I remember sitting in my car in college listening to Howard Stern on the radio before class sometime in 2000. Howard and his crew were talking about the stock market which was roaring. The Tech Bubble was in full effect. The sky was the limit. If you weren’t in the market you were losing out. It was a similar vibe to the Housing Bubble which would emerge only a few years later.
Stern took a call from a listener.
The caller, who sounded like he might have been on the tail end of a serious bender explained in candid terms that he was affiliated with some unsavory characters and that he and his unsavory friends were manipulating the market up. He said there was little under the prices of many of the stocks which were rising at breakneck speed.
In a few months we would see how right that caller was.
I’ll believe this only when I see it. This could be more chaff shot by the Fed to quell “audit the Fed” efforts in Congress. But maybe it indicates real tumult behind the doors of the Federal Reserve. It’s too early to tell.
I will also say that it appears the citizenry has an ally in Congressman Jeb Hensarling who is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Not only is Hensarling publicly open to this new proposal from Richard Fisher, the head of the Dallas Fed, the congressman is also actively seeking to kill the Export-Import Bank. An effort which we have given considerable digital ink. The Fed of course is far bigger game. The biggest.
Has this guy not done enough damage? Is he bored? Yes, let’s let the president declare economic martial law. I don’t see how that could be a disaster at all. No way that would be abused. Why bother with even involving Congress at all? It only has the power of the purse after all. (The president by design does not have this power.)
Shoot, why don’t we declare presidents to be kings and just get it all over with. Enough of this Constitution thing.
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.
If you want to read the piece to which Senator Paul is responding it is HERE.
Basically the bankers are coming with all guns for the guy who might expose the central bank racket they’ve been running for a very very long time. If everyday people were to actually learn of the things the Federal Reserve has done, indeed why it exists (to backstop the big banks – with the wealth of the American people – and to keep the debt game rolling) there is the chance that the American people might just call bullsh*t on the institution. The bankers, the banking “shamans,” can’t have that. Their power is unfathomable to the average person and that is how they would like to keep it.
One can feel it. The initial optimism which spiked in this country with falling gas prices already feels long in the tooth. And the USA is basically the best there is. Pretty much every other major economy in the world is in recession or near recession.
Elizabeth Warren is full of it. (Despite having flashes of decency.) Our friends in the libertarian/conservative coalition have known this right from the start. But our friends on the “Left” seem always to defend her as some sort of Senator “for the people.”
She is not.
Debt is addictive. Once one gets on the stuff it is nearly impossible to get off of. And like all hard drugs, sooner or later debt will extract its toll. It certainly did in 2008. But instead of getting sober and real after that fateful year the world went on a binge instead. Not a very healthy thing to do. There will be pain, likely quite a lot of pain when the debt stops “working.”
When will reality come calling? It already has in many parts of the globe. But even the instability we see now is likely only a precursor of what is on the way.
“If it keeps on rainin’ levy’s gonna break…” – Led Zeppelin
This comes from Philly Fed President Charles Plosser, via Zerohedge.