An amusing little story accompanied the news that a plan has been made to raise the US debt ceiling. John Carney of CNBC.com reported that:

 

I just got off the phone with a source on Capitol Hill who has spent the past few days trying to convince Republicans to vote for a debt ceiling hike.

 

He told me that the biggest obstacle he faces has been “market complacency.”

 

“Frankly, a bit of panic would be very helpful right now,” he said. [Emphasis Added]

 

As usual, these theatrics seem to be a case of planner vs market and, as usual, the market seems to be alluding the planners…

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