Do You Like the Fiscal Cliff Deal?

The agreement reached between the White House and Congress doesn't address spending cuts and leaves another potential debt limit showdown on the table. It also increases taxes on income over $400,000. Is this a deal that works for you?

After a marathon holiday negotiation session, after grumbling by liberal senators and after a near-revolt by conservative representatives, the fiscal cliff deal was approved by the House of Representatives late Tuesday night. 

The bargain will increase taxes on income above $450,000 for families, increase capital gains taxes, permanently fix the alternative minimum tax, change the estate tax and provide some changes in deductions. It also will extend unemployment benefits, earned income tax credits and other tax breaks for the working class. The Washington Post has a cheat sheet with all of the details.

Middle class taxpayers will still see a smaller paycheck in 2013; The payroll tax cut was not preserved as part of the fiscal cliff deal. That tax specifically pays into social security. If you make $50,000 a year, the payroll tax increase will cost you about $1,000. That has some liberal economists upset with the deal.

What do you think? Did the president give away the store by moving the top bracket tax increase from $250,000 to $450,000? Did House Republicans lose out by pushing spending cuts down the road by two months? Or is the sort of compromise you were waiting for? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

MOE HOWARD January 02, 2013 at 11:50 PM
It's so obvious, congress needs to cut spending drastically. Raising taxes will only kill the middleclass Obama and the Democrats are a joke. They ran their campaigns on saving the middleclass....liars
JohnnyMass January 03, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Why haven't any of these geniuses proposed raising the Social Security contribution limit, or getting rid of it altogether? After someone passes $113,700 in earnings during the year, their SS contributions end for that year? Those who can afford the most pay the least. Can't blame this one on Romney, Barack Hussein!
TheHam January 03, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I completely agree with you MOE


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