Consumer confidence. If people don't spend, revenues go down. What part of this is so hard to understand?
I assume you don't believe that the deficit affects consumer confidence. Alone, it probably doesn't. Yet we don't live in a vacuum. As I mentioned earlier, the news is dominated by talk of the rising deficit, increasing tax rates, out of control govt spending and Obama's recent doomsday proclamation due to the sequester. People hear these things. They believe our govt cannot reduce the deficit, that they cannot control spending and that the only way to resolve this is to raise taxes. And that affects CC.