Skip to comments.Morning Bell: Obama and Congress Are Choosing to Cause a Recession
Posted on 09/27/2012 7:22:32 AM PDT by IbJensen
President Obama recently said, The most important lesson Ive learned is you cant change Washington from the inside. Thats demoralizing to hear when a recession is bearing down on the economyand its an inside job.
The Congressional Budget Office has forecasted a fresh recession to hit next year if Taxmageddon, a nearly $500 billion tax increase, hits the nation and Congress and the President drive us off the fiscal cliff. President Obama has done nothing but ignore this warning.
In a new report, Heritages J.D. Foster explains that the very fact that we can see a recession coming is shocking. Economic forecasters almost never forecast recessions, he says. Those few who do forecast recessions do so with great frequency and belong to the doom-and-gloom school of economics. Yet we can see this one a mile away:
What makes this recession different, and predictable, is that the disruptive force is Washington policies and, even more, Washington behaviorspolicies and behaviors for which the nation can thank the Congress and especially President Obama. The policy is Taxmageddon. The behavior is intentional, insistent inaction. The consequence is recession. The response should and will be outrage.
The problem is extremely clear. Congress has left town and isnt scheduled to return until after the November election. With every day that passes, the economy drags, as the uncertainty of January 1 looms.
Economists talk a lot about uncertainty. Why is uncertainty such a big deal?
Business owners are looking at next years taxes already and thinking they cant afford to hire. Investors are holding back from expansions and new ventures. This massive uncertainty is holding back all growth and keeping unemployment stubbornly above 8 percent, while millions have dropped out of the labor force because they are so discouraged.
Uncertainty affects your personal finances, too. Think about this: If youre a middle-class American family, Taxmageddon means that your taxes are going up about $4,100 next year. How does that affect your thinking about traveling for Thanksgiving in a couple of months? Buying Christmas presents? What about saving for retirement or your childrens education?
It starts to hit home that you have to come up with that $4,100 somehow. Youre going to have to make cuts in your lifestyle to be able to pay this tax increase.
The best the economy has to offer right now is a holding pattern. Holding onto our money and holding our breath, waiting for the gigantic shoe of Taxmageddon to drop on top of us.
The President said outside forces were needed to change Washington. But this tax increaseand the recession it will bringare an inside job. Congress and the President are the only ones who can prevent it.
The House passed a bill that would prevent the largest share of Taxmageddon, but when Congress came back to Washington for the blink of an eye after its August recess, it failed to finish the job. Everyone promptly dashed back to the campaign trail.
As Foster said, President Obama should demand that Congress return to defuse Taxmageddon, and Congress should immediately heed his call. The job need only take a few days away from their campaigning.
Visit Heritages Taxmageddon page to learn more, see how it will impact you, and see Taxmageddons impact on your state.
Stealing the election at the ballot box is already ongoing with the early voting. Dead people, illegals, the whole enchilada will be voting against America!
Why can't the clueless see that this one manufactured phony and the homosexuals and their sycophants are more dangerous than the Afghans! Bozo listens to the homosexuals as his White Hut is glutted with the perverts.
The Quote of the Decade:
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscalpolicies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.
Americans deserve better."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 Pass it on 'til eternity...
” , a nearly $500 billion tax increase, hits the nation and Congress and the President drive us off the fiscal cliff. President Obama has done nothing but ignore this warning. “
Of course not. Obama is out to destroy the middle class, and so far, he is winning.
That 500 billion has already been spent paying off Obamas supporters.
Both the President and Congress have done the math and decided that the "massive uncertainty" among 5-10% of the electorate is not as important as pacifying 51% of the electorate with false promises of free money and vengeance against those they believe have wronged them.
See, smaller businesses and investors create jobs in a completely unplannable, uncontrollable way. To our current crop of Mandarins, that's just not acceptable.
The uncertainty described in the article is no accident - government wants it that way, or at least wants the polices causing the uncertainty so badly that they don't really care about the side-effects.
Articles crying "Why are they being so stupid!" miss the point - they aren't being stupid at all.
I think Bernanke started spending his text “quatitative easing” - in the stock market today!!! The economic news certainly does not support todays buying in the New York Exchanges.
This is a depression. The media said so back in 2008.