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If U.S. Were a Company, It Would Be Delisted

Diane M. Francis | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Washington's incompetence is perplexing, given America's aspiration, in every other endeavor, to be innovative and best in its class. Yet when it comes to politics, the U.S. historically cannot deliver decisiveness, transparency, accountability, or alignment with the public interest.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Bill To Pay Only Some U.S. Debts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Thursday that would amount to the rough equivalent of declaring bankruptcy for the United States, directing t...

S&P Lawyer: After U.S. Downgrade Fed Investigation Intensified 'Significantly'

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business

The lawyer representing Standard and Poor’s claims the U.S. government ramped up its investigation into the ratings agency after S&P downgraded the ...

Obama Uses Blazing Saddles Strategy to Negotiate Debt Ceiling

Bill Frezza | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Regardless of how the current debt ceiling circus act plays out, don't be surprised to see what happens to Uncle Sam's credit rating as potential lenders to a government living well beyond its means start figuring all of this out.

Mr. President, Members of the Congress, Do Your Duty

Ed Koch | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Ed Koch

If the Congress and the president don't agree on a budget, expense reductions and revenue increases for the next 10 years before the new year, they will have violated their fundamental duty, and they and their parties should be punished at the polls.

State Given Worst Credit Rating In U.S.

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

Citing the state's ongoing financial problems, Moody's Investor Service on Friday downgraded Illinois's credit rating to the lowest of any state in th...

Arrogance of Self-Appointed Judges of U.S. Credit

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

The bond markets do not need their views to make assessments of the situation. The markets by themselves are the best indicator of what everyone needs and wants to know.

U.S. May Suffer Another Credit Downgrade By Year's End: Merrill

Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns o...

Moody's: Obama's Deficit Reduction Plans Unlikely To Be Adopted

Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan would be positive for the United States's credit ratings but chances of its imp...

SEC Reportedly Probes Possible Insider Trading Before U.S. Downgrade

Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Securities regulators have sent subpoenas to hedge funds and other trading firms as it probes possible insider trading before the U.S. government's lo...

Credit Ratings Matter for Those Who Need Them Most

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Think of what would happen if you lived in one of the 58 developing countries that remain unrated by Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch. You would have very limited access to capital and investment, and the cost of borrowing would be significantly higher.

Analysts Increasingly Gloomy About America's Economic Prospects

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business

Forecasters are increasingly reining in their expectations for the United States' economic performance, suggesting that the country will face many mor...

Dysfunction and Downgrades: Sad Parallels

James Zogby | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Standard & Poor's demonstrated its loss of confidence in the ability of Washington to get its financial house in order by downgrading the U.S.'s bond rating. Much the same scenario has been playing out in the U.S.'s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Airplane Banner: 'Thanks For The Downgrade. You Should All Be Fired'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

On Tuesday, less than a week after Standard and Poor's downgraded U.S. credit for the first time in history, a plane circled lower Manhattan with a ba...

No Secrets In America's Latest Economic Crisis: Weak Economies, Weak Leaders

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

The global economy is weak and still weakening, while policymakers seem unable or unwilling to marshal a reassuring response. From the United States to Europe to Japan, economies are stagnating, and governments are tightening the straits by cutting back on spending.

Deja Vu All Over Again

Robert Zevin | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Robert Zevin

Many people are worried about the recent sharp declines in stock markets around the world along with increasing turmoil in other markets and ominous i...

What's Happening to America?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

A decade ago, I read a book that made a lasting impression on me. It was a memoir called Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, who had recently passed ...

Downgrade S&P Status to "Amateur"

Dagobert L. Brito | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Dagobert L. Brito

The fact that the rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ a few hours after the Treasury discovered a two trillion (!) dollar error in their calculations suggests that their "economic analysis" was just window dressing to a publicity stunt.

Tie Congressional Pay to Results

Raja Krishnamoorthi | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Raja Krishnamoorthi

For too long, people in Congress point fingers at each other even as millions of middle-class Americans remain unemployed, and our economy continues to sputter. They must realize that we are all in this together.

WATCH: Conan's Reasons Why America Is Still Awesome

Posted 10.09.2011 | Comedy

Despite cries that America's credit rating was downgraded erroneously by rating agency Standard & Poor's, nobody can deny that the national mood is le...

Flight To Safety: What To Do With Your (Remaining) Money After Stock Market Delivers A Drubbing

Pamela Yellen | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

Investors have short memories. Keeping that in mind, you might want to print this column and save it at the ready. It is timely reading this week and without any doubt will be again -- sooner than any of us want to admit.

Tea Party Wants To Impeach Obama, GOP Congressman Agrees

Star-Telegram | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

Hours after the Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 600 points Monday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, heard from local conser...

S and P and Tea

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Standard and Poor's, The White House and the Economy

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Clarence B. Jones

The White House, Treasury officials and persons in the private sector who are now so publicly critical of Standard and Poor's for its downgrading of the creditworthiness of the US government are too late and off the mark.

Are Rating Agencies Acting in the Name of God?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

There is something fundamentally wrong in the rating agencies' approach: they unilaterally redefined their role from doing their job -- assessing the ability of sovereign issuers to service their debt -- to rating countries.