The first official demand for a change at the top as a result of the S&P downgrade has come in, courtesy of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has just demanded the head of the most incompetent and tax evading Treasury Secretary in US history, on a silver platter. "President Obama should fire U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner over the debt downgrade. If Obama won't remove him, then the US Senate should withdraw its consent of Geithner's appointment to U.S. Treasury because someone in the White House needs to be held responsible for this disaster." Zero Hedge fully endorses this perspective.
Full press release:
IN State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, US Senate Candidate running against 35 year incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary, reacted to the historic news that Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded the United States' long-term debt, which highlights an overall concern about the financial health of our country.
"The downgrade by S&P of our debt from 'AAA' to' AA+' is a serious event that will impact all Americans. Financial markets will open Monday to see the United States with a credit rating of less than 'AAA' for the first time ever. How the markets will respond is impossible to predict.
"This downgrade is the direct result of raising the debt limit on Tuesday, August 2, without providing for substantive cuts in spending. The White House and many in Congress failed in their jobs by settling for a political compromise rather than seeking a fiscal resolution. They avoided the tough decisions on real cuts in spending by simple kicking 'the tin can of responsibility' further down the road. The downgrade reminds us that failing to act has consequences. Of no surprise to many Hoosiers, Dick Lugar was counted among the majority of Senators who agreed to the debt-ceiling compromise that was quickly signed by President Obama.
"President Obama should fire U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner over the debt downgrade. If Obama won't remove him, then the US Senate should withdraw its consent of Geithner's appointment to U.S. Treasury because someone in the White House needs to be held responsible for this disaster.
"S&P's downgrade illustrates its viewpoint of our entire economy, not just the government's ability to pay its bills. In mandating its downgrade, S&P, in effect, is stating that they have less confidence in the United States' economy to grow and recover in the long run. They believe the United States is losing the ability to create the wealth, which is the basis of the taxes the government needs to pay its bills.
"Perhaps there is a silver lining to this very dark cloud. The sound proposals offered in the Cut, Cap and Balance Plan can again be put on the table. This terrible situation might yet cause a Balanced Budget Amendment to be added to the United States Constitution.
"Moving forward, there will again be calls for 'bi-partisanship' to solve this latest fiasco. Let me be clear, we need less bi-partisanship and more conservative, fiscal principles in this on-going debate. Bi-partisanship has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy and now to our first ever financial downgrade.
"Conservatives have said for years that the federal government must be forced to live within its means. I take some consolation that S&P has now echoed our call."