November 21, 2011
Last word from the Congressional "Supercommittee" was that the august body of 12 members of Congress had failed to reach an agreement on their required task: finding a way to reduce the Federal budget deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. Let's look at that number in digits rather than words:
$1,200,000,000,000 That works out to the combined median income for about 24 million US households - nothing to sneeze at. But in the Supercommitte, sneeze they did, failing to reach consensus. Maybe politics is more important to them than staying within our means financially. But investors make decisions every day. There is never a failure to decide in the financial markets. Today's collective decision - a 300 point selloff as I write this - reflects a decided lack of investor confidence in Congress.
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