Fox on 15th Street had another front page editorial calling for cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It told readers:
"Foreign investors and economic analysts see further action as crucial to restoring the United States’ financial reputation."
Without actually citing any investors or analysts it then added:
"On Tuesday, critics in China and elsewhere warned that the initial debt-reduction package, which would cut about $1 trillion from agency budgets over the next decade, is too modest. And they complained that the last-minute agreement will not tackle the dangers that national health and retirement programs pose to the government’s long-term fiscal health."
It would have been interesting to know who these critics were. The reaction of actual investors in the market was the opposite. Interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds have been falling for most of the last month and fell again yesterday. The investors who are putting trillions of dollars oon the line apparently have a different assessment of the country's financial situation than the Washington Post.