By Jack Crooks
“Beam me up Scotty.”
- Star Trek
Once again it seems the Fed Chairman Bernanke didn’t disappoint the stock bulls. I expected otherwise. Wrong again I was. I continue to be amazed by Ben’s logic here.
He says he wants to produce some inflation through monetary policy so the US economy doesn’t get caught up in a Japanese-like deflationary spiral. But in the process of creating inflation, which is in commodity prices primarily, thanks to the implicit weak dollar policy (driven by the Treasury and deftly executed by the Fed), he hurts consumers and businesses with many of these policies even though he tells us he is really saving them.
So, let me see if I get his right:
Pay those who save nothing on their deposits
Then further reduce their purchasing power by creating inflation
Continue to punish the interbank lending market (because of zero interest rates); therefore, banks have no incentive to lend to other banks that may actually have real economy lending opportunities.
Pretend the US labor market is healing, when it is now starting to weaken again, and unofficial unemployment and under-employed rate is off the charts, proving that something is very wrong with existing policy.
Then proceed to tell us how much this policy is working, and just in case there is a slowdown, tell us we will get more of this same policy that is working so well.
My head hurts after writing that.
But we do know who this policy helps—the financial economy; which consists of some very smart people who know where their bread is buttered and just so happen to have a lot of extra money lying around to make campaign contributions. Hmmm…
So Ben, you are telling us to forget about:
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