July 4, 1776, 9:00 AM, Assembly Room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia
The door springs open. A messenger rushes in. He shouts "wait. Moody's and S & P have said they will downgrade our debt to junk status if we sign the Declaration of Independence."
The delegates were stunned. What to do? Sign and declare Colonialexit, or tear up the document and Colonialremain.
After a few minutes of heated exchanges between the financiers, who feared for their fortune, and the farmers, who valued their liberty, a majority voted to sign.
And so was born the United States of America!