What Do You Think Of The Fiscal Deal?

Congress finally acted early this week, and the president signed on Wednesday, a budget measure that avoids the “fiscal cliff,” the name given to the expiration of tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect on Jan. 1. This week’s online poll question is: “What do you think of the fiscal deal?” And be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2013

When I don't have the money for a new car I don't buy an new car. Why should my government buy a new car and expect me to pay for it. Perhaps King Richard will return from the ill advised war in the Holy land and Robin of locksley will no longer need to Rob from the rich to give to the poor.

Anonymous
on Jan 6, 2013

I thought the estate tax provision an awful policy. Farms and ranches that have been in families for decades and have been carefully managed and grown will be broken up and used for housing tracts for the very rich. America has shown again that we do not look very far down the road when making decisions.

Anonymous
on Jan 6, 2013

We must have spending cuts.We can't raise taxes and take away the incentive to make a profit.

Anonymous
on Jan 5, 2013

The inmates are running the asylum!
Term limits for all federal officials, elected or appointed...
Ans while we're at it, how about the elected folks abide by the same laws - good or bad - that they force on the rest of us???
Larry in IN

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

I am appalled that our elected officials raised taxes and refuse to cut spending, then can't figure out why the economy is soft. So, we are expected to tighten our belts so that they can continue to support the bums in the style to which they have become accustomed.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

It might help more if the Constitution was amended to have 4 year Congressional terms.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

As I read it, This deal is a farce. It supposedly had more money appropriated, than it had as income from the tax increase. The only solution is to ammend the U.S.Constitution so that Congress can not appropriate money until they have collected it. No borrowing and no debt. Jim Paugh

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Jim for president.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

To use their phrase they did indeed "Kick the can down the road" again. There has to be meaningful spending cuts and revenue increases to even come close to balancing the budget. This means we will all have to make do with less, becuase it is really going to bite in the very near future!

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Until we get some real leadership, someone willing to tackle the spending and entitlement programs, then it will only continue to spiral downward. It should be the President but this administration is more focused on redistribution than financial problem solving.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

With stuped and dummy running the country , with their never had a job crocks . We will end up the river bottom.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Government is broke and broken! We need to address our taxation policies, spending concepts, and entitlement programs. I think socialism doesn't work but we are proof capitalism high jacked by a socialist is even worse!

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Little if any needed spending cuts made. I do agree with the increase in some taxes in the hope of bringing down the national debt.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Congress needs to start supporting the american populous. They are the ones that have stolen from all the programs for their own personal wealth. then because being rich is an abstract they also take money from the lobbist. they need to put money back in all the public assistance programs and make lobbying illegal.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Government expenses needed to be cut much more and taxes increased more on everyone. -- Bob V

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Bob V, did you not take time to think this through? If we cut spending, we don't have to raise taxes!!

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

no real spending cuts--it's time for America to stop acting like a spoiled child.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Srong, effective, concensus building Leadership needs to show up quickly and stand for the long term--long-term values, morals, our children's future.

Please let all the the sophmorish, 2 yr old temper tamtrum, reelection lining, selfish, narrow pork barrel actions be replaced by ADULTS ready to "parent" this country by educating about budget inflow and outflow and programs that are for the good of the nation, not the few.

If we were to have a actual fix to our free candystore government, we woud all contribute our time, money and efforts.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Much needed spending cuts were left off the table.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

As usual wilth polls, an impossible and simple-minded choice is offered. The "compromise" was a necessary and last-minute scramble, brought about (in large part by right wing, religious Republicans). I am a rancher and Republican-by-birth, accustomed to "toting my own freight" and am so disgusted with both parties (but especially the Republicans) that I have decided to switch over. We need to pull together, be ready to "yield up our treasure" in the form of reasonable taxes, pay for the bills we have incurred,take care of our land & water, rethink the consumer-dominated culture we have allowed to flourish and get on with the business of our country.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

congress does not understand that households do understand that we can not spend more than we take in. the education of the lesser informed Obama supporters is most important but can not be done because their news source (like Opra and the wwf )are not on board

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

raise taxs with no spending cuts, what a joke

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

The better question might be how many producers will earn more than $400,000 in 2013? If you do, be thankful that we didn't slide back into another recession and even more reduced demand for beef.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

This "deal" is more like doing nothing than doing nothing (letting sequestration take over). We have all this drama to to look forward to in 9 months. No savings, no security for the future just more nothing from our elected representatives. Meanwhile the debt continues to climb.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

It is a start, but it still does not address the most serious issue, that is the debt issue. At least the inheritance tax issue was resolved.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

I hope it's not resolved. 40% over 5 million still does not allow for a small operation,( 300-500 pair or less) to exist after giving a large percentage of the operation to the government. Inflated land values have wreaked havoc on most of the estate plans out there. The only entities with available cash to either pay the taxes or buy more land are much larger operations or non-ag entities looking to invest.

Small operators cannot make a living on half of an operation or even 75% of an operation that is barely viable in its whole.

The estate tax was originally designed to avoid concentration of wealth. In today's environment it does exactly the opposite. Because the large entities are the only ones with cash they are able to buy up small operations forced to sell because of estate taxes, thus concentrating wealth.

Estate taxes are one of the most regressive taxes government can levy on business. Family businesses who have busted their butts their whole lives should not owe any part of their life's work to the IRS.

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Poorly thought out with too much PORK and does not address the excessive spending habits of our federal government.

The wealthy segment of our country has been demonized by the current administration to the point of creating class warfare in our country. This is unfortunate. As a colleague of mine put it. "Have you ever seen a poor person hire employees?"

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

Just more of the same

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

need term limits----need to cut spending!!!!!

Anonymous
on Jan 4, 2013

In my opinion this "deal" is more like doing nothing than doing nothing. No savings, no security for the future and more of the same as we get to the extensions end.

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