Foxnews is reporting how the Republicans running for their party’s nomination are reacting to the downgrade of the United States by Standard & Poor’s:
While the announcement late Friday wasn’t a surprise – the country has faced a possible downgrade since April – and the U.S. still maintains a top rating with the other two major credit rating agencies, the development offers fresh ammunition to the president’s opponents who have been relentless in hammering him on his economic record, which is seen as his greatest vulnerability.
I have two points to make concerning this report:
- The other two major credit rating agencies will follow the examples of Standard & Poor’s and Egan-Jones downgrading our credit. This report should have included follow up interviews from the other agencies.
- Who cares? Our country needs solutions now: making a crisis into a campaign issue over the next 15 months will seal only our fate.
Congress is on recess (vacation) until after Labor Day. The president is dancing barefoot in the Rose Garden as the country’s economic status is burning. So what are the consequences of this downgrade as our government watches from the sidelines?
1. As our national debt is refinanced, the interest paid on the debt is raised due to the United States’ reduced ability to repay our debt and the reduced value of the dollar. For each 1% raise on the interest, we will pay an additional $148 billion each year. Over the next ten years, this will be a minimum of $1.5 trillion: this is the amount that the Super Congress was to cut.
The next round of $1.5 trillion in cuts would be decided by a committee of 12 lawmakers evenly divided between the two parties and two chambers. This so-called super Congress would have to present its cuts by Thanksgiving, and the rest of Congress could not amend or filibuster the recommendations.
The work of the Super Congress has just doubled if the interest rate is raised only 1%.
2. Moody’s must cut our credit rating also based on the immense debt that our government has accrued with the national debt and unfunded liabilities ($130 trillion). If they do not downgrade the United States, their credibility will also be downgraded.
3. The dollar will be devalued resulting in deflation initially and then followed by hyperinflation. We saw the price of oil drop from just under $100 to $86 a barrel this week as one example.
4. The stock market will continue to decline as our economic collapse will impact corporate earnings and consumer confidence.
5. Congress and the president were told on July 15 by Standard & Poor’s that they would have to make $4 trillion in verifiable cuts in order to maintain our AAA status. Ignoring the consequences by passing legislation that did not address our debt has resulted in the downgrade as promised. Going on a month’s vacation and celebrating a birthday multiple times will have consequences that these politicians have not considered.
6. Two things will wake a sleeping giant: an attack on our on shores and a loss of personal wealth. The stock market’s losses are not over and the producers were already waking up to the redistribution of their wealth by the government.
7. Russia, China and other countries will use this to their advantage to accelerate the consequences of our economic collapse. We did it to the Soviet Union and they have already started their propaganda to exploit this to their advantage.
8. The faith of the American people who represent and respect the values and principles of this great nation will turn away from both political parties. The debt ceiling legislation passed last week has shown us that our government and political parties have failed due to incompetence and cowardice. Equating the debt ceiling with default was a ruse to misdirect the people. Unfortunately for them, the people and the credit rating agencies clearly discerned the economic distress our country is facing.
The fallout will continue this week. Now is the time for all good men and women to come together and recognize what is really important. Government and the value of the US dollar do not make a country great. The spirit of our people determine our fate and we must return to the faith and principles that made this nation originally strong.