Comment: I'm worried a bunch of extra people will die this month.

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I'm worried a bunch of extra people will die this month.

At least some of the inheritance tax is coming back in January.

Even with the current version of the 'compromise' there are an estimated 3,500 estates from which Uncle Sam will take a big slice if the decedent hangs on until AFTER the new year and not if he/she dies BEFORE it. And this tax is the big sticking point for a lot of Democratic congresscritters, so don't be surprised if the threshold goes down and the number of affected estates baloons - or the Republicans throw in the towel on the issue or the deal deadlocks and the full weight of the old tax comes back on everybody.

When dying a bit earlier applies a 1.4x to 2x multiplier to the amount of the estate going to the heirs, I expect to see a non-trivial number of suicides and/or murders of old folks just before the New Year.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.