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How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Hurt a Recovering Economy

Uber Dave Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 9:43 PM
Just for the record, Sandy was a CAT1 hurricane... ...Just how much damage would a CAT5 done?
h20skier2 Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 10:45 PM
As the idiots up north called the people in the south stupid for living on the Gulf coast because of hurricanes. Let them all move out of NY/NJ so they will not be impacted by future storms.
RHSimard Wrote: Jan 07, 2013 10:06 PM
The Weather Channel On Demand has one show in its It Could Happen series called the Long Island Express. It comes and goes, so if it isn't there now, it'll probably turn up again sometime.

It does a pretty nice job of analyzing and animating that very possibility.
RHSimard Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 9:06 PM
Tiny correction: the Weather Channel program describes a CAT 3, not a CAT 5. If their estimate is correct, a CAT 5 would reduce the value of Manhattan to approximately what Pierre Minuit paid the natives for it.
The deal that Congress came to on the fiscal cliff last week was a combination of half-measures, compromise, and kicking-the-can that nobody seemed to like but was overwhelmingly approved. Most of the meaures that constituted the cliff stood poised to harm the economy over the next two years - and Congress' failure to offset the cost of averting the cliff will result in a worse economy in the long run.

As Americans everywhere found out with their first paychecks of the new year, Congress failed to reauthorize the temporary payroll tax cut that expired. This could result in between 300,000...