Govt official: US expecting S&P downgrade

From ABC’s Jake Tapper (emphasis mine):

A government official tells ABC News that the federal government is expecting and preparing for bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the rating of US debt from its current AAA value.

Officials reasons given will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited.

The official was unsure if the bond rating would be AA+ or AA.

-Jake Tapper

The unwillingness of Republicans to raise taxes is to blame? They really can’t be serious. They are lowering our rating because we can’t agree on getting our debt and deficits under control but they think tax increases will fix it?

Sorry, but this smells funny; like ‘political hack’ funny.

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