Fitch ratings announced that it has downgraded the credit rating of the U.S. government from AAA to AA+ Every American is going to pay for Washington’s irresponsibility though higher taxes and higher interest rates.
Fitch’s announcement of their rating change highlights the massive amount of borrowing by the Biden Administration in addition to the decades of fiscal irresponsibility and governance failures in Washington and many state capitals:
“In Fitch’s view, there has been a steady deterioration in standards of governance over the last 20 years, including on fiscal and debt matters, notwithstanding the June bipartisan agreement to suspend the debt limit until January 2025. The repeated debt-limit political standoffs and last-minute resolutions have eroded confidence in fiscal management. In addition, the government lacks a medium-term fiscal framework, unlike most peers, and has a complex budgeting process. These factors, along with several economic shocks as well as tax cuts and new spending initiatives, have contributed to successive debt increases over the last decade. Additionally, there has been only limited progress in tackling medium-term challenges related to rising social security and Medicare costs due to an aging population.“
Fitch projects that Biden’s spending will blow the top off U.S. debt levels. Interest on the debt will consume 10 percent of all government spending by 2025. Interest rates are going to be higher making it even more difficult on young Americans afford a home.
“Fitch forecasts a [general government] deficit of 6.6% of GDP in 2024 and a further widening to 6.9% of GDP in 2025. The larger deficits will be driven by weak 2024 GDP growth, a higher interest burden and wider state and local government deficits of 1.2% of GDP in 2024-2025 (in line with the historical 20-year average). The interest-to-revenue ratio is expected to reach 10% by 2025 (compared to 2.8% for the ‘AA’ median and 1% for the ‘AAA’ median) due to the higher debt level as well as sustained higher interest rates compared with pre-pandemic levels.“
The response from the Biden administration has been predictable. Hit the snooze alarm and spend, spend, spend.