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Old 03-05-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default A Trillion Here & There

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon your talking about real money.

“The nonpartisan CBO, in an annual analysis of the White House budget proposal, said today that under Obama’s plan deficits would never shrink below 4 percent of the economy between now and 2020. The cumulative deficits would total $9.76 trillion, and debt held by the public would amount to 90 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product by 2020, the CBO said.”


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Old 03-05-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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We could easily be the next Greece but worse.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:45 AM   #3
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Yeah...like next week.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #4
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I finally had a chance to get caught up and read this thread. It really is depressing.

Spending in Washington D.C. is out of control and our relationship with Japan and China is certain to worsen in the coming years as they become less willing to fund our deficits by purchasing our debt.

While I'm no expert, my fear is the government is going to have to use inflation as a tool to reduce their debt exposure. It reminds me of the late 1970s when floorplan rates were above 18% and rates for auto loans were even higher.

What's worse, in my opinion, is the fact there are so many people on some form of public assistance it's getting almost impossible to vote the high spenders out of office.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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What's worse, in my opinion, is the fact there are so many people on some form of public assistance it's getting almost impossible to vote the high spenders out of office.
That is the sad truth that we are faced with. Pretty soon those on entitlement programs will be deciding elections (if they aren't already). If we keep digging ourselves into a deeper and deeper hole, eventually we won't be able to reach the top to pull ourselves out.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:52 AM   #6
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It's a purposeful intent to grind the economy down to a crawl and get more on the public dole. This enables, in theory, the government to come up with any wild ass program that they tout as a help, and those on the dole will support it. It hasn't worked that way yet, but that's the intent. The only way to bust capitalism is to slowly crush it by large unemployment, government moving into the private sector in the way of bailouts/ownership, create a gigantic vacuum where the only jobs are government jobs, and drain capital from the public sector.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:54 AM   #7
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What's crazy is the latest campaign against insurance companies. Now mind you I have little love for an industry that I've paid millions to over the years just to do business, BUT I highly doubt that they are the biggest problem facing this country. When you force companies like these to take on already sick people and then regulate what they can keep their premiums at that my friends is the beginning of the end for all private enterprise. Freedom? Niyet

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Old 03-09-2010, 11:46 AM   #8
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I’m no fan of insurance companies either. But the focus seems to be on the insurance companies profits (profit is dirty word now a days). If you took all of their profit annually it would cover about 2 days national medical costs.

How does someone afford health insurance if they don’t have a job? The guy that has a job or business pays for it.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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It looks as though health "care" is passing, regardless of what people want. What will this mess do for the Auto Biz economies?
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:19 PM   #10
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It looks as though health "care" is passing, regardless of what people want. What will this mess do for the Auto Biz economies?
I've become so depressed regarding this issue I really have stopped paying attention. When I read about the $900 Billion cost figures my eyes just glaze over.

Concerning the car business, I haven't studied the issue close enough to comment intelligently. That said, I know the reason the UAW owns the majority of Chrysler is because they agreed to assume the VEBA liabilities. I wouldn't be surprised if the UAW came out smelling like a rose on this deal.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:24 AM   #11
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I'm glad I wasn't able to convert my business to an "S" corp a few years ago. Anyone who is running their dealership and/or the land ownership under the dealership corp who shows more than I think I saw $250,000 has a big tax increase. For those who aren't sure what that means, if Joe Pelosi, (just a random name) owns Pelosi Chrysler and he makes $300,000 and the dealership makes another $200,000 Joe's personal tax return is $500,000. There's an added tax to pay for this mess on income over $250,000 that kicks in immediately to fund benefits that begin in 2014-2016.

So after 10 years of additional taxes and 5 years of additional benefits, wow, there's more tax money in than benefits out....sudden decrease in the spending. I wish I could use this kind of math at the dealership each year.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:38 AM   #12
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That's 60 cents of every dollar over $250,000 additional tax my friends. Welcome to the Gulag.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:15 AM   #13
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What if you lost $250k last year because of the auto task force and their vision of the auto biz? Do I still gotta pay taxes? lol. Ugh
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:19 PM   #14
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As far as the sales biz goes, it seems like another hit to peoples disposable income. If, taxs and Ins premiums are going up 15%, there will be only one place to take up slack, and that is big ticket, or "toy" purchases.

Car biz will be hurt, but think of boats, RVs, lake houses, etc. This will cut back the peoples willingness to spend. People I talk to are just plain scared.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:47 PM   #15
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Wow, read Auto News story of how this effects the Auto Industry. Even better, read all the "comments". As usual NADA stands alone on the sidelines.
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