The world economy stands on the precipice, thanks in no small part to the dishonesty and incompetence of politicians around the globe.
Europe faces the collapse of the Euro; as countries such as Greece, Italy, Portugal (which has just "discovered" a Euron2BN budget hole), Spain and Ireland are going to default on their debts.
Meanwhile in the USA, politicians (thanks in no small part to the pig headed intransigence of the Tea Party) continue to fail to raise the debt ceiling.
Wall Street has at last woken up to the very real danger that the politicians will fail the country, and fail to raise the debt ceiling in time, before the USA defaults on its debts. With no signs of progress from Capitol Hill Wall Street is now falling.
Welcome to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!