We begin today with some obligatory comments about the election and how we got it wrong. Obviously, I am very discouraged with the outcome of the election. The main mistake Spencer and I made (and others including Gallup, Rasmussen, Pew, Rove, Morris, etc., etc.) in our pre-election analysis was to significantly underestimate the turnout rates among Democrats. The widely-held view that Democrats were unenthused and wouldn’t turn out to vote, as suggested by numerous pollsters, was simply wrong.
We also we mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels, as did most of the major pollsters noted in the previous paragraph. That didn't happen. These high levels of minority and young voter participation are apparently here to stay. Unfortunately, Obama won both the popular vote and the Electoral College comfortably. Following those opening comments, we turn our attention to the so-called "fiscal cliff" that is upon us.
I'm sure you have heard about the fiscal cliff, but today I will present you with the details, including how much it will affect the economy and how much it will cost you (based on your income level). I will also explain why I think the odds are greater that we will fall off the fiscal cliff this time. Given his election victory, I don't see President Obama willing to compromise much if at all.
If we do fall off the cliff, a new recession is very likely to happen next year, and that will almost certainly be bearish for stocks. Thus, the stakes are very high in this soon to be knock-down, drag-out!