UPDATE 1-Fiscal cliff spooks US shopp...

UPDATE 1-Fiscal cliff spooks US shoppers in last lap of holiday race

There are 13 comments on the Reuters story from Dec 22, 2012, titled UPDATE 1-Fiscal cliff spooks US shoppers in last lap of holiday race. In it, Reuters reports that:

Fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending are taking a toll on U.S. shoppers and could deprive retailers of a strong finish to the 2012 holiday shopping season.

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Pull My Finger

West Sayville, NY

#1 Dec 22, 2012
spooks and race all in one headline. makes you wonder who's writing this stuff?

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#2 Dec 22, 2012
could have fooled me.
the shopping areas around here were all in grid-lock, all day today
Celticwarriors

Bradenton, FL

#3 Dec 22, 2012
The Boner cliff of irresponsibility taxing the middle class. How very repugnant of him.

“It's Time to Defeat Terrorism ”

Since: May 11

NYC

#4 Dec 22, 2012
The ignorant and parasitic American people the re-elected Obama to destroy America for once and for all enjoy the last chance to buy 'America style' before Obama's cliff crush. Obama keeps doing nothing good for the American people since his election in 2009 but he always finds the time for going from one vacation to another. Obama left America falling off the cliff as he headed to Hawaii to another vacation, another golf game and doing nothing for America after he was busy four years campaigning for his immoral re-election as Community organizer. Obama proved that he can used the tax money of the private sector and especially of the White conservatives to finance his Union's pensions and healthcare, to buy with free Obama checks, Obama food stamps and Obama phones the votes of the Blacks, Hispanics and Asian minorities including willingly unemployed, willingly disables, students refusing to pay their student loans, home owners refusing to pay their mortgages and young illegals that Obama buyed by ordering Amnesty in the dictatorial style of Mozlem Brother Morsi of Egypt. Obama now offers small agreement with the GOP ruled Congress that will give him more money to pay for the free healthcare for the illegals from the world that come to America to vote for Obama in return to his free checks. Clearly, GOP ruled House would not agree to deal with the socialistic corrupt dictator Obama who keep wasting our tax money on his parasitic liberal base and financing his Moslem Brothers in the Middle East including dictator Morsi that he pushed to power.
Cat74

United States

#5 Dec 22, 2012
I don't know if the shopping centers are thriving, but the gun stores, and shows certainly are busy. Everyone thinks the Communists are coming for the guns. It won't be as easy as they think to disarm Americans. Even city people are coming to the shows more now looking for protection in case the Mayors cut the police, or the over zealous Government wants to grab some of the guns.
Chicopee

United States

#6 Dec 22, 2012
Too many Americans don't pay any attention to what goes on in Washington. Blaming this on the fiscal cliff debate is ludicrous.
Black Friday was more of a bust than originally reported.
I pass by a shopping plaza on my way to work, which in previous years, has been packed wall to wall with cars and long lines to get out. I haven't seen it more than half full yet this season.
I went there Friday (yesterday) before work to pick up two items. It was busy, but it wasn't packed. A clerk in one of the stores said it was only in the past few days that it's gotten a little hectic.
Trying to blame politics or the ________(fill in the blank) party for this misleading. I think it's just the new normal.

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#8 Dec 22, 2012
Chicopee wrote:
Too many Americans don't pay any attention to what goes on in Washington. Blaming this on the fiscal cliff debate is ludicrous.
Black Friday was more of a bust than originally reported.
I pass by a shopping plaza on my way to work, which in previous years, has been packed wall to wall with cars and long lines to get out. I haven't seen it more than half full yet this season.
I went there Friday (yesterday) before work to pick up two items. It was busy, but it wasn't packed. A clerk in one of the stores said it was only in the past few days that it's gotten a little hectic.
Trying to blame politics or the ________(fill in the blank) party for this misleading. I think it's just the new normal.
Malls by me have been pretty packed - but I do know a lot of people who this year did most of their shopping on line - I hear on line sales are scheduled to surpass last years, which were pretty good - this was last years;

http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releas...

And this year;

"RESTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 44 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date $33.8 billion has been spent online, marking a 13-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year
PR Newswire ( http://s.tt/1x6Jv )""

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/five-...

Might just be shopping habits are changing.
Chicopee

United States

#9 Dec 22, 2012
TonyT1961 wrote:
<quoted text>
Malls by me have been pretty packed - but I do know a lot of people who this year did most of their shopping on line - I hear on line sales are scheduled to surpass last years, which were pretty good - this was last years;
http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releas...
And this year;
"RESTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 44 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date $33.8 billion has been spent online, marking a 13-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year
PR Newswire ( http://s.tt/1x6Jv )""
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/five-...
Might just be shopping habits are changing.
That could be, too. I LOVE shopping on line.
OH NO YOU Did not

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#10 Dec 22, 2012
Celticwarriors wrote:
The Boner cliff of irresponsibility taxing the middle class. How very repugnant of him.
WRONG AGAIN, SWEETIE AS IT IS ARROGANT OBAMA THAT IS TAKING AMERICA OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF.
Obama was never really willing to negotiate. Check this out from ABC.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fiscal-cliff-t...

"Reports today shed light on how negotiations fell apart behind closed doors. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that when Boehner expressed his opposition to tax rate increases, the president allegedly responded, "You are asking me to accept Mitt Romney's tax plan. Why would I do that?"

The icy exchange continued when, in reference to Boehner's offer to secure $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker reportedly implored the president, "What do I get?"

The president's alleged response: "You get nothing. I get that for free."

The account is perhaps the most thorough and hostile released about the series of unsuccessful talks Obama and Boehner have had in an effort to reach an agreement about the cliff.

Unable to agree to a "big deal" on taxes and entitlements, the president is now reportedly hoping to reach a "small deal" with Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Such a deal would extend unemployment benefits and set the tone for a bigger deal with Republicans down the line.

In his own weekly address, Obama called this smaller deal "an achievable goal ... that can get done in 10 days."

But though there is no definitive way to say one way or the other whether it really is an achievable goal, one thing is for certain: Republican leadership does not agree with the president on this question.

Of reaching an agreement on the fiscal cliff by the deadline, Boehner said, "How we get there, God only knows."

ARROGANT OBAMA, WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT AMERICANS AND IS WILLING TO GO OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF, DOES NOT DO WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA AND ALL AMERICANS. "The icy exchange continued when, in reference to Boehner's offer to secure $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker reportedly implored the president, "What do I get?"

The president's alleged response: "You get nothing. I get that for free."
LET'S READ THAT AGAIN: "The president's alleged response: "You get nothing. I get that for free." OBAMA GOT WHAT HE WANTED IN ESSENCE WITH THE LIMITING OF DEDUCTIONS AND ARROGANT OBAMA SAID,"You get nothing. I get that for free."
OH NO YOU Did not

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#11 Dec 22, 2012
Jeff Brightone wrote:
The ignorant and parasitic American people the re-elected Obama to destroy America for once and for all enjoy the last chance to buy 'America style' before Obama's cliff crush. Obama keeps doing nothing good for the American people since his election in 2009 but he always finds the time for going from one vacation to another. Obama left America falling off the cliff as he headed to Hawaii to another vacation, another golf game and doing nothing for America after he was busy four years campaigning for his immoral re-election as Community organizer. Obama proved that he can used the tax money of the private sector and especially of the White conservatives to finance his Union's pensions and healthcare, to buy with free Obama checks, Obama food stamps and Obama phones the votes of the Blacks, Hispanics and Asian minorities including willingly unemployed, willingly disables, students refusing to pay their student loans, home owners refusing to pay their mortgages and young illegals that Obama buyed by ordering Amnesty in the dictatorial style of Mozlem Brother Morsi of Egypt. Obama now offers small agreement with the GOP ruled Congress that will give him more money to pay for the free healthcare for the illegals from the world that come to America to vote for Obama in return to his free checks. Clearly, GOP ruled House would not agree to deal with the socialistic corrupt dictator Obama who keep wasting our tax money on his parasitic liberal base and financing his Moslem Brothers in the Middle East including dictator Morsi that he pushed to power.
Well, Obama has taken plenty of vacations and spent tons of time on the golf course. BTW, we all know that Obama is doing his pay back to all his special interest groups like the unions. Plus many are sitting there with their hands out demanding money and much more.
OH NO YOU Did not

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#12 Dec 22, 2012
Chicopee wrote:
Too many Americans don't pay any attention to what goes on in Washington. Blaming this on the fiscal cliff debate is ludicrous.
Black Friday was more of a bust than originally reported.
I pass by a shopping plaza on my way to work, which in previous years, has been packed wall to wall with cars and long lines to get out. I haven't seen it more than half full yet this season.
I went there Friday (yesterday) before work to pick up two items. It was busy, but it wasn't packed. A clerk in one of the stores said it was only in the past few days that it's gotten a little hectic.
Trying to blame politics or the ________(fill in the blank) party for this misleading. I think it's just the new normal.
Yeah, under this socialist regime the new normal, IMO.
Conspicuous Consumption

Sherrard, IL

#13 Dec 23, 2012
I think it is time to change the name of Christmas to Mindless Conspicuous Consumption Day. This Holiday is not about the birth of Christ and Salvation as much as it is about the celebration of Capitalism and the mindless transfer of wealth into the bastions of The wealthy and powerful. We need to cut back on all this excessive gifting of materialistic drival and get back to The true message of giving of ones self and time to improve the lot of Mankind with the true gifts of time and simple acts of life affirming kindnesses. After all..... The first gift of Christmas was LOVE. "For He so loved the World that He gave his only begotten Son!"
OH NO YOU Did not

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#15 Dec 24, 2012
mad max wrote:
<quoted text>
Most Americans love getting out of paying sales taxes, just more proof of how full of crap Obama and his hysterical supporters are. No fair share for them.
How many times has he said we are in recovery and there has been no sign of it?

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