Here's a somewhat contrary view: "Last week Todd Salamone said, 'If the VIX closes above the 18 area, it is quite possible that a move to the 22-24 region would happen quickly. This area marks double the 2013 low and the most recent August low. A close above 18 would suggest negative sentiment is building instead of decreasing, pressuring stocks and heightening volatility expectations in the process.' Todd was dead-on, as the VIX soared above 18 and peaked just beneath 22 before imploding later in the week." VIX is trading at 17 at 12:48 Eastern P.M.
Now here is one fascinating interplay, the potential death throes of an American political party (John Judis), mass racism, and the possibility of the meltdown of the world economy.
The base, the popular base of the Republican Party or suicide caucus, doesn't fear an economic meltdown, much less the government shutdown they engineered.
After all, God is watching and a global economic crisis may enable the succession of the Republican Homeland free of ZOG and the United States federal government. Don't think for a moment the lunatics don't hold sway in the Republican Party, in case you were not already convinced.
Fear itself is something to fear. And so is lunacy.
The U.S. federal government., this is the entity helping to deliver healthcare to the brown and black still intent on passing themselves off as decent Americans to the chagrin of the Republican homeland.
Yet, Wall Street does not seem to buy this as a compelling argument to crash the global economy.
As soon as the 'Fear' indices suddenly rise, watch out. This is not happening right now.
"Major equity indexes surged again at the end of last week with optimism that Washington's budget stalemate will be broken, pushing the CBOE Volatility Index back below the 16 level," reports Chris McKhann, echoing a widespread estimation that markets have already priced in a political deal on the government shutdown and impending default.
This holds no comfort for the vast majority of Americans. Nor should it.
"I've gone up to a 25-percent chance" of a government shutdown, said Potomac Research chief political strategist Greg Valliere. "Last month, I was at 10 percent. I think (House Speaker John) Boehner and most of the leadership know this could blow up on them in the 2014 election, and they're leery about doing anything that radical," reports Patti Domm, CNBC Executive News Editor. Valliere's statement was reported on September 18, 2013.
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Press coverage is trying to chill out the American populace, that segment not significantly composed of God-fearing whacks who believe in magic and white power.
See Bill Moyers' Let's Call The Shutdown What It Is: Secession by Another Means and Debt limit defeat turns conservatives into neo-Confederate fantasists.
Hopes for sanity and rumors of a solution to the GOP-created crisis abound today, I'll believe it when I see it.
Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, rallying Tea Baggers, remain optimistic about something.