When a quarter is actually worth $8*

 

I wrote this 6 years ago for The Liberty and Economics Review. My first website of any consequence. I thought our readers might enjoy reading it.

At the time we were just barely considering climbing out of the depths of the Great Recession and we were seeing a solid (though brief) bit of price inflation. This price inflation was hammered later however by the massive move down in oil prices as OPEC and the US frackers went toe to toe and drove the price of fuel down.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ruled unconstitutional

The CFPB is/was housed within the Federal Reserve. The funding for the CFPB comes/came from the Federal Reserve. That’s a problem as Congress is the entity which is to allocate money for such programs.

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Politics at the Fed is the rule, not the exception

Federal Reserve “independence” is a convenient untruth for the Fed and for many in the Washington political class. The Fed is absolutely influenced by politics. This is evident even to the fairly casual observer.

(From The Dallas News)

Carnegie Mellon University’s Allan Meltzer, a distinguished monetary economist, had this to say about Fed policy during the crisis: “Under Mr. Bernanke, the Fed has sacrificed its independence and become the monetary arm of the Treasury.”…

…Bernanke’s Fed seemed to care just as much about the health of prestigious financial houses as the state of the economy.

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Wells Fargo or the Federal Reserve: Who’s the Bigger Fraud?

By Ron Paul

The Wells Fargo bank account scandal took center stage in the news last week and in all likelihood will continue to make headlines for many weeks to come. What Wells Fargo employees did in opening bank accounts without customers’ authorization was obviously wrong, but in true Washington fashion the scandal is being used to deflect attention away from larger, more enduring, and more important scandals.

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Alan Greenspan knew the dangers of Fed manipulation, but he let the bubbles bubble to win political favor (and get reappointed)

We have said before that no Fed Chair was ever “free market.” This absolutely includes Mr. Greenspan. His legacy is one of a price fixer, an economic manipulator, a bubble blower, and ultimately one who in many ways ushered in the crony era we live in today.

But as we see in the attached piece from Sebastian Mallaby, Allan Greenspan, the one time “Maestro,” knew better all along. He knew that Fed policy could and typically did destabilize the real economy.

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