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BERKELEY – A menos que aconteça algo de inesperado, muitas das reduções fiscais legisladas ao longo dos últimos 12 anos nos Estados Unidos - todas explicitamente temporárias - expirarão simultaneamente no início de 2013. As taxas americanas de impostos voltarão, no espaço de uma noite, aos níveis da era Clinton.

Algumas destas reduções foram implementadas para combater o que se encarou há quatro anos como uma desaceleração temporária da economia, embora os seus apoiantes quisessem torná-las permanentes, alegando que elas foram temporariamente permitidas apenas para ultrapassar requisitos processuais no processo legislativo, criados pelos Democratas numa vã tentativa de garantir a saúde fiscal.

O aumento imediato das taxas de imposto é apenas parte da história. Ao mesmo tempo, as reduções automáticas no orçamento da defesa e os gastos domésticos "discricionários" – acordados entre Democratas e Republicanos no verão de 2011 – surtirão efeito.

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