Recently I wrote a piece entitled Boycott Back Friday. Generally it was well received. Being fans of capitalism and the voluntary exchange of goods and services we made the point that it was entirely reasonable to opt out of the buying frenzy from a pro-market perspective. To value time (time is money) with one’s family and more than standing in line to buy things is the very essence of what a free market is all about.
“The Fed is exporting this lunatic policy worldwide.”
The 0% interest rates of the past 5 years have made the wealthiest people in America and the world much wealthier. At least in (fiat) dollar terms.
This isn’t a surprise. There is no way she would have been considered for the top job at the Fed had she been for an audit.
But we must keep the pressure on and we are thankful that Senator Vitter raised the issue.
Sure the Community Reinvestment Act (a totally crony law) had something to do with housing’s abrupt rise and fall in this country. And there were other factors besides Fed policy. But the primary reason why the global housing bubble, and before that the tech bubble, blew up and then collapsed is because of the easy money policies of one Alan Greenspan.
Even the rich, the people who generally have done very well over the last 4 years due to the Fed inflated bull market in stocks, are starting to get weary. But don’t worry 401k holders. Allan Greenspan says the market’s cheap.
A case for Janet Yellen is that as the Fed’s current vice chair, she represents continuity. Based on her comments and past record, she would either continue Bernanke’s policy or even take them up a notch, creating even more new money in order to “help” the economy. A case against Janet Yellen is the flip side of this. Bernanke’s policies have been a complete failure, so choosing an acolyte of his would be the worst possible thing to do.
It was Yellen. Then Summers. Then Yellen. The race has been run and guess what? The Keynesians win!
You’ll remember that he was going to make the Fed more “transparent.”
In an earlier post we mentioned how Washington DC has thrown in with Wall Street. And why not? That’s where the money is, where it continues to flow, and through our current system of crony capitalism will continue to flow until people say “enough.”