Current Deficit: How many are aware that the total budget deficit for the first six months of fiscal 2012 reached $778,988 billion? In March 2012, the U.S. Government ran a budget deficit $198B, the Treasury Department reported. This is up $10.0 billion or 5.3% from the $188.154 billion deficit in March 2011.
This weekend Brinker said the "Buffett Rule" proposed by President Obama is a populist measure aimed at winning votes during an election year. He says it would have marginal value in balancing the budget because it doesn't raise much money compared to the huge deficit. Brinker said he is not worried the wealthy will leave the country if the Buffett Rule passes.
Kirk's Comment: This doesn't surprise me. Brinker can sound fairly liberal at times unless it means his own taxes will go up. The point of the Buffett Rule is one of fairness. Most of us pay Payroll Taxes which are not invested but spent just like Income Taxes. The wealthy usually pay a much smaller percentage of total income to total federal taxes when you include the payroll tax in the equation. What bugs me is I heard the president claim he was going to raise the taxes on himself with his new proposal, but he didn't make one Million so his taxes will stay the same under his rule. My own taxes are far higher than his so I think he's still being unfair and is thus, full of hot air and not completely honest.
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Brinker pointed out that the Obama Administration wants taxes to go up on singles making over $200,000 and couples making over $250,000 without raising taxes on those making less. A caller pointed out that Obama could go after these middle income people after they get higher taxes on the rich. Bob said the House of Representatives would never pass this sort of tax increase and the Senate could not get sixty votes.
Kirk's Comment: The trouble I see it is they can't or won't work together so those who want higher taxes will get it by default in 2013. I think this is a big reason the market has such a low PE while interest rates are also very low.
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