Sooo, I thought I'd bring this little bit of info to your attention. Since the lefties of the nation were gloating over how quickly Obama muscled BP into that 20 Billion slush fund...after further review it becomes apparent your POTUS negotiated another sham. The taxpayers get the shaft again from this ignorant loser.
What a 'find' we have in Obama!
Subject: BP Establishes 20 Billion Fund It seemed like a miracle that our President was able to convince BP to establish a $20 billion escrow fund to compensate those hurt by the oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico . After all, he had no constitutional power to force them to do so; so had to resort to Chicago-style negotiating.
Ever wonder why BP made the concession so quickly?
Take a closer look at the effect on BP's finances for the answer:
1. BP will establish a $20 billion fund, but will pay only $7 billion into it during 2010.
2. BP is a British corporation, but has a very large operating entity in the US. However, only about 30% of its income is derived from the US.
3. By Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), BP must book the entire $20 billion expense in the year accrued. Therefore, they will book a $20 billion expense in 2010, reducing their US tax liability by $7 billion.
4. The President also convinced this massive corporation to show their concern for the "small people" by withholding dividends to their shareholders for the last 3 quarters of 2010. This reduces their outward cash flow by about $7.5 billion, including approximately 40% of that amount to US citizens. If the Bush tax cuts survive through 2010, the US Treasury will lose another $450 million in taxes on that amount. No need to even discuss the effect on the US economy.
Now, let's summarize the results into bullet points easily understood by all.
BP Cash Flow:
o Escrow funding ($7 billion)
o Dividend saving $7.5 billion
o Tax savings $7 billion
o Net favorable cash flow: $7.5 billion
US Treasury Tax Receipts:
o from BP Corporate income tax .... minus $7.5 billion
o from BP Shareholders' income tax ..... minus $0.45 billion
o Net loss of US dividend income tax receipts ..... minus $3.0 billion
Total tax receipts loss: $10.95 billion. A huge hit!
Many feared this would happen. After all, our President was the most inexperienced man in the room.
Did he get "Sucker Punched"? Should he be negotiating anything dealing with money and finances?
Bottom line: The $20 Billion BP is putting up will create a $7.5 Billion positive cash flow for BP this year and a $10.95 billion loss to our Treasury. But, Obama actually thinks he really did something special.
In reality, BP executives are laughing at him. He is in over his head when he starts dealing with savvy business people.
AIN'T CHANGE GREAT?????