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Credit Downgrade Means Bidenomics Just Got 'Fitched'

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Dr. Peter Navarro By Friday, 04 August 2023 03:54 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

What happens when you "Fitch" your wagon to "Bidenomics"?

The American government gets its credit rating downgraded, and a big barrel of cold water gets dumped over the heads of Wall Street bulls.

That Fitch downgrade of U.S. Treasuries on Tuesday was pretty much the big news this week — along with a rather mixed jobs report.

But let’s stay with Fitch for a minute, or two, because it was the first big crack in the façade of Biden's economic agenda.

No one really should have been shocked when top global ratings agency Fitch downgraded the U.S. government’s top credit rating from AAA to AA+ given the fiscal cliff that the Biden regime and a coalition of Democrats and RINO Republicans on Capitol Hill have sent us hurtling down with a series of irresponsible multitrillion dollar spending bills.

Yet, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen complained and the White House moaned and, of course, they incredulously blamed the Republicans.

The reality is this never should have happened.

Here, the globalist elites who run this country in Washington and from Wall Street ritually portray America as a fortress of democracy and as a bastion of financial security for the world.

It's our birthright, they say, for credit agencies around the world to treat investments in U.S. government bonds as the safest investments in the most stable country of the world.

Yet, in the space of less than three years, Joe Biden has shaken the very foundation of our democratic system with his partisan assaults on President Trump and his advisers and election interference.

Indeed, Biden’s weaponization of the FBI and Department of Justice has reached such new lows that America now shares in common with Third World countries like Brazil and Pakistan this infamy:

The judiciaries in all three countries have, or are trying to prevent, Trump-like figures — Bolsonaro in Brazil, Khan in Pakistan, Trump himself in the United States — from ever running for president again.

To say that this threatens the stability of our country is to state the obvious.

At the same time, the economic policies of Joe Biden and a Uniparty Congress have sent us hurtling towards a massive fiscal cliff, the likes of which we have never seen in our history.

Here’s the fundamental conundrum facing this country that the Fitch downgrade fully exposes:

  • Government spending is out of control and will create unprecedented debt levels.
  • It will cost more and more to finance this hemorrhaging U.S. government debt.
  • It will cost more not just because the debt is growing — and growing far faster than tax revenues — but also because interest rates are rising.

Consider here that the average interest cost on debt is about two and a half percent. However, under Bidenomics, this average will roughly double as existing debt is rolled over and new debt must be financed.

As a practical matter, this rising interest cost burden will make it more and more difficult for the U.S. government to finance all of its various functions — from education, transportation, and defense to Social Security, Medicare, and border security (if we still have that).

Politically, of course, push must come to shove — inevitably, services must be cut or, more likely, taxes must be raised.

By one estimate, the U.S. government will have to raise all taxes by nearly 30% just to cover these rising interest costs.

But wait: Raising taxes will likely be a political non-starter.

So what’s the third option? Here’s the answer as well as the buried lead:

When Fitch downgrades treasury securities, the agency is not really worried about any kind of classic default on the bonds.

Rather, Fitch, along with the rest of us, know full well that the other way of financing all of this Bidenomics destruction besides the political difficult route of tax hikes will be for the government to simply print more money.

Of course, this government printing press will fuel inflation and thereby devalue any bonds that are currently being held — and that's precisely the risk:

The risk is not one of default but rather that of the monetization of the debt in a way in which the real value of the debt and therefore the real value of the bonds will fall.

And lest anyone think that this could somehow turn out to be a good deal for America — solve our fiscal woes by screwing bondholders — just remember that this scenario comes with massive inflation which, the last time this writer looked, remains the "cruelest tax" hitting the working classes and those in the "Basket of Deplorables," of this nation, the hardest.

House Republicans will of course have another swing at forcing the Democrats into fiscal responsibility but, thanks to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, it won’t come before the November presidential election in 2024.

In the meantime, Wall Street is at least starting to squirm as the reality of Bidenomics sinks in. Who will be left holding their portfolios when the bullish music stops?

Stay tuned.

Peter Navarro holds a Harvard Ph.D. in economics. One of only three senior White House officials to serve with Donald Trump from the 2016 campaign to the end, Peter was chief China Hawk and manufacturing czar. White House memoirs include "In Trump Time," and "Taking Back Trump’s America." His website is - Read more reports by Dr. Navarro Here.

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Wall Street is at least starting to squirm as the reality of Bidenomics sinks in. Who will be left holding their portfolios when the bullish music stops?
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Friday, 04 August 2023 03:54 PM
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