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Federal Reserve Bank President Says, “We Must Inflate 24 x 7.”

Written by Gary North on January 15, 2013

Gary North’s Reality Check

Charles Evans is the president of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. On January 14, he gave a speech in Hong Kong. As with all speeches by Federal Reserve Bank officers, except for Bernanke the Boring, he was careful to say that his views were only his own. “Before I begin, let me say that the views I express here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) or within the Federal Reserve System.” This, of course, is utter poppycock. No outfit in Hong Kong pays good Chinese currency to buy US dollars in order to hire the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to fly to Hong Kong and give a speech based solely on his opinions. He was flown there in order to get insight into what a member of the Federal Open Market Committee thinks.

What he thinks is standard Federal Reserve nonsense. But it is always nice to refresh our memories about how such ideas really are nonsense.

TRANSPARENCY, SO CALLED

First, he reaffirmed the myth that the Federal Reserve System has an interest in letting the public know what it is doing and why. He spoke about the new “transparency.” Well, if the Federal Reserve had ever wanted transparency, it could have had it at any time over the last century. It has never wanted transparency. It has fought Congress tooth and nail every time Congress has attempted to get a little more transparency. Bernanke refused to appear before Ron Paul’s subcommittee on monetary policy. So, what you are about to read is a con job, and anyone who believes it is a blithering idiot.

Recently, the FOMC has made significant changes in its communications by providing economic guidelines for the conduct of future monetary policy. This is part of a larger strategy intended to make monetary policy more transparent and predictable to the public — which we feel can increase the efficacy of our efforts to achieve our dual mandate goals of price stability and maximum sustainable employment.

Transparency would begin with an outside audit of the Federal Reserve System by the Government Accountability Office. It would be conducted annually, with this attention paid to any foreign legal claims on the gold that is held for the federal government by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The FED refuses to allow this. Congress does not require it. Congress does what it is told to do by the real powers, which are not the voters back home.

ACCOMMODATION

He accurately referred to monetary policy as highly accommodative. “In the current setting, such efforts have meant maintaining a highly accommodative monetary policy well after the end of the financial crisis and steep recession.” The phrase “highly accommodative” means monetary base inflation on a scale never seen before in Federal Reserve peacetime history. He justified this policy. “We have had to do so because the economic recovery has been quite modest by any standard and because we continue to face numerous near-term obstacles to growth.”

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4 thoughts on “Federal Reserve Bank President Says, “We Must Inflate 24 x 7.”

  1. Well, it hasn't worked in Japan.

  2. Unlimited spending… hows that work… wish I had that magic bank account. Spend,spend,spend & it never goes empty… Only in Bizarro World… Bizarro Banker!!!

  3. Check Kiting is a crime because it is seen as creating money out of nothing. How is this different from the government printing money with no backing? How is it any different from using a credit card?
    For the uninformed check kiting is the practice of writing a check without sufficent funds in your account with the intent of having the funds deposited before the check cleared. It was pretty common before the era of instant banking when it could take a week or more before the check cleared. At most the benefit was an interest free loan for a week. Compare that to a credit card where they typically give you a month interest free.

  4. Bob Marshall says:

    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance.the issuing power of 9money0 should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson. " There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt. It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from aboard." Thomas Jefferson. The last time our national debt was repaid was when Andrew Jackson was the president in 1826. he called the Second U.S.Bank a den of thieves and vipers. If people only understood the rank injustice of the money and banking system there would be a revolution by morning. When a government is Dependant upon bankers for money,they and not the lenders of the government control the situation,since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency;their sole object is gain." Napoleon Bonaparte.

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