This bill is probably a step in the right direction, but the focus should be first on auditing the Fed under a bright burning magnesium fueled light. We need to know what’s really going on in the institution before we can chart the best way forward. Open the beast up. Let’s see what happened in 2008/2009 and during the QE binge. Then we can tinker, or hack away, or blow up as needed.
It should be noted that Senator Warren, who is co-sponsoring this legislation in the Senate with Senator Vitter, opposes an audit of the Fed.
They say “don’t fight the Fed.”
This has been especially true from an equities investment perspective since the Crash.
The question now though is how much fight is left in the Fed.
Many of our readers are probably aware that Townhall Finance regularly features our work. John Ransom, the editor there does an excellent job and we encourage everyone to check out the site if you have not visited. It’s a very good mix of free market thinkers from different schools. Though it is generally not “libertarian.”
That is why I was particularly pleased to see this article in Townhall. A new and broad political disposition is clearly emerging. Though many longstanding libertarians would probably take issue with some of the people calling themselves “libertarians” these days, what we see is clearly progress. In the face of a very activist government (going back long before Obama) and a renaissance of constitutional understanding (largely facilitated by the Internet) more and more people are actually embracing the concept of “live and let live.”
What is of particular note is that this paper comes from a Brookings Institution scholar. Brookings is generally liberal in its disposition.
I am not keen on the prescription. Notice that the author comes short of calling the Fed itself unconstitutional. But at least there is some criticism of the Fed coming from the lefty camp. The excuses for the Fed have gotten embarrassing of late.
The Federal Reserve, as we have noted, is the Prime Mover of crony capitalism. It is a politburo. It is a central planning committee. It is a tool by which the big banks are backstopped with the wealth of the American people. It should be audited. It should be opened.
This is what the dollar has done under the Fed.
In light of some of the questions asked recently on monetary policy I post this relatively short speech given by Ron Paul at the Cato Institute on the subject of the Fed.
Indeed it does. Gold is a little bit of power you can put in your pocket. It is a direct and ongoing challenge to the current system of fiatism. (And by extension crony capitalism.) Central Banks can’t print gold. Gold limits the power of the Fed and its brethren. Gold limits the power of the banks which suckle at the teat of central banks. Gold limits the power of governments to indebt their peoples. Gold limits the ability of governments to wage war.
Gold encourages discipline.
Is it any wonder why gold is often called God’s money and why some people despise it so?
End the Fed. But Volker at least had the guts to raise rates to insane levels and effectively crushed 1970s inflation. If we had sound money he would not have had to do that of course. (Nor would he have had the power.)
Of the 4 chiefs still alive Volker is my favorite. Or at least the one I dislike least.
Scalise discusses a number of things in the attached interview, including the Keystone Pipeline, the minimum wage, and “bipartisanship” (fear bipartisanship). But the most important nugget is that it looks like Congress will force a Fed audit onto Obama’s desk and he will have to sign it or veto it.*
One thing is for sure. Pretty much none of it is finding its way to “Main Street.” Many QE dollars have however found their way into the bank accounts of those who were already rich. Read More
Indeed we don’t. But we are so conditioned to the idea that the cost of renting money fundamentally should be determined by a central bank that most don’t think anything of monetary policy. When the economy tanks, the Fed’s supposed to ease, when the economy gets too hot it’s supposed to raise rates. This is what we were all taught in our macroeconomics courses. Makes sense…I guess.
Actually not at all. These fluctuations, the business cycle, are created by the world’s central banks.