 points on Wednesday. There’s been no give-back and underneath the surface, the market has been much better than the averages.

So I’m just reporting this to you.

Suckers!

They lied to you.

Hey, just want to let you know. All those promises that taxes were only going to be raised on the privileged few…you know those dirty lowdown dogs of people that earn too much money.

In case you didn’t know, the worker’s share of the Social Security payroll tax is going from 4.2% back to 6.2%. How’s that?

For a family making $50,000 a year – your taxes just went up 1%.

If you make $110,000 that’s the max out…$2200 bucks.

You voted for this kids. Remember what I’ve called this. It is nothing more than a 3-card monte con game by the greatest con-artist in history – all of our politicians. That’s how you get to $16 trillion in debt and are convinced everything’s going to be fine. And the scum cakes in the media hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil because their guy’s leading the show.

So good job with your votes! Your taxes have been raised from dollar one. Yes, you middle class. And yes, you the “under the middle class.”

But the market doesn’t care right now.

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THINGS TO SEE AND PLACES TO VISIT

 

EVERYONE IS NUTS. AND THE PEOPLE DO NOTHING. PLUNDERING IN SPAIN OF THE PEOPLE’S RETIREMENT!

MADRID—Spain has been quietly tapping the country’s richest piggy bank, the Social Security Reserve Fund, as a buyer of last resort for Spanish government bonds, raising questions about the fund’s role as guarantor of future pension payouts. Now the scarcely noticed borrowing spree, carried out amid a prolonged economic crisis, is about to end, because there is little left to take. At least 90% of the €65 billion ($85.7 billion) fund has been invested in increasingly risky Spanish debt, according to official figures, and the government has begun withdrawing cash for emergency payments.

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SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com

I FEEL MUCH BETTER…THIS PERSON RUNS COMMERCE

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made her ubiquitous post-NFP appearance on CNBC this morning and spouted the usual propaganda. However, while discussing how wonderful the ATRA was, the seemingly slap-happy Solis noted how great the fact that emergency unemployment benefits were extended for millions of people was – and that thanks to that (and the magic of the Keynesian multiplier), millions of jobs were saved. So, to sum up, paying people not to work, saved millions and millions of jobs? Indeed America, indeed.

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SOURCE: http://www.zerohedge.com

I CONTINUE TO KEEP FINGERS CROSSED THAT THERE ARE NO LONGER-TERM REPERCUSSIONS BECA– USE OF THESE NUTJOBS

…but I think we all know better!

Fed mouthpieces Bullard and Lacker are out in force this morning talking the market back from the edge of yesterday’s FOMC Minutes and reassuring us that the economy is going to be weak enough for a lot longer to justify the Fed’s actions. However, right at the end of Jim Bullard’s interview with CNBC’s Steve Liesman, we got a glimpse of the reality behind the curtain as the St. Louis Fed president threw Bernanke under the purgery bus

Contiuned

SOURCE: http://www.zerohedge.com

MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER! SANTELLI GETS IT.

JUST WHO ARE THE LUNATICS? AS I HAVE TOLD YOU, THE CON ARTISTS WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THAT MORE DEBT IS NO PROBLEM!

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SOURCE: http://www.mediaite.com

NOTHING TO DO WITH MARKETS, ECONOMY OR WASHINGTON…

…just thought this needed posting to show you courts are nuts and laws need to be updated.

 LOS ANGELES (AP) — California appellate judges urged legislators to update an arcane 19th century law, as the panel reversed the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman’s boyfriend before initiating intercourse.

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SOURCE: http://hosted.ap.org

THE USUAL!

The 11th-hour deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff preserved billions of dollars in corporate tax giveaways even as it slashed take-home pay for millions of American workers.

Tucked inside the last-minute fiscal cliff package were more than a dozen tax loopholes, many of which will benefit Wall Street financial firms and some of the nation’s biggest corporations. These breaks will cost billions of dollars in the coming year, underscoring the lobbying power of corporate interests.

The deal was less kind to the middle class. Congress permitted a cut in the payroll tax to expire, meaning that the tax burden for the average worker will increase about $1,000 in 2013.

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SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

ANYONE REPORTING THIS? I THOUGHT 97% OF ALL PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE TAXES GOING UP. OH…ANOTHER LIE?

Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. 

Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more – or an additional $2,711 – in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent – or up to $1,784 – the D.C.-based think tank reported. 

Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.

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SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk