"Hey Ben, Doing Anything?"
"No, not a thing I have used all my ammo and all I can do is hang around for a bit."
"But Ben," said I, "there is enormous distrust of both the political system and the allegedly independent ratings firms that are tasked with the job of telling us how credit worthy things are. These guys at S&P made a $2 trillion error and downgraded the US the same afternoon. That's after they kept AAA ratings on mortgage thingies that defaulted to the max. The US won't default so is it the raters job to assess the ability of Washington to function?"
Ben sadly turned away like that young guy in the Bible.