We need a fiscal cliff thread with the deadline coming up in 5 weeks.
On Januray 1:
Everyone's tax rates go up. And payroll tax goes back up.
A bunch of spending cuts go into effect, including military cuts.
We will hit the debt ceiling and need permission to borrow more.
So, how and when will this be resolved as everyone involved does not want this to happen?
Do they cut a deal before January 1?
The main issue is taxes.
The Dems want to keep it all the same except for 250 and above and the Republicans do not want any rates to go up but may budge on some deductions.
I think Obama's plan of letting the top tier rate cuts expire is the most likely scenario.
The Republican plan would take tax reform and that can't be hammered out quickly. They had a year and a half to write up reform and have nothing ready to be implemented.
Obama has much more leverage.
I think we will go past the deadline this time.
Then Republicans can vote to lower taxes on the majority of people whereas now the same result would mean voting to raise taxes on a minority of people.
My guess is that it will be signed in late January and be effective as of Jan 1.
Some damage will have been done by then.
Markets will crash. The economy will sputter and trend towards a recession.
People will lose jobs. (No one in Washington, though)
Things will come back after this is addressed but it will be from a bigger hole.
Or maybe they will get it done before Christmas and we can hav e good start to the year.