The fiscal cliff is too confusing for Republicans

Fiscal Cliff Detailed Break-Down

Fiscal Cliff Detailed Break-Down

Republican politicians are doing a terrible job of talking about the fiscal cliff, and the voters are either confused or don’t care. Why? This info-graphic holds the answer.

If the Republicans in power had any clue what they were doing, they would be publicizing this graphic on every website, every Fox News program, and every radio talk station. This graph shows a detailed analysis of exactly who will suffer if Obama doesn’t give in to the Republicans in the House of Representatives in order to avoid the fiscal cliff.

So why aren’t Republicans publicizing this graph? Why isn’t the above analysis being shared with everyone far and wide?

The answer: it’s just too darn complicated. Republican politicians just can’t decide on a story to tell people.

After all, what are their options?



Do they point to the fact that the Bush Tax Cuts and Payroll Tax Cut affect average and poor people?  It’s a little late for that, since they’ve already said that those people should be paying more in taxes and don’t really contribute anything to the economy anyway.

Do they point to the fact that high income tax breaks will be expiring and drastically increasing taxes on the delicate and dainty job creators?  They know very well that this looks bad, because then they come across as only caring about rich people.

Do they point to all of the taxes associated with the new Obamacare Health Care taxes? Well, the graph above clearly shows that those will primarily be hitting the rich people, which undermines the whole narrative that Obamacare will cost the average person. We can’t have people realizing that Obamacare won’t cost middle-class and poor people any money.

Do they point to the fact that the Obama-Era Tax Cuts might expire? Since this will mostly affect poor people, it might make Republicans seem like they care about the poor. Unfortunately, they are called “Obama-Era Tax Cuts” so all that that conversation really does is remind people that Obama helped poor people.



As you can see, Republicans have painted themselves into a corner with this fiscal cliff.  Once people are provided with all of the information, like the information in the graphic above, there is literally no argument that Republicans can use without undermining or contradicting stuff that they have said before.

Now THAT is what I call liberal bias!!!


graph data source: Tax Policy Center
graph found via: Marc To Market

Republican voters have a liberal bias?

Republican voters have a liberal bias

Voters have liberal bias

According to the latest McCarthy-Marxist poll, the American people want the Bush tax cuts to expire on rich people, oppose letting Obama’s tax cut expire, and do not want to cut Medicare or increase the eligibility to 67. But we already knew this: the American people have a liberal bias.

Unfortunately, there is a deeper problem revealed by this poll, and shown in the graph below. When looking only at self-identified Republican voters, they also oppose letting Obama’s tax cut expire, cutting Medicare or Medicaid spending, or raising the eligibility age.

Republican voters have a liberal bias

So in essence, Republican voters are against all of the ideas put forth by the Republicans in congress.


Of course, they are also opposed to letting the tax cuts expire on the rich job creators. They are also opposed to compromise. So there is an alternative explanation.

It’s possible that Republican voters quite simply hate everything.

graph data source (both graphs): McCarthy-Marxist poll
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graph found via (graph 2): MaddowBlog

Liberal statistics predict no effect of tax hikes on the stock market

Taxes Versus Stocks.

Everyone knows that the tax hikes always completely destroy the economy. Yet somehow, these statistics show that there is no historical relationship between tax hikes or cuts, and changes in the stock market.

Anyone who uses good conservative common sense knows what to expect of the stock market when the government fiddles with taxes. We have heard the argument hundreds of times, on Fox News and our favorite radio talk shows. When the government raises taxes, rich investors panic and freak out and get mad and start selling everything in a huge panic, because they are dainty delicate little flowers. This causes markets to crash.

By contrast, when the government cuts taxes, investors use all of their extra money to invest in American companies, which causes the stock market to go up.

The logic is completely irrefutable. This is one of the biggest arguments for making sure that we don’t go over the fiscal cliff of 2012: allowing taxes to go up will make the stock market collapse.

BUT GIVEN ALL OF THAT… why are the above statistics completely contradicting this air-tight conservative reasoning?

Of the 15 times that taxes were cut since 1927, the stock market increased twice as many times as it decreased; however, weirdly, of the 12 times that taxes were increased, the stock market increased three times as often as it decreased!

There is a similar story with capital gains taxes: there is no clear relationship between increases or decreases in capital gains taxes and the stock market, except that maybe the stock market has increased even more often when taxes were increased than when they were cut!


Of course, there are some who suggest that the effect of taxes on the stock market is so small that is doesn’t really matter. These people suggest that no matter how good or bad the “logic” is, the simple fact is that other factors matter a lot more to the stock market than tax rates. Some even go so far as to say that people who base their investment decisions on their tax rate are obviously not very good at making investment decisions to begin with.

But we obviously disagree.

Clearly, all investors care only about their tax rates and nothing else, and increasing taxes will always completely tank the stock market, and if these so-called “statistics” seem to contradict this, then it is only because they have become infected with the liberal bias!!!!!


table data source: Fischer Investments Research
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