Die USA und der drohende Sturz von der sogenannten “Fiskalklippe” – 18

Am 31.12.2012 erschien ein Artikel mit dem Titel “Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy” in der “New York Times“.

Anscheinend scheint jetzt ein für beide Seiten (Republikanische Partei und Demokratische Partei) akzeptabler Deal näher zu rücken. Und dieser Deal scheint mehr als bisher den Wünschen und Forderungen von Barack Obama entgegenzukommen.

Dieser Artikel mit dem Titel “Tentative Deal Is Reached to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy” ist ausführlich und enthält zahlreiche Details dieses nun vorläufig stehenden Planes. Lest diesen Artikel in Ruhe durch.

Der Sturz der USA über die “Fiskalklippe” wird dennoch stattfinden, aber es scheint möglich zu sein, dass beide Parteien diesen Plan in der nächsten Zeit absegnen, so dass der Schaden gering bleiben wird.

Dennoch wird wohl dieser “Krieg” um Steuern und Staatsausgaben zwischen der Republikanischen Partei und der Demokratischen  Partei wohl mindestens bis Frühjahr weitergehen.

Wir erfahren hierzu in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “The nature of the deal ensured that the running war between the White House and Congressional Republicans on spending and taxes will continue at least until the spring. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner formally notified Congress that the government reached its statutory borrowing limit on New Year’s Eve. Through some creative accounting tricks, the Treasury Department can put off action for perhaps two months, but Congress must act to keep the government from defaulting just when the “pause” on pending cuts is up. Then in late March, a temporary law financing the government expires”.

Das “Editorial” der “New York Times” vom 31.12.2012 mit dem Titel “A Tepid Fiscal Agreement” äussert sich eher verhalten über den jetzt zwischen Demokraten und Republikanern anvisierten Deal in Sachen “Fiskalklippe” und bezeichnet ihn als “lauwarm“.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “For the first time since President George W. Bush began the country’s long slide into debt by cutting taxes in 2001, a tentative agreement was reached Monday between Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate to raise income taxes on the rich. That’s what makes the deal significant: assuming it is quickly approved by Congress, it begins to reverse the ruinous pattern of dealing with Washington’s fiscal problems only through spending cuts.

Nonetheless, this deal is a weak brew that remains far too generous to the rich and fails to bring in enough revenue to deal with the nation’s deep need for public investments. Given that the Bush-era tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, Republicans were forced to give ground on their philosophical opposition to higher taxes, but they made it impossible to reach a farsighted agreement that truly grappled with government’s role in fostering improvements to education, transportation and manufacturing. (…).

But that battle is far from over. Negotiators have yet to work out a deal to stop the arbitrary spending cuts known as the sequester, which are scheduled to slash $110 billion from the defense and domestic budgets beginning this week. And Republicans are waiting for the Treasury to hit its debt limit in a few weeks, hoping to once again extort more spending cuts.       

President Obama has ruled out any negotiations over the debt ceiling, and, on Monday, he vowed that revenue increases must match any further spending cuts. But as this deal shows, he often compromises at the last minute, and, in this case, it was Senate Democrats who undercut him on both the estate tax and the income tax threshold, making it hard to remain adamant.       

The fiscal-cliff agreement could still be blown up by the House, which would not be out of character. But a cleareyed look at the deal’s limitations shows how much Republicans have gotten for their intransigence”.

Tja, obwohl dieser Deal also noch nicht wirklich befriegend ist und wohl auch nicht die notwendigen Ausgaben decken kann, die auf die USA in der Zukunft noch zukommen werden, ist er doch zumindest ein Etappensieg und stellt eine Trendwende nach der Ära der “Bush tax cuts” (=Steuergeschenke) für Superreiche dar.

Gestern Abend kam in den USA die Meldung, dass nun doch im letzten Moment ein “Fiscal Cliff Deal” erreicht wurde.

Seht hierzu den Artikel vom 31.12.2012 mit dem Titel “Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached: White House, Hill Leaders Agree To Delay Sequester By Two Months (UPDATE)” in der “Huffington Post“.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Three hours shy of the midnight deadline, the White House and congressional leaders reached a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, several sources confirmed to The Huffington Post.

Under the deal brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Congress would permanently extend the Bush income tax cuts at $400,000 and below, keep the estate tax threshold at $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

It would also temporarily delay the sequester — i.e., billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts — for another two months. The cost of continuing current spending levels will be paid for through an even mix of tax revenue increases and later spending cuts. Half of those cuts will come from defense spending; half will come from nondefense spending.

The deal includes other tax provisions as well: It extends the child tax credit and the college tuition credit for five years, individual and business tax extenders for two years, and the Medicare “doc fix” for one year. The Alternative Minimum Tax will be permanently fixed. The agreement also extends the farm bill for one year.

Notably, the fiscal package does nothing to address the debt ceiling, which the government just hit Monday. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a letter to congressional leaders earlier in the day outlining emergency measures he can take to prevent the government from defaulting on the debt, but those measures will only delay default for a matter of weeks, until right around the time when lawmakers will have to address the sequester again. That sets up another major fiscal fight between the White House and Congress”.

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