John Ransom

Don’t worry, folks. All is well.

Barack Obama “gets” it.

"The president gets it," says the chief executive officer and chairman of Honeywell, in a Reuters article.

“David Cote, chief executive and chairman of Honeywell,” says Reuters, “told reporters that Obama understood a combination of tax measures and reforms of social programs will be necessary to address the so-called fiscal cliff and beyond that, the deficit.”

I’m really glad that Obama met with business leaders to straighten out that pesky “tax” thing that the rest of us have been so confused about. I’m equally comforted that the major wire services were right there to let us know that we don’t have to worry. The popular kids are in charge now, and it really won’t cost us very much more than it has in the past.

The fiscal cliff, tax and entitlement “reform” are now become more “settled science” that the rest of us don’t have to worry about, thank goodness.  Our betters are meeting even as we speak and figuring out the winners and losers, so that we don’t have to.    

Executives urge White House, lawmakers to avoid "fiscal cliff," says Reuters.

Obama Meeting With All Sides Ahead of Fiscal Cliff, says US News and World Report.

Labor leaders pleased with White House meeting, reports MarketWatch.

Oh, yeah…labor leaders. THAT explains it.

"It’s time to protect social security benefits. It’s time to protect Medicare and Medicaid benefits. And it’s time to raise taxes for the richest 2%,” says Richard Trumka, head of the country’s largest labor organization, echoing common Obama reelection themes.  

OK, it will cost us a little more- OK a lot MORE- but government spending only makes up 40 percent of GDP currently.  How do we end up paying for everything else the 47 percent wants?  

See all of us hayseeds have thought all long that raising taxes right now, while the world teeters on the brink of a global depression, might be a really bad idea.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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