Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “The ongoing stalemate over the federal government shutdown and the prospect of debt default has damaged public confidence in the country, its economy, and in the Republican Party specifically, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey, conducted as President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders grope for a way out of the crisis, shows the mood of Americans descending to depths comparable to those reached during the fall 2008 Wall Street crisis. Just 14 percent say the nation is heading in the right direction, around half the percentage who felt that way just a month ago. Fully 78 percent call the country on the wrong track, matching the result in October 2008.
Accompanying that shift is a sharp decline in economic confidence. By 42 percent to 17 percent, Americans now expect the economy to get worse rather than better in the next year. A plurality had been expressing optimism since the summer”.
In vielen anderen Ländern der Welt, die ab dem 17.10.2013 ebenfalls deutlich beschädigt werden könnten, falls die Schuldenobergrenze (United States deibt ceiling) in den USA bis dahin nicht angehoben wurde, ist die Stimmung (Englisch: “mood“) anscheinend auch an einem Tiefpunkt angelangt.
Seht hierzu den Artikel vom 10.10.2013 mit dem Titel “Debt ceiling crisis has other nations angry and scared” in “BBC News“.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “At the start of the current US budget standoff, other countries viewed the situation with a mix of sympathy, concern and bemusement. With the 17 October deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaching, however, the international view has changed to fear and anger.
While many abroad have considered a US government shutdown unfortunate and potentially damaging to the global economy, it is a development the world has survived before. But the last time the US came close to defaulting on a sovereign debt obligation was in 1790, when the country was a backwater ex-British colony, a bit player on the world stage. (…).
“What is chilling is that US politicians are willing to engage in a game of brinkmanship that is tantamount to detonating a nuclear device over their economy,” writes the Times of India. “A bunch of intransigent American politicians are holding not just President Barack Obama, but the entire world to ransom.”
Although the enormity of the crisis has yet to sink in for many around the world, those who are paying attention are starting to call into question an American system of government that would reach this point.
“There is something fundamentally wrong with a system that leaves a country without direction, in stagnation, without a budget and potentially without the wherewithal to settle its debts,” writes UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor in The Arab Times. (…).
“The US is the world’s biggest economy and a major country issuing reserve currency,” China’s Vice-Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao said during a foreign ministry press conference. “Safeguarding the debt is of vital importance to the economy of the US and the world.”
International Monetary Fund official Jose Vinals said that if the US defaults, it “adversely affects advanced economies, emerging markets, low-income countries. It will be a worldwide shock.”
The Economist writes that hitting the debt ceiling could mean the US would “slash spending so deeply that it causes a recession. Or it could default on its debts, which would be even worse, and unimaginably more harmful than a mere government shutdown. No one in Washington is that crazy, surely?”