No, those zingers are from an editorial in Xinhua, China's official news agency. The one thing China does not demand is that the U.S. raise taxes, so that puts China firmly in the Tea Party camp. The commentary also contained some ominous rumblings:
We should remind China that while the U.S. has gotten drunk on debt, China has been the enabler. Yes, the U.S. may "rely on the deep pockets of major surplus countries to make up for its perennial deficits." But China, the major surplus country, has unrealistically relied on the U.S. for a safe place to park those surpluses.
For the old Chinese communists there is no going back to the good old days of safely stacking Chinese trade surpluses in U.S. Treasuries either. The "largest creditor of the world's sole superpower" will just have to learn that great American axiom: buy the ticket, take the ride.
Europe, which has its own problems, is being more philosophical about the downgrade:
You know you are in trouble when France condescends to express its total confidence in you. France is one of 18 countries still holding a AAA debt rating from S & P. Russia's rating is BBB. China's rating is AA-. Yes, the harsh critic is also in Alcoholics Anonymous, with the U.S. and 11 other countries.